Years ago, pre husband and children, I lived in Tynemouth for a while. It is one of my favourite places. And in the past few years it has gone remarkably upmarket. I don't think I could afford it now! Besides the weekend market in the Metro station there is the joys of Longsands Beach, the Priory, lovely shops and cafes, and great walking along the coast.
And if your children are the unforgiving sort, then you also get one hell of a good workout while you are there.
|There is an easier more direct route than the one they made me take!|
... but they do killer hot chocolates and bacon sandwiches as well.
If you ever find yourself up in the Northumberland area there are other less obvious places that might appeal. Most wouldn't think Blyth was one of them. Just a ten minute drive up the coast from my mum's, there are a number of things that make this a great place to spend a little time.
|A long stretch of sand looking towards St Mary's Lighthouse.|
(We will ignore the view to the other side of lots of wind turbines.)
|Modern beach huts.|
|Absolutely amazing fish and chips.|
(And huge the day we went. HUGE!)
|If you have enough room after the fish and chips,|
there is an Italian ice cream parlour attached.
I didn't have room but these two did.
And the playground built into the hollows of the sand dunes
is sheltered and good fun too!