It would be an understatement to say that this year has not gone as planned! There will have been missed holidays, activities postponed, and a surprising amount of time spent dashing around the internet. There are undoubtedly a lot of things about this year that you'd prefer to overlook for a bit, and what better way to get away from it all than to arrange some safe and enjoyable activities in Newcastle Gateshead?
We've compiled a list of our favourite ways to get away from it all in the North East, from discovering new locations 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 inspo for your Autumn adventures?
Learn to cook in the 13th-century Dominican monastery
The award-winning Blackfriars Restaurant and Parlour Bar, located in the centre of Newcastle, is housed in a 13th-century mediaeval friary and offers a diverse menu of culinary courses, beer and gin tasting events, and sumptuous meals paired with tours of the historic building. Visitors can sample the greatest traditional British cuisine and seasonal vegetables fresh from surrounding farms and markets. Put those lockdown culinary talents to the test.
Explore Newcastle's history on a walking tour
Get your steps in on a half-day walking tour that immerses you in the history and sights of Newcastle upon Tyne while also telling the tale of how the city's ingenuity has transformed the globe. The trip takes you into the city's mediaeval core to Newcastle Castle (the city's namesake), which dates back to 1080, and its neighbour Newcastle Castle, as well as regions that were home to the industrial revolution that altered history.
An underground tour of Victoria Tunnel
Victoria Tunnel is a Victorian waggonway that delivered coal to the Tyne and is now a must-see visitor attraction with fascinating history guided tours that visitors to Newcastle Gateshead may enjoy. It runs beneath the city from the Town Moor to the River Tyne. Don a helmet and go on an underground tour to learn about its history, which includes being utilised as an air-raid bunker during WWII. Victoria Tunnel is offering one-hour private single household (or bubble) excursions till the end of the year.
Kayaking on the Tyne
On a kayak trip of the River Tyne, CBK's Adventure Co.'s expert river guides will show you the views of Newcastle and Gateshead from a whole new viewpoint. There is no jostling for position here as you calmly paddle beneath the bridges, snapping photographs and enjoying the scenery as you go, taking in unrivalled views of the iconic seven bridges of the Tyne and Quayside. CBK's Adventure won Gold for 'Experience of the Year' at the North East England Tourism Awards 2020.