It can be easy to feel a bit glum once all the festivities are over and January has begun.
But don’t feel too down, it looks like there will be lots to enjoy in Newcastle in 2019.
From world famous artists rocking out music festivals to high profile sporting events attracting competitors from all over the world Newcastle will be taking centre stage.
Here is a selection of some of the best that are on offer in Newcastle in 2019:
1. Newcastle Restaurant Week
Ok… so you’ve over indulged at Christmas as per and you’ve stared your new year diet and healthy living regime with gusto.
Just in case you should fall off the wagon by the third week of January like we usually do, you’ll be in luck.
Newcastle’s Restaurant Week will return in 2019. Dates are yet to be announced but it’s usually towards the end of January.
And there’ll be loads of offers for £10 or £15 per person from all of Newcastle’s best restaurants.
If you’re going to blow the diet, you might as well do it in style, right?
2. Chinese New Year
Winter can feel terribly dull and dismal once the Christmas lights are down, so it’s a good job we have the Chinese community to bring a bit of colour back to the City Centre.
2019 is the Year of the Pig, and celebrations will start on Tuesday 5 February with the main parades taking place on Sunday 10 February.
Plans are yet to be fully announced, but last year saw lively parades through the City Centre as well as the usual celebrations around Stowell Street.
With each year’s celebrations seemingly getting bigger and better we are sure 2019’s will be a spectacular event.
3. Free thinking Festival
BBC Radio 3’s annual festival of new ideas is returning to Sage Gateshead in Spring.
The Free Thinking Festival is a weekend of provocative debate, learning, music and performance which is guaranteed to get the old cogs turning.
Taking place from Friday 29 until Sunday 31 March with speakers and further information due to be released soon.
Check Sage Gateshead’s website to find out more.
4. This is Tomorrow Festival
A massive music festival is set to hit Exhibition Park in May, with Noel Gallagher’s High flying Birds headlining.
Billed by organisers SSD Concerts as ‘the largest and most forward-thinking live musical gathering the city has ever witnessed’ This is Tomorrowwill be the first of its kind on Exhibition Park.
The festival will take place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May with the Oasis star’s band will topping the bill on the Saturday night.
The Saturday line-up will also see performances from The Vaccines, The Editors, Glasvegas, and local lads FEVA with many more names to be confirmed.
5. Northern Pride Festival
This year’s Newcastle Northern Pride 2019 Festival will mark 50 years since the era defining Stonewall Riots and the annual pride parade through Newcastle City Centre will transform into a procession of remembrance, to honor those who fought for change.
The Festival will take place the weekend of 19-21 July in and around the City Centre.
More details are yet to be announced but this year’s Pride is sure to be louder and prouder than ever, and not to be missed.
6. World Transplant Games
NewcastleGateshead will be hosting the World Transplant Games in August 2019.
The Games will see approximately 3000 participants from around 70 countries arrive to compete between 17 and 24 August.
All participants will be recipients of organ and/or tissue transplant or will be living donors or donor families.
The games show the ability of transplant donors and recipients to lead healthy, normal lives and are respected across the globe.
Gateshead International Stadium and Northumbria’s Sport Central are among the venues that have been chosen and tickets will be available for spectators.
7. Mouth of the Tyne Festival
The Mouth of the Tyne Festival takes place in Tynemouth and features spectacular outdoor concerts at Tynemouth Priory and Castle.
The festival which is in its 15th year, takes place from Thursday 11 until Sunday 14 July 2019.
Rick Astley has recently been announced as headliner for the Saturday night with lots more acts still to be confirmed.
Previous years’ have seen Paloma Faith, Paul Weller, Elbow, Bryan Ferry, The Specials and Laura Marling play the iconic coastal location, and this year’s line up is unlikely to disappoint.
There will also be street entertainment, a jazz stage, children’s pageant, activities in Tynemouth Station and much more.
The festival usually sells out fairly quickly so keep an eye out on the website for more announcements.
8. The North East Chilli Festival
In a new coastal site near Blyth, this year’s Chilli Festival promises a ‘three day event guaranteed to blow your head off’.
Now in its 8th year, the three-day festival features the very best in food, drink and entertainment including performances from Newcastle’s very own Northern Funk band Smoove and Turrell as well as a huge line up of acts.
A hot line up of the UK’s leading chilli product and street food vendors will be sampling their wares and a new and improved bar area will sell craft ales, ciders, gin, wine and cocktails.
The new site at Meggie’s Burn features on-site camping and parking for the festival which will run from Friday 5 to Sunday 7th July 2019.
There are some tickets left on sale although demand has been high, so get yours soon if you are hoping to go along.
9. High profile rugby events
Rugby fans are definitely in for a treat this year with St James Park set to stage an array of world-class events this summer.
The stadium will host the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals in May, which are estimated to bring around £20m and 100,000 visitors to the city.
England will also play their last match before heading out to the Rugby Union World Cup at St James’ Park against Italy in September.
10. Les Misérables in Newcastle
Newcastle’s premier theatre is hosting a huge eight-week run of the West End favourite, from August 15 to October 5, 2019.
The show, which will be on its first UK tour in almost a decade, is a coup for Newcastle.
The musical is enormously popular thanks to hits such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and is sure to be a sell -out run.
So if you want one of the hottest tickets in town don’t hang around.
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