Well July is nearly upon us and the school holidays are just around the corner. Here are ten very different tourist tips to suit all ages that you could be enjoying in the North East this July...
1. Take a trip up the Northumberland coast to the harbour town of Amble. Enjoy some mouth-watering fish and chips and then head onto the village of Warkworth and pay a visit to its historic castle. If you visit during July and August you can also visit the hermitage on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. We have never been across the river in the rowing boat to the hermitage so this might very well be the year for it.
Photo credit - Andrew's Walks
2. We love a museum and one of our favourites is Newcastle’s very own Discovery Museum. July is a hugely exciting time to visit the museum for as part of the Great Exhibition of the North they have the huge honour of playing host to Robert Stephenson’s iconic steam locomotive ‘the Rocket’. The accompanying exhibition will chronicle the origins of the railway and a must see for all fans of the golden age of steam. Paul loves visiting the Discovery Museum as if you enter the journey through the history of Tyneside you come to a set of very familiar doors of a London Blue Police Box!
Photo credit - Discovery Museum
3. Head to Tynemouth Village right at the mouth of the river Tyne. The weekend of Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July sees the return of the fabulous Mouth of the Tyne Festival to the village. The free street entertainment is always first class and showcasing the very best of international talent. There is always plenty to keep families and all ages entertained.
4. We have such wonderful countryside in the North East and the beautiful Durham Dales looks glorious in summer. Make a trip to the village of Stanhope and from here you can step back in time and take a trip along the gorgeous surroundings of the Weardale Railway on Saturdays and Sundays. Look out for their Sunday Cream Tea Special on 29th July. Stanhope is famous for its heated outdoor swimming pool and its stepping stones across the River Wear. Always a lovely location for a picnic.
Photo credit - Discover Weardale
5. Oh I do love to be beside the seaside! There is so much happening along the seafront at South Shields. Enjoy all the fun of the fair and from 23rd July Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is open every day and late into the evenings on Fridays. After all those rides you will be in need of fish and chips from the legendary Colmans. We can’t wait to visit their new “Seafood Temple” overlooking the beach and offering fantastic views out to sea. Souter Park is a lovely place for families to enjoy the outdoors and its miniature steam railway always has children (and adults) smiling with enjoyment.
Photo credit - Colmans
6. Keeping with the seaside theme nothing conjures up happy memories of a visit to the beach than building sandcastles. Whitley Bay hosts it annual competition on the beach this year on Sunday 29th July. Get yourself down between 10:00am – 1:00pm and let your creativity run free.
7. We are so proud in the North East to have a World Heritage Site in the region. Hadrian’s Wall is visited by millions each year from all over the world and always has a great programme of summer events. Chesters Roman Fort on the weekend of 14th and 15th July is hosting the excitement of “The Border Raiders”. Watch the Scots and the English Raiders in action on their “day of truce”.
Photo credit - Visit Northumberland
8. And now for something completely different! As part of the fantastic programme of events during the Great Exhibition of the North we have “Tools For Everyday Life” running from 23rd July – 9th September 2018.
“How does knowing how to make something lead to the creation of products that function well and are rewarding in their use? Find out with this exhibition from Northumbria University’s School of Design which puts product stories centre-stage. The potential for beauty in the props and tools for everyday life and the ability to place the activity of design in a broader cultural, environmental and economic context is demonstrated through the exhibition.”
Taking place at Newcastle’s Sports Central within the grounds of Northumbria University.
Photo credit - Get North 2018
9. Alnmouth village, situated right on the Northumberland Coast with its endless long beach is a wonderful place for a day out. It has a quirky artistic vibe and many North East creatives live in the village and use its stunning views as inspiration for their work. One place we really want to visit is Beaches Restaurant which offers a fantastic array of seafood and other tasty treats. Next door is the Seafood Shack whose long line of hungry patrons speaks volumes.
Photo credit - Visit Northumberland
10. And lastly if you looking for something that embraces the rich musical history and heritage of the North East, transported in the most unique fashion in the company of the very best of hosts………………………………………………..then tune in for next week’s blog. It really is offering something quite unique.