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Food, fun and festivals. 11 events to book for August Bank Holiday

We’re talking a zip-line across the Tyne, terrace parties and plenty of scran. It’s the last one of the year, so why not go out with a bang?

Written by High Life North
Published 25.08.2022


Tyne Bridge Zip-Line

When: Friday 26th – Saturday 27th and Monday 29th August

Where: Tyne Bridge, A167 Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead NE8 2BH

Price: £35

For the risk takers, NE1’s Summer in the City has brought back the zip-line from the Tyne Bridge. Looking for an unforgettable family day out or a date like no other? Here’s your chance to jump off Newcastle’s iconic landmark – it’s not for the faint-hearted!


Roller Rink

Where: Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ

When: 22nd July – 4th September

Price: £10 for adults, £8 for five to 17-year-olds, £4 for those aged four and under and £28 for a family ticket (includes the roller skates, kneepads and helmet hire).

Whether you’re a big kid at heart or have fun-loving little ones in your life,

Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council invite you to pull on your skates. With bangers from across the decades spun from the booming DJ booth, there are hours of fun to be had for beginners and experts alike to dance, skate and party.



Sunday Sessions @ Cake Stories Hoults Yard

Where: Cake Stories, The Clocktower, Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Byker NE6 1AB

When: Sundays (2pm – 5pm)

Price: Free

If you’re looking for more chilled vibes this weekend, then this is for you. Join our friends at Cake Stories this Sunday afternoon for live music from local talent, 2-4-1 cocktails and plenty of sweet treats to choose from. A perfect way to catch up with friends, enjoy the warm weather and destress this bank holiday weekend.


Vinyasa Yoga | Body & Soul Flow

Where: Muscari Studio, Teapot 1, Hoults Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 2HL

When: Every Sunday (9am – 10am)

Price: £11

If you’d prefer to wind down this weekend, then the Body & Soul all-level 60-minute vinyasa yoga class is designed to strengthen the body and heal the soul inside Muscari Studio. Each class is themed around a personal growth topic to inspire and motivate you on and off the mat and improve your flexibility.



Witches & Wizards Supper

Where: Blackfriars Restaurant, Friars Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XN

When: Friday 26th August (7pm)

Price: Adults for £75 and children for £35 (including a drink on arrival, three sumptuous courses and coffee)

Harry Potter fans, this is right up your street. Blackfriars’chefs are ready with cauldrons to stir up a mystical menu including roast Hogwarts ‘n’ all. Hang up your broomsticks to be handed a welcome cocktail followed by a 3-course feast and enjoy the entertainment. Make sure you dress up to get into the mystical mood.


Battle of the Best

Where: Wylam Brewery, Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PZ

When: Friday 26th – Saturday 27th August (3pm–11pm)

Price: Free

Wander along to Wylam Brewery and you will find the Battle Royale. This bank holiday weekend, it’s time to crown the champion of all champions with the Battle Royale. Crowd favourites and new vendors will battle it out to be crowned culinary champions. Entry is free, with each small plate costing four pounds.



Noughty 90’s Festival Newcastle 2022 LIVE

When: Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th August

Where: Leazes Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4BJ

Price: From £38.75

The return of Noughty 90’s Festival to Exhibition Park is set to be massive. Anyone born in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s is going to LOVE this. Think Cascada, Boyzlife, Fatman Scoop, S Club, Micky Modelle, Vengaboys, Five, Liberty X, Blazin Squad, N-Trance, Ultrabeat, Kelly Llorena, Fragma and Artful Dodger.


Silent Disco Adventure Tour of Newcastle

Where: The Hustle, Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5RE

When: Saturday 27th August (3pm­­–4pm)

Price: Adults for £16.95 and children for £12.95

The Hustle is bringing the boogie this bank holiday. Get those dancing shoes at the ready and head to Newcastle’s newest cocktail bar and disco lounge before heading off a silent disco adventure touring the streets of Newcastle. Wave bye-bye to all of those inhibitions, put on your headphones and prepare to throw some serious shapes whilst singing your heart out.


Gusto Bank Holiday Terrace Party

 Where: Gusto Italian, 106 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DX

When: Sunday 28th August (2pm)

Price: Free

Who needs a flight to Italy when Gusto is bringing the Mediterranean to you this August Bank Holiday? If you fancy a Sunday on the Quayside, Gusto is hosting a fantastic party on their Aperol Terrace. With live DJ Bride & Groove playing the finest in soul, funk and disco and delicious food whilst sipping on a cheeky cocktail or two, you’ll know where to find us.



We Will Rock You

Where: Theatre Royal, 100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6BR

When: Thursday 26th – Friday 27th August (7:30pm)

Price: £22.50

The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns and is guaranteed to blow your mind – with 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances. So, if you’re ready to do the fandango or want to break free this weekend then book your tickets now.


Newcastle Mela 2022

Where: Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3DA

When: Sunday 28th – Monday 29th August (12pm–8pm)

Price: Free

Here you’ll get the chance to experience the vibrant and fabulous music, food and entertainment from Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures. This free family-friendly event is over two days where you’ll be entertained by singers and musicians, buy clothes, gifts and jewellery, try out art, crafts and activities and see some incredible performances by circus acts, dance artists and local groups.

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