18 Unusual Date Ideas in Newcastle, UK

Sunset over the River Tyne, Newcastle
Sunset over the River Tyne, Newcastle | © Peter Atkinson / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer21 September 2018

Don’t let date night slip into the same old dinner-and-drinks routine. Instead, take inspiration from these unusual date ideas in Newcastle.

Challenge yourselves in an escape room

Stimulate your senses with an escape-room challenge at Never Give Up. You’ll need to work together to complete games and escape from themed rooms such as an Egyptian tomb and a mad scientist’s dungeon. With teams as small as two allowed, this is the perfect way to get to know each other.

Check out the castle

Built around 122AD, Newcastle Castle, known as the gateway to Old Newcastle, stands proud in the city centre and regularly hosts events and tours that bring history to life. A visit here would make for one of the most unusual dates you could go on.

View of the castle across the River Tyne | © Caron Badkin / Shutterstock

Crack up at The Stand

If you and your date are fans of stand-up comedy, prepare for plenty of belly laughs at The Stand. Local and international artists take to the stage at Newcastle’s leading comedy club, so you’ll never hear the same joke twice.

Feed the ducks in Leazes Park

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Leazes Park is situated a stone’s throw from the city’s main landmarks and is perfect for wildlife watching, with plenty of birds and rabbits calling this place home. Pack a romantic picnic and save something for the ducks.

Leazes Park | © GTP / Alamy Stock Photo

Watch the sun set at the Angel of the North

It may be a short drive outside Newcastle, but what’s more romantic than a road trip? Antony Gormley’s contemporary structure is particularly striking in the evening, and is definitely worth a visit.

Angel of the North, Gateshead | © Stephen Noble / Alamy Stock Photo

Bake artisan bread at Blackfriars

There’s nothing like the smell of fresh bread, and the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. Impress your date with your kneading skills at the bread-making classes at the Medieval-themed Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall.

Be your own tour guide with Hidden Newcastle

Move at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the city with the Hidden Newcastle app. With this unique walking tour, which lets you uncover Newcastle’s “tragic and macabre” past, you’ll be able to discover a lesser-known part of the city’s history without bumping into any other tourists.

Cycle down the River Tyne and further afield

If you and your date are fans of the outdoors, rent a bicycle and head off on a bike tour of Newcastle, including along the picturesque River Tyne. For the ultimate romantic gesture, why not rent a tandem?

Cycling together is both romantic and fun | © Kate Ausburn / Flickr

Create paintings each other at Newcastle Arts Centre

For an unusual afternoon together, check out the various painting courses on offer at Newcastle Arts Centre. An oil painting of your beau would definitely make for a unique memento.

Hop on the ‘curry train’

The Valley Restaurants offer another unusual experience, this time in the form of the Passage to India Curry Train. Train guests will be greeted at the station and whisked away to the nearby restaurant, with orders taken en route and drinks served in the carriages for a retro transport experience.

Gin tasting at Dacantus

Gin lovers, take note! The Dacantus Gin Lab has around 90 speciality gins, and their tasting sessions give you the chance to explore some fascinating flavours. Try one of their unique G&Ts and see if you and your date can agree on a favourite.

Be inspired at Bessie Surtees’s House

Bessie Surtees’s House is a stunning example of 16th- and 17th-century Jacobean architecture and has a romantic past: the eponymous Bessie eloped with her lover from the address in 1772. Take inspiration from their love story, and who knows? Maybe you’ll end up writing your own.

Bessie Surtees House | © Peter Atkinson / Alamy Stock Photo

Pet an alpaca at Pets Corner

Located in the heart of Jesmond Dene, Pets Corner is a popular animal attraction home to rabbits, goats, pot-bellied pigs and alpacas. Playing with these cuddly creatures will make for an adorable date.

Catch a film at an indie cinema

Tyneside Cinema is the last surviving news theatre still operating as a cinema today, and a perfect alternative to the big chains. The Grade II-listed building has four screens, a licensed café-bar, an art gallery and various displays of local heritage items to admire while you wait for your film to start.

Walk on the roof of St James’ Park

St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United FC, offers fantastic views of the city from inside the ground, but you can gain a whole new perspective from the roof. With a viewing platform 46m (150ft) above the ground, you and your date will be able to see Newcastle in a way you’ve never seen it before.

St James' Park football stadium viewed from Town Moor | © Harry Green / Alamy Stock Photo

Step back in time and drive a steam engine

Beamish is an open-air museum that tells the story of life in the northeast of England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. For an unusual twist on a date, why not jump aboard a steam engine or try your hand at ploughing?

North of England Open Air Museum, Beamish | © Washington Imaging / Alamy Stock Photo

Scale the walls at Climb Newcastle

Who says climbing is just for kids? Impress your date (or embarrass yourself) at the world-class bouldering facilities at Climb Newcastle. Their adult coaching sessions are perfect for breaking the ice.

Get the adrenaline flowing at an adventure park

With a two-hour course set high in the treetops, this date is sure to make your hearts beat faster. Head to Beamish Wild Adventure Park, just outside Newcastle’s city centre, to swing between trees, cross wobbly bridges and much more. Just don’t look down…

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