June 03, 2021 3 min read
As summer creeps up on us and Lockdown restrictions continue to lift (hopefully), many of us are starting to make plans for a well-deserved summer of FUN. Now, I'm sure that many of the people reading this will be planning a summer parked in the pub; however, for this week's blog, I wanted to cover a few of the other things you can do this summer that don't (necessarily) involve a pint.
I'm covering everywhere from Yorkshire right up to Northumberland to ensure that there are enough places to keep you busy over our long-awaited summer 2021. So, if you're looking for somewhere new to visit with your newfound freedom, be sure to take a look below at our list of the Best Bits of the North.
Northumberland, the land of invasion, castles and beautiful scenery, there really is nothing better. Though the weather is fairly cold at England's most Northerly point, there's plenty of fun things to see and do. One of my favourite things to do in Northumberland is to visit the Dark Sky Park at Kielder. The park is the largest in Europe at a whopping 572 square miles and is located amongst the heritage-rich site of Hadrian's Wall.
Though the city of Newcastle is renowned for its drinking culture, it is also a hub for culture and arts. One of my favourite places to visit in Newcastle is BALTIC which is a contemporary art gallery.Baltic is a converted 1950s flour mill that sits beside the River Tyne just across the Millennium Bridge. BALTIC was founded in 1998 with the mission to create a greater understanding of the world through contemporary art. BALTIC first opened its doors in 2002 and has since been the home to over 226 exhibitions. After a long year of closures, BALTIC reopened its doors on May 17th 2021.
In my not so humble opinion, the best thing about Tyne and Wear is the vast and ever-changing coastline. There are 20 different beaches across Tyne and Wear, so you'll never be struggling to find one! One of my favourite beaches is King Edward's Bay, a small cove that sits beneath the ruins of Tynemouth Priory. King Edward's Bay boasts beautiful soft sand, gentle waves and one of the best restaurants in town, Riley's Fish Shack. Riley's is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting the area. They serve fresh fish that has been caught sustainably in the area. You can prebook one of their deckchair tables and enjoy some delicious grub while watching the sunset over Tynemouth.
I don't think you've had a proper trip to Durham until you've seen the beautiful Cathedral in the city's centre. Durham Cathedral was built in 1093 as a place of worship. It remains a popular destination for Christian pilgrimages, boasting ornate stained glass windows and breathtaking architecture. I love visiting the Cathedral to learn more about our heritage in the North East- I always finish my trip with a sandwich in the on-site cafe.
Okay, I realise Yorkshire is huge, so it's near impossible to narrow down my favourite places but, I'm going to try. As a book lover, I always enjoy cosying up and reading the novels by the Brontë sisters. The Brontë's are actually fellow Northerners who were born and raised in Haworth, Yorkshire. If you happen to visit the hometown of the Brontë family, you may want to take a trip to the Brontë Parsonage. The old parson has been transformed into a museum dedicated to the lives and literature of the three Brontë sisters.
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