How to spend a bank holiday in the North East

A Spring bank holiday is the perfect way to explore a new city or revisit your favourite places. If you are looking for a spark of inspiration on where to go in the region this Bank Holiday, then read on.

For newcomers and locals alike, a Vera Half Day tour is the perfect opportunity to explore the region as seen on screen! It promises picturesque backdrops as seen on the iconic ITV crime drama such as the seven bridges connecting Newcastle and Gateshead. As you travel by coach, Vera's grisly murder locations and iconic police station are visible as well as various landmarks like beaches along the Northumberland coast. Discover somewhere you have never been before and learn the history from an expert guide.

For an afternoon activity delve into Newcastle Castle further by taking a separate tour of this medieval fortress, promising picturesque views of the city and for the lovers of everything true crime related, learn about its grim history. Newcastle Castle’s ‘Castle’s Keep’, and ‘Black Gate’ are both preserved from when the castle was first built, so it will feel like stepping back in time.

Travel to the countryside in Northumberland and enjoy nature at The Alnwick Garden, a project commissioned by the Duchess of Northumberland. This idyllic location boasts the largest collection of poison plants and an impressive Cherry Tree orchard - well worth taking a look at!

Afterwards relax under the stars with Twice Brewed Inn, in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall county, offering a guided tour of the night sky in a 360-degree immersive dome. Visitors can carry on the twilight experience with an astronomically themed planetarium film to end the night.

Start your day off with a splash by signing up for an adult surf lesson provided by Tynemouth Surf Co. This fun-filled experience will ignite your spark for surfing, don’t worry if you are a beginner as they specialise in beginner and intermediate lessons – perfect for someone starting out.


When you have worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious three course meal at Hinnies in Whitley Bay. This warm and relaxing restaurant combines hearty Geordie meals with a friendly service – giving you a perfect representation of the North East region.