Jun 22 2013

Summer Events in Newcastle 2013

NE1’s Quayside Seaside
Back in the city – for four months from 31 May – 30 September, Newcastle Quayside’s very own pop up beach with beautiful white sands, palm trees and NE1 deckchairs.
Pull up a deck chair and watch the world go by or if you are feeling energetic round-up some friends for a game of beach volleyball on the beach volleyball court.  NE1 will be running the beach volleyball league for city centre based businesses again this summer, previous winners have included Ward Hadaway Law Firm and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Quayside Seaside has been welcomed into the heart of the city and its return was heralded with a storm of tweets from people delighted to see its return.  This year the beach is 20% bigger with more sand and decking to be enjoyed by the thousands of visitors to Newcastle’s Quayside during the summer.
NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week
5 – 11 August
The dates have been set for NE1’s Newcastle Restaurant Week in August.
NE1’s Restaurant Week will return from 5-11 August – offering the chance to savour the delights of some of Newcastle’s finest in what will be the sixth Restaurant Week the city has hosted since NE1 launched the initiative three years ago.
For full details of participating restaurants visit
Alive after Five
The city remains open, vibrant and Alive after Five with extended shopping until 8pm every weekday and until 7pm on Saturdays.   Supported by free car parking in the council run multi-storey car parks after 5pm Monday to Friday, Alive after Five provides another major reason to come into the city to enjoy all that will be happening.
Summer is always a great time to enjoy Alive after Five with the lighter nights making alfresco dining a must, combined with a trip to the theatre, or a concert or comedy night – there’s always something happening in the city.  Visit for a full what’s on programme of events.
Grey’s Monument will be the place to be throughout the summer with a range of NE1 events and activities to entertain and bring the city to life during the long summer holidays.
For further information on participating Alive after Five shops, car parks and early evening offers visit
NE1’s Monument Movies
Every Tuesday & Thursday from 23rd July – 29th August
Back by popular demand – NE1’s Monument Movies return to Grey’s Monument for the summer.  Every Tuesday and Thursday during school holidays, film classics and family favourites will be showcased on the big screen – free of charge.  Pull up an NE1 deckchair and watch a movie, while keeping one eye on the passing crowds, there’s no better vantage point to people and movie watch in the city.
NE1’s Zap Cat Power Boat Grand Prix
Saturday 31 – 1 September
A new bank holiday staple – The NE1 Zapcat Grand Prix powerboat race will take the Tyne by storm when 20 teams compete for the coveted title of NE1 Zapcat Grand Prix champion.  Two days of fast powerboat action as the Zapcats powerboats rip up the river.   The races take place 10am & 6pm on Saturday 31 August and 1 September between the Tyne and Millennium Bridges providing an amazing, free to watch spectacle for the crowds that gather on the Quayside.
World Cities Week
24 – 29 September
World Cities Week returns to the city on 24 September.  Grey’s Monument will be alive with the sights and sounds of many different nationalities, all brought to life in the heart of Newcastle with street food stalls, music, dance and cultural performances from around the world to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity.
NE1 Scratch Bikes
What better way to get around the city and into the suburbs of Gosforth and Jesmond during the summer than to pick up a Scratch Bike.  Newcastle’s equivalent to Boris’ Bikes, the Scratch Bike phenomenon has really taken off with the hire stations situated at key locations across the city.  If you haven’t given it a go, summer is the time to try.  Visit to find out how to sign up for your perfect journey around the city.    Scratch Bikes is the first city-wide bike hire scheme in the region and is supported by NE1 Ltd.


Photo by Ken Wilson

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