A Guide To Your Newcastle Stag Weekend
RX Buggies - The most fun you can have on four wheels without seeing flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror.
North East Beast - Three adrenaline pumping challenges and a hilarious bushtucker trial, have you got what it takes to tame the beast?
Stunt Driving - Putting slightly hungover stags into high powered cars and getting them to do stunts... What could possibly go wrong?!?
Best Bars in Newcastle
Brew Dog - One of Newcastle's best bars. With 33 taps to choose from, you and the guys will be spoilt for choice in this super trendy and friendly venue. Cool décor, live music and vintage pinball. 16 Dean Street
Alvinos - Ever walked into a bar and wished it was your local? Alvinos is that place. Laid back, uber cool, great tunes, good beers, they'll even throw together a man cocktail or two. Quality. 88 Pilgrim Street
Tiger Hornsby - We're big fans of any bar that sets light to its cocktails with a blow torch! A really smart venue that appeals to a highbrow crowd. The James Bond of Geordie bars. 8 – 10 Quayside
Players Bar - You haven't seen what a true sports bar is until you've visited Players on a Saturday afternoon. Hilarious half time entertainment and football banter. Game on! 95 Newgate Street
A Taste of Newcastle
Eats - If you're feeling a bit tender after a big night and need somewhere with great food to rebuild your strength head to Ernst. The food is superb (to bring you back to life (spicy chorizo hash and eggs anyone?) or kick start a big night. Boyd Street, Ouseburn | Website
Drinks - If you like the sound of meeting a 'single blonde' then Tyne Bank Brewery's 3.5% blonde ale is one to savour. In fact we've never met a Tyne Bank beer we didn't like and definitely recommend you sample their flavours. 375 Walker Road | Website
“You can't play with a one-armed goalkeeper... not at this level.” - Kevin Keegan
Where to Head...
If you're heading for an epic night on the 'toon then The Gate is packed with pubs, bars and restaurants making it a great starting point. If you want something a bit trendier then The Quayside and Jesmond (Osbourne Rd area) have a hipster feel. Great bars, good food, live music and plenty of eye candy.
Must see: St James’ Park - Football is like a religion in Newcastle, making St James Park their holiest places and also one of the UK's best grounds. You can get a complete behind the scenes tour.
April – Gateshead Beer & Music Festival. Pour yourselves a pint and relax to the sounds of Northeast's best local bands.
July – SummerTyne Americana Festival. Prepare to party like the US of A as Gateshead brings the best of Americana to the banks of the River Tyne.
June – Jesterval. There's plenty to laugh about in the North East's premier comedy festival with local upstarts and big name acts you've seen on the telly.
October – Oktoberfest. The Toon goes all Bavarian in celebration of beery gut times. Don't forget to pack your lederhosen.
Greggs was founded in Newcastle in 1951 and there are now more Greggs shops in the UK than there are McDonalds which means as a nation we really are eating all the pies.
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Newcastle
Not only is Newcastle one of the UK's top party cities, it also has a great Metro (underground) system making it really easy to get around. Get an all-day or weekend ticket and you can hop on and off bus and rail routes all day. You can get full details on prices and timetables from Nexus.
"Ya'aalreet?" - How are you?
"Aye that's canny like." - Yes, that's jolly good.
"Ha'way man ahm gannin to the poob." - Come on mate, I'm off to the pub.
"I'm tellin' youse, tha' scran was purely belter like!" – Well I say, that meal was ruddy marvellous!
"Haddaway, the toon wor propa shite a'day." - Alan Shearer's going to be moaning on MoTD again tonight.
40 Reasons Why Newcastle is the Ultimate Party Toon
Toon Army -
The Toon Army are without doubt some of the best football fans in the UK. Always well informed, fiercely passionate and with an unbreakable sense of humour (well, being a Newcastle fan you have to laugh really), they have suffered through King Kevin's second coming, the rise and fall of Shearer's brief managerial stint, Big Sam, Joe Kinnear and the Wally with the Brolly.
Handmade Burger Company - Leading the charge in Newcastle's gourmet burger revolution, the Handmade Burger Company is one of the best places in Toon to treat yourselves to proper Geordie nosh. You can go for traditional burgers but why bother when there are "Dirty Burgers" like the D.B Cheese (American cheese, HBC sauce, jalapeno slaw) and the D.B Cheese & Bacon (American cheese, maple coated bacon, buttermilk bun) on offer? Find out more...
St James Park - A real cathedral of the modern game, it is one of the few premiership stadiums that really retains so many of the grass roots fans that have been with the club through celebrations and relegations. Survived a failed attempt at changing the name, the stadium will always be St James Park to the loyal black and white striped fans.
Rage Buggies - Just about the most fun you can have on four wheels without seeing flashing blue lights in your rear view mirror, RX buggies are nothing short of epic! Designed to overcome any obstacle. they're 1,000cc of complete off-roading madness and Newcastle's rage buggy site is one of the most testing in the UK. Come and 'ave a go if you think you're 'ard enough! See our rage buggies...
Stephanie Lorraine - Not only is Steph unbelievably hot (a former Miss Northumbria), she also happens to be a brilliant footballer who played for Newcastle United Women's FC. A proper Geordie lass who could share a pint, talk football and probably beat you in a game of keepy uppy. She's quite possibly the dream girlfriend.
Gazza - Reckoned by some to be England's most naturally gifted player of all time, Gazza was as unpredictable as he was brilliant. Worshipped by the fans and celebrated by the press, one minute he was winning a game single handed the next he was falling off busses and wearing plastic boobs. A one off, a true footballing legend and properly bonkers! "I never make predictions and I never will." Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne.
The Fog on the Tyne - According to Gazza it's "all mine all mine". And while he might have been one of the nation's greatest ever footballers, he has to be one of the world's worst rappers. Judge for yourselves...
The Accent - "Hohway man..." You can't dislike anyone with a Geordie accent, it's "purely belter" and according to numerous polls considered the friendliest in the UK. Plus it would be impossible to do an impression of Big Brother without a Geordie accent "Day fourteen in the big brother house..."
Ross Noble - Mad, bad and hilarious to know, the scatter gun approach Ross takes into stand-up is madder than his hair! While more conventional comics have finely tuned and timed acts, Ross appears to just saunter on stage and let his mouth do its own thing with very little guidance from his brain. The result is genius and has made him one of the most loved live acts around.
Assassin's Creed - Yes, the worldwide smash hit game phenomenon owes much of its success to the Ubisoft design studio tucked away in its secret Newcastle location. Newcastle is quickly becoming a major setting for web-based and computer design companies adding even more brains to the cities beauty (sorry Peter Beardsley, not you).
The Police - One of the biggest bands of the 80's, The Police were also hugely self-destructive. Backstage fisticuffs, recording studio meltdowns and even brawls midway through interviews the three members did manage to make some superb albums and went on to sell over 50 million albums.
dAt bAr - Craft beer, meat and pizza – the three main constituents of any self-respecting lads' diet are served in droves in dAt bAr, one of Newcastle's most popular party spots. Here you can indulge in Rib Beef Burgers, Sourdough Pizzas and the city's tastiest craft beers in urban-style surroundings perfect for a big night out the North East's party capital. Which bar? dAt bAr. See more here...
Alan Shearer - Before becoming bezzie mates with Gary Lineker, Shearer was a premiership and England marksman of some standing. One half of England's deadly S.A.S. (Shearer & Sheringham) he scored 30 goals in 63 international appearances and was national captain through a number of major tournaments. Shearer is also the Premier Leagues record goal scorer having hit the back of the net 260 before wheeling away with his one handed goal celebration.
Go Karting - Newcastle's premiere Go Karting track is 1200metres of sheer racing joy. You'll take to the wheel of 390cc Biz Thunder karts and hit speeds of up to 50mph as you discover who's a stag stig and who should only be referred to as "Captain Slow" for the rest of the weekend. And seeing as this track has been used in the British Go Karting Championships there's no way anybody can blame a "poor racing surface" for a humiliating defeat... Book your grand prix today.
COOP Chicken - Now there are those who love chicken, and there are those who LOVE chicken. This fiercely independent eatery falls strictly into the latter group, absolutely loading your table with fire-pit-cooked wings, legs and every other edible part of our favourite fried-flightless-bird. This restaurant isn't just good, it's cluckin' incredible (we'll show ourselves the door). Get your chicken fix here.
The World's Hottest Curry – Think you like spicy food? You ain't seen nothing yet! How about a curry so hot it even made Gordon Ramsey choke on his F-word? Yes, it's 'flaming' hot but there only one way to find out and that's to head along to the Rupali on Bigg Market to try the world's hottest curry for yourself. Watch Gordon's attempt here.
Chris Ramsey - Another of Newcastle funny men, Chris Ramsey is a true everyman comic, the kind of guy you watch on stage and can then imagine meeting up for a pint afterwards. We all know someone a bit like Ramsey but no one actually as hilarious as him.
Sydney Harbour Bridge - Yep, if it hadn't been for Newcastle, Sydney would look very different as the Aussies took inspiration from the Tyne Bridge to help design the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Of course true Geordies would argue it isn't a patch on the original and "...if your bridge is so good, how come so many of them Aussies are over here serving in our pubs man?".
Central Oven & Shaker - The recently opened Central Oven & Shaker is quickly becoming one of the best places in Newcastle to conquer your hunger with delicious pizzas, seriously tasty fries and innovative cocktails like the Milano Mojito and the surprisingly stiff Boho Cooler. Shake your life up here... Visit The Sausage Emporium.
Sir Bobby Robson - Newcastle born and bred, Sir Bobby lived and breathed football and gave England one of their finest hours with a World Cup semi-final which was only lost on penalties. As much of a genius on the training ground, Robson was sometimes incomprehensible in the press room but always brilliant viewing. "We can't replace Gary Speed. Where do you get an experienced player like him with a left foot and a head?" Sir Bobby Robson.
Pubs - Newcastle is renowned as being one of the best places to party in the UK and we can faithfully state all the reports are true. When it comes to nightlife, Newcastle really does make a night to remember with some legendary venues.
Ant & Dec - From Saturday morning cheeky chappies to Saturday evenings making former world champion sportsmen and ex popstars eat wallaby willies, they have become two of the best loved faces on TV. And while we are happy to celebrate their PJ & Duncan roots you'd have to question their England World Cup anthem. We're on the Ball.
Newkie Brown - Selling 100 million bottles in the UK every year, Newkie Brown has gone in and out of fashion but the one thing that has never changed is it's fantastic rich flavour. A king among beers, Newkie Brown is a star of British brewing. Fancy a pint? Grab one here.
The Windscreen Wiper - Driving back from the FA Cup final in the howling rain Gladstone Adams had the brilliant idea of using moving rubberised blades to clear the windscreen and thus the windscreen wiper was born. Which then became a convenient place for wardens to place tickets. Yeah, nice one Adams!
Lucozade - Originally called 'Glucozade', Lucozade was invented by William Owen in his Barras Bridge chemist shop in 1927 as a source of energy for patients suffering from common ailments. He sold his invention to Beecham's in 1938 before footballer John Barnes went on to extol its praises as a fitness drink.
Joseph the Dancing Monk - Both staff and customers at a former Newcastle nightclub reported seeing a tall dancing monk in full robes hitting the dancefloor. The new club had opened close to a cemetery where an abbot by the name of Joseph had been buried.
Johnathon Edwards - One of our greatest Olympians, Edwards has won enough precious metal in his time to open his own jewellers; Olympic golds and silver, Commonwealth gold and two silvers, two World Championship golds and European gold. His 1995 triple jump record, 18.29 still stands over 20 years on. Jonathon is now a major part of BBC the sports team.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - Pop-star, perfume pusher, TV talent judge, and business mogul CFV has so many wondrous asserts to admire and we most certainly do. Quite possibly one of the sexiest women on the planet, she is an inclusion on many a man's "top 10 women to find yourself stranded on a desert island with..."
Tyneside Cinema - Situated in a grade II listed building, the cinema has been restored to preserve and celebrate the grandeur of its original 1937 art-deco design while screening films using state-of-the-art cinema technology. Tyneside Cinema is now one of the country's best independent movie houses. As well as catching new releases, the Tyneside shows fantastic seasons of vintage movies. It also happens to be fully licensed so you can enjoy a movie and an ice cold beer at the same time. Visit Tyneside Cinema.
North East Beast - Marriage can be a tough slog at times, so it's only right that you prepare the groom for life after the "I do" by putting him through his paces in the North-East Beast. You'll start your day of action on Newcastle's epic High Ropes Course, before testing the nearly-weds aim in Archery. Then it's on to a hilarious (or horrendous) bush tucker trial to prepare him for the bride's cooking. Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough!
The Great North Run - Brainchild of former Olympic medallist and commentator Brendan Foster, the annual event stretches from Gateshead to South Shields, is one of the biggest events on the city busy calendar and has become the biggest half marathon in the world (most number of competitors, it's not a longer course). The first run was staged in 1981 and has since gone on to raise millions for charity. Visit The Great North Run.
Friendly As Folk - Geordies have been voted the friendliest people in the UK in numerous polls. It certainly is a fantastic place to party with friendly locals, great customer service and a real feel good atmosphere.
Get Carter - Based on the 1970 Ted Lewis Novel, Get Carter has become one of the coolest British Gangster movie of all times. Staring the steely Michael Caine and Gorgeous Britt Ekland it tells the story of Jack Carter who travel's home to Newcastle for his brother's funeral. If you haven't already seen it you really should, if you don't want to see it, please turn in your man card on the way out.
Lightbulb - While America celebrates Thomas Edison's many lightbulb moments and inventions, one thing he didn't invent was the lightbulb. This was actually done by Joseph Swan of Newcastle. Edison had tried and failed to solve the issue of electric light and then the company he was working for bought the US rights to sell Swan's invention in the US and set about changing history to attribute the invention to Edison.
True Geordie - The legendary self-styled "King in the North" True Geordie is the perfect example of what makes Newcastle-upon-Tyne so great - he's hilarious, fiercely passionate about Newcastle United and he's seriously friendly despite the fact he can bench press 27-stone. That's the equivalent of two Rafa Benitez's! Check out his YouTube channel here.
Bealim House - You get a sense of the cool industrial vibe this incredibly hip bar and gin distillery is going for as soon as you walk through the door, and boys, you'll be pleased to hear it continues throughout with antique furnishings, exposed brickwork and more gin than you can shake your smoking pipe at. Drink yourselves gentlemanly here....
Blackadder - One of the finest comedy shows of any era (and it covered a few), Blackadder himself might talk with an Ox-Bridge accent but the man behind Lord/Captain/Duke/Esquire Blackadder himself, Rowan Atkinson, is a Geordie who has gone on to create some of the most loved comedy characters of his generation. And that's before we even mention the huge global hit 'Mr Bean'.
Greggs - Opened in Gosforth in 1951, the UK now has more branches of Greggs than McDonalds. However the company's routes are in Newcastle, a city that has indeed eaten all the pies.
Viz - The cutting edge burst onto shelves in 1979 and is still going strong. It created some hugely memorable cartoon characters who become cult figures in their own right, Roger Mellie, Nobby Piles, Buster Gonad, and the non-PC Fat Slags courted as much controversy as they did laughs but they're still funny to this day and the magazine continues to make men laugh over 30 years on.
Newcastle Stats - This fantastic Twitter account is run by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans. Get all the latest transfer gossip, team news ahead of games and of course match statistics all in one place, without having to sift through all that Sunderland rubbish on Sky Sports. Follow Newcastle Stats here.
Stags on the Tyne...
Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Home to the North's best dentist chairs, infamous clubs and pubs, hedonistic bars and reet gorgeous women... It's the perfect destination for the groom's last hurrah as a single gent and while you might worry that this infamous party "Toon" will see all your hard-earned cash floating down the Tyne, a Newcastle stag do can actually be surprisingly budget-friendly. And when you pair those affordable costs with StagWeb's consistently lower rates, you can guarantee your nearly-wed an unforgettable weekend ha'way with the lads.
In fact, we think that's why 96% of over 450,000 former clients would book with us again.
Stag Fact #1 - St. James Park has a record attendance of 68,386 set in 1930 when Newcastle United played Chelsea at home.
We've got a huge range of hotels and apartments for you to choose from. Just ask Newcastle United; a solid home ground is essential for a great result and the same goes for your stag weekend. That's why we try out all our Newcastle accommodation ourselves before sending our groups, we feel it's the only way we can make absolutely sure you're in the perfect starting point to begin your North-East antics, which in this case is right in the centre of town, by the Quayside and near the best of the city's infamous nightlife.
And because we've been working with Newcastle's best hotels for over 14 years, we have great working relationships with all our suppliers (think Shearer and Sherringham) meaning we're treated to special benefits that we gladly pass on to each and every one of our Newcastle stag weekends. These include:
- Lower rates
- Flexibility on numbers
- Complete financial protection
Stag Fact #2 – Newcastle's Alan Shearer scored 33 goals in 63 appearances for England.
"Geet walla action"
Newcastle is home to the UK's biggest, baddest and best pre-wedding activities. Ever wanted to race on a UK Championship Go Karting track? We've got it. Driving the fastest Rage Buggies in the country? There's the keys. A whole day of adrenaline-pumping action ending with your very own bush tucker trial? Here's the witchetty grub... This city is mad for big adventures and has an immense range of them for you to choose from, some of which you won't find anywhere else in our green and pleasant land.
- RX Buggies. Race head to head in 998cc, 40mph speed machines on a man-made 1000m track
- Go Karting. Find out who's a stag stig across 1200m of sheer racing joy as you take to the wheel of 390cc Biz Thunder karts at speeds of 50mph
- North East Beast. Face Newcastle's challenging High Ropes Course before taking on the undisputed stag classic of Archery and treating the groom to his very own bush tucker trial.
- Battle Archery Tag. This is Paintball as only Rambo would have it – with the guns and overalls replaced with bows and arrow. Lets play darts!
- And many more...
Stag Fact #3 – "Joseph the Dancing Monk" allegedly haunted La Dulce Vita nightclub.
The ULTIMATE party toon...
...There's simply no other way to put it. The Geordie Shore is infamous for its all-out, balls, beer, spirits and quite-literally-everything-that-isn't-nailed-down to the wall attitude to partying. Don't get us wrong, the locals work hard but they play even harder, creating the opportunity for some of the UK's maddest, baddest and most importantly, unforgettable nights out.
But with StagWeb you won't be left out in the cold as yet another bouncer shakes his head and gives you the "not tonight lads" treatment. We'll guarantee you safe passage past the rest of the paying punters, guestlist entry to the hottest nightclubs in toon and even free rounds of spirits and shots like the lords of the night you are.
Looking to really treat your groom?
- Party Night Cruise. Hit the River Tyne aboard your very own party boat with a live DJ and fully stocked bar.
- Beers and Bunny Girls. Start the evening in true Rat Pack style with a reserved table, pre-paid drinks and a beautiful bunny girl waitress.
- Bierkeller Entry. Enjoy a night in Newcastle's booming Bierkeller with a reserved table, dedicated waitress service, shots and cocktails. Das ist gut, jah?
- The Platinum Lap Dancing Experience. Guestlist entry to Newcastle's premier lap dancing club, a waitress bringing you drinks all night long while you enjoy continuous shows from red hot performers. What's not to love?
Stag Fact #4 - Jimmy Hendrix was discovered in New York by Geordie music mogul Chas Chandler who brought him back to Newcastle.
Protecting the beer budget
Booking a big weekend away using your own money can be stressful enough, but when you're managing everybody else's cash as well, possibly belonging to people you don't even know things can get seriously stressful. But fear not, StagWeb take the stress out of planning the stag weekend by offering you complete financial protection.
We're ABTA bonded (No. W7797) and ATOL protected (No. 11011), what does that mean? It means we're held to the highest standards of service in our industry and when you head off on a Newcastle stag do booked with us, you'll be protected from the moment you step foot in your hotel, to the moment the last Newkie Brown has been drunk and you're (sadly) on your way back to reality.
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Stag Fact #5 – Lucozade was invented by a Newcastle chemists and was originally known as "Glocosade".
Ha'way the lads! How do we book?
That's the easiest part of all - simply send us your enquiry, sit back, relax and wait for us to do the rest. We'll be busy putting together a custom-made package of your chosen Newcastle accommodation, activities and nightlife. It's quick, easy and best of all, totally free until you decide to give us the green light to get the party started.
Or you can give us a call on 01225 474200. We're a friendly bunch and we love talking about all stag weekends no matter which football team you support (yes even you Sunderland fans) or how big or small you want your nearly-married celebrations to be.
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