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18 Unusual Date Ideas in Newcastle, UK

18 Unusual Date Ideas in Newcastle, UK

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Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 4 September 2017

Don’t let date night become the same old restaurant and bar routine. Check out these 18 unusual date ideas in Newcastle, featuring artisan bread baking, wildlife spotting and swinging between trees!

Escape from a room together

Stimulate your senses with an escape challenge at Never Give Up! You’ll need to work together on your strengths to complete games and escape from King Tut’s Tomb – with teams as little as two allowed, this is perfect for breaking the ice.

Check out Newcastle Castle

This 12th-13th century visitor attraction in Newcastle makes for one of the more unusual dates you could go on. Newcastle Castle – known as the gateway to Old Newcastle – stands proud in the city centre and regularly hosts events and tours.

Newcastle Castle Keep

Newcastle Castle Keep | © dun_deagh/Flickr

Go to The Stand

One of the city’s leading comedy clubs, The Stand brings local and international artists to the fore. Prepare for plenty of belly laughs!

Go wildlife spotting at Leazes Park

Leazes Park is situated a stone’s throw from the city’s main landmarks and is perfect for not only people watching – but wildlife watching too – as plenty of wild birds and rabbits call this place their home.

Watch the sun set at the Angel of the North

Okay so it’s slightly outside of Newcastle, but it’s definitely worth the trip. Just look at it…

Angel of the North at Sunset

Angel of the North at Sunset | © Martyn Wright/Flickr

Bake artisan bread at Blackfriars

Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh bread. At the medieval-themed Blackfriars Restaurant & Banquet Hall you can make exactly that in their artisan bread making classes!

Download Hidden Newcastle and go on a walking tour

Head out on a self-guided tour of Newcastle at your own pace with the Hidden Newcastle app! With this unique walking tour you’ll be able to discover the history of the city as you stand in the very same spots.

Cycle down the River Tyne and further afield

For a mere £10, you can rent a bicycle (with helmet) and head off on a 2 hour bike tour of Newcastle, including the picturesque River Tyne! Check out The Cycle Hub for more information.

Cycling in Newcastle

Cycling in Newcastle | © Kate Ausburn/Flickr

Paint each other at Newcastle Arts Centre

For a rather unusual afternoon spent together, check out the various painting courses on offer at Newcastle Arts Centre! An oil painting would definitely make for one of the more, shall we say, unique mementos from a date…

All aboard the curry train! Literally…

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 a nearby restaurant – while orders will be taken en route and drinks will be served.

Gin tasting at Decantus

Gin fans take note! Decantus‘ Gin Lab offers around 90 speciality gin & tonics, with their tasting sessions one of the most highly rated activities in the city.

Swat up on history at Bessie Surtees House

Bessie Surtees House is a stunning example of 16th and 17th Jacobean architecture. The former merchants’ houses now operate as a museum – amongst other things – where you’re able to step back in to Tudor times. It’s also free to enter!

Bessie Surtees House, 1932

Bessie Surtees House, 1932 | © Newcastle Libraries/Flickr

Pet an alpaca at Pets Corner

Situated in the heart of Desmond Dene, Pets Corner is a popular animal attraction home to rabbits, goats, pot-bellied pigs an something a little more exotic – alpacas! Get up close and personal with these llama-like animals for a date you’ll never forget!

Catch a film at an indie cinema

Tyneside Cinema is the city’s only full-time, operating independent cinema and is 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.

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 what about on the roof?! With a viewing platform 150ft above the ground, you and your date will be able to see Newcastle in a way you’ve never seen it before.

Drive a steam engine at Beamish

Beamish is an open-air museum which tells the story of life in the North East of England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s. For an unusual twist, why not try drive a steam engine or try your hand at ploughing?

Steam engine at Beamish

Steam engine at Beamish | © Kieron Mathews/Flickr

Climb Newcastle

Who says climbing is just for kids? Impress your date (or embarrass yourself) at Climb Newcastle, with their adult coaching sessions perfect for breaking the ice.

Act like George of the Jungle

With a two hour course set high in the treetops, this one is sure to get your hearts racing. Head to Beamish Wild to swing between trees, cross deadly bridges and much more. Just don’t look down…