The Sutton Developments HQ is located in the North East of England, therefore I thought we should focus on some of the hidden gems of the North and places to visit here for FREE!
- In at number one has to be our beautiful stretches of coastline, whether it be at South Shields, Seaburn or Seaham, here in the North East we have an unprecedented stretch of sandy beaches. Many of our beaches are busy during both the winter and the summer months, and a lot of them allow dog walking. We have some amazing seaside restaurants and coffee shops too, including award winning fish & chips at Minchellas (both in South Shields and Seaburn) and ice cream parlours like Lickety Split in Seaham.
2. There is nothing like a brisk walk to blow off those cobwebs, and I recommend you pay the Quayside in Newcastle a visit! Apart from the obvious, like the great views of the Sage and bridges, if you keep walking, you’ll pass one of Newcastle’s oldest and most prominent heritage buildings – Cooperage. It may look like just another derelict building, but complete with late medieval timber-frames, it really is a hidden piece of our northern culture. If you’re looking for somewhere to rest your legs after a long walk, I can personally recommend the Great British Cupcakery for one of their infamous pink lattes or cupcakes (again dog friendly, can you see a bit of a theme here)
3. Tynemouth is a village and a historic former county borough in Tyne and Wear, England, at the mouth of the River Tyne, 8 miles east-northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne. It has become increasingly popular in recent years for its cafe culture and quaint instagramable eateries such as Lola Jeans and Rileys Fish Shack, but Tynemouth has so much more to offer! Firstly there is Tynemouth Priory and Castle, with breathtaking views over the shoreline, walking the length of the Tynemouth Pier, traditional weekend markets, King Edwards Bay and the Lord Collingwood Monument. I paid a visit to Tynemouth not long ago, and we took a drive through the streets an marvelled at the mansions and cute little cottages – a real eclectic mix of tastes and styles!
4. Northumberlandia is a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure, which was completed in 2012, near Cramlington, Northumberland, northern England. Made of 1.5 million tonnes of earth from neighbouring Shotton Surface Mine, it is 34 metres high and 400 metres long, set in a 19 hectares public park. Ariel views of the land is where you can see the lady at her best, but its a great (free) outdoor activity for everyone to enjoy. The unique piece of public art has a free public access path that spans over 4 miles long, and is dog friendly to well behaved pooches!
5. The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, located in Gateshead and is an iconic site for both Northerns and visitors to our region. With its prime location, on hilltop by the A1, you know you’re on the right road as you see it in the distance. Completed in 1998, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across and according to Gormley, the significance of an angel was three-fold. First, to signify that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries; second, to grasp the transition from an industrial to an information age, and third, to serve as a focus for our evolving hopes and fears.
Are you a fellow North Easter – how often do you visit some of our regions famous land marks?