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Top August Events

By Newcastle University
A photo of Newcastle city centre in summer

School is out and the sun is shining (sometimes). Take a look at what events our city has to offer this August.

1. Screen on the Green, Old Eldon Square 

Blog Picture - Old ED Square

Screen on the Green is back for 2021 with another season of sensational screenings at Old Eldon Square. Throughout the whole of August, two films will be screened each day (12pm and 6pm) from a schedule filled with family favourites, rom-coms, blockbuster titles and more. Featuring latest releases like The Witches (2021) to unmissable classics like Mary Poppins, get your friends together, grab yourself a deck chair and bask in the Newcastle sun, all whilst watching your favourite movies.

Preview the schedule and plan your visit here. 


2. Newcastle Food Markets, Quayside, Jesmond and Grainger Market

Market Photo

If you're looking for something a bit different one weekend in August, why not check out some of Newcastle's local food markets. Showcasing independent vendors from all across the region, come along to sample some tasty produce, indulge in a variety of mouth-watering street food, purchase some stunning arts and crafts and meet the lovely people of the Toon.

Join us by the idyllic Quayside on Sundays for the Sunday Quayside Market, twice a month in Jesmond Dene on Armstrong Bridge (7th and 21st August) and even daily at the much loved Grainger Market. Whether you're an avid market lover or a complete newbie, these Newcastle gems guarantee a fantastic day out for all of the household.


3. Lundgren Tours, North of England


You'll be glad to know that our friends over at Lundgren Tours aren't stopping their excursions over the summer! This August, the team are hosting three unmissable trips for all students to take advantage of.

On the 7th August, take a hiking trip around the scenic Lake District in Cumbria and enjoy the breath-taking views of Lake Derwentwater as well as the surrounding mountains and countryside. On 14th August, we're going north up to bonny Edinburgh for a Harry Potter themed visit. Come along to not only experience the beautiful history of the city but learn of J.K Rowling's characters and places in the books, many of which were inspired by locations and experience in Edinburgh. And last but not least, venture to the historical cobbles of York on August 21st to experience the York Minster, The Shambles, The City Walls, Clifford Tower/York Castle, the Jorvik Viking Centre, The National Railway Museum or even some of York’s wonderful pubs and cafes. 

With a full itinerary planned and transport included, grab your tickets here.


4. Further Study and Careers Events, Virtual


Although your timetabled university sessions have ended for the summer, our award winning Careers Service is still in operation throughout August, providing you with a vast range of external career-focused events to help maintain your skills over the break. Brush up on your CV and cover letter skills with TARGETJobs on August 5th, discover more about finding graduate work as an international student in the UK with our careers advisors on August 11th or even join the North East Growth Hub for a marketing and social media online workshop on the 27th. With a whole host of events to take advantage of over the summer, browse the entire events schedule here.

Alongside our dedicated Careers staff, the University of Law are also hosting a Law conversion event for any non-Law students who may be considering further study in legal practice. From September 2021, students at Newcastle University can study ULaw's legal programmes which includes the Legal Practice Course (LPC), Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and a Master of Arts in Law (MA) to name a few. If you're interested in legal landscape and wish to explore that route, join the team on August 4th to gain insights into careers in Law, learn of the recruitment process and discover how to sell your non-Law experience. If this sounds up your street, register for your place now.


5. Newcastle Jazz Festival, Tyne Bank Tap Brewery

Jazz Festival

From 13th-15th August, one of Newcastle's favourite local breweries, the Tyne Bank Brewery, is back with their fantastic annual Jazz Festival.. Established back in 1974 and relaunched in 2019, the festival has an incredible history, showcasing some of the best names in British jazz from across our region and beyond. For 2021, the team have gathered another impressive line-up of bands, quartets, trios and duos showcasing the very best of their original music and style and some classic tribute numbers too. The Tyne Bank Tap are also inviting independent food vendors and will be providing plenty of opportunities to sample their range of delicious home brewed beer.

An event guaranteed to put a smile on your face, secure your tickets here


6. STACK Events, STACK Newcastle 


If you've missed dancing and singing like nobodies watching, then STACK Newcastle is your place to visit this August. Throughout the entire month, STACK is back in full force with a range of events for all to enjoy. From general knowledge and trivia nights on Sundays and Rock and Pop quizzes on Wednesdays to live sports and music, get your friends together and secure your table in one of Newcastle's most cutting-edge and well loved social hub. And don't forget their range of tasty street food from local favourites Acropolis, Parmogeddon and Hatch 76 and a huge range refreshing drinks, both soft and something stronger.

Whatever the weather or occasion, make sure you're visiting STACK this summer. Enquire for your table here.


7. Beach Box & Holy Hobo, Jesmond 

Beach Box

Who needs to go on holiday this year when we've got our very own beach right here in Newcastle. We're not talking about Tynemouth or Whitley Bay, we mean Jesmond's Beach Box! One of Jesmond's newest attractions and Newcastle's biggest beer garden, Beach Box brings all the holiday vibes you could possibly need with DJs and live music, tasty street food, refreshing summer drinks, live entertainment and even your favourite pub games like dart and shuffle board. If you're up for a good challenge, why not visit their sister venue Holy Hobo for quiz nights on Wednesdays and bingo on Thursdays too.

Ready to build a sandcastle? Open every day from 12pm-11pm, book your table here. The team do welcome walk ins but booking is recommended. 


8. Silent Tours of Newcastle, Newcastle City Centre 

City centre

The award-winning Silent Adventures Team have arrived in Newcastle and they've brought the fun! Get those dancing shoes ready as they lead you around the party-filled streets of Newcastle for their famous one hour silent disco adventure. Perfect for all occasions, don the hi-tech headphones provided by the team and prepare to throw some serious shapes whilst singing your hearts out to the rest of the Toon! 

Here every Saturday in August from 3pm, grab your tickets now for the craziest tour of your life.


9. Toon Trails, Newcastle's hidden gems

Newcastle castle

Designed by Newcastle Youth Democracy Group and developed by our Open Lab team, Toon Trails is a free app which takes participants on journeys through the city that will have them jumping, posing, and exploring many of its hidden gems. Available from Monday July 26th to Sunday October 3rd, the aim of the app is to get people back outside to enjoy Newcastle's rich and cultural heritage.

The three distinct Toon Trails include: 

  • Rivers and Bridges (Baltic to High Level Bridge approx. 1 hour) 
  • Castles and Churches (Newcastle to Blackfriars approx. 1.5 hours) 
  • Monuments and Parks (St James’ Park to Grainger Market approx. 2 hours) 

Participants can also compete for prizes which will be awarded between October 4th and 31st. If you're up for exploring Newcastle's heritage, you can download the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play or even print out the resources to easily take with you on your journey. Learn more about Toon Trails here.


Any events that we missed? Let us know via socialmedia@ncl.ac.uk.

Please be aware that the above events are subject to change in light of evolving Covid-19 restrictions. Our latest guidance, updates and FAQs can be found here.

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