Culture: How to spend your bank holiday weekend

There will be lots going on this bank holiday weekend, but if you’re in and around Newcastle here’s 3 things you can do

Battle of the Burger ‘Royale with Cheese’, Wylam Brewery, April 19 – April 20

Wylam Brewery’s Battle of the Burger returns for it’s fifth year! Taking place on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, set in Palace of Arts Exhibition Park running from 12 midday, with food served until 10pm, everyone is welcome, even children and well behaved dogs. This free entry event will host 10 different burger vendors, contending them against each other to see who will be crowned best burger – with help from you! The line-up of vendors include local names, popular restaurants and street food traders, all burgers are offered at just £3 each, ideal if you’re wanting to save some pennies this weekend. And if you need a drink to wash it all down with, you’re in luck, as the venue is a 30 Barrel Micro Brewery, complete with Brewery Tap, which is open to the public and serves award winning beers. For more information including the full line-up of vendors please follow this link –


Stack Newcastle

The weather is set to reach 18 degrees this Easter weekend, what a better way to spend it than in an open top shipping container hub, with many different varieties of food and drink options. With everything from burgers to sushi, there is something to suit everyone, as well as 100% vegan offerings. If you fancy cooling down from the heat, then head to Stack’s newest addition, the Lonewolf Ice Bar. Described as Newcastle’s first ever sub-zero ice bar, it includes ice sculptures from the very same company that sculpted the ice throne for HBO’s Game of Thrones! Although it’s Stack’s newest addition, it will disappear forever after this bank holiday weekend. If you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity, adult tickets for this weekend start from £15, which includes entry, jacket and glove hire, a Lonewolf ice shot and a hot chocolate. Please visit Stack Newcastle’s website for further information –


By The River Brew Co.

Sit and have a drink in the sunshine this weekend at By The River Brew Co., overlooking the River Tyne and situated beneath the Tyne Bridge. Hosting a 15 BBL Micro Brewery and Tap Room with 20 keg lines, also serving the latest releases from friends in the UK Craft Beer Community, you will definitely find something to quench your thirst! If you’re all shopped out and need a sit down meal why not visit their Träkol restaurant, a seasonal open fire kitchen, whose concept is to bring primitive outdoor cooking indoors. With a menu that will have your mouth watering, they only use British rare and heritage breed meat, Himalayan salt dry aged for full flavour. Träkol accepts bookings up 4 months in advance, so if you don’t manage to get a table from the few remaining slots this weekend, you can give yourself something to look forward to instead. The HWKRMRKT re-opens for the summer season today, making Easter weekend their grand re-opening! HWKRMRKT is a vibrant market allowing you to sample the finest independent street food alongside freshly brewed beers direct from the neighbouring brewery, small batch spirits, wines and cocktails. With over 11 resident traders covering everything from sweet treats to savoury favourites, and new guest traders monthly, this is the perfect place to fill your stomachs this bank holiday weekend! Visit By The River Brew Co. for more information, including opening times for this weekend –