40 Reasons Why Newcastle Is Amazing!
Greggs - Newcastle is the birthplace of the nation's favourite bakery which opened its first doors here in 1951. There are now more Greggs in the UK than McDonalds.
Jam Jar - If only all bars looked as pretty as this, Jam Jar's retro interior is the stuff of our Pinterest fantasies and their 'Jam Burger' is truly heavenly. See more...
It's grim up North... - Maybe not actually as Newcastle is actually the statistically second driest city in England!
Digital - Digital is seriously futuristic and it's the home of the city's most innovative DJs, working at the cutting edge of electronic dance music to find new ways to thrill Newcastle's party-hungry crowds.
Bubble Mayhen - A Newcastle hen weekend is the best time to give this totally hilarious activity a go where you'll be dressed in giant bubble suits for complete mayhem. See more...
The Botanist - This bar looks as if Batman villain 'Poison Ivy' has set up shop as a bar woman and it's just beautiful. You're sure to avoid wilting with a divine English Mojito.
Lucozade - Invented in a small Newcastle chemist, 'Glucosade' became a hit in Tyneside before the rest of the UK even knew it existed. These days the brand is worth the grand sum of €1.6 billion!
The Tyne Bar - On a sunny day in Newcastle, there's nothing better to do than to sit by the Tyne with a refreshing glass of white in hand and simply watch the world go by in the surrounds of this brilliant bar. Find out more...
Culture - When the Turner Prize moved out of the capital for the first time, the art loving Geordies flocked to get en eyeful and the attendance was double the usual London crowd.
Rowan Atkinson - Yep, Mr Bean is actually a Geordie but we love Rowan most as the devious yet ever failing Blackadder.
Inflatable Games - Girls who remember TV's It's a Knockout will have fond memories of the kind of madcap games you'll take on in this completely bonkers Newcastle hen do activity! See more...
The Stottie - Everything's bigger on the Geordie shore and that includes the bread! 'The Stottie' is usually around 30cm in diameter, 4cm deep and devilishly delicious.
Jimi Hendrix - The guitar virtuoso began his career in Newcastle-upon-tyne when Geordie music producer Chas Chandler discovered him in New York and brought him back to the toon to perfect his now-famous sound.
The Angel of the North - A true symbol of Newcastle, this statue is truly jaw-dropping as you approach the Toon on the A1 motorway and in 2006 it was declared an official 'English icon' by the government.
The Lingo - The Geordie accent is simply brilliant. It's been voted the 'most friendly' accent in the UK and with quirky phrases like 'geet walla' and 'whey aye man' it's not hard to see why!
Burlesque Dancing - Discover your sultry and seductive side in this brilliant Burlesque workshop where you'll learn sensational moves to leave your man weak at the knees! See more...
The Tyne Bridge - This attractive feat of Geordie engineering actually inspired the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but the original is still the greatest and best... copycats!
Newcastle Brown Ale - Geordie lasses can often be seen enjoying a pint of this local favourite, and your hen weekend makes for the perfect occasion for a drop of "Newkie Broon"!
Millennium Bridge - Another of Newcastle's famous bridges includes the 'blinking eye' of the Millennium Bridge which is the world's first to lean sideways to allow boats to sail underneath.
House of Smith - Truly one of the best clubbing experiences in the Toon can be found in this seriously stylish club with many a Geordie lass throwing on her finest frocks to have an amazing time to the sounds of the city's best DJs.
The Windscreen Wiper - If you're driving home from work and the heavens open, you can thank Geordie Gladstone Evans for inventing the windscreen wiper on his way home in the pouring rain.
Ant and Dec - This Geordie double-act are brilliant, having enjoyed a long career presenting fabulous shows like I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here and more with their cheeky banter resulting in many a chuckle along the way.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - She's seriously the envy of our eyes! There's never been a woman to flaunt her Geordie accent in such a sexy way and her sense of style is simply stunning. We still spin our old Girls Aloud CDs on the way to work!
Recording Studio - Show the world that Britain's Girl's Got Talent in this amazing activity where you'll be able to head into a private recording studio and create your own hit track! Find out more...
Billy Elliot - Written by Newcastle writer Lee Hall, this fabulous film is still an amazing watch and turned many a girl onto dancing from an early age. Besides, have you seen Jamie Bell these days? He's eeerm, grown up!
Revolution - We've all been to our local Rev's, but Newcastle's branch of this brilliant bar is something else. Housed in beautifully antiquated surroundings, this is an on-trend party-spot that the locals really love.
Grey Street - This is Britain's best street according to a public vote. The gorgeous Georgian architecture is a delight to behold and looks truly regal when lit up in the early evening.
Barluga - You'll love stepping into this amazing bar that provides attractive dishes and wonderful cocktails. Enjoy drinks upstairs or join the bustling crowd beneath.
Catherine Cookson - One of the UK's most celebrated novelists is a true Geordie through and through. Growing up in South Shields, Cookson is the most read author in the nation, having sold over 100,000,000 books in her career. Gwarn' girl!
Madame Koo - We don't think we've ever seen an oriental themed club that looks as cool as Madame Koo! This is where the city's bright young things go to party the weekend away.
Sting - Lead singer of The Police and hugely successful in his own right, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner's career began in the Toon before moving to London and writing a catalogue of hits that includes Message in a Bottle and Roxanne.
Ross Noble - Utterly bonkers and truly hilarious. Ross Noble's off-kilter stand-up comedy makes him one of Britain's best loved comics.
Denise Welch - A former soap star and a previous regular on ITV's Loose Women, Denise Welch has enjoyed a fabulous career in television with credits in Coronation Street, Waterloo Road and Dancing on Ice.
Get Carter - One of Michael Caine's best performances was captured in Newcastle as he starred in the 1971 thriller Get Carter. It's a bit of a boyish flick, but well worth a watch if you fancy munching on some popcorn while things blow up on screen!
High Ropes - Take to the treetops in this phenomenal, adrenaline-pumping activity where you'll take on a tricky but thrilling high ropes course that'll push all the girls to their very best. See more...
intu Metrocentre - This inner-city shopping mall is packed with shops like Zara, Topshop and everybody's guilty pleasure, Primark.
intu Eldon Square - For a massive range of high-street stores that includes Dorothy Perkins, Hollister, New Look and the simply divine Lush, Eldon Square is the place to shop.
Pleased To Meet You - You'll be exceptionally pleased to meet this lovely bar that's equal parts chic and stylish with beautiful chandeliers illuminating your Mojito I.P.A.
MSA - Alternative, edgy and very popular, MSA (Music Slash Art) is the new sensation on Newcastle's clubbing scene, although it's not a bad place to grab a few cheeky cocktails earlier in the evening as well!
Cocktail Mixing - Fancy discovering the tricks of the cocktail mixing trade? Our cocktail mixing will see you and the girl creating your own alcoholic masterpieces before enjoying them yourselves. See more...
Get Into Newcastle - The best food, events and fashion? Yes please!
Toon Photography - Drop dead gorgeous photos of this 'belta' of a city.
Newcastle Portraits - Stunning images of Newcastle-upon-tyne at its best!
Newcastle Uncovered - Everything you need to know about the city and what's going on while you're there!
- 1. Fenwick's, the largest shopping complex in the UK
- 2. With more than 175 pubs and bars you'll have an unforgettable hen night
- 3. The Castle Keep, with its striking forts and walls
- 4. China Town, with its great restaurants and quirky shops
- 5. The high student population means incredible nightlife!
It's time for a hen do in Newcastle!
Newcastle has some of the best nightlife in the country with a number of the biggest, hottest clubs, huge shopping complexes and a colossal range of activities to fill your days in the Toon. Newcastle is one of the best value cities around, making it a top pick for ladies looking for a top hen party experience!
Why: reasons to celebrate in Newcastle
We love Newcastle for a hen party - if you're hoping for a really fantastic, energetic weekend, there's no bigger party city in the UK! It's renowned for its phenomenal nightlife, and has 100s of bars and pubs to choose from. It's also a hub of culture, with a rich history of music, theatre, art and sport. It's got some spectacular sights and landmarks too, and an incredibly welcoming populace just waiting to help you get the party started! Newcastle hen weekends are famed for their incredible range of activities, excellent shopping, and extraordinary nightlife.
What: planning your hen do in Newcastle
Newcastle's got plenty to offer, with a selection of internationally acclaimed sights, and an amazing range of things to fill your days up with. If you want a bit more, we've got over 50 different activities running in Newcastle for you to enjoy - more than enough to fill your weekend to the brim! Sessions like chocolate making or cocktail mixing get all the girls involved and with dance sessions too it's a full day of laughs for the group - with some time left to hit the shops in between too! Newcastle's fantastic nightlife has something for everyone too, whether you're after a big night at a glitzy nightclub or an intimate night at a cosy bar. No matter where you end up, if you stay in and around the city centre you're in for a great time, but why not start the party with some top quality entertainment first? We've got cabaret, comedy, cruises and casinos - as well as a whole lot more! If you're looking for a weekend packed with great hen party ideas, lively people and an exceptional nightlife, Newcastle is one of the very best hen destinations the UK has to offer!
Shop: Newcastle shopping areas & recommendations
Newcastle's a fantastic place for a spot of shopping - the great mix of independent boutiques, high street staples, and red-hot designers makes it a veritable shoppers paradise! Northumberland Street is often likened to London's Oxford Street, home to the Fenwick department store, as well as other high street retailers and Eldon Square. The Metro Centre is Europe's largest shopping centre, so if you want a full day of retail, this is ideal. Old George Yard has designer and vintage clothes shops. And if you like supporting local business, you can't beat Grainger Market, a historical shopping experience which has stalls selling a remarkable array of products.
How: Getting to Newcastle?
There are three long distance train operators in Newcastle, so whether you're coming from south or north England, you should be able to find a train line running. Rails run to London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and York, amongst others, as well as local stations. If you're coming in from the South, and considering driving, the A1 runs much of the way, and those on Scotland's east coast can follow it down. There's plenty of parking in the city centre, but check with your hotel or accommodation and see what they offer to avoid paying out on meters. It's also possible to get coaches from several different cities, and these can often be very cheap for large groups if booked in advance.
Stay: Choosing your Newcastle accommodation
As the best nightlife, activities and shopping can be found around Newcastle's city centre, you and the girls will want to be close to the action, so we've got fantastic value, centrally located hotels and apartments for you. Acting as a great base for your Newcastle hen do, our 2 and 3 star hotels are a great, simple place to stay at great value, or how about pushing the boat out and staying at one of our Newcastle 4 star hotels? Alternatively if you fancy your own space our central apartments are modern, spacious and the perfect hen choice! Find out more at our Newcastle accommodation page.
Party: Where to head after dark
Head to Stowell Street and Market Street for great bars and clubs, or try New Bride Street for a fresh night scene close to the Laing Art Gallery. No matter where you end up, if you stay in and around the city centre you're in for a great time, and why not set the pace for a fantastic time with some top quality entertainment? We've got saucy male strip shows, hilarious comedy clubs and show-stopping cabaret to kick-start the perfect hen night, just check out our Newcastle entertainment page for a great range of ideas! The friendly, charming, charismatic, and welcoming atmosphere that the city creates combines with the exciting range of entertainment available all year round.
When: The best times to visit Newcastle
With a selection of both one-off and annual events, Newcastle really is lively all year round. The city has a fantastic range of theatres, cinemas and music venues, as well as a host of festivals to keep hens entertained. The Tyneside Irish Festival in October will get you all raising a Guinness to the city, and in Summer there's the !VAMOS! Festival, which celebrates the cities Spanish inhabitants. The SummerTyne Americana Festival brings music to the city in July, too. As for the Great North Run, you may not be running in it, but the atmosphere will make you feel fitter and healthier anyway! As well as that, our activities will keep you busy all year through, with afternoon tea or ringos on the beach in summer, and wine tasting and pizza making to keep you warm in winter. See the full range of excellent activities here.