A visit to Whitley Bay Caravan Park

I love visiting the sea, there is something relaxing about watching the waves break against the shore. No matter how many times you visit, there is always something different to see. Sometimes the waves lap gently as children paddle, the sun shining overhead. Other times the waves are restless, beating hard against the shore and splashing up against walls as if they are trying to pull them away. When you live in Newcastle it is easy to visit the sea side, Whitley Bay is only a short drive and easily accessible by metro. The beaches are usually quiet and the walk along the sea front is lovely, you can easily stop and get ice cream like we did when we went to the Whitley Bay Vintage Bus Rally. At low tide St Mary’s lighthouse is accessible and kids love exploring the rock pools beside it. Whitley Bay also has a caravan park, a place I have driven past many times but never thought to explore. Recently I was invited by Beca, along with Rhân, Laura, Rachel and Alice, to come and visit Whitley Bay Caravan Park. We were going to look around some of the caravans, explore the park and … Continue reading →

A visit to Gibside

Gibside is a National Trust property found in the Derwent Valley near Rowlands Gill. The estate was owned by the Bowes family who obtained their wealth from coal. It is a huge estate with plenty to discover on the grounds and gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. I had Gibside on my list of places I wanted to visit this year and managed to go over the Summer. Gibside is easy to find, it is well signposted from the main roads and there is ample car parking space. To enter the estate you do need to climb a steep hill. There are minibuses that drive you around the estate so if you wait you can get a lift to the top. The Walled Garden We started our visit in the Walled Garden. The garden is three acres in size and is full of flowers, fruit and vegetables quietly growing in the beds. We found apple trees, beans and plenty of flowers. The produce from the garden is used in the cafe as well as in the community farm.  Part of the wall surrounding the garden collapsed in 2013 due to severe weather conditions but now this is being restored. This … Continue reading →

A visit to Creams, Newcastle

It seems recently we have been doing a tour of Newcastle’s hot dessert spots. We started by visiting Kaspas Desserts where we found ourselves spoiled for choice. We then went and tried out Beckleberry’s ice cream over at the Intu Metrocentre. Beckleberry’s ice cream is made locally and is well worth trying if you get the chance. We also visited Di Meo’s gelato parlour when we visited the vintage bus rally at Whitley Bay, which was a fun day. Recently Creams Newcastle opened on the Bigg Market, which is another late night haven for pudding lovers. It is open until 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and until midnight on a Friday and Saturday night. Creams is right on the corner of the street and it has an elegant black exterior which begs to be noticed. Walking though the doors there are not that many seats inside, which could be a problem if it gets busy. The seating is purple and the vibe reminded me of Kaspas. Overall the effect is much more toned down and slightly more glittery. Glitter balls suspended from the ceiling added to the disco vibe. Overall Creams had a calm feel and I did not feel I … Continue reading →

Weeping Window and Woodhorn Museum

Last year I was fascinated by the exhibition of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. Officially titled the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red , the poppies commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. One by one, ceramic red poppies were gradually planted in the moat until at the end a sea of red appeared. After the 11th November they disappeared. Each poppy represented a British or colonial life lost. Sadly I was not able to travel to London to see the poppies but was delighted to learn that a similar sculpture was now on display at Woodhorn Museum. Woodhorn is a mining museum near Bedlington. It is based in original colliery buildings and has displays that show what life used to be like in this mining community. The sculpture, called the Weeping Window, consists of a cascade of ceramic poppies pouring onto the ground below. The poppies used are from the original exhibition at the Tower of London. The sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper is on display at Woodhorn Musuem until the end of October. Weeping Window Entrance into Woodhorn Museum is free but there is a charge of … Continue reading →

A Walking Tour of Newcastle with Illes tours

Newcastle Upon Tyne is an amazing city, which is rich in history, architecture and culture as well as being a lovely friendly place to visit. When you live in a city for a while you often take it for granted, walking past landmarks without realising their significance. Newcastle has had a big part to play in the rise of Britain across the centuries and a great way to learn about this history is to take a walking tour of Newcastle with Illes tours. Illes tours is a friendly tour group that offer walking tours that last for around an hour and forty five minutes. There are three different tours you can take. The historical tour which takes you on a journey exploring how Newcastle has changed over the centuries. The cultural tour which explores how Newcastle changed the world with their discoveries. Finally for the bolder there is the gory tour which explores the dark side of the city.  A little while ago my son and I took one of the walking tours of Newcastle with our Travel Massive group. We really enjoyed the tour and leant a lot of new things about our city. Grey Street We started our … Continue reading →