A Day Out At The Gate, Newcastle

When The Gate first opened back in 2002, it was one of my go-to places for cocktails and shots. Starting in Wetherspoons then visiting the likes of Players, Beyond, Opera and Mood before nipping next door to finish the night at Sam Jacks and Tiger Tiger. Good times!

Twenty years later and the leisure complex on Newgate Street couldn’t be more different from The Gate I ventured to most Fridays and Saturdays in my late teens/early twenties. Gone are the bars blaring out loud music with their various drinks offers trying to entice the punters and in their place is a much more chilled, family friendly scene.

So, what’s in The Gate now?

Leisure Facilities

• Cineworld a multiplex cinema showing the latest blockbusters in 2D and 3D https://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/newcastle-upon-tyne/8117

• The CTRL Pad Newcastle’s first video gaming lounge https://thectrlpad.com/

Escape Newcastle’s premier escape rooms https://www.escape.game/escape-newcastle

• Game Of Throwing urban axe throwing experience https://www.gameofthrowing.co.uk/

Image by Game Of Throwing

• Mr Mulligans crazy golf course https://mrmulligan.com

• Selfie Central the ultimate pop-up selfie studio https://www.selfie-central.com/

Image by Selfie Central

• WonderBar digital darts https://wonderbar-newcastle.co.uk

• YuMe World state of the art amusement arcade and virtual reality entertainment centre https://www.yumeworld.co.uk/

Food & Drink

NB – when it comes to dining, the options are very chain heavy so the lack of independent businesses is slightly disappointing

• The Mayfair offers a menu packed with traditional home cooked meals

• Nando’s and it’s legendary flame grilled Peri-Peri chicken

Pizza Hut serves up pizzas, sides and desserts

• Starbucks the world famous American Coffeehouse

WonderBar serve a range of delicious breakfast, lunch and main meal offerings, as well as a traditional Sunday Lunch, and a variety of bar snacks and sharing platters

• Wetherspoons budget friendly pub grub


The Gate has a 24 hour, manned car park with over 250 spaces including designated accessible bays, parent parking and EV charging points.


We live on the Northumberland Coast so Newcastle Centre is about a 30 minute drive from us. Despite being so close, we often book a hotel and enjoy an overnight stay in the city followed by a full day of exploring. If you fancy doing this, hotels close to The Gate include

• Hotel Indigo https://www.ihg.com

• Maldron Newcastle https://www.maldronhotelnewcastle.com

• Motel One https://www.motel-one.com

• Premier Inn Newgate Street https://www.premierinn.com

• Sandman Signature https://www.sandmansignature.co.uk

Read about why we love the Premier Inn here https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/03/23/reasons-why-we-love-premier-inn/

Keep up-to-date with what’s happening at The Gate here https://www.thegatenewcastle.co.uk/whats-on

We all love a bargain so check out https://www.thegatenewcastle.co.uk/offers to see what deals The Gate is currently running

A few years ago I read that the owners of The Gate wanted to “rebalance the occupier mix to cater for a wider cross section of consumers, including families” and it seems like this has very much been achieved. For us, The Gate is definitely a place where we would visit and spend a full day. It’s a brilliant way to occupy children of all ages in Newcastle City Centre.

Have you visited The Gate recently? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments

Looking for ideas for days out that include age-suitable activities for teens and pre-teens? Have a read of https://northeasteats.home.blog/2021/06/03/teen-preteen-friendly-activities-in-around-the-north-east/

Our Top 10 Christmas Movies

For me, as the kids become older, movie afternoons become more enjoyable. Their film choices improve massively and they can actually sit for 90 minutes without becoming bored. Talk about a parenting win!

Below are a list of our festive film favourites that we’ll be sitting down to enjoy this December.

1. Home Alone (PG, 1990, 1hr 43mins)

Eight-year-old troublemaker Kevin must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

2. The Muppet Christmas Carol (U, 1992, 1hr 29mins)

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

3. Elf (PG, 2003, 1hr 37mins)

After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.

4. Gremlins (12, 1984, 1hr 47mins)

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

5. The Christmas Chronicles (PG, 2018, 1hr 44mins)

The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.

6. The Christmas Chronicles 2 (PG, 2020, 1hr 52mins)

Kate, now a cynical teen, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas – forever.

7. Love Actually (15, 2003, 2hr 25mins)

Follow the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during the frantic month before Christmas in London.

8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (PG, 2000, 1hr 50mins)

On the outskirts of Whoville lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans to ruin Christmas for all of the citizens of the town.

9. The Holiday (12A, 2006, 2hr 18mins)

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other’s countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

10. The Polar Express (U, 2004, 1hr 40mins)

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the true spirit of Christmas.

That’s our list. What’s your ultimate Christmas movie? Let me know in the comments