Free things to do on your Hen weekend in Newcastle
Five free activities to enjoy.
Free things to do on your Hen weekend in Newcastle
Newcastle is one of our top selling Hen weekend destinations for a few reasons. There is plenty of affordable quality accommodation, there is a surfeit of bars and clubs offering wild nightlife, the scenery around the city is fantastic and we can offer a wide range of activities to suit any Hen do. In these troubled financial times, however, people are looking for things to do which don’t cost the earth, so here at the Stag and Hen Experience we have helpfully put together a selection of five free things to do on your Hen weekend in Newcastle.
Visit a market for some retail therapy.
The first of our five free things to do on your Hen weekend in Newcastle is to browse round a market. We hens love to shop, so why not pass some of your free time at one of Newcastle’s markets? Monday to Saturday the Grainger Market is open from 9am-5.30pm. The Grainger Market is a covered market which is housed in a Grade I listed building, which was originally opened in 1835 and is now home to over 100 small businesses and independent traders who sell everything from vintage clothes to jewellery and meat, fish and produce. The Grainger Market also has a wide variety of food stalls and is free to visit to browse and maybe pick up a souvenir or a bite to eat. On Sundays, there is the Quayside Sunday Market, this vibrant open air bazaar takes place along the river between the Swing Bridge and the Millennium Bridge is also free to enter and has been part of Newcastle’s culture since the 1700’s. Browsing the stalls selling handmade jewellery, crafts, food and produce, while watching the various street performers, is something we recommend as one of our five free things to do on your Hen do in Newcastle.
Chill and picnic in the park
Our second selection of five free things to do on your Hen weekend in Newcastle is to chill out in the park. If you are lucky enough to have some nice weather for your Hen weekend in Newcastle and you have some time to spare, then why not spend a nice afternoon with your besties in one of Newcastle’s parks? Why not try Jesmond Dene, a narrow wooded valley stretching three kilometres, which provides a wildlife corridor right into the city centre where you can explore and picnic and observe the wildlife, such as kingfishers and red squirrels. Newcastle also has Leazes Park, which is the city’s oldest park and provides an oasis of calm in the city centre if you want to picnic or just enjoy the sunshine by the tranquil lake. If you want to relax and de-stress then why not spend some time in a green space as our next suggestion for five free things to do on your Hen weekend in Newcastle?
The third suggestion of five free things to do on your Hen do in Newcastle is to see the seven bridges. Newcastle is famous for its seven bridges which cross the River Tyne, all within the space of two kilometres. Five of these bridges can be crossed by pedestrians, whilst the other two are rail bridges, however criss-crossing these bridges will provide some amazing views to photograph and is a great way to explore Newcastle, which is a compact city. The bridges range from the Grade 1 listed High Level Bridge, which was constructed between 1846 and 1849 to the ultramodern Gateshead Millennial Bridge which was opened in 2001. If you want to enjoy picturesque views across the River Tyne then we would recommend the seven bridges as one of our five free things to do on your Hen do in Newcastle that you might like to visit.
Walk among famous Geordies
Our penultimate pick of our selection of five free things to do on your Hen do in Newcastle is to follow the Local Heroes Trail. Newcastle has its very own Hollywood style walk of fame dedicated to local heroes, who receive a bronze plaque beside the River Tyne. The Local Heroes Trail runs between the Swing Bridge and the Millennium Bridge on both the Newcastle and Gateshead side of the water and currently numbers 41 plaques. The Local Heroes Trail features such luminaries as Bobby Robson, Ant and Dec, Sting, Mo Mowlam and prog rock band Lindisfarne of “Fog on the Tyne” fame! All the plaques along the Local Heroes Trail are nominated and voted for by the residents of Newcastle and the Trail was opened in 2014 by the widow of Bobby Robson, so if you are looking for an excuse to have a stroll along the Quayside then checking out the Local Heroes Trail is another recommendation of our five free things to do on your Hen weekend in Newcastle.
Soak up some Culture
The final option in our five free things to do on your Hen weekend is to visit a Museum or Art Gallery. While this might not sound like the most exciting of our five free things to do on a Hen weekend in Newcastle, if you have a rainy day and nothing to do then at least Newcastle has a great selection of museums and art galleries which you can access for free. There is the Discovery Museum on Blandford Square, which is dedicated to science and local history, The Great North Museum for natural history and ancient civilisations, The Literary and Philosophical is an absolute must for book lovers and for contemporary art lovers there is the Biscuit Factory, which is the UK’s largest commercial art, craft and design gallery. If you like British oil paintings and watercolours check out the Laing Art Gallery and the Hatton Gallery is there for anyone interested in the best of art from the North East. If you have time to kill or like to soak up some culture we highly recommend a visit to a museum or art gallery and it fully deserves it’s place among this list of free things to do on your Newcastle hen do.
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