A Guide To What’s Happening In Newcastle This Summer

Whether you’re into the arts, love a good festival, support LGBTQ+ pride, or enjoy a thrilling race, there’s something for everyone.

Exciting times are ahead for Newcastle! Our city is buzzing with activity, from the much-needed renovations of the iconic Tyne Bridge to innovative developments in the city centre like the new STACK and Eldon Square’s makeover. This year is packed with events that showcase the vibrant culture and community spirit of Newcastle. Whether you’re into the arts, love a good festival, support LGBTQ+ pride, or enjoy a thrilling race, there’s something for everyone.

Tyne Bridge Repairs

The renowned Tyne Bridge in Newcastle is finally undergoing renovations, which begun on April 2. This four-year project is essential for revitalizing the bridge, focusing on repairing the deteriorating steelwork and enhancing the lighting systems to ensure safety and functionality for the heavy daily traffic. This significant maintenance, the first since 2001, has been long overdue and follows prolonged debates and disagreements over funding responsibilities between local council leaders and the government. Although the repairs are a positive development for locals who have been advocating for the bridge’s restoration, the construction work is expected to cause significant traffic disruptions in the area for the next few years. As this project progresses, it promises to stand as a proud and iconic symbol of the North East’s industrial past.

City Centre Developments

Excitement is brewing in Newcastle with significant developments at both the new STACK and Eldon Square. The new incarnation of STACK, moving to Worswick Chambers near the old bus station, promises an enhanced experience with eight bars, seven street food vendors, a stage, a big screen, and a roof terrace spread across three floors of this Grade II listed building. Additionally, plans for a STACK fan zone next to St James Park are also underway.

Meanwhile, Eldon Square is undergoing its own transformation. With several big brands exiting in recent years, the management is seizing the opportunity to revitalize the shopping centre. The redevelopment focuses on converting these vacated spaces into vibrant leisure and entertainment venues, aiming to rejuvenate the centre and attract a broader audience to the heart of the city. This strategic overhaul is set to redefine urban leisure, offering locals and visitors new reasons to explore and enjoy Newcastle’s city centre.


The Late Shows (May 17-18)

The Late Shows, Newcastle’s annual nocturnal festival of culture, lights up the city each May, offering a unique after-hours exploration of art, history, and science. Spanning multiple cultural venues across Ouseburn, Newcastle, and the Quayside, this event invites visitors to engage with museums, galleries, and studios through an array of interactive activities. During these two special evenings, participants can experience everything from art installations and live performances to workshops and guided tours. The Late Shows is especially popular for its celebratory atmosphere, combining educational experiences with the excitement of discovering culture in a new light. This event not only enriches Newcastle’s cultural life but also attracts a diverse crowd, encouraging community engagement and a deeper appreciation for local arts and heritage​.

The full brochure for this year’s event can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tSlt0TBgwwZ-HhSoYCMaQoYwgfwwXtn0/view


Novum Festival (August 8-11)

Returning after a successful first run in 2023, Novum promises a wonderful blend of arts, music, and cultural festivities. Set in the heart of Newcastle, the event will showcase local, national and international talent to transform the Civic Centre and surrounding gardens into a ‘cultural playground’. Festival-goers can look forward to a diverse program featuring everything from live music performances and art installations to interactive workshops and family-friendly activities.

Expect Novum Festival’s program to sparkle with unique highlights: Lawrence Malstaf’s “Shrink” transforms locals into living portraits, Andrew Brooks explores Newcastle’s hidden facets in “Secret City Newcastle,” and Cirque Bijou astonishes with an aerial show featuring a flying piano. Additionally, the festival features ground-breaking dance by Motionhouse and a vibrant music line-up including Flamingods and Hector Gannet.

Early tickets are available now at: https://www.novumnewcastle.com/


Northern Pride 2024 (July 19-21)

Taking place from July 19-21, Northern Pride 2024 stands as the premier LGBT Pride celebration in the North East, located in Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s an annual extravaganza held on the Town Moor and Times Square at the Centre for Life, free for all attendees. The festival is a vibrant celebration of LGBT+ culture and diversity, featuring an array of activities across multiple zones tailored to different community needs—including Family, Youth, Trans, and Women’s Zones, among others. With a Cabaret Tent, Sports Zone, Bear Zone, Dance Tent, and extensive market stalls and a fairground, the event offers something for everyone. Additionally, the Main Stage showcases a diverse line-up of performances, enhancing the festive atmosphere. Following the festival, the popular Paws with Pride pet show takes place, rounding off the celebrations. Northern Pride not only entertains but also significantly contributes to fostering inclusivity and support within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond.

This time, the Northern Pride Arena takes shape with an impressive stage for live performances from big names and local stars, including Whigfield, Fat Tony, Ginger Johnson and James Barr.

There will be plenty of free options available, as well as paid arena admissions. Tickets can be found at: https://www.northern-pride.com/prideinthecity.


Great North 10k and Great North Run

On July 7, 2024, the AJ Bell Great North 10K will once again capture the excitement of Newcastle’s running community. This event attracts a wide array of participants, from casual joggers to elite athletes, all converging on a picturesque route that features views of the River Tyne and culminates at Gateshead International Stadium. The race not only promotes health and fitness but also supports a variety of charitable causes, with participants often fundraising for their chosen charities. Spectators line the course, adding to the vibrant atmosphere with their enthusiastic support and various entertainments along the way.

Later in the year, the Great North Run offers an even larger scale event as the world’s biggest half marathon. This prestigious race begins in Newcastle, crosses the spectacular Tyne Bridge, and finishes in South Shields, covering a distance of 13.1 miles. It draws over 57,000 participants from various countries, making it a globally recognized event. The run is notable not just for its scale but also for its significant charitable impact, with millions of pounds raised annually for numerous causes. The supportive crowds and festive environment make it a truly iconic event in the international running calendar.


Planning on moving this summer?

Summer is a great season to consider a fresh start or a new investment in this ever-vibrant city. At Pat Robson & Co., we specialize in residential sales, lettings, and property management, offering expert guidance whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or let your property. Allow us to help you navigate the opportunities this summer brings, ensuring you find the perfect match in Newcastle’s dynamic property market.

Get in touch today at [email protected], or give us a call on 0191 20 90 100.

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