4/ Axe throwing
Another great addition to a stag do is axe throwing! If you’d like to get involved, get yourself to Hatchet Harrys – Newcastle’s first urban axe throwing facility.
They cater for group sizes up to 66 people so you can invite lots of your friends and family to get involved. It’s a great way to spend time with friends, start off a weekend of celebrations and do a unique activity you wouldn’t usually get the chance to do! – (https://newcastle.hatchetharrys.co.uk)
5/ Newcastle party bus
Party bus NE offers a unique way to celebrate with friends. It’s a great way to start off a night of celebrations! The party buses come with a mobile disco, strobe lighting, karaoke, smoke machines, a dance floor and dance poles.
They even have onboard fridges and huge TVs. You can bring your own alcohol and enjoy singing and dancing with friends as you travel around Newcastle.
6/ Spa day
For a much more relaxing and revitalising hen do activity, invite a small group of friends to City Retreat Day spa. You can choose between a 2 hour or 3 hour hen party package with a private spa suite and use of a sauna, steam room and relaxation area. You’ll get to enjoy a fruit platter, chocolates, and a glass of bubbly plus the choice between a deep tissue back massage or a pro-glow facial.
It’s a great afternoon activity, perfect to recharge with friends before the big day!
Top 10 cocktail bars in Newcastle upon tyne
Newcastle is well known for being a city with great night life. Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that the city is filled with great bars and restaurants – no wonder it’s difficult to choose where to go. We’ve narrowed it down to just 10 amazing cocktail bars in Newcastle City Centre that are definitely worth a visit!
Offering over 40 different types of espresso martini’s, Horticulture is an essential spot for cocktail and coffee enthusiasts. Situated just off Grey’s Street on Market Lane, this small, cosy bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink (or a few). They also have a terrace and regularly host DJs.
In light of the festive period, they’ve recently introduced a new cocktail to add to their extensive menu: a toasted marshmallow espresso martini.
2/ The Botanist
Located in one of Newcastle’s most iconic spots, right in the centre of town with a great view of Grey’s Monument, The Botanist is the perfect place to have a drink and enjoy your surroundings. The interior is guaranteed to impress with a large glass dome covered in fairy lights, and the cocktail menu is great too.
They also have an outdoor terrace and offer a food menu if you get hungry. At the moment, their menu is filled with some festival specials like snow goose (a mix of baileys, grey goose vodka and white chocolate liquor), black forest martini, and a chai spiced espresso martini.
Renowned for its popular alfresco terrace (still open over the winter period), Barluga is a great place to enjoy a drink in Newcastle.
The cocktail menu is extensive with new additions added regularly – take the blood orange daiquiri with Havana rum, mango, blood orange syrup and lime. They’ve already decorated the inside with lots of Christmas decorations to create the perfect, cosy, and festive atmosphere this winter.
Where to stay in the North East – North East Accommodation – Best places to stay
You don’t need to travel abroad to enjoy a relaxing and well-deserved break. The North East is home to a beautiful coastline and expansive countryside, castles and historical landmarks, lakes and reservoirs, scenic towns and villages and ample wildlife. It makes the perfect location for a weekend retreat (or a full week retreat). Ranging from action-packed holidays to romantic spa escapes, we’ve collated a list of the best hotels and places to stay in the North East to explore the fantastic, local environment. This way, you can enjoy some time off without having a crush your belongings into tiny carry-on suitcases and deal with long airport queues.
Trees at Tughall
For a true break from the city (but only an accessible hours drive from Newcastle) stay in the Trees and Tughall contemporary cabins in the Northumberland countryside. There are three cabins to choose from, Ash, Willow, and Hawthorne, each with wood burning stoves, king size beds, window seats to take in the expansive woodland views, fire pits and a covered decking. The cabins provide a perfect minimalist space to break away from the bustle of modern life and enjoy the countryside undisturbed.
Only a 30minute walk from Beadnell beach and a 30 minute drive into the cheviots, you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings, and on the plus side, these cabins are ideal any time of year.
The Cookie Jar Alnwick
This boutique style hotel, located in the medieval market town of Alnwick, is a luxurious, cosy retreat. A highlight is the two-tier terrace and garden where you can enjoy cocktails with friends whilst listening to gentle house background music.
There are 11, uniquely named and entirely individual bedrooms, each ranging in character and size so you can choose which one is perfect for you. It also has its own kennels, so you don’t have to leave your dogs behind!
The hotel is well placed in the Northumberland countryside so you can enjoy lots of outdoor activities. From golf to shooting, stargazing to fishing, horse-riding to walking the multiple different trails, there’s so much to do! After an exhausting day exploring in the fresh air, you can retire to the cosy hotel and enjoy delicious locally sourced food from their bistro.
TOP 5 SUNDAY ROASTS IN THE NORTH EAST
Autumn is well and truly upon us, which means it’s also the perfect time of year for a comforting Sunday roast. There is nothing more welcoming than a warming Sunday lunch to cope with the darker, cooler nights. The North East has plenty of great spots for you to try and we’ve highlighted some of the most popular and most delicious.
First up is Branches, a restaurant on the popular Osborne Road in Jesmond. They offer a contemporary elegant dining experience in their stylish, modern dining room with high quality produce sourced from local suppliers (all their meat for the Sunday dinners is sourced from a family farm and butcher that farms in Nidderdale, Moors and Vales.)
Their Sunday lunch menu is priced at £19.95 for one course, £29.95 for 2 and £31.95 for three courses. The main Sunday roasts come with crispy duck fat roast potatoes, freshly made Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese and lots of vegetables. They offer chicken breast, beef, pork loin and also butternut squash risotto as a vegetarian option.
Finish off your delicious Sunday roast with a traditional and comforting British classic, sticky toffee pudding. Or, try out their blackberry and fig cheesecake complete with cinnamon marmalade, blackberry compote and spiced baby figs.
Their menu is also updated and changed regularly.
Next is Nest, offering indulgent dining in a relaxing and comfortable environment. They specialise in tasting menus throughout the week but offer roast dinners between 12-4pm on Sundays. Two courses are priced at £20 whilst three courses are £25. The restaurant can be found on Chillingham road in Heaton.
As well as offering the traditional beef, lamb, and pork Sunday lunches, they also offer different options for those in your group who don’t fancy a roast. These include handmade ricotta tortellini and pan-seared stone bass.
Nest are also renowned for their wine menu, collaborating with an excellent wine supplier, they have lots of interesting wines to enjoy with your Sunday roast.
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