Wednesday, 9 December 2015

24 hours in... Newcastle

I was about to start this post by typing 'you only got 24 minutes to save the world' but then I realised the song (by Madonna and J Timbers) is actually 4 minutes and that neither of the two are even in the title so what a FABULOUS start this is...

Hello. I keep disappearing recently, 3rd year really isn't fun is it.

But what is fun, is Christmas. It's finally that time of year where you can eat all the mince pies and chocolate, drink ALL of the wine whilst hitting those high notes of All I Want For Christmas, all before noon, without even the slightest bit of judgement (kind of).

As you already know, Newcastle has been my home for the past 2 and a half years and I'm a little bit in love with the place and need everyone to visit immediately just so we can all appreciate how great this city actually is.

With that in mind, I thought I'd put together a '24 hour guide to Newcastle' with a little Christmas kick and it is JAM-PACKED. I just couldn't cut down what to do and see (who am I kidding, I obviously mean where to eat and drink but I'm trying okay...).

AM -

So, you arrive in Newcastle by train, bus, plane or sleigh (I think I'm funny, humour me) and with such a long journey behind you, you are positively famished.

Where to go for breakfast is difficult. You could hop on the Metro and venture to ARLO's in Jesmond, but with such a short amount of time, every moment is precious so your tour guide for the day leads you to Quay Ingredient, a quaint little cafe near, you guessed it, the Quayside.

After a rather fabulous breakfast, it's time to hit the road again, with a leisurely stroll along the Quayside. An obligatory tourist selfie will be taken because have you not heard, you get thrown out of the city immediately if you don't take a photo of the infamous bridge, it's just the rules.

So close to the BALTIC, you absolutely have to pop over the Millennium bridge, take the lift straight up to the fourth floor and go out onto the glass balcony, which gives you an incredible view of the Quayside, as well as glimpses of Newcastle too.

You're feeling a little dizzy so far up in the sky, and what's that? You need your first beverage of the day to keep you going? If you say so... Pitcher and Piano is always an option if you're fancying a drink looking out on the waterfront but if you're fancying heading into the city centre for a lunchtime cocktail, heading to Pleased To Meet You on High Bridge is a good shout. If coffee is more your jam, Garden Kitchen, situated in Eldon Gardons within Eldon Square shopping centre is lovely, there's actual CAT cafes in Newcastle, like you know, with actual real life furry cats and Quilliam Brothers is fab if you want to chill with a hot drink and a sweet treat on beanbags - you can even play a board game if you so wish..

If you're thinking, hang on, where's the Christmas spirit disappeared to? Fear not...

City centre's don't always 'do it' for everyone and around this time of year, shops basically resemble hell. If you have a car and are fancying a little drive, Blaydon Rugby Club are holding the most perfect event to get you in the mood for Christmas.

Polar Express. Hot Chocolate. A visit from Father Christmas. Could you ask for more?

PM -

After milling around the Christmas markets, juggling a German sausage with a huge helping of caramelised onions and ketchup in one hand and a mulled wine in the other, it's possibly time to go and see a show. Newcastle have an amazing selection of local theatres, including Theatre Royal, Live Theatre and Northern Stage which have incredible productions right the year round. At this time of year, a pantomime is a pretty festive way of having a good old laugh, with Theatre Royal currently showing 'Dick Whittington'. (FYI, they're showing Hairspray in January and it's a pretty safe bet that I will be there, front row, because DUH.)

If you're thinking that a pantomime is possibly the worst idea in the entire world, then do not worry my friend, because I have other options before you go and snaffle a delightful meal at The Forth Hotel near Newcastle Central Station which really is the most perfect, cosy winter pub.

Other options meaning POSH. BOWLING.

Yes, okay, you still have to wear those ridiculously horrendous shoes which make your feet look so big they are like actual boats, but it's such a good laugh and Lane 7 really is a great addition to the city. It's basically bowling for grown ups aka with alcohol (and incred food).

So you've whooped everyone's teeny tiny asses at bowling meaning, obviously, the food at The Forth is on them and now you're maybe, possibly, definitely fancying a little night cap, it's time to head to The Botanist. And No28. And Poison Cabinet. Maybe Jam Jar or 97 & Social if you're heading to your hotel possibly in Jesmond? Newcastle has an amazing nightlife, you're basically spoilt for choice and I just can't choose.

Then it's bedtime and you've not even achieved a quarter of what Newcastle has to offer you! You could visit Ouseburn, Jesmond Dene, the Life Science centre, St James' Park... So. Many Places. I actually made a little bucket list of things to do in the North East on my Pinterest page (plug plug) and I mean it would be rude not to go and have a little look...right?

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I really really hope you're planning a visit to Newcastle soon! If you  feel like you need a few more recommendations, I actually created a 'Guide to Newcastle' which is partly targeted at students but has lots of great places to visit, eat and drink. If not, send me a little tweet and I'd love to help you if I can. On the other hand, if you're a local business wanting to promote an event, Eventbrite is the perfect place to promote it and you could even drop me a line on charlotte_hall95@hotmail - I loooove finding out about the fabulous things going on in the city!

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  1. just need to visit Newcastle you and your humour have sold me on all that you have mentioned thank you Merry Christmas

    1. This is my grandma everyone - I'm not going crazy I *promise*!

  2. Brilliant little guide there, I'd love to spend a day doing all that, so happy you've got so many of my favourite food spots in there!

    Chloe X


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