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5 August Bank Holiday Ideas in Newcastle

In a few days time we’ll be blessed with a bank holiday weekend and it’s the last one of the year before Christmas so I thought I’d put together a little list of fun things to do in Newcastle. Enjoy!

The Lion King  & The Hobbit at Monument Movies – Sunday 30th August – Free

Photo credit: NE1

Photo credit: NE1

NE1′s Monument Movies has been offering free entertainment at the site of Grey’s Monument at the top of Grey Street since July but this Sunday it’s their final screenings of the summer. So if you haven’t kicked back in one of the NE1 deckchairs and enjoyed a free screening of a family favourite then don’t miss your last chance! The heart warming animation Lion King will be shown on the huge outdoor cinema screen at 11am and The Hobbit will follow at 3pm. You can share your selfies using hashtag #NE1MonumentMovies. Find out more at www.getintonewcastle.co.uk

Summer Madness at The Stand Comedy Club –  Sunday 30th August – £7.50

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The Stand Comedy Club is one of my favourite places in Newcastle, it’s comedy nights in the basement are always a good night out, the food in the bistro never disappoints and there’s a hidden gem of a beer garden out the back too! This Sunday, it will be making the most of all those assets with one heck of a party! Summer Madness kicks off at 2pm with a laid back, holiday vibe being created on the terrace. The party atmosphere will build throughout the day as Chicago Damn, Smoove, El.Dee and Bad Passion spin the tunes and a Caribbean BBQ will help you keep your strength up for the 14 hour tropical disco! If you weren’t quick enough to get tickets for the Boiler Shop Steamer then this is a mighty fine alternative!

Indoor Fun at Eldon Leisure – Open All Year – Prices Vary

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A leisure centre might not sound like the most exciting place to spend your bank holiday weekend but Eldon Leisure has recently undergone a £3million development and has never looked better! As well as a new gym it now offers a tenpin bowling centre, Jungle Jack’s soft play area, Vertigo adventure climbing centre, a licensed bar and not one but two new café areas!

To find out more about the bowling, check out this great review from fellow blogger Chloe at New Girl In Toon. I’ve heard great things about Vertigo too and can’t wait to challenge myself to 19 different climbing towers!

Jungle Jack’s is perfect for under 8’s with it’s maze of ball pools tunnels and wobbly walkways. Check the website for opening times and prices and make this place top of your list if we’re not lucky enough to be basking in sunshine this weekend!

North East Maritime Trust at Newcastle City Marina – 29th till 31st August – Free

The people behind Monument Movies and the Quayside Seaside have teamed up with the North East Maritime Trust to bring a collection of classic boats to the River Tyne on August Bank Holiday weekend. The Marina (which runs along the Quayside from near the Tyne Bridge) will welcome more than 20 vessels, including one of the largest wooden yachts ever built. You’ll be able to hop on board the Reaper, a beautiful boat built in 1902. The event will also feature skiff racing on Sunday and an exhibition of the boats’ history.  See more at: http://www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/whats-on/events/north-east-maritime-trust-visit-newcastle-city-marina/#sthash.SRdEdzEv.dpuf

Netherlands National Circus – 25th August till 3rd September – From £9

The circus is in Toon! A magical Big Top production has arrived on the Town Moor and is brimming with an international cast of breathtaking performers. Prepare to be thrilled with a sensational mix of comedy, juggling, illusion, silks, balancing acts and gravity defying flying trapeze, all performed to the accompaniment of Netherlands National Circus’ very own orchestra!

What are your bank holiday weekend plans? If you’ve got any other suggestions I’d love you to share them with my readers by leaving a comment below.

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Rachel Kershaw

I'm a proud ambassador for all that's great about Geordieland and love sharing the best of what NewcastleGateshead has to offer. I may not be a Geordie born and bred but I've lived here for a over a decade and am proud to call this fabulous region my home!

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  1. Thanks for the mention I’ve been trying out the gym at Eldon Leisure this week, they have amazing high tech machines where you can go on the internet and run round the world!

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