St. Patrick’s Day in Newcastle: 4 must-do events from horse racing to big screen parties

There’s a smorgasbord of Paddy’s Day activities in Newcastle all weekend

After two years of restricted St. Patrick's Day festivities, Paddy's Day is set to be back with a bang in 2022 in Newcastle.

It's a big day of business for the city's hospitality industry with Geordies and Tyneside's Irish folk coming together for a day of celebration.

From parades to rammed bars and more cultural minded events too, there is plenty on in Newcastle for St. Patrick's Day 2022.

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    If you're looking for what to do, NewcastleWorld casts an eye over some of the events taking place.

    Mass-blessing of the shamrock, parades, music and more and the Tyneside Irish Centre

    The Tyneside Irish Centre will be a hub for events (Image: Google Streetview)

    Unsurprisingly, the Tyneside Irish Centre will be a hub for action in Newcastle on St. Patrick's Day.

    The Centre has a full calendar of events that start with the St Patrick's mass-blessing of the shamrock at 10:30 am on Thursday, March 17 at St Michael's Church in Elswick.

    After that, on Thursday there will be live music at the bar of the Irish Centre from midday until 11 am.

    Irish themed concerts follow on Friday and Saturday night before a day of Family Fun on Sunday.

    You can find out more here.

    Guinness St. Patrick's Race Day

    Head to the racing at Newcastle Racecourse (Image: Getty Images)

    With Cheltenham Festival gripping the nation this week, some may be fancying a bit of time at the races themselves this weekend.

    Newcastle Racecourse is throwing an event dedicated to Paddy's Day on Saturday, March 19.

    You can catch a full day of racing, and watch the Six Nations rugby too, at Gosforth Park this weekend.

    The first race starts at 13:58 and there are seven throughout the day, the last setting off at 17:25.

    Tickets are available from just £23 and kids under 17 go free too - there's also a selection of hospitality packages on sale to make a big day out of it.

    You can get your tickets here.

    Newcastle's St Patrick's Day Festival

    There’s a themed event at Filthy’s (Image: Getty Images)

    If you're wanting a good jig on St. Patrick's Day, Flithy's on the Bigg Market is holding a festival for the event.

    Live Irish bands will take to the venue and organisers are teasing DJs, leprechauns, pots of gold, giveaways and much more.

    There's also £3 Guinness pints being pulled all night.

    The event is running from 1 pm on Thursday, March 17 and partygoers can dance the night away right until 3 am on Friday morning.

    Tickets are currently just £1 and can be bought on Fatsoma here.

    Paddyfest Weekender

    What this year’s Times Square set-up will look like

    Last month it was confirmed that the Times Square outdoor event space would return to Newcastle.

    Times Square was a huge hit last year and plans on showing big events such as Eurovision and the FA Cup Final this year.

    Before all that, they'll be welcoming the crowds for St. Patrick's Day.

    Crowds will flock to Times Square for the Paddyfest Weekender which will see four days of music, bingo, darts and karaoke.

    All the Six Nations rugby will also be shown on the big screen.

    Tickets for all the different events are on sale on Fatsoma, which you can get here.