‘The Toon as we call it’

Newcastle ‘The Toon as we call it’

Finally a trip to the city of Newcastle with its dramatic quayside showcasing the Millennium revolving eye bridge and the stunning glass Sage. Whatever time of the day you visit it won’t disappoint and on Sunday mornings there is a bustling market. Galleries to explore include The Baltic, The Hatton and The Laing. The city centre has some great shopping including Fenwicks and many stand alone high end shops. Take a look in the recently refurbished Grainger Market which has many independent shops alongside butchers, delis and quirky eateries. Kids might enjoy a trip to the Discovery Museum, Hancock and Life Centre or for the bigger kids a night at Lane7 for some ten pin bowling action. Very close to the city centre is Exhibition park which boasts a lake and you can stop off at Wylam Brewery and sample an ale or two from their micro brewery. A short drive from the city centre you will find the Ouseburn which is the creative heart of the City. The cluster of former industrial buildings is home to a thriving collection of galleries, shops, restaurants and pubs. There is even an urban Farm under the impressive viaduct. Pop into Northern Print or The Biscuit Factory for exhibitions of contemporary art. Seven Stories, is a museum dedicated to children’s books. Bars and Restaurants worth looking out for Kaltur, Dabawall, Khai Khai, The Broadchare and House Of Tides and Brew By The River and Cook House.

Just a short drive from Newcastle is Tynemouth which sits at the mouth of the Tyne. The heart of the town is filled with a buzzy street of cafes, shops and bars. If you visit at the weekend don’t miss the market in the refurbished metro station with stalls offering anything from antiques to flowers and cheese to books. It’s hard to miss the ancient remains of the 7th century Benedictine priory perched on the rocky headland overlooking the North sea. Both beaches are perfect places to bathe and play beach sports. Or take to the waves or explore the coastline with Cullercoats Bike and Kayak — you can kayak, paddle board or cycle along the bay making the most of the beautiful coast. A little further down the coast is Whitley Bay with its impressive Spanish City and picturesque lighthouse. Our secret eating recommendations include Rileys Fish Shack, Longsands Fish Kitchen, Cullercoats Coffee, Elder and Wolf.