In my last post, I was excited to share the details of the jewellery making workshop and talk given by accessory queens, Tatty Devine, and I mentioned that the visit to Newcastle was part of a surprise roadtrip to celebrate my birthday!
I adore seeing new places and enjoy documenting everything from the little trips to the far-flung holidays – and all the experiences in between. I love putting together photo albums, silly collages and scrapbooks (blame this on watching far too many programmes like Art Attack as a child!) so Scrapbook is a feature where I can share photo diaries and memories.
So today’s Scrapbook is all about our recent roadtrip! Enjoy…
The first thing you should probably know about our roadtrips is that they ALWAYS start with three crucial components: Elaine in the driving seat (her car is called Baby Blue on account of its soft sky blue colour. It’s our very own version of the Mirth Mobile – except it doesn’t have fire painted up the sides. Yet.), a themed Spotify playlist (usually lovingly put together by Craig) and a pit stop for coffee n’ doughnuts!
After a few hours in the car of belting out song after song, we pulled up at BALTIC. The building itself is super impressive, and still has the original mill lettering on the exterior (it was a mill for both flour and animal feed for decades originally). Nowadays, the landmark building is an international centre for art and design and has a changing programme of exhibitions.
BALTIC is a really inspiring space with a lot of energy and was the ideal location to spend the afternoon with Tatty Devine – which Elaine and I enjoyed doing while the boys went off to Game On 2.0; a massive gaming exhibition held in the city’s Centre for Life.
The rooftop terrace at BALTIC was amazing for views!
We stayed at the Premier Inn down by the River Tyne and could even see the BALTIC building from our hotel room window – as well as the river itself. The location was lovely and quiet, but only about a ten minute walk from the hustle and bustle. It also meant we got to enjoy a couple of walks at the Quayside, with great views of massive bridges and boats in every size imaginable.
Down by the river we also spotted this colourful miniature beach – complete with palm trees, a volleyball net and these striped beach huts. Too cute!
The buildings in the city centre are also really eye-catching, inside and out…
Food-wise, we certainly didn’t go hungry during our time in Newcastle! On the first day, we ate in the BALTIC Kitchen, which serves up a mean lunch menu and to-die-for milkshakes. That evening, we headed out to the city centre and ate at The Botanist, a stylish bar and restaurant that had shabby chic down to a fine art!
We also had a long, lazy brunch at the Tyneside Cinema cafe the next morning. I really enjoyed hanging out in this place – the menu was delicious, the staff were friendly and their choice of cult movies was just perfection. Plus, they had beautiful floors! Next time I go to Newcastle, I’m making a beeline for it again.
On the second day, the weather took a turn for the worse, so we headed to the Metro Centre for a snoop around the shops before hitting the road home.
And speaking of the journey home, it was another cracker! I don’t think I’ve ever sang, danced (albeit sitting down dancing!) and laughed so much in a car in my life. I really do have the best friends a gal could ask for, and our Pure Baltic roadtrip was really special – I’ll be talking about it for a long time!
Have you ever taken a birthday roadtrip? And if you have any must-see spots in Newcastle, don’t forget to share ’em below!
With doughnuts, car journeys and sing-alongs,