Delicious food and drink
In 2009 and 2010, Newcastle was voted one of the most progressive cities in the area of sustainable food by the UK network Sustainable Food Cities – so finding sustainable restaurants is no problem. The university town also offers the national dish that simply has to be sampled on any holiday in the UK – fish and chips – only vegan. A meatless full English breakfast is available at Camber Coffee. If that’s too hearty for you, head to Super Natural Cafe for brunch or Glazed for doughnuts.
A few gastro spots may surprise you with their unusual locations. The Carriage Pub (which also serves vegan fish and chips) is housed in a former train station, Kiln is a ceramics shop and restaurant in one, and the vegan pub Ship Inn sits in a brick building under a bridge. Those opting for a picnic can shop at the monthly vegan market on Grainger Street or at Nil Living – Newcastle upon Tyne’s first zero waste and refill shop.
Exploring the countryside is made easy from Newcastle. Many of the surrounding nature destinations can be reached using the well-developed local transport network. One destination is the Angel of North in the Northumbrian countryside, a statue of an angel with a wingspan of 54 metres.
A detour to Tynemouth is a must. Just a 15-minute train journey and you, too, can feel the sand between your toes.
If you’re looking for a bit of greenery, why not head to Jesmond, northeast of the city centre? The park with woodland, an old mill and waterfalls is a little oasis and just a short walk from the West Jesmond metro station.
If you’re a history buff, then don’t miss out on a detour to Hadrian’s Wall at the end of Wallsend metro station. The fortification wall built by the Romans is 120 kilometres long. It can be hiked along the Hadrian Wall Path National Trail to Bowness on Solway in six to eight days.
Summer in the city
Once it starts hotting up in the summer, it’s a good idea to explore the city from the water. Kayaks, SUPs and canoes are available from CBK Adventures or Sup Newcastle.
If you’d rather stick to dry land, then you’ll appreciate the city’s summer festivals. At The Hoppings, the largest funfair in Europe, you can enjoy rides, concerts and performances. Live acts and theatre also attract crowds at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival. UK Pride brings colour and diversity to the city’s streets.