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Things to do in Newcastle when it's raining

Whether it's warm wintery meals, a cheeky cocktail or some world-class art exhibitions, there's plenty to keep you busy.


Get bowling and arcade gaming at Dullboy's Social Co in Warners Bay or take a swing at Slice Virtual Golf on Hunter St. 

Get active with hot yoga; Yoga Body Works and Yoga Loft both offer these hot little classes on their schedule.

Try a new indoor sport! Scale the walls rock-climbing at Pulse Climbing in Adamstown & Warners Bay, tackle the indoor obstacles at Ninja Parc Cooks Hill (both adults and kids over 8), get jumping at Revolution Sports Park, or skate or scoot at Parrey Indoor Skatepark Cardiff (bookings essential).

Want to escape the rain and head to a sunny island paradise? Unreal VR in Charlestown will take you there (virtually)!

For the little ones, head to Megamania at Charlestown where they can burn some energy.  

Get ready to putt your stuff at Holey Moley in Charlestown. A fully licensed bar with a themed 18-hole mini-golf course! 

what to do in newcastle when it rains


If you're after some entertainment with dinner then try Teppanyaki at Honeysuckle's Nagisa. Just one tip, don't wear your fancy whites as it gets a little messy. 

Warm up with tea and scones at one of these High Tea experiences. Grab an iconic Bengali chai at Goldberg's to escape the chill. Crack open a book over coffee at the atmospheric Press Bookhouse.

Indulge yourself with a boozy champagne breakfast at The Autumn Rooms or warm-up with an indulgent dessert at Coco Monde on Darby Street.

what to do in newcastle when it rains

Head on up to Beresfield and check out Maltnhops Brewhaus, or just around the corner is Thynk Cafe + Bar.

Stay snuggled up in bed and order some delicious takeaway from some of your fave restaurants.

Be a distiller for the day and book yourself in for a gin blending class with some friends at Earp Distilling Co. to craft your perfect gin! Become a cocktail or whisky expert after one of Coal and Cedar’s masterclasses. Or if beer’s more your thing, book in a brewery tour at Foghorn Brewhouse!

Belt out ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at Jam’s Karaoke and Bar on Union Street, amidst cocktails and delicious Japanese bar snacks!

Grab a bunch of mates and test your knowledge with some weeknight trivia

Drop into The Corner grab some Taiwanese buns from Bao Brothers, burgers from Rascal, Thai flavours from Schilly, or grab a beer from 4Pines.

what to do in newcastle when it rains


Take a browse through some of the unique boutiques along Darby Street. The Colour Bug, Steel & Anchor, Willows Home Traders, Abicus, Ramjet, Cooks Hill Books, Blackbird Corner, and Lone Clothing Co

Wander Beaumont Street and shop the Hamiton strip featuring some unique retailers including July Jones, fynde, Retro Wardrobe, and more!

Get a little arty with Pinot & Picasso or get a little risqué at Leda Gallery's Drink & Draw life-drawing classes.

what to do in newcastle when it rains

For a bit of culture, visit one of Newcastle's many art galleries. Cooks Hill Art Gallery, LEDA Gallery , The Lockup, and The Owen’s Collective just to name a few.

If you don’t mind getting a little wet, head up to Nobby’s Lighthouse (open Saturdays and Sundays) and peruse the artwork of Newcastle creatives. There’s even a shop inside!

Take yourself shopping on Maitland Road Islington and discover some vintage and pre-loved treasure, must-visits include - Hide + Seeker, Stoned Saint Moon, edde, and Yardsale Trading Co. Blow off the steam from all that shopping with a coffee at the cosy Suspension.

what to do in newcastle when it rains

Design and decorate a skateboard at one of Mitch Rev’s Decked Out workshops!

The movies are always an option, head to The Rooftop at Westfield Kotara where you can keep the kids occupied at Timezone and grab something to eat at one of the many restaurants before heading in to catch a movie.

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