We've collected a list of our favourite places to visit this summer in the North-East throughout the week. From discovering new places to visit and outdoor activities to finding newfound freedom to explore. Not to mention a few ways to spoil yourself because you deserve it! So, if you're staying in one of our Newcastle serviced apartments, why not have a look and get some ideas for your end-of-week activities?
1) Take a walk around Newcastle Quayside and look for the bridges
The River Tyne separates Newcastle and Gateshead, but these seven bridges connect them:
Gateshead Millennium Bridge
King Edward VII Bridge
Queen Elizabeth II Metro Bridge
We suggest strolling down Lombard Street from Quayside to see how the Tyne Bridge crosses right above an apartment complex. It's a wonderful scene, just like out of a movie. These bridges are a famous attraction in Newcastle, especially at night when they are lit.
2) Newcastle Quayside market
If you're searching for things to do in Newcastle on a Sunday, head to the Quayside. The Quayside Market is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. along the length of the river between the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
There is a plaza next to Swing Bridge with several food trucks where you can eat at a reasonable price. The rest of the market comprises of stalls selling apparel, jewellery, paintings, cuisines, ceramics, leather products, and lots of other stuff.
3) 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 most incredible things to do in Newcastle, was built and finished in 1950 as the Baltic Flour Mill and worked as the Baltic mill until 1981. The decision to turn the building into an arts centre was decided in the mid-1990s, and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art opened its doors to the public in 2002.
Newcastle has a wide range of free activities. You don't have to pay to enter the BALTIC contemporary art gallery, unlike other museums and art galleries in Newcastle (save for a few temporary exhibitions), so you can just drop in to see what's on.
Even if you're not a lover of modern art, the outdoor viewing platform on level 4 and the indoor viewing box on level 5 make the visit worthwhile. Both are covered under glass, making photography difficult, but the vistas are spectacular.
If you truly want to soak in the panorama, get a table at Six, BALTIC's rooftop restaurant. The Baltic Restaurant is available to the public and provides sophisticated British-inspired food. It may also be reserved for private gatherings. It is one of the most entertaining pastimes in Newcastle.