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Avoid the festivities in Newcastle

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Christmas isn’t for everyone, but that’s ok! There’s plenty to do and see in the Toon if shuffling down the high street piled high with shopping isn’t your scene. That’s why we’ve made our Top 5 ways to avoid the festivities in Newcastle…


Newcastle boasts a wide choice of venues if you’re looking for a laugh, and the festive season always attracts top names. There’s Russell Howard at the Metro Radio Arena, Lee Mack at Newcastle City Hall, and Newcastle’s very own Suggestibles, performing at Northern Stage. We’ve got two comedy clubs too – why not try The Stand or The Hyena?


Longing for some live music? As well as large stadiums such as the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle has a load of smaller venues which are great for new and local acts. Why not take a look at what’s on at The Cluny, Head of Steam or The Tyne Bar?


When you’re thinking about Newcastle, it won’t be long before you’re seeing that black-and-white-striped kit. But Newcastle United aren’t the only sports team in town! If you’re into rugby union, Newcastle Falcons are one of the country’s top teams. But if basketball’s more up your street, Newcastle Eagles are top of their league!


Craving some culture? Newcastle boasts multiple museums across the city, from science at the Centre for Life and The Discovery Museum, to natural history at The Great North Museum: Hancock.


What better way to avoid the festivities than to quite literally… leave! Just 25 minutes away by Metro, the coastal towns of Whitley Bay and Tynemouth provide a wealth of seaside delights. Fish and chips? Check. Markets? Sure. An aquarium? Of course!

Edinburgh is also only 90 minutes by train – perfect for an easy getaway! And if you’re looking for something a bit further afield, low cost airlines fly from Newcastle International Airport, with great prices booked in advance!

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