too right! We moved to Newcastle from London in 1999 because we wanted to start a family and we weren’t settled in London. In Newcastle we could afford to buy a house, which felt like a mansion compared to the tiny flats of our London years. Living up here also meant that I could work part time and then eventually become a stay-at-home mum with two children as I retrained as an antenatal teacher and postnatal group leader. I really don’t think I would have had these options anywhere else.
It has been fantastic to raise my girls here – whether it is wandering around the city, enjoying the parks and the riverside or hitting the beach we were never short of anything to do. And the countryside is only a step away too.
over the years our favourites have been…
the River Tyne – its rich heritage and its daily activities and the lighthouses
beaches in South Shields, Tynemouth, Cullercoats, Seaton Sluice, Blyth and in Northumberland
St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay
all the English Heritage properties – Belsay is my absolute favourite
National Trust properties – Cragside, Gibside, Wallington
parks in Newcastle, South Shields, North Shields and Blyth
as well as Plessey Woods, Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberlandia and Holy Island
These places are attached to some of the best memories with my children – and there’s certainly never been any bored days!