The COMPLETE Student Guide to Things To Do In Newcastle-under-Lyme

Looking for the top things to do in Newcastle-under-Lyme? If so, you’ve come to the right place. It may be a small market town but there’s plenty of activities you don’t want to miss out on.

Sure, nights out are fun, but it doesn’t have to be the only thing to keep you busy when you’re not at uni, which is we’ve put together this complete student guide – you’re welcome!

Discover the 8 best places you need to visit from cultural sites to cocktail bars to a night at the theatre to authentic restaurants, this town has it all.

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1. Go For Some Drinks At Bloom

We’re absolutely obsessed with this floral and tropical bar and restaurant in Ironmarket.

As you walk in you’ll enter a paradise of stunning floral décor, leather booths and neon signs which make for the best Insta pics.

Whether it’s going for a few drinks after uni with friends or doing a bottomless brunch on the weekend, this venue has you covered.

You can enjoy some extravagant signature cocktails with friends like their ‘Let That Mango’ with white rum, Dead Man’s fingers mango rum, mango juice, lime juice and mango puree.

Or, go for a ‘Purple Haze’ with crème de violette, Brockman’s gin, blackcurrant cordial, lime juice, sugar syrup and elderflower. Expect smoke, bubbles and crazy glasses!

If you’re wanting to do their Bottomless Brunch (silly question eh?) then it’s £25-£30 depending on which package you get for 90 minutes of refillable drinks and your meal of choosing.

This place certainly brings the cool and classy vibes to Newcastle-under-Lyme, take a visit with your pals!



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Address: Bloom 38, Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1PB

2. Visit New Vic Theatre

If you’re scrapped for things to do in Newcastle-under-Lyme, take a trip to the award-winning New Vic Theatre.

Who doesn’t love a trip to the theatre especially in the lead up to the festive season? We sure do!

Having opened in 1986 as Europe’s first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round, the New Vic is a 600-seater capacity entertainment venue which you simply must visit.

Situated in the heart of town, the annual programme here features a variety of events from drama productions to comedy nights to music concerts to exhibitions.

Their events line-up for Autumn includes Alice in Wonderland, Shakers and Eric’s Christmas Turkey.

Enjoy the intimate atmosphere and watch an entertaining performance with your mates or when your family come to visit!



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Address: Etruria Rd, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 0JG

3. Take Part In The Action At The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is super impressive when it comes to things to do in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

This fun-packed venue situated in Lymelight Boulevard is the home for indoor gaming and friendly competition with their crazy golf, computer games room, table tennis, beer pong, shuffleboard, cornhole and much more.

The 18-hole crazy golf course is our tee-riffic (get it?) there’s even UV holes, a Windmill, Loop de Loop and a DJ Booth!

If you’re feeling hungry after letting out all that energy gaming then try some of their comfort-food dishes like loaded fries, chicken strips and pizza.

There’s also a bar area serving up some alcoholic and non-alcoholic bevvies like Draught Beer, Craft Beers, Slushies and homemade Milkshakes.

It’s the perfect Saturday activity, and a great opportunity to bond with your new friends.


Address: 98-104, High St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1PT

4. Explore The Brampton Museum

Dive deep into the history and culture of Newcastle-under-Lyme at The Brampton Museum.

Located in the picturesque Brampton Park, this museum and art gallery features a variety of exhibits from world cultures to fine art to music to science and technology, to social history and much more.

With over 28,000 objects within the collections, you can learn all about this market town through exploring what this recently transformed venue has to offer!

Entry is free so if you’re a bit scrapped for cash and on a budget, this place makes for an ideal thing to do whether with your mates or even by yourself when you’re not at uni.

Once you’ve had a stroll around, you can have a sit down at The Little Vintage Tea Room which offers hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, snacks and home-made cakes.



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Address: Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 0QP

5. Have A Meal At Pasta Di Piazza

If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a tasty meal whether it’s a date with friends or your significant other, then Pasta di Piazza needs to be on your list.

This authentic Italian restaurant located on High Street, is a firm favourite amongst locals and students, and for good reason!

Choose from over 100 dishes on the menu from pizzas to antipasto to pasta dishes to risotto to fresh fish and meats, there’s something for everyone’s tastes here.

Our go-to is their Pollo Speziato with Cajun spiced chicken, onions, peppadew chilies, mozzarella and tomato.

Fancy a tasty mid-week lunch? They offer a three-course meal for just £13.99, which is certainly suitable for your student budget.

You can even enjoy a takeaway in your student accommodation if you don’t fancy sitting down for a meal, enjoy a taste of Italy right at home.

You haven’t got any excuses to not give this place a try!


Address: 125 High St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1PS

6. Experience The ROFL Comedy Club

We know, it can be hard to find unique things to do that offer something a little different whilst living in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Well, The ROFL Comedy Club will give you that exact experience.

Be prepared for a barrel of laughs at this comedy venue inside Lymelight Boulevard.

Showcasing comedians, international acts and TV names you can sit and chill in the comfortable seating, make the most of the food and drinks and even enjoy the VIP service whilst watching a show.

The drinks are literally delivered to your seat!

Shows take place every Friday and Saturday night with national and international comedians performing live on stage, along with the resident host, Cokey Falkow.

Plus, tickets are usually priced at £15 which isn’t bad at all.

When the shows finished you can make your way into town to go out if you’re up for it.



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Address: Lymelight Boulevard, 98-104 High St, Newcastle ST5 1PT

7. Take A Trip To Apedale Community Country Park

The weather might be getting colder but there’s nothing like a walk in the countryside to clear your might, right?

Apedale Community Country Park offers 454-acres of green spaces to stroll around and is only a short bus ride or car journey from the town centre.

Once an Open Cast mining site, this landscape is now home to a range of wildlife, woodland and meadows, along with a memorial Pit Wheel for the mine workers of Staffordshire.

There’s even a light railway where you can take a train ride, as well as an interesting museum and café for you to grab a quick bite to eat or a hot drink during the Autumn months.

The landscape here really makes for a peaceful walk, and you’ll probably encounter some adorable four-legged friends!


Address: Apedale Energy Station Visitor Centre, Blackbank Road, B5367, High Lane, Newcastle ST5 6AX

8. Get Involved In A Game At Break Free Escape Room

Put your skills to the test at the Break Free Escape Room with 5 different rooms to choose from, along with challenging puzzles, unique themes and a fun-filled experience.

Depending on which themed room you and your team (between 3-5 people) decide upon, you’ll be locked inside for 60 minutes whilst trying to figure out how to escape from the clues, trap doors, riddles and hidden items inside – bit eerie, eh?

We must say, it’s not the cheapest of things to do in Newcastle-under-Lyme but it’s certainly enjoyable.

So, if you’ve got a special occasion coming up or you and your flatmates are keen for a challenge then get it booked!


Address: 98-104 High St, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Newcastle ST5 1QQ

As you’ve come to know from our guide, Newcastle-under-Lyme has an array of exciting things to do for students living here.

If all of that wasn’t enough, living here means you’re on the doorstep of some great cities with Stoke-on-Trent just a 15-minute drive away, as well as Manchester being a 45-minute train journey and Birmingham a 50-minute train ride.

You can even get to The Capital in an hour and a half by train.

With all these possibilities and the ideal combination of town life and city life, why wouldn’t you want to kickstart your student life here?!

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