Sunday in Tynemouth

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Tynemouth beach

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.

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Barca Art Bar

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.

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T-shirt from Children of the Revolution in Tynemouth

No trip to Tynemouth is complete without venturing into Razzberry Bazaar.

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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.

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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.

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Market stall at Tynemouth Market

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.

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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.

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Fresh Macaroons straight out of the oven at Tynemouth Market

And this week’s foodie find was these delicious tacos.

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Taco

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

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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.

Artique in Amble

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Artique in Amble

Artique in Amble is one of those places you can spend hours in. It’a large building which was once a restaurant. It stood empty for quite some time before it was taken over by this unusual business. Every available space on the shop floor is rented by local people to sell their wares.

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You can find everything from vintage and antique, to the handmade and unusual.

Every corner and doorway holds a new surprise.

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They also have a warm and friendly cafe, which serves delicious homemade food.

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This really is a one stop shop for any gift you have in mind. Locally handcrafted. Children’s toys and books. Vintage and collectables. Crafting and art supplies. And the best cheese scones in town.

 

A Sunday trip to Amble

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Amble Harbour Village

Today was one of those great days. One of the first sunny days in spring. The sun was shinning, the daffodils are in bloom, and we had nowhere to be. So we headed up the coast to Amble.

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Amble cafe

If you haven’t been to Amble in a while, I would really recommend a visit. A lot of towns look closed on Sundays, but not Amble, even the butchers shop was open. It also boasts a busy and bustling outdoor market on the harbour, which is open though out the year.

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But not only do you have the market, there is a permanent retail village located on the quayside, which consists of funky little wooden “pods” Which house small, independent shops.

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And if you are feeling peckish. Not only does Amble have some great eateries, it also has one of the best fish restaurants where you can enjoy this stunning view.

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Of course if it’s icecream you are after, Spurellis has some of the best in the region. It gets VERY busy on sunny days.

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