You come for the rugby – but you stay for the rest.
The North East will welcome thousands of sports fans as part of the Rugby World Cup matches in the region.
So if you’re going to be one of them, and you’ve never visited us before, why not make the most of your time here?
Outside of the rugby games (taking place on October 3, October 9 and October 10 at St James’s Park in Newcastle) the North East has plenty to offer.
Whether you fancy a slap up meal, a night on the beers or some fun daytime entertainment, we have the list for you. Check out our guide of things to do in the North East over the next two weekends.
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne
Spend an afternoon in one of Newcastle’s hidden (and free) gems. Take the whole family to explore the exhibitions of the Discovery Museum and see what you can learn.
The Boiler Shop Steamer, Robert Stephenson Centre, Sussex Street, Newcastle upon Tyne: October 2, 5.30pm until 12am and October 3, 12pm until 12am.
Enjoy a vibrant weekend of food, drink and music at one of Newcastle’s most popular monthly events. Dance the evening away and discover your new favourite local trader with delicious food and drinks.
National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland
With permanent and temporary exhbitions alike, there’s something to suit everyone at the city’s glass centre. Take part in a hands on workshop or marvel at a display.
Poppies Weeping Window, Woodhorn Museum, QEII Country Park, Ashington. Open daily: 10am until 5pm.
Take this chance to visit the iconic poppies sculpture at its home in the North East - before it moves on. You can park all day for only £3.50.
Beamish Museum, County Durham
For a trip back in time, take a chance on Beamish. Ride on the tram, play hopscotch at school and get a quarter of your favourite confectionary at the local shop. What more could you want for an exciting day out?
South Shields & Westoe Beer Festival, South Shields & Westoe Sports Club, Dean Road, South Shields: October 2, 4pm until 11pm, October 3, 12pm until 11pm and October 4 12pm until 11pm.
Take your pick of 20 real ales, ciders and perries for an entry fee of only £8 per person. The price includes your engraved glass and two drinks.
It’s the view everyone’s heard of. Walk to the side of the River Tyne and take in breathtaking views of the bridges. There’s a great pick of restaurants and bars too, if the sights aren’t enough on their own.
WWT Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear
If the weather is ever kind to us, that means it’s time to get out of doors. So if the sun shines on the region over the rugby weekends, we really do recommend a trip to Washington. Visit the wildlife at the award-winning centre - and take advantage of a buy one get one free offer.
Sandhaven Beach, South Shields
Get along to be beside the seaside. Enough said.
Houghton Feast 2015, various locations across Houghton-le-Spring: October 2 until October 11
Get your fill of modern and traditional activities to suit the whole family at this yearly celebration. A great event to visit as you pass through the North East.
Visible from the East Coast mainline (and looking even more spectacular up close) get a dose of culture in a visit to Durham Cathedral.
Penshaw Monument, Chester Road, Penshaw
Visit the iconic National Trust monument, which sits between Washington and Houghton-le-Spring.
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
It’s only fair – if you’re here for the rugby to visit the home of Newcastle United, why not pay a visit to the North East’s other Premier League team, Sunderland. Come and see the home of the mighty Black Cats.
HMS Trincomalee, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool
Visit the oldest warship afloat at her home in Hartlepool and soak up the maritime history of the area.
The rugby might bring you to the North East, but you have plenty of reason to stay and explore everything else on offer.