Newcastle is the best city to raise a family…

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!

About Janine 594 Articles
I am an antenatal teacher, doula, baby massage instructor, postnatal educator, life coach, writer, mum, wife, friend and, sometimes, just me. As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and early parenting - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, a different perspective and links to the best products and services for families. I set up the Birth, Baby & Family Centre in 2014 to provide a welcoming, friendly and supportive space for parents across Tyneside.

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