16 Fun Things to do in Newcastle for Adults
If you’re visiting Newcastle with friends for the first time, or you’re a local looking for something new, choose from our list of the most fun things to do in Newcastle.
From the historic Newcastle Castle to a Newcastle Brewery Tour, a climbing session at Climb Newcastle or a board games night at Meeple Perk, you’re bound to find something to take your fancy:
A Taste of Newcastle Food Tour
Triple A Tours have carefully chosen a selection of great “tasting partners” in the centre of Newcastle for their Taste of Newcastle Tour. You’ll learn about each dish as you taste it - from fresh seafood to wine tastings and Spanish specialities.
Starting at The Greys Monument at 1pm, your tour will visit 5 of the best independent establishments, where you will sample a wide range of inclusive food and drink. Perfect for looking at Newcastle in a different way.
You can explore all four floors of this atmospheric ancient monument which gave Newcastle its name.
The Newcastle Brewery Tour
This approximately three-hour tour will take you to three specially selected brewery tap rooms or craft beer venues, so that you can sample the best beer that the North East has to offer.
All of the tastings are included in the price of your ticket and are usually a half or quarter pint.
The Tyne Bank Brewery, The Full Circle Brewery and The Brinkburn Street Brewery are usually included on the tour, but these can be subject to change.
Challenge your Mates to a Nerf Rival Battle
You’ll be so glad that you spent hours firing those Nerf guns at your parents when you were a kid!
A 60 minute Nerf Rival party includes the use of Nerf Rival blasters and safety masks, unlimited ammo, and multiple inflatable barricades to hide behind!
It's up to you what sort of battle you want - Last Team Standing, Elimination or Capture The Flag are all available.
It’s like Paintball without the mess or pain!
If you fancy having a go for the first time, you can book an induction session at either centre, and you will be given a private session (for up to 6 climbers) with an experienced and enthusiastic coach. They will show you how to boulder, including all the basic safety and climbing skills you’ll need.
There’s a cafe and climbing shop at both centres, so you can get refreshments and update your climbing gear whilst you’re there.
The Escape Key
The Escape Key is right next to St Andrew’s Church, overlooking the cemetery and site of witch burials and a real plague pit! So as you might expect, their escape rooms include “Plague” and “Witch”!
Escape Key also have 2 outdoor games in Newcastle which you can load onto your phone, so that you can solve puzzles and challenges whilst exploring the old and new parts of the city.
Guided Walking Tour of Newcastle
The places you’ll visit include Grainger Town (where you'll find Grainger Market), Grey’s Monument, Chinatown, Blackfriars, the town walls and, of course, Newcastle Castle. Also, you’ll find out all about the mysterious alien space invaders!
You work together with your friends and family to solve puzzles such as “Save The City”, where you must defuse a bomb before the city is destroyed; “Attic” where you must escape from a murderer's terrifying attic before he returns; or “Fiorella’s Cave” which is an Indiana Jones type of adventure where you need to rescue a precious artefact before the whole cave collapses!
The Flight Sim Centre
You can do all of this and more at the amazing Newcastle Flight Sim Centre. With full-size controls and cockpits and wrap-around screens, you can immerse yourself in learning how to fly these fantastic aircraft.
In the Boeing 737 jumbo simulator, there’s even a mocked-up passenger cabin so that 6 of your friends and family can fly along with you!
Other simulators available include a Piper / Cessna, a Bell 206 Jet Ranger Helicopter, a Messerschmitt, and a high speed 4D motor car.
There’s also a Battle of Britain Experience where the Spitfire and the Messerschmitt simulators are linked so that you and a friend can engage in a dramatic airborne battle.
The Stand Comedy Club, Bar & Kitchen
The Stand is open 7 nights a week, with regular weekly feature nights such as Red Raw on a Wednesday (featuring the beginner acts), Kids Shows, and Weekend Shows (Thursday to Saturday).
If you’ve ever wondered what to do if it’s raining in Newcastle, now you have the answer - an afternoon of playing board games at Meeple Perk!
They have over 400 board games to choose from (each with a suggested length of game) so you can just go for a quick game of Fuse or Tsuro, or a full-blown game of Risk, Catan, Chronicles of Time or Terraforming Mars.
There is a great coffee and food menu serving breakfast (each morning before 12) and light meals such as burgers, nachos and sandwiches, so you won’t go hungry whilst you’re plotting against your friends!
Hatchet Harry’s Axe Throwing
At Hatchet Harry’s you book a 90 minute session, during which you’ll receive expert axe throwing tuition, and then have a friendly competition with the people in your lane.
If you really enjoy your Axe Throwing experience, you can then go along to the regular Hatchet Harry’s Newcastle club night and throw axes every week.
Treasure Hunt Newcastle
Treasure Hunt works like a Whatsapp group, where your Whatsapp team is guided around Newcastle City by a jolly pirate, who is a member of the group. Each member of the team can join in with the group on their own phones.
Now it is a cool bowling alley with a difference - it has ten-pin bowling (with walnut lanes), of course, but it also has a restaurant and bar, ping pong, American pool, beer pong, karaoke, darts, cricket batting cages and a brilliant atmosphere!
You can book the Baller Package which gives you ten-pin bowling, a drink, a main meal and either an hour's ping pong or pool, for an all-inclusive price.
Game of Throwing
You’ll really enjoy testing your throwing skills against your mates in the Game of Throwing arena. You can book an exclusive lane for a group of up to 6 people.
Both locations are in Grainger Town, handy when you are on a night out in the Newcastle city centre.
However long you’re in Newcastle for (a day, a week or even years!) I hope you have found lots of exciting things to do on this great list.