Things to Do in Newcastle for Free

Are you looking for things to do in Newcastle for free over the next few weeks? Well, we’ve selected the best of the best in free events in Newcastle so you’ll have plenty to choose from when you’re searching for something to do for you and the rest of your family. We hope you find it interesting, there’s everything from galleries and museums to parks and gardens.

Great North Museum: Hancock

Hancock, Great North Museum is a great visit for natural history lovers, it’s history goes back to the late 1880s and has an impressive collection for visitors. It was founded by John Hancock who donated his collection of British birds, which you can still see today. It underwent development in 2009 and merged 3 museums including the Hancock, and is now a large, spacious and exciting family museum with all sorts of activities, talks and exhibitions. Definitely a worthwhile visit.

Jesmond Dene

This beautifully valley is a place of relaxation and repose. It has great wildlife with a beautiful selection of trees. It follows the Ouseburn river between Jesmond Vale and South Gosforth and is home to notable wildlife celebrities such as the Red Squirrel and the Kingfisher. You’ll find some fascinating bridges and paths so your nature trail is never boring.

Laing Art Gallery

This beautiful art gallery was founded at the beginning of the 20th century, although Laing didn’t donate any paintings himself to the gallery, there was plenty of donations from other quarters. Today’s work is from all over the world with a wide selection of glassware, silver, ceramics, oil paintings and watercolours. There are exhibitions here on art from every era with talks from both curators and artists. There’s also plenty of activities for children, so everyone’s entertained.

You’ll also find lots of famous paintings from the 18th and 19th century such as Gauguin, Burne-Jones and William Holman-Hunt.

Discovery Museum

A great museum founded at the end of the 19th century, this is a science museum with displays and exhibitions covering scientific, technological and maritime achievements of the past 100 years. You can find out things about Newcastle back in the Roman times and there’s a gift shop and play area for the children.

Bessie Surtees House

Two five storey houses which show you the history of Newcastle during the 16th and 17th century. There’s a great love story behind this building and you can find out all about it on your visit.

Leazes Park

Opened towards the end of the 19th century this is an old and beautiful park on the Tyneside. It’s close to the city centre and is rich in wildlife and nature for those who want 5 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You’ll find that Leazes Park is open to the public at all times.

Ouseburn Farm

A great place to visit where you get the best of nature and your family gets to see some real farm animals. There’s a purpose built barn and fields and meadows full of everything you’d find at a farm, such as pigs, goats, chickens and sheep.

You’ll also find a visitor centre which is so good it’s won awards. Explore the garden and take look around the woods, ponds and fields. You can enter for free, but naturally if you can they appreciate donations if you can afford to make one. If you’re bringing children, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s plenty of room for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Things to do in Newcastle

We hope you enjoyed our selection of free events for things to do in Newcastle. There’s quite a few beautiful places to visit which are free of charge and entertaining for the whole family, just the thing to help you explore Newcastle’s present and past beautifully.