We've compiled a list of our favourite ways to relax, have fun or sightsee in the North East mid-week. From discovering new venues to visit and outdoor activities to newfound freedom to explore. Not to mention a few ways to pamper yourself; you deserve it! So, if you are staying at one of our Newcastle serviced apartments, why not have a read and gather some inspiration for your end of week adventures?
1) Stroll along the Newcastle Quayside and spot the bridges
Newcastle and Gateshead are separated by the River Tyne but are linked by these seven bridges:
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
King Edward VII Bridge
Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge
We recommend walking from Quayside down Lombard Street to witness how the Tyne Bridge passes just over an apartment complex. It's a fantastic scene straight out of a movie. These bridges are one of Newcastle's most popular sights, especially at night when they are illuminated.
2) Newcastle Quayside market
Head down to the Quayside if you're looking for things to do in Newcastle on a Sunday. The Quayside Market is open from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the length between the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Next to Swing Bridge is a plaza with various food trucks where you can eat at a reasonable price. The remainder of the market comprises stalls offering clothing, jewellery, pictures, cuisines, pottery, leather goods, and other items.
3) Tea at Violet's
Violets, a quaint little cafe serving sweets and small meals, is located just off Quayside. The teapots are served with their own cosy jackets. The perfect place to grab a cake and tea.
Address: 5-7 Side, Newcastle.
4) Visit the BALTIC centre for contemporary art
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is reached after crossing the Gateshead Millennium Bridge to the Gateshead quays. The award-winning BALTIC gallery, one of the best things to do in Newcastle, was initially built and finished as the Baltic Flour Mill in 1950 and operated as the Baltic mill until 1981. The decision was made in the mid-1990s to convert the building into an arts centre, and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art opened its doors to the public in 2002.
Newcastle offers a variety of free activities. You don't have to pay to visit the BALTIC contemporary art gallery, like with other museums and art galleries in Newcastle (apart from a few temporary exhibitions), so you can just pop in to check if there's anything to your liking.
Even if you're not a fan of modern art, the outdoor viewing platform on level 4 and the interior viewing box on level 5 make it worthwhile to visit. Both are encased by glass, making photographs difficult, but the views are breathtaking.
Consider scheduling a seat at Six, BALTIC's rooftop restaurant, if you genuinely want to take in the scenery. The Baltic Restaurant, which serves modern British-inspired cuisine and may be booked for parties, is open to the public. It is one of Newcastle's most enjoyable activities.