The Lit and Phil
For the literature lovers, your dream world lives within the walls of The Lit and Phil. Situated a few yards from central station, this hidden library holds more than 170,000 books and magazines. Maintaining a vintage look, this story emporium is free and open to all. Various events also take place here such as book signings, art classes and storytelling. Not only is it home to an array of stories, it also holds up to 10,000 LP’s covering everything from jazz to audiobooks.
The Quayside markets are a statement along the River Tyne at weekends with food, art and handmade antiques being pride of place. If you find yourself with spare time on a Sunday, head down to see what luxuries you can get your hands on. Not only are the quayside markets great, but Tynemouth also have markets running over Saturdays and Sundays. With over 150 stalls from records to paintings, there is no doubt there will be a vibrant piece that catches your eye.
Ocean Beach Pleasure Park
Looking for something thrill-seeking? South Shields is the place for you. This stunning coastline is home to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park. This is the North East’s largest fun park, with over 40 rides and attractions. Alongside rides to get your adrenaline going, there are activities such as bowling, laser quest, and indoor amusements. The Park is currently running their Winter Wonderland activities, which includes ice skating for all. Just a short walk from South Shields metro station, this a place you should add to your Newcastle bucket list.
Sit back and relax at the JamJar cinema, this is an independent run cinema with the profits reinvested into education activities. Located in Whitley Bay, this cinema and lounge is ran by local people, and showcases new and retro movies. In 2020, the cinema won the award for best small business, and has also won awards such as the heart of the community award. This local business recently adopted a tier paying system, where viewers get to choose how much they want to pay for their visit.
If you feel like venturing further afield, why not check out the amazing Beamish Museum located in County Durham. Founded in 1970, this museum will have you feeling as though you have stepped back decades. With things to explore such as the 1900s town and colliery and the Rowley Station, you will be submerged into a land of history. There are also some great shops to visit whilst at Beamish, with the Herron’s bakery serving delicious bread and cakes - all baked using Edwardian recipes. Tramlines run through the museum, making it easy for you to get around and explore all the areas on offer.