What's On In Newcastle This Autumn?
Summer may be over but never fear – some of the UK’s best traditions start in the autumn and winter. We do however recommend investing in some woolly jumpers, Wellington boots, and gloves to keep you warm as the days grow colder and shorter. Although you may be familiar with Halloween, have you ever heard of Guy Fawkes Night? Or have you visited a Christmas fair and tasted a Dutch waffle? These are all events to look forward to in the next few months.
To help you make the most of the new season, we have compiled a short list of events going on in and around Newcastle to make sure you don’t miss out.
Clear White Light
18 October – 10 November, Live Theatre
An event for theatre fans, this play is based on the classic gothic tale by Edgar Allan Poe called ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’. It will feature songs by Alan Hull of Lindisfarne (a famous Newcastle band) and be set in a modern British hospital that is going through hard times. Spooky and entertaining, this is the perfect October night out.
Terror in the Trees
26 – 31 October, Beamish Hall
Be afraid, be very afraid! If you want to experience a few frights this Halloween, then we recommend buying tickets to Terror in the Trees. This is an immersive experience described as “a truly terrifying journey through the woods” and the website recommends wearing waterproof outerwear and boots – so, who knows what may happen? The perfect Halloween plans for fans of horror. If you prefer something a little less scary, you can attend the Hotel of Horror party instead.
29 October – 10 November, Theatre Royal
One of the West End’s best musicals is coming to Newcastle. Described as the ‘freshest, most fabulous, feel-good musical of the decade’, it tells the story of a struggling shoe factory owner who teams up with a unique performer named Lola to change both their lives for the better. The show is based on a true story, features songs by pop legend Cyndi Lauper, and is a perfect example of real British spirit. If you don’t want to miss it, you can buy tickets here.
Fireworks & Funfair Family Race-Night
3 November, Newcastle Racecourse
Every year on the 5th of November, we remember the time a man called Guy Fawkes, and a few other men tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1606. This was called the Gunpowder Plot and luckily it was stopped, so we light fires and set off fireworks every year to celebrate. There is even a rhyme about it: ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.’ You can see these fireworks at Newcastle Racecourse and also visit the funfair and watch a few races – to find out more, click here.
24 November, Metro Radio Arena
Pop sensation Jess Glynne will be stopping by Newcastle on her UK tour. She first hit the charts in 2015 with her award-winning album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’ and since then the singer/songwriter has been working on new material. Jess will be performing songs off her brand-new album, ‘Always In Between’, at what is sure to be an unforgettable show at the Metro Radio Arena. You can buy tickets to see Jess here.
Newcastle Christmas Market
16 November – 16 December, Newcastle City Centre
As Christmas approaches, markets pop up all over the UK. These traditionally feature stalls selling local produce, gifts, decorations, and seasonal food. They are a great place to do some Christmas shopping but also to just spend a day with friends, go on various rides and enjoy great food. Newcastle’s version of this event incorporates international stalls serving up food and drink from many different nations, so you can experience Christmas from all over the world in one place! Find out more about this year’s market here.
7 – 30 December, Tyne Theatre & Opera House
Pantomimes are a unique part of a British Christmas. Although mainly for children, there are always jokes for the adults and plenty of satirical humour in these comedy plays. Pantomimes (or ‘pantos’) are usually based around a classic fairy tale that has been updated with modern songs. There is always a hero, a villain, and a narrator who speaks to the audience – and the audience is encouraged to speak back! If you want to experience this very English tradition, you can watch Cinderella this December. Find out more here.
‘Muddle Class’ with Jason Manford
19 December, Metro Radio Arena
Jason Manford is on the UK’s most popular comedians. If you want to learn more about the culture and humour of the UK, his new show is a must-see. Jason often appears on television, has his own radio show and has been in several plays and hasn’t been able to tour – until now. He will be coming to Newcastle in December, so if you want an insight into growing up in the North of England, you can buy tickets to his show here.
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