Activities that will fill the gaps between your, well, other activities!

Spend your spare time wisely and make the most of Newcastle with this handy list of fun, cheap/free activities. If you need something to kill a couple of hours during your hen or stag weekend, , we’ve got you covered. See below to find something that will suit you and your party!

We know you can always frequent cocktail bars, or our favourite hidden bars around Newcastle, but if you’re looking for something different, have a read below. Plus these are ideal for children or older guests who aren’t into the binge drinking/ party mode!

Cat Cafe

Capawchino and Mog on the Tyne are perfect for feline fans. Book a table at one of these cute little hideaways where you can enjoy a hot drink and cake amongst a family of furry four legged friends! This place is ideal if you’re wanting a more relaxed vibe, or to rest up between some more intense activities. Grab a seat a drink for a small entry fee of £5 (which helps look after the cats) and treat yourself to some cake. Ensure you get a spot and book in advance!

Dog Cafe

If you’re more of a dog person, then Dog and Scone is just the place for you. Six furry friends including a baby Pug, a Yorkshire Terrier, Poodles, and a Bichon Frise will play and lounge with you while you enjoy a nice cup of tea and a snack! This is a fun, but chilled out cafe where you can enjoy the company of the pups for £5 for the hour (drink included in the price). You’ll fall in love with the animals, and it’ll give you an hour to calm down and relax, during what I’m sure will be a very active stag/ hen weekend!


Browse Newcastle’s gallery of contemporary art at the Baltic which hosts temporary exhibitions from contemporary artists. With new artwork constantly coming through, you’ll enjoy something completely new each time you visit! Enjoy the view from the viewing box overlooking the River Tyne, and take in the breathtaking views of Newcastle and Gateshead and all of those bridges! Better yet, treat yourselves to a cocktail in their rooftop bar and restaurant which offers a stunning 360* panoramic view of the city.

Laing Art Gallery

If traditional artwork is more suited to your taste, the Laing Art Gallery hosts an array of paintings from local artists including John Martin, and international artists. From pottery to watercolour paintings, this gallery offers culture, art and elegance to suit everyone’s tastes. There’s also a children’s section and often an interactive exhibit (so there’s something for all ages!) The best part is that the gallery is completely free. (Note: some exhibits may have a fee.)


Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, and take a champagne picnic to Jesmond Dene. You can find a nice area and all plonk yourselves down and enjoy the (hopefully) nice weather. The Dene offers stunning woodland views, and a calming stream, setting the scene perfectly for some relaxation. A great wind down after a heavy night of drinking, or a pre-night chill out!