As January ushers in a new year, you may be thinking things to do in 2024 to explore something new. The North East of England has some brilliant activities and events to start the year on a high note – and keep you visiting throughout the year. From cultural experiences to outdoor adventures, and our brand new workshops there are some fantastic things to do in the North East of England in 2024…
1. Visit Durham Cathedral
Begin your year with a touch of history and spirituality by exploring the stunning Durham Cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a masterpiece of Norman architecture and offers a peaceful escape from the bustling world outside. If adding culture is on your list for 2024 then this is a great option to explore.
2. Newcastle International Film Festival
If you are a film enthusiast, then you should not miss the Newcastle International Film Festival, which has been growing in popularity in recent years. Enjoy screenings of independent films and engage in discussions with filmmakers from around the world.
3. Stunning Walks
You may need a coat and some wellies but we would highly recommend that you explore the region's natural beauty with one of the stunning walks available. The Northumberland National Park and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provide excellent opportunities for hiking, with snow-covered landscapes adding a magical touch to your adventure.
4. Beamish Museum
Immerse yourself in history at the Beamish Museum. This open-air museum showcases life in the North East of England during the 1820s, 1900s, and 1940s. There are often special events taking place throughout the year which are well worth checking out.
5. Awesome Botanical Make Your Own Spa Workshops
Indulge in the ultimate self-care experience with our Make Your Own Spa Product Workshops in Gateshead. Discover the art of crafting luxurious and natural spa products yourself as a relaxing experience. Led by me, Natalie, I will guide you through the process, teaching you the secrets behind creating a sumptuous body butter, invigorating 'wake me up' sugar body or foot scrub and nourishing lip butter all using natural ingredients. Unleash your creativity while pampering yourself with the finest ingredients and personalised scents. Whether you're looking for a unique gift idea or simply want to elevate your self-care routine, our workshops are the perfect way to unwind, relax, and treat yourself to a spa treat like no other.
6. Sunderland Illuminations
The Sunderland Illuminations are a wonderful experience that you can enjoy in the winter. Stroll along Roker Park and enjoy the captivating light displays, perfect for a family outing.
7. Mouth-Watering Food Festivals
The North East is known for its delicious cuisine, and in 2024 there are going to be some incredible food festivals to tantalize your taste buds. Keep an eye out for events like the Newcastle Restaurant Week, offering great deals at local eateries.
8. Historic Castles
Explore the region's rich history by visiting iconic castles such as Alnwick Castle or Bamburgh Castle. While the gardens may be at their best in the summer, the architecture and stories behind these structures remain captivating all year round.
9. Take a Dip in the North Sea
If you are looking for the ultimate wellness test then why not brave the cold and experience the invigorating thrill of a dip in the North Sea. Some brave souls participate in the annual New Year's Day dip, but you can take the plunge at any time if you're feeling adventurous.
10. Live Music and Theatre:
Check out local theatres and music venues for live performances. Newcastle and Sunderland have a thriving arts scene, and you might discover a new favourite band or play.
11. Top Activities in the North East of England in 2024
The North East of England offers so many opportunities for discovery, exploration, gastronomy and wellness. Whether you prefer indoor cultural activities or outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Let us know which activities you choose to make the most of your time in this beautiful and vibrant region – and don’t forget to check out our upcoming workshops for that ultimate pampering treat!