We are massive fans of Tynemouth and go at least once a month. It has something for everyone and always involves a bit of beach combing on one of the beaches.
There really is too much to write about in one go. One of the beaches is home to Riley’s Fish Shack, which we didn’t manage to get to on this visit, but you really are spoilt for choice if you are hungry.
One place we tend to go to when it’s a grownups only outing is Barca Art Bar. The menu changes with the seasons, and I would fully recommend trying several of the specialist gin cocktails.
If shopping is your thing, again, there is plenty for every style and budget. We had a quick pop into Children of the Revolution where my small fashionista wannabe picked out this T-shirt for himself. Lots of trendy threads for the littles. Starting from baby grows, and plenty of it with a skater/surfer vibe.
No trip to Tynemouth is complete without venturing into Razzberry Bazaar.
From the eye-catching exterior, to the jam packed interior, it’s a riot of colour and an absolute feast for the eyes.
But, as ever, the main reason we go to Tynemouth at the weekend is the bustling market. Held at the metro station every Saturday and Sunday, you can buy everything from vegetables and bread, to antiques and handmade jewellery.
Some traders are regular, and you’ll find them in the same spot come rain or shine, but lots of others are casual, turning up when they want, so if you see something you like, buy it quick, you may never see them again.
Of course our main priority on visiting most places is food. Small person always wants to eat a hot dog, and us grownups always have a barista coffee from the Ouseburn Coffee Company.
We bought lots of things to take home. Scrummy cheeses, organic bread, fudge, and macaroons from one of our favourite traders, who although busy, always has time for a chat. He cooks all his produce there in his portable oven, and if you time your visit right, they are still warm when you eat them.
And this week’s foodie find was these delicious tacos.
It was a van I hadn’t seen before, so I don’t think they do every week. They had a great menu selection, plenty for vegans and meat lovers alike. They had breakfast tacos, along with some good choices for lunch, and even cheap £1.90 snack options. I of course had breakfast AND lunch from Churo’s Tacos
So if you can get to Tynemouth, I would recommend a weekend visit so you catch the market. And make sure you wear your elasticated waistband. There is a HUGE choice of food.