As this year’s 2017 Dacia Magic Weekend is just around the corner, we provide a guide of what there is to do in Newcastle.
Where to eat
If you’re heading to Magic Weekend, it’s obvious that you’ll be needing some food!
A reviewers’ favourite is Moulin Rouge Café, a Persian restaurant that is “a tiny place with a huge heart inside,”. 0.5 miles from St James’ Park.
If oriental cuisine is your thing, you’ll love Mantra Thai. Located on Newcastle’s renowned Quayside, there’s no better place to tuck into a Green Chicken Curry. 1 mile from St James’ Park.
Why not spice up your weekend with a trip to the home of Peri-Peri Chicken? Nando’s in Eldon Square is the perfect venue for a pre-match meal to get fired up for the Black & Whites’ clash with St Helens. 0.5 miles from St James’ Park.
If you’re heading in the direction of Eldon Square, there are plenty of other restaurants to check into. Handmade Burger Co, Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Express and Prezzo are just a few places to whet your appetite. 0.5 miles from St James’ Park.
What to do
If you like your history then you’ll love Newcastle Castle Keep! Dating back to the 1100s, it’s almost a century old! 0.9 miles from St James’ Park.
The iconic Tyne Bridge, which runs through the heart of Newcastle, is a short drive away from Magic Weekend, and is worth a visit if you’ve got some time to kill! 2.1 miles from St James’ Park.
If you’re heading up to Newcastle slightly earlier, then why not add more to your rugby league fix by heading to watch Newcastle Thunder take on York City Nights on Magic Friday? 4.6 miles from St James’ Park.
Staying in Newcastle on the Saturday night? Why not hit the Toon! There are lots of nightclubs and bars in Newcastle, such as Digital and House of Smith to celebrate the night away! 0.8 miles from St James’ Park.
How to get there
By car: If you feel your Sat Nav is taking you away from Newcastle, don’t worry! Follow the M62 to Junction 32A and take the exit to the A1 towards Wetherby. From there onwards, follow the A1 all the way up to Newcastle. Take the A184 exit towards Newcastle & Gateshead. From there onwards, St James’ Park will be signposted.
By train: Take a train from Hull to Leeds. At Leeds, you will need to change to a train to Newcastle. The journey will take just under three hours. Head over to thetrainline.com to book train tickets to Newcastle.
The Magic Weekend schedule
All the action gets underway on Saturday 20th May at 2.30pm when Widnes Vikings take on Wakefield Trinity in the opening game and the weekend will draw to a close on Sunday 21st May between West Yorkshire rivals Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos at 5.30pm.
Here’s the Magic Weekend schedule in full:
Saturday 20th May
Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Trinity (2.30pm)
Hull FC v St Helens (4.45pm)
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves (7pm)
Sunday 21st May
Catalans Dragons v Huddersfield Giants (1pm)
Leigh Centurions v Salford Red Devils (3.15pm)
Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos (5.30pm)