Are you based in Tyne and Wear and looking for some out of the ordinary days or nights out? We’ve compiled some creative date ideas in Newcastle offering something a little bit different. From books to baking, planes to prohibition – here are some unique experiences.
Take an art class at Mushroom Works
With exhibitions and open studios, you can be voyeurs together. Or you could flex your artistic muscles by taking a class at the uber-cool Mushroom Works on St Lawrence Road. You could sign up for some jewellery making, sculpture or even life drawing. It’ll help you discover more about one another, bond and learn a new skill.
Tell ghost stories at the city’s most haunted pub
A great one for dark autumn and winter nights, a visit to this supposedly haunted pub will set the scene for a spooky evening. The building itself dates back to 1582 and holds a replica chair one sat upon by King Charles I. There’s a good choice of food and drink too, but you can make the night your own, by getting creative telling each other some scary ghost stories.
Spot kingfishers at the Jesmond Dene
When the weather allows, get into the great outdoors to commune with nature and enjoy some fresh air. Formed from a steep-sided, wooded valley, the Dene is a beautiful historic park that belies its city location. Found in Newcastle’s suburbs, it can be cycled or walked and is home to a wide variety of wildlife. It’s the perfect place for a completely free date that can be as long or as short as you wish. Look out for the stunning old mill as you amble through.
Bake for the High Pie Society
Are you a nifty baker? Show off your skills and enjoy a sociable night out at the High Pie Society. This secret underground club gives you the chance to chat all things pastry, tuck into some tasty scran and meet some others. You can bring along a non-baking buddy, so this makes for a relaxed, low-pressure date with some company of others (so you’re not alone if it’s still early days in your romance). And it only costs a quid, so it’s a bargain too.
Take a self-guided tour with Hidden Newcastle
Want to take a tour on the spur of the moment? This fascinating app will have your last-minute date sorted. There’s no need for bookings as you’ll do it yourself with the help of some handy tech. You can go at your own pace, linger at spots of interest and bypass anything less so – and it’s suitable for any time of the day or evening. Uncover the great mysteries and history that lies right on your doorstep and get a little closer to your date along the way.
Place Space Golf at Mr Mulligans
Have an out of this world adventure at Mr Mulligans. This date will enable you to unleash a competitive side and practice your swing, in a colourfully surreal setting. You’ll meet some aliens and explore a variety of planets together as you work your way through the nine holes. Should you feel peckish, there are some good value food and drinks packages to compliment your game. And if you’re left wanting more after your round, why not stay for a game of electro-darts!
Speed dating Newcastle
If you don’t yet have a date, let us do the work of finding one for you. Come along to one of our speed dating nights in Newcastle and you’ll have the chance to meet a number of eligible singles in the city. This is a great way to date face to face if you’re sick of endless Zooms and swiping right.
Browse hardbacks at The Lit & Phil
Not everyone enjoys a night on the town or active date. The more bookish among you will love The Literary and Philosophical library – an exquisite secret space that’s open to the public. Get inspired and stimulate your imagination by browsing through the collection of 200,000 books (from 16th-century tomes to modern fiction) together. Tours are available and lunchtime concerts are frequently held at the venue. Grab a coffee after your visit for an intellectual chat on your favourite literary works.
Drink Moonshine at the Prohibition Cabaret Bar
Take him or her out for drinks, 1920s style and catch some top live cabaret. Variety, magic, jazz, burlesque, vaudeville and music hall acts take to the stage in this bar found under a working railway arch in a cobbled back street beside the Tyne Bridge. The award-winning venue has a flamboyant, theatrical vibe and is ideal if you love a glamorous night out on the town.
Fly a Boeing at The 737 Experience
Take to the skies without leaving the ground on a date that’ll leave you feeling on top of the world. If you’ve always fancied yourself as Top Gun, this is a fun, unique and memorable experience. The realism is astounding as you take control of this 1:1 scale replica and choose from over 24,000 worldwide airports from which to depart. This option is at the higher end of our creative date ideas in Newcastle, price-wise. But if you have the cash to flash, this is sure to make a lasting impression.
If you’re ready to meet a special someone why not give speed dating in Newcastle a try? We’ve been running successful events in the city since 2004 and we’re still matching happy couples int he North East. Perhaps you’d rather go along to some speed dating in Hull, or even speed dating in Huddersfield? Wherever you’re based, we have an event near you.