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5 things to do this weekend in Newcastle

Food markets, vintage fairs and the return of the Magic Weekend - here's what's on in Newcastle this weekend.

Written by Beth Williams
Published 31.05.2023
St James' Park is packed with people on a sunny day. They are getting ready to watch the rugby at Magic Weekend, Newcastle.

Magic Weekend

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June

St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Head to St James’ Park for an exhilarating weekend of rugby.

There will be 12 teams playing over the two days, with three games taking place each day. Take advantage of the pass-out system and unreserved seating while you’re there, giving you more flexibility to leave the stadium and come back whenever you like.

This promises to be an event brimming with all the excitement of live rugby – a novel way to spend a weekend, whether you’re a sports fans or not!

Tickets: from £20.00

Harry, Ron and Hermione stand against a darkened cloudy sky. Harry stands in the middle, facing the camera with a determined look on his face. Ron and Hermione stand behind him on either side, looking concerned. This is the poster for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which is being shown at Newcastle Castle.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Friday 2nd June

Newcastle Castle, Newcastle upon Tyne

Head to the suitably atmospheric Newcastle Castle for a viewing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Follow Harry, Ron and Hermione on their third-year adventures at Hogwarts, where things take a dark turn in the wizarding world.

The film will be shown in the Great Hall of the Castle Keep. The grandeur of your surroundings won’t be lost on you as you become immersed in the world of magic!

Tickets: £12.00


Jesmond Food Market

Saturday 3rd June

Armstrong Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne

Held on the first and third Saturday of every month, Jesmond Food Market showcases the best of local food traders.

Whether you want to pick up some locally grown fruit and veg, sample delicious cheese, pick up a thoughtful gift or choose something sweet for later, Jesmond Food Market is the place to do it.

Wander along Armstrong Bridge browsing the stalls, grab some street food from the local vendors, then enjoy a stroll around Jesmond Dene for an idyllic Saturday.

Price: Free

Four pictures show colourful clothes and accessories displayed on beautifully displayed rails. Above the images are the words, Lou Lou's, your Favourite Vintage Market is Back.

Lou Lou’s Newcastle Vintage Market

Saturday 3rd June

Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Enjoy a vintage shopping day out and uncover some beautiful finds at this vintage fair.

There will be a vast selection of clothing, accessories, jewellery and homewares ranging from the 1940s – 1980s. Each piece has been sourced by specialist independent traders, so there’s plenty of one-off pieces to come home with.

Peruse the carefully curated rails and refresh your wardrobe, while also cutting down on fast fashion.

Tickets: £2.50

People sit under parasols in the sunny Cloister Garden at Blackfriar's restaurant. Fire pits line the paved dining area and trees hang over the area.

Cloister Garden BBQ

Friday 2nd June

Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne

Embrace the summer with a unique dining experience at Blackfriars Restaurant.

Hosted in the beautiful Cloister Garden, you’ll get to enjoy the sunshine or fire pits with a chilled bottle of wine, cold beer or homemade garden cocktail.

To accompany your drinks, there will be a sharing plank of seasonal starters, followed by a main course straight from the BBQ, and topped off with a delicious summer dessert.

Tickets: £25.00

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