Cheer on Newcastle at the Nine bar, walk around the Town Moor, or enjoy a picnic at Long Sands Beach and celebrate the life of your loved one with a meaningful and unique wake.
Hosting a wake in Newcastle
A wake is an informal event that traditionally takes place after a funeral service and cremation or burial. It’s usually an informal event that involves family and friends gathering to share memories and celebrate the life of their loved one.
Traditionally, wakes would take place at someone’s home, or a community centre or pub, but they can take place anywhere. The people organising the wake may want to honour their loved one by holding the wake at a place that was special to them, such as at the grounds of their favourite football team, for example.
Also, although wakes usually take place directly after the funeral service, they can be held at any time. They can also be as structured or as informal as the organiser would like. Wake organisers have the freedom to host the event that’s right for them, their family and friends, and their loved one.
If you’re organising a wake in Newcastle, there are plenty of unique wake venues where you can host the event in your own way, from watching a match at St James’ Park, or a walk along Long Sands Beach.
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If you’re choosing a celebration of life instead of a traditional funeral, you could consider direct cremation. This is where the cremation doesn’t have any attendees, and the crematorium will return the ashes directly to you or your loved ones.
St James’ Park Stadium Bar
If your loved one was a Newcastle supporter, why not host their wake at St James’ Park? The Nine Stadium Bar is located in the home end of the stadium and can be used any day whether there is a match on or not. The bar has 35 televisions showing sporting events, or if Newcastle is playing, live match feeds from the ground. The atmosphere at the bar is incredible, and one that would certainly help you celebrate the life of your loved one.
For those that would want more privacy, you can hire private booths or the entire lounge. The bar has a capacity for 200 guests and has catering options available. There is no charge for the room hire, but you will need to contact the bar directly for more information about the catering prices.
If your loved one spent many afternoons at the stadium or was a life-long Newcastle supporter, then there is no better venue for their wake than the Nine bar at St James’ Park.
The Town Moor
If your loved one was passionate about nature and the outdoors, why not hold their wake at the Town Moor? Close to the city centre, this open green space covers an area of around 1,000 acres. There is plenty of space here where you can host your loved ones wake.
The space is huge, offering plenty of quiet spaces for a moment of reflection. Why not take a picnic filled with your loved one’s favourite foods for you and your friends and family to enjoy? Be sure to take enough blankets and chairs too for a comfortable afternoon.
You can enjoy the cattle that graze freely in the space, watch the weekly park run, or simply sit in your loved one’s favourite part of the Moor and share stories and memories. You will not be short of ways to tailor this location for a wake that best celebrates the person you love.
Long Sands Beach
Long Sands Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the North East. If your loved one was a fan of this beach or spent a lot of time by the sea, it could be the perfect place for their wake.
You can enjoy the Blue Flag beach in a way that is right for you—whether you enjoy a long walk by the sea, settle down for a picnic, or simply take in the breathtaking views, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your loved one’s life here.
The beach is easy to reach by car or public transport, so your family and friends should not have trouble traveling to the beach. Be sure to check the weather beforehand.
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