A pop-up park, deckchairs and plants bring an explosion of color and Newcastle holiday vibes, in preparation for six weeks of fun.
The annual NE1 Summer in the City program gets off to a good start this weekend and among its free highlights is a ‘linear park’ on the quay and attractions including outdoor seating, art installations and games dotted around the city .
The program is entirely designed to encourage everyone to spend more free time in Newcastle where participation activities will range from Monday morning ‘mindfulness’ sessions on the quayside – starting this week, July 25, at 8.30am – sports, music and dance. , while there will also be plenty of tempting opportunities to pause, sit back and relax.
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The sight of people relaxing in an area they might normally pass through on their way to work or shopping brings a different atmosphere to the city and, keen to embrace all ages, NE1 also has enough entertainment to keep busy. families throughout the school. holidays.
Screen on the Green at the Business Improvement District Society in Old Eldon Square is now continuing its sports program with a six-week program of free movies – two a day from Monday 25 July – as well as a playground of games and a soft-play facility.
On the Quayside, which already has swings and deckchairs near the Urban Garden, passers-by will find many spaces conducive to relaxation. Here are some of the summer highlights to watch around Newcastle. Among them is a zipline opportunity – the only activity in the program that is not free.
NE1 Summer in the City Highlights
The program will launch this weekend and run for six weeks until September 4.
Ephemeral park on the quay
A 1km park stretching from the Guildhall past the Pitcher and Piano and then towards Ouseburn. The course will be lined with colorful seating and 69 planters of greenery and flowers.
Also on the dock, there are porch swings, a kaleidoscope seating area, and lighted seating in select spots to make the most of the river views. Last year’s 3D illustrations will also be back.
Over two weekends – August 19 and 29 – people will have the opportunity to enjoy a zipline ride stretching from the Tyne Bridge to the Quay. Only limited tickets for this are available and they cost £35: see here.
Free classes – from yoga to dance
Throughout the six-week school holiday there will be 110 free classes – available to book online – ranging from meditation, yoga, salsa and fitness classes to children’s storytelling, dance and art sessions and crafts.
For adults, there will also be lunchtime, evening and weekend fitness and yoga sessions, scheduled to fit people’s busy schedules. They include Monday morning mindfulness; sunset yoga; evening meditation; weekend yoga; HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts and Age Well fitness. There will also be a family fitness session with the Newcastle United Foundation.
Children’s workshops – from rock climbing to music lessons
Hands-on sessions on offer include rock-climbing walls, sports initiation sessions, do-it-yourself crafts, and musical instrument lessons, such as learn to play the ukulele at JG Windows. For budding artists, there will be architectural sketching sessions at The Biscuit Factory and the Newcastle Arts Center will host an introduction to watercolor painting.
The climbing wall will be on the wharf two Saturdays during the summer. A series of storytelling sessions – to be launched with a special performance by BBC Newcastle’s Alfie Joey – will take place at Seven Stories.
Street performers and games ranging from circus to chess
Appearing around the city, these will include aerial acts; choir performances; traveling musicians; comedians and stand-up groups, including the North East’s Rock Choir. Also watch out for the giant chess and Jenga games outside Urban Garden.
Tours – Guildhall to Grey’s Monument
The program includes visits to some of the city’s most historic buildings, including the Guildhall – on July 18 and August 23 – and All Saints Church on August 11 and 25. There will also be two tours of Grey’s Monument, with dates yet to be announced.
Ben Whitfield, Director of Communications at NE1 Ltd, called the program ideal for everyone “whether you work in the city and want an interesting way to start your day or spend your lunch break; whether you’re looking for something fun to do with your free time or you’re on vacation.” He added: “Summer in the city of NE1 is a great way to see Newcastle from a new perspective and have a taste of some of the incredible businesses that call the city home.”
For the full list of what’s happening, dates and how to book, see here.
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