Wellbeing in Newcastle Gateshead

    Need to recharge your battery? Sometimes you need to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of city life. Although NewcastleGateshead is a lively place, there are so many opportunities to relax and look after your wellbeing in and around the city. Read on for our tips and top places to visit to protect your health and wellbeing in NewcastleGateshead.  

    1. Yoga Therapies

    The Yoga x Life studio is located in Shieldfield and offers an escape from the busy setting of Newcastle. The studio offers light filled, serene surroundings and the perfect space to destress and find fresh strength and balance. Whether you are a regular in the practice of yoga, or simply wanting to try a new calming hobby, the studio has something for everyone. There is a daily schedule from dynamic to yin and meditation and even a cafe on site serving barista coffee, superfood smoothies and a selection of vegan and gluten free foods. You can purchase passes to individual classes or enrol in monthly membership that gives you access to multiple classes a week. You can find out more here. 

    2. Explore Jesmond Dene

    We are so lucky in NewcastleGateshead to have access to beautiful outdoor spaces. Sometimes we underestimate the benefits of a bit of fresh air! Jesmond Dene offers a tranquil and unique space to get your steps in and enjoy being outside. With a different spot to be discovered at every turn, the Dene hides a waterfall, multiple bridges a mix of native and exotic trees and is also home to a lot of wildlife. The narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale stretches for over three kilometres. If that wasn't enough, there is also a visitor centre and Pet's Corner nestled within the trees. Pet's Corner is home to pot-bellied pigs, goats and sheep alongside rabbits and birds and is entirely managed by volunteers. 

    3. Relax with a book in a cafe

    Taking some time away from our screens is a great way to boost motivation and give your mind a rest. If you are looking for something to do to fill the phone shaped hole, why not head to a café in Newcastle with a book. There are many cafés city wide that welcome visitors for longer stays. Why not relax in Pink Lane Coffee, Flat Caps, Coffee Trader or Laneway & Co with a good read. Be sure to sample some great drinks and food when you visit. 

    4. Dog and Scone

    Dogs can provide the ultimate serotonin boost! Dog and Scone is Newcastle's only dedicated dog café and is heaven for dog lovers. Visitors can enjoy delicious cakes, coffee and tea all in the company of the cafe's resident dogs. Spend time sipping a cup of tea all whilst petting a friendly dog. Dog and Scone cafe has a garden-themed design creating a calming environment for you and the pooches to relax in. Booking is essential, with entry at £6 per person per session. You can find out more information here. 

    5. Visit the coast

    NewcastleGateshead is a stones throw away from a beautiful coastline. The sea air and long stretches of sandy beaches can provide calm and peace of mind. South Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay all offer a unique landscape of sea and sand and are all accessible via metro, car or bus. The beaches are perfect for a stroll with friends, a furry companion or simply on your own. If you want to sample some feel good food whilst you are in the area, visit one of the many independent cafes and restaurants. Be sure to keep an eye out for the weekly Tynemouth Market that takes place in Tynemouth Metro Station

    6. Indulge in comfort food

    Health and wellbeing is not all about keeping active, sometimes we need some good old comfort food to ensure we are feeling our best. The Grainger Market is the perfect place to buy ingredients to whip up your favourite dish or to sample some mouth- watering food from local vendors. Spoil yourself to a bagel from King Baby Bagels, some authentic dumplings from Dumpling and Bun or a classic pizza slice by Slice. Whatever you fancy, the market offers a real Geordie welcome to anyone who passes through. 

    7. Dip in the North Sea

    This one is not for the faint hearted! CBK adventures have created a social that promotes the benefits of cold water swimming. The Ice Dip Social takes you into the North Sea, with a trained instructor who talks you through the benefits it will have to your mind and body, then into a therapeutic Finnish tent sauna and a group relaxation space that is set up on the beach. The day comes together to create a unique winters day at the beach. You can find out more about the Ice Dip Social here.

    8. Take part in a Parkrun

    Parkrun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate and takes place every Saturday morning in locations around Newcastle and Gateshead. The run is 5k and encourages you to be active on a Saturday morning, no matter the weather! Don't worry if you are not an avid runner, the parkrun is positive, welcoming and inclusive and there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along. Locations in Newcastle and Gateshead include, Saltwell Park, Windy Nook Nature Park, Exhibition Park, Jesmond Dene and Leazes Park. You can find your nearest Parkrun here.

    9. Visit the City Baths

    The City Baths is a city centre gym that offers classes, a pool, sauna and spa treatments. Exercising lightly has been proven to improve mental and physical health and the city centre location makes it easy to access from work or home. The City Baths offer early opening hours and late closing times, meaning it works around you. If you are wishing to learn more about the Baths, click here.

    10. Explore exhibitions at BALTIC

    BALTIC's year-round programme ranges from blockbuster exhibitions to innovative new work and projects created by artists working within the local community. Visitors can experience innovative and provocative new art, relax, have fun, learn and discover fresh ideas before relaxing with a coffee in their onside cafe which overlooks the magnificent Quayside. Visiting the art gallery allows you space to switch off and get lost in some thought provoking art and take in one of the best views in the city from the viewpoint on the fifth floor. You can even brighten up your day by visiting the quirky BALTIC shop

    Want to find out what's on in NewcastleGateshead?

    There are so many events happening in NewcastleGateshead this year. Plan ahead and take a look to see What's On whilst you are here. 

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