Pat in the Pub HERO

We asked the wonderful Rachel Kershaw – better known as Newcastle-based blogger Life in Geordieland – to share some of her favourite things to do in Newcastle and Gateshead. As ever, Rachel didn’t disappoint!

You can find some of her brilliant posts in pride of place on our Instagram grid here.

Read on for some great places to eat, drink and be merry once the lockdown has lifted as well as some helpful tips for how to embrace lockdown.

We know it’s hard – but we’ve got this! Stay strong, stay home and we look forward to when we can welcome you back! #traveltomorrow.

Over to Rachel…

There are so many potential posts to choose from - great memories of top events in NewcastleGateshead and brilliant places to go for a drink, catch up with friends and enjoy the vibrant local life here in the Toon. While we all miss getting out right now, here are some of my favourite places, events and things to do to remind us of the fun we will have soon…

Hoppings BLOG

The Hoppings

Every year when Europe’s biggest travelling funfair rolls in to Geordieland, I turn into a big kid! The Hoppings has been coming to Newcastle since the Victorian times so it’s really sad that it’s had to be cancelled this year. Hopefully it will be back even bigger and better in 2021, I’ll be first in the queue for Hook a Duck and candyfloss when it does!

Tyneside cinema BLOG

Tyneside Cinema

One of my favourite pastimes is to grab a bite to eat at the Tyneside Bar Café, before heading to the art-deco classic screen at the Tyneside Cinema to watch something thought provoking, then discuss the film afterwards over an espresso martini at Vicolo. It’s the perfect night out and I can’t wait to enjoy it again once these fantastic venues reopen their doors.

Kafe neon BLOG


My small business shout out goes to Kafeneon in the Bigg Market. This place serves up the most delicious meze with bottles of Mythos on an often sun-soaked terrace (yes really, we do get the sun!). It’s the next best thing to a Greek getaway and has been one of my favourite lunch spots for years.

Pat in the Pub BLOG

Introducing Pat

NewcastleGateshead is extremely dog-friendly! My four-legged friend Pat and I love a Saturday afternoon bar crawl and can often be found enjoying a tipple in Redhouse, The Bridge Tavern or on the terrace at By the River Brew Co. all found along the NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Wylam brewery BLOG

Wylam Brewery

I’ve had some of my best ever nights out at Wylam Brewery. It’s home to the legendary Motoon nights and welcomes world class DJs too. The unique venue is nestled in the heart of Exhibition Park and an array of award-winning beers are brewed on site. Be warned though, too many pints of Jakehead IPA will require a return visit for one of Wylam Brewery’s hangover curing Sunday lunches!

Grey street BLOG

Grey Street, Newcastle

Some of Newcastle’s most breath-taking architecture can be found on Grey Street in the heart of the city. From the magnificent Theatre Royal to the hidden splendour of Central Arcade, you can’t help but marvel at the beautiful buildings. One of my guilty pleasures in life is to treat myself to something calorific from Greggs at the top of the street and enjoy eating it on the steps of the iconic Grey’s Monument while watching the world go by, but ssshh, don’t tell anyone!

Quayside BLOG

The Quayside

I will never bore of the sight of NewcastleGateshead’s bridges across the Tyne. I’ll often be found here on Sunday afternoons, soaking up the sights, sounds and tastes of the famous Sunday market. This picture was taken from the High-Level Bridge and shows the Swing Bridge, the Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Millennium Bridge - I couldn’t pick a favourite, could you?

Saltwell park BLOG

Saltwell Park, Gateshead

This huge public park in Gateshead is one of my favourite places to walk the dog - it’s so big that we never get bored. My niece and nephew love it too, especially the maze. If you look carefully you should be able to spot them waving in the photo.

Life in Geordieland: Lockdown Q&A

What are your top recommendations for getting your fix of NewcastleGateshead art & culture digitally?

I recently stumbled upon an audio documentary called ‘Heavier, Faster, Louder’ while browsing the Discovery Museum website and I’ve really been enjoying it. I never realised that Tyneside had so many connections to the world of Heavy Metal!

I’m also looking forward to Gateshead International Festival of Theatre which is going to be fully digital for its tenth year. Over 30 performances and events will be presented in real time, online at and the vibrant schedule sounds like just what we all need right now!

Do you have any suggestions for how to enjoy a ‘Geordie night out’, in? 

    I’ve just published a blog post featuring a whole list of films set in the North East of England. You could take an adventure through the region with movies like Get Carter, I, Daniel Blake, Purely Belter and Goal!

    Any night in is enhanced by the addition of Geordie treats and thankfully we have an abundance of producers in the North East who are taking online orders. You could treat yourself to a few beers from Wylam Brewery’s online shop, yummy chocolates from Davenports, delicious cheese from the Northumberland Cheese company to name but a few!

    If you’re looking for some good old Geordie entertainment you should check out improvisation comedians, The Suggestibles who have been doing a Facebook Live on Friday nights. I also recommend ‘A Pure Belter Geordie Pub Quiz’ which has been created by Tickets in Newcastle for people to enjoy at home or over video call with your friends and family.

      Give us your top tips of how to shop locally during lockdown?

      I’ve been massively impressed by the efforts of the traders at Grainger Market and local butcher’s chain Premier Meats who have been delivering meat, fruit and veg and bakery items to people across the North East. The quality is amazing and definitely beats queuing up at the supermarket.

      We haven’t ordered ourselves any treats yet but have been very tempted by the afternoon tea delivery service from 1901 Caffé in Jesmond.

      I have ordered a limited-edition print from For The Love of the North which shows a rainbow above Newcastle. Some of the profits from the sale of these prints is going to the NHS and I know that every time I look at it on my wall, I will be reminded of this strange time in our lives.

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