There is a long-standing stereotype that the North of England is constantly grey and grim. Being from the North myself, I can’t deny the fact that we don’t get the best weather, but that doesn’t mean summer has to be cancelled….
With Tynemouth and Whitely Bay being only a 30-minute metro ride away, spending time on the coast is a must in summer. Whether you prefer to spend the day walking by the sea, or the evening sat watching the sunset, the beaches just outside of Newcastle are the perfect way to embrace summer.
Newcastle city centre is bursting with museums and art galleries, most of which are free of charge, making it not only a city with a great social scene, but also filled with culture. The Baltic Centre, located on the Quayside, showcases a variety of contemporary art, as well as holding a range of art exhibitions that make for the perfect ‘instagrammable’ day out. It also has an incredible view of the Tyne at the top! Not only this, but Newcastle is also home to the Discovery Museum, the Laing Art Gallery, and many more cultural buildings.
For all the food lovers reading this, I’m sure you will agree that Newcastle’s markets are the place to be this summer. Whether you visit Jesmond’s Saturday food market followed by a sunny walk through the Dene, or the Sunday Quayside market, they are a must-do this summer. Though the food can be on the pricier side at times, it is definitely worth it; with a taste of America, India, Greece, Italy, Asia and so much more, what’s not to love? Not only that, but there are a range of stalls with sweet treats and hand-crafted items, which have the perfect little gifts.
If the weather takes a turn and you’re avoiding the outdoors, visits to cafés like Dog and Scone can be a wholesome activity with friends, or a trip to The Pottery Experience in Jesmond. Just because the weather isn’t perfect doesn’t mean you have to wallow in your room - get creative with your friends and de-stress from work.
Finally, as we all know, Newcastle is known for its nightlife and drinking culture. So, if you’re not into walks and oat-milk lattes, you may prefer to spend your summer in beer gardens. Ouseburn is the perfect place for bars and pubs, with plenty of options for food, too. And of course, Osborne Road in Jesmond is the perfect place to bar crawl. Wherever you choose, summer is still on in Newcastle, despite its temperamental weather.
So no, it’s not grim up North. We might just crave that Spanish sun slightly more …