Newcastle on the Tynes, or rather just Newcastle, has gained much fame due to its incredible nightlife and club scene. There is high concentration of pubs, bars and clubs around the Bigg Market, as well as the Quayside area of the city centre. But those who think that all the city has to offer is Newcastle’s largely celebrated nightlife is hugely mistaken. During the whole year, Newcastle has numerous festivals that are worth checking out. Those of you who like to travel fast and comfortably should get your hands on BMI airlines flight tickets now and visit this vibrant city.
In January or February, Chinatown is the centre of attention as it celebrates the Chinese New Year. Because of this, there is a carnival of colours and music held in the area and lots of delicious Chinese food is devoured by the locals and the tourists alike. In March there are even two festivals. The first, the Newcastle Gateshead Comedy Festival, has experienced a renaissance since it was first held in 2006. The other, the Newcastle Science Festival, is a ten day celebration of innovation and creativity spread all over locations throughout Newcastle.
After that, in April, Newcastle holds an annual Beer Festival organised by CAMRA, which is an independent organisation that promotes real ale and real cider, as well as the preservation of the traditional British pub. That one is definitely worth going to. It’s a festival about beer with lots of beer and festivities – what more could you want? Right after that, the Evolution Festival is held in May over the spring bank holiday. This is a music festival that features acts from the world of Rock, Indie and Dance which attracts people from all over the country.
Also held in Newcastle is the Northern Gay Pride Festival, which includes a big, fancy parade and welcomes participants of all sexual orientations and gender identifications. It’s a very colourful and fun parade that while being mostly a celebration of liberation and personal freedom, hasn’t lost its political statement. It takes place in the city’s gay community as well as in Leazes Park in late July.
During these festivals, the city’s famous nightlife and club scene transform into an even bigger and more energetic scene, very much worth the experience. Especially since these festivals attract people from all over the country as well as tourists from abroad. The Newcastle festivals are always a good opportunity to get into contact with a bunch of cool new people while having fun at the same time.