As the weekends go by me and my friends have been looking for things to do and paces to visit around Newcastle. With budgets running low and spirits needing a boost as the nights draw in, and the deadlines draw closer, I thought I’d compile a list of 5 cheap, but fun, days out. These are the perfect way to fill the time and get a little culture fix, without breaking the bank.
- Sun, sea and smiles on the beach
The beach is only a 20 minutes metro journey away from the city centre. With the Metro ticket costing just 5 pounds this makes a very fun and very cheap way to spend a day. You can visit the striking beachside castles and fill your tummy on beach side fish and chips. I went with a couple of friends recently and had a perfect day. We had fish and chips on the beach, followed by a game of rounder’s. We then walked up the beach to a small cafe on the sand. Here we treated ourselves to a heavenly hot chocolate! After this we got the Metro one stop along to look at the next town. Overall this made for a lovely day, taking us out of the city, getting some fresh air and a lovely opportunity to be with our friends.
- A little bit of culture at the Art Gallery
If you haven’t been down to the Quayside yet it’s well worth a visit, especially on a Sunday morning when the market takes up most of the riverside. It’s impossible to miss the Millennium Bridge when you’re there and of course next to it is the Baltic. This is a very quirky, modern Art Gallery. It’s completely free to go in and is open all weekend. There is a viewing platform on the fifth floor with spectacular views over the Tyne. If you want something fun, a bit different its completely free is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Couple that with a visit to the Sunday market and you’ve got a lovely day out on a budget. (There are several other Gallery’s in Newcastle, so if you get the art bug check them out (many of them are free too!).
- A whole lot of learning at The Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museum is the perfect way to pass away a day, learn little, and spend some fabulous time with your friends. The discovery Museum is situated just outside the centre of town. This is perfect if you’re living on a tight budget, as entry is completely free! Their website explains, “As you enter the museum you’ll come face to face with Turbinia. Charles Parsons’ 34 metre steam powered ship that was once the fastest ship in the world and an iconic part of the history of Tyneside.
Immerse yourself in the history of Newcastle and Tyneside told through permanent displays and temporary exhibitions over three floors focusing on the area’s martime, scientific and technological importance to Britain and the rest of the world.”
- Revive with fresh air at Jesmond dene Park
This park is a described as a unique haven of peace and tranquillity, which follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale. A trip to the picturesque Park offers the perfect way to spend a day. You can go outside and revive yourself, walk amongst the beautiful trees. Why not take a bat and ball down and play some games or even take a picnic! Whatever you choose to do the park offers a perfect backdrop to a wonderful day.
- Have a day away, and visit Durham
If you want a slightly more adventurous day trip, or even fancy staying the night, then Durham is the perfect place to go. It is just 10 minutes on the train, to the picturesque city. A perfect place to get away to on a sunny day. You can walk around this historic city, visiting its many shops, admiring the beautiful Durham Castle and Cathedral and enjoy the cities gorgeous architecture. To complete the day-trip have lunch in one of the many quaint cafes and restaurants in the city centre or treat your self to afternoon tea.