A Tyneside Christmas in the Summertime

#Gifted Tyneside Cinema launched their Christmas programme on the hottest day of the year, but surprisingly I was still excited for Christmas after I arrived out of the hot sun and into the cool, calm interior of the Digital Lounge complete with tinsel, mince pies, a Christmas tree and even Santa himself. The screen showed…

We Solved the Case!!

We spent a fun filled few hours last weekend taking part in ‘CluedUpp Detective’ around Newcastle city centre, which is a virtual ‘Cluedo’ type of crime-solving adventure game that you play using an app on your phone. CluedUpp Games studio specialises in large-scale, city-wide gaming experiences and once you’ve signed up to the game (and…

Arts Steamer at Newcastle Central Station

It’s always a bit chilly on the concourse at Newcastle Central Station but that didn’t stop a handful of the region’s best artists, crafters and designers showcasing and selling their amazing work at the Arts Steamer. This pop up event takes place on the first Friday of each month, from 10am-6pm. There were around 12…

The Dotty House

Since the Dotty House moved to a more central location within Low Fell it has become even more popular, with busy mams and dads on the school run taking advantage to pop in and purchase some of its original gifts. Sitting on the corner, the old building was extensively re-modelled so that this charming and quirky…

Low Fell Food Market

Low Fell Food Market might be small, but it is perfectly formed. It began around 2 years ago in the grounds of the local school, and was originally named Kells Lane Food Market, after Kells Lane School situated on Kells Lane. The school has a lovely old building which was built in 1876, so it would…

Afternoon Tea at Lumley Castle

Spying Lumley Castle in the distance and knowing I was visiting for Afternoon Tea was a really good feeling. I absolutely love this place and travelling up the drive surrounded by beautiful parklands overlooking the River Wear in Chester-le-Street in, this 600-year-old castle perched at the top of the hill is a majestic site. Once parked…

Open House @howayinn & The Spare Room

I’ve been meaning to pop in to the Open House on Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead for a while now, but with the addition of their Refill Station it was an absolute must. This ‘planet conscious’ shop launched in the summer of last year specialising in recycled, renewable and sustainable products providing shoppers with a more…

Escape Room – Never Give Up Newcastle – Revisited

I decided to review the Escape Rooms on Scotswood Road again as on our second visit we opted for the slightly more difficult challenge of ‘Dr Fitzakerley’s Dungeon’. It didn’t look good for us when for some reason we thought the main door was locked and stood outside in the cold wind for 20 minutes,…

Victoria Bar and Kitchen, Low Fell

Friday night dinner at the Victoria Bar and Kitchen, Low Fell in Gateshead was a pleasant surprise. Food is served from lunchtime till 9.30pm and there are several options on offer, but the main event is definitely the rotisserie. Half a roast chicken with a choice of 2 sides, I chose roast baby spuds with…

The Late Shows

The Late Shows dates have now been announced for 2019….17-18 May. It’s a ‘free late-night culture crawl taking place in NewcastleGateshead when museums, galleries and historical buildings come together to offer visitors one-off events. These can be workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, performances, parties’. You name it, it’s on.  It’s aim is to encourage people to do…