Magic Weekend Fan Guide

Magic Weekend takes over the City of Newcastle on 9th and 10th July when a full round of Betfred Super League clashes take place from St James’ Park.

Fans from across the sport will gather in Newcastle to celebrate the start of Summer with a festival of Rugby League. Get ready to be on the edge of your seat for six HUGE clashes, including the two biggest derbies in the League.

And that’s not all. Be inspired by the Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League that will take place on the pitch both days, and enjoy interactive games, interviews with past players, and a DJ to keep the party going.

Take advantage of the unique pass-out system and unreserved seating. This means you can pass in and out the stadium to explore the jam-packed Fan Zone on Strawberry Place. While you’re there, grab a drink and bite to eat, get involved in the games and competitions, or even snap a photo with the Betfred Super League trophy and all three Rugby League World Cup trophies.

Bring on Summer. Bring the noise. Bring On Magic Weekend.

Outside of the fan zone, check out some of the local venues below who are offering Magic Weekend ticket holders exclusive offers and discounts over the weekend.

Magic Weekend offers at The Gate

The Gate is just 5 minute walk from St James’ Park, located on Newgate Street, and is home to a variety of food, drink and leisure venues from some of your favourite venues including Nandos, Pizza Hut and Cineworld with great offers available every day. Full details HERE.

The Mayfair Pub and Kitchen

The Mayfair Pub and Kitchen is the friendliest pub in the city and promises home cooked food, locally produced craft beers, gins and cocktails in a relaxed and welcoming environment that’s family friendly.

Home cooked quality pub grub and home cooked pizzas are served every day along with their very popular all-day breakfast and traditional Sunday lunches with home-made Yorkshire puddings! Plus a full range vegan dishes and healthy options are available on the menu, all produced in and a gluten free kitchen.

Offer: Magic Weekend Ticket Holders can get 10% off food with a Magic Weekend ticket.

The Mayfair will be showing all fixtures and games across their 11 screens. Click HERE.

The Hustle

The Hustle bar, grill and disco lounge offers customers a friendly, inclusive luxury experience, with a New York tapas style menu and a modern cocktail menu.

Explore their well-travelled wine list, sip cocktails created by their expert mixologists, and sample beers from the best breweries around.

Offer: Magic Weekend Ticket Holders can get 20% off the food bill. Click HERE.

The WonderBar

There’s something for everyone at The WonderBar.

Enjoy a bite to eat from their tasty food menu with daily deals available and children’s meals from as little as £3.99 including a free Fruit Shoot.  

The WonderBar drinks menu includes an extensive range of beers and cocktails. A Happy Hour is available every Sunday to Friday, 5-7pm with selected cocktails for just £3.

Offer: Magic Weekend Ticket Holders can get 2 bottles of Moretti or Heineken for just £6.

Refillable coffees for just 99pm will be available all weekend too. Click HERE.

Selfie Central

Selfie Central is one of the UK’s only selfie shops. Come along to snap it, share it and smash your social media game with Tik Tok and Instagram worthy photos and videos taken across 11 unique and funky sets and backdrops.

Offer: Magic Weekend Ticket Holders can get 20% off with the code #MAGIC20. Click HERE.

The CTRL Pad

The CTRL Pad is Newcastle’s very own gaming lounge, packed with retro and bang up to date games and setups.

Gamers can enjoy over 200 games going back over 30 years across consoles including Sony PS4, PS3, PS2, PS1, Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, GameCube, N64, Snes, Xbox and Sega Dreamcast plus HD Low lag monitors and HDTV’s.

Offer: Magic Weekend Ticket Holders can get 2 hours game time for the price of 1 hour (£5). With a magic weekend ticket. Click HERE.

More Magic Weekend offers

Newcastle Thunder

Heading up to Newcastle early? Add more magic to your weekend as Newcastle Thunder take on Bradford Bulls at Kingston Park at 7:45pm!

Purchase your ticket for just £5 by showing your Magic Weekend ticket on arrival.

Firestone Pizza

Just a 5 minute walk from the Fan Zone on Strawberry place, get yourself a 10% discount in-store only when you present your valid Magic Weekend ticket at Firestone Pizza. Click HERE.

Where to visit

Why not take in a little history during your stay and visit some of the cities most well-known tourist spots. The Newcastle Castle is steeped in history, originally a medieval fort which was built in the twelfth century. The Castle offers an intriguing insight into the history of this famous city and a pretty good view from above. 

Another top tourist attraction in the toon is the Great North Museum. Home to artefacts, fossils and galleries, the museum is a fascinating journey through history. There’s fun for all the family with ‘The Mouse House’ for Under-5s as well as regular activities for younger visits. Oh, and it’s free entry! 

The Life Science Centre is an award-winning tourist attraction which is a stones throw away from Newcastle Central Station. Another one for the whole family, the centre is home to plenty of  hands-on exhibits as well as lots of eye-catching displays. 

Places to eat

In addition to all the diners and restaurants available at The Gate, here is a list of other highly recommended locations that can fill an aching void.

If you fancy feasting on burgers, mac n cheese and other American favourites, Fat Hippo is the place. You can indulge in all your guilty pleasures at Newcastle’s burger institution, with their restaurant located right in the City Centre! 

Located in a 13th century medieval friary, Blackfriars lets you enjoy award-winning food whilst immersing yourself in history. Slightly more up-market, the Blackfriars is a terrific spot if you’re looking for something more formal. It’s a real favourite for locals which most would recommend, showcasing a seasonal and local menu bringing out the best of the North East. 

The Bridge Tavern offers locally sourced food which includes many classic pub dishes, as well as a Sunday roast to help you finish the weekend. It is also home to a micro-brewery, allowing you to enjoy a pint or two of locally brewed ales. The Bridge Tavern is located under the Tyne Bridge.

A spot of shopping

Eldon Square is home to over 150 high street shops, specialists’ stores and is Newcastle’s oldest and most famous premium shopping centre. Or, if you’re less interested in the shopping, it’s home to a dedicated food and drink hub, Grey’s Quarter. 

Although it’s further afield from the city centre, the Metrocentre is Europe’s largest covered shopping and leisure centre. As well as much-loved brands, the new Platinum Mall brings designer brands to a new setting. The huge shopping and entertainment complex is home to a whole host of shops, restaurants and more!