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Things to do this Bank Holiday

August Bank Holiday Weekend

Looking for what’s on in Newcastle this Bank Holiday weekend?  

Well look no further!  Here’s our Nights Out In Newcastle guide to the August Bank Holiday events.

We’ve got a mix of culture, club nights, pop-ups and parties, with something for everyone.


Friday 26th – Monday 29th August

One of the biggest events in the North East’s calendar we could not ignore this unique experience!  So get in touch with your inner pirate for a Tall Ships extravaganza.

Visitors to the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta can enjoy four days of free family entertainment across the Bank Holiday weekend.  Up to 30 Tall Ships will dock into the Port of Blyth for from Friday, August 26th until Monday August 29th before setting sail on a 500 nautical mile race to Gothenburg in Sweden.

You can go on board many of the ships to explore and learn about life aboard.  A range of entertainment will be spread throughout the town and quay with everything from fairground rides, to family fun in Ridley Park, to sandcastles on the beach.  There will be four stages of live entertainment at venues across the town including the two main areas at the Dun Cow Quay and Market Place, plus the beach amphitheatre and bandstand providing smaller alternatives.

The entire port and seafront area will play host to the best of Northumberland’s music and street theatre performers.  You can catch The Salts on Friday 26th August, from 8.00pm at the Dun Cow Stage.
the salts at the dun cow stage

The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times.  A great fit for the Tall Ships Regatta expect sea shanties with a twist and much more.


Friday 26th & Saturday 27th August

There are some great cinematic treats available over the bank holiday weekend, here are just a few.

bula bula rooftop cinemarooftop cinema newcastle castle keepBULA BULA rooftop cinema.  Sit down and relax on the rooftop of Newcastle Castle, overlooking the astonishing Tyneside buildings and bridges.  Probably the best view you’ll ever have in the cinema!  You can watch The Shining 8:00pm on Friday and Oldboy 8:00pm on Saturday.  Each ticket comes with a free popcorn and there is also a selection of snacks, confectionary and soft drinks available.


Friday 26th – Sunday 28th Freedom Of ’76 Punk Weekender

freedom of 76 tyneside cinema

Freedom Of ’76 – Punk Weekender will start on Friday 26 August with The Future Of Punk, a night of live music from a new wave of punk-influenced acts in Tyneside Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School.  Over the weekend Tyneside Cinema will also be screening a selection of films chosen by artist Graham Dolphin for their expression of freedom of punk. 

You can read more about what’s on at the Freedom Of ’76 – Punk Weekender in our previous blog here.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema box office.

A Punk Weekender Ticket, that includes The Future Of Punk gig and both films is available for just £10.  These tickets can be purchased by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.


Sunday 28th August – Any Given Sunday

Definitely not one too miss! Any Given Sunday is always a huge favourite with Collingwood Street’s popular Madame KooFlorita’s Miami Bar  & House of Smith teaming up to bring you an epic night out in Newcastle.  

  • Over 30 booths, tables, & areas available with our VIP Packages
  • VIP area and private smoking area (Limited)
  • Extra sound
  • Live performers
  • Additional lighting rig & visuals
  • Live entertainment
  • Hosts / Dancers
  • 3 Venues
  • 2 VIP areas

Tickets available here.

For Guest list / VIP / Tables / Info:
Call: 01912618271


Sunday 28th August

If your looking for something a bit different you could try Summer Storeys open air urban food and drink event taking place on the roof of the Barrack Road car park at St James’ Park.  You can read more about it in our previous blog on Summer Storeys.  With the better weather forecast it looks set to be a popular event with tickets for Summer Storeys costing only £3 per person and are available to buy online at (for guaranteed fast entry) or on the door.  Families and pets are welcome.

For further information, visit or

summer storeys event newcastle

Summer Storeys pop-up food & drink event










More Jam @ The Globe

If you’re looking for a more relaxed way to spend your Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon you might want to try The Globe open jazz jam session.   The Globe is a unique bar and music venue, a friendly and  place to have a drink and enjoy good music.  There will be a house band to keep the music flowing but any jazz musicians are welcome to join in.  Admission free for jammers and audience.


IKON vs Back 2 The Old Pier

If banging anthems are more your thing then we’ve just the thing for you!  IKON returns to O2 Academy Newcastle for another bank holiday banger.  Expect 2,000 people, anthem after anthem, booming sound systems, massive stage effects, confetti, lasers, CO2 cannons, a huge LED wall and more.


ikon vs back 2 the old school o2 academy newcastle


The Beau Monde Day Party

After three capacity Bank Holiday parties, The Beau Monde Day Party returns to 97 & Social.

This Bank Holiday 1,000’s of Newcastle’s finest descend on Jesmond to enjoy a brilliant daytime atmosphere, glorious sunshine and a signature soundtrack of the best music the city has to offer during a massive all-day party on Osborne Road.

beau monde day party jesmond

Bringing an unrivalled line up featuring DJ talent from Newcastle’s best events.  Expect a custom sound system, great drinks deals and a doubtless capacity crowd, plus it’s even Free Entry.  This event will hit capacity!  Please get down early to avoid disappointment.

Event Info:
• 2pm – 11pm Spring Bank Holiday Sunday 28th August
• 97 & Social on Osborne Road, Jesmond
• Amazing Music from some of Newcastle’s Best DJ’s
• Custom Sound System
• Beau Monde Photographers
• 241 Cocktails 2pm-3pm
• Free Entry, all day


Monday 29th August

For those of us with enough stamina to last the Bank Holiday weekend and still have a little left in the tank for Monday night there is 3some at Beyond Bar in The Gate.

This naughty new Monday night is on from 9pm until 3am with FREE ENTRY!  DJ Dan Stafford’s massive mix up of electro, R&B, pop & a whole lot more to make Beyond very popular with Newcastle’s huge student crowd.


3some at beyond bar


If you’re out and about in Newcastle this Bank Holiday weekend we hope you have a great time, if you find yourself looking for further information on what’s on in Newcastle remember to check our events page.  Just key in the date your looking for, it could not be easier!   And you can always find your way around by using our handy guide to the best bars, pubs and clubs in town.  



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