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Newcastle Student Summer Bucket list

It’s May, which means the sun is coming out and, for us students, the books are stacking up fast and thinking about the summer is perfect procrastination. For some, me included *tear*, this is the end of their time in Newcastle, but even between drinking your body weight in trebles and re-painting your stained walls to try and secure the return of that mystical deposit, there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in some of the best sunny day activities that Newcastle has to offer. Trust me, after the last month in the library, the vitamin D will be good for you.

1) Visit the Quayside Seaside

Now this concept baffles me. Newcastle is lucky enough to be located near a plethora of beautiful beaches, easily accessible on the Metro, so why do we need a fake beach in our already stunning Quayside? The truth is, we don’t NEED one, but we still WANT one, and what we want, we get. Despite it not holding a candle to the natural beauty of Tynemouth, the Quayside beach is still some of the most fun you can have on a piece of concrete, although to be honest there isn’t must competition for that title. Relax with a drink and look out over the glorious river or just take a break from all that strenuous Netflix watching you’ll no doubt be filling your days after exams end; and, while it certainly is a just a novelty, it’s something that everyone should experience at least once while in the sunny North East.

2) Picnic in Jesmond Dene

Yes, there are many other beautiful parks in Newcastle that are also acceptable to picnic in, I’m just biased as the Dene is about a minute away from my house and I’m very, very lazy. As well as it’s proximity to my bed, it also boasts plenty of space to eat, a petting zoo and of course, the waterfall, subject of many an Instagram post (including my own). After eating, you could always challenge your pals to a game of rounders, as we all know nothing says friendships like competitively hitting things with a large stick.

3) Spend the day in Ouesburn pub gardens

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Tyne Bar is my spiritual home. That’s a fact. I love the beer garden, I love overlooking the river, I love the music events, and most of all, I love that they serve weird ciders and mac n cheese. It’s heaven. But one thing can make it better, all of the surrounding pubs and bars are fantastic too. Most students don’t know about these hidden gems because the rahs are too scared to leave the safety of Osbourne Road and most other people don’t really like walking all the way there but it is just so worth it to spend all day there in the sun. Make sure you also check out The Cluny while you’re in the area. You won’t be disappointed.

4) Have a BBQ in your garden

Last year I lived with six girls and one guy, so when we decided to have an end of year BBQ we just assumed that Dave would man up and take charge. We were wrong. Turns out that living with us for a whole year has dried up the man’s primal urge to grill meat, so with much fear and very little confidence the girls took the reins. Two bottles of wine and litre of Pimms later and we sat down in our “garden” (the small patch outside our door) to eat a very successful and delicious meal. The point of this story is that if we can do it, then so can you. And to be honest, if it fails, or if you in fact don’t like waiting two hours for your food, then just put it in the oven and eat it outside. It’s the same thing really.

5) Relax at a festival

From laughing atΒ Jesterval in Gateshead to discovering new local artists at Evolution Emerging, there are festivals for everyone in Tyneside over the summer. Ouseburn Valley is usually packed full of events at this time of year so take yourself, your sunglasses and whichever pals you can drag with you and head down there to hear some music you definitely won’t have heard of, but possibly might enjoy.

What will you be doing this summer? Any other events we should know about?

Katie x

This post is in partnership with Easiliving so if you’re coming back next year make sure you check them out before making that all important housing decision!

5 Things Newcastle Students Should Do Before Leaving for the Summer

It’s June, which mean the sun is coming out and, for us students, the books are closing for the final time before we return home for summer. For some this is the end of their time in Newcastle but even between drinking your body weight in trebles and re-painting your stained walls to try and secure the return of that mystical deposit, there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in some of the best sunny day activities that Newcastle has to offer. Trust me, after the last month, the vitamin D will be good for you.

1) Visit the Quayside Seaside

Now this concept baffles me. Newcastle is lucky enough to be located near a plethora of beautiful beaches, easily accessible on the Metro, so why do we need a fake beach in our already stunning Quayside? The truth is, we don’t NEED one, but we still WANT one, and what we want we get. Despite it not holding a candle to the natural beauty of Tynemouth, the Quayside beach is still some of the most fun you can have on a piece of concrete, although to be honest there isn’t must competition for that title. Relax with a drink and look out over the glorious river or just take a break from all that strenuous Netflix watching you’ve no doubt been filling your days with since exams ended; and, while it certainly is a just a novelty, it’s something that everyone should experience at least once while in the sunny North East.

2) Picnic in Jesmond Dene

Yes, there are many other beautiful parks in Newcastle that are also acceptable to picnic in, I’m just biased as the Dene is about a minute away from my house and I’m very, very lazy. As well as it’s proximity to my bed, it also boasts plenty of space to eat, a petting zoo and of course, the waterfall, subject of many an Instagram post (including my own). After eating, you could always challenge your pals to a game of rounders, as we all know nothing says friendships like competitively hitting things with a large stick.

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3) Spend the day in Ouesburn pub gardens

Tyne Bar is my spiritual home. That’s a fact. I love the beer garden, I love overlooking the river, I love the music events, and most of all, I love that they serve Briska. It’s heaven. But one thing can make it better, all of the surrounding pubs and bars are fantastic too. Most students don’t know about these hidden gems because the rahs are too scared to leave the safety of Osbourne Road and most other people don’t really like walking all the way there but it is just so worth it to spend all day there in the sun. Make sure you also check out The Cluny while you’re down there. You won’t be disappointed.

4) Have a BBQ in your garden

As I’ve previously address, I live with six girls and one guy, so when we decided to have an end of year BBQ we just assumed that Dave who man up and take charge. We were wrong. Turns out that living with us for a whole year has dried up the man’s primal urge to grill meat, so with much fear and very little confidence the girls took the reins. Two bottles of wine and litre of Pimms later and we sat down in our “garden” (the small patch outside our door) to eat a very successful and delicious meal. The point of this story is that if we can do it, then so can you. And to be honest, if it fails, or if you in fact don’t like waiting two hours for your food, then just put it in the oven and eat it outside. It’s the same thing really.

5) Relax at a festival

Last month’s Unity Festival was a roaring success but if you missed it then don’t fear, there are plenty more great events coming up in the next few weeks. From drinks atΒ Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival to free gigs at NARC Fest, there’s something for every taste going on in the North East. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter to find the latest goings on.

What will you be doing this summer? Any other events we should know about?

Katie x

Katie Eats: Longhorns

For meat eaters of Newcastle Longhorns is somewhat of a legend. Its reputation, along with the added draw of seeing the “Meat Machine” driving around town, makes getting a seat at standard meal times nearly impossible. Luckily though, I’m a humanities student so I have all the free time in the world to wander down there and experience the joyous food without the agonising wait.

Saying that, it was still busier than expected for 3pm on a Friday afternoon, and busy with real adults as well, not the slacking student types. Even so we got a seat and ordered straight away as we’d been wanting to go there for so long we basically had the menu memorised. We didn’t have to wait long for the food to arrive, and we definitely weren’t disappointed with the quantity. They do these great meat boards where you pick 3 different kinds of barbecued meat as well as two sides for Β£12, which was pretty good value for the size of it. The food was delicious and the BBQ sauce that came with it was pretty special, however I’d have preferred if they cooked the meat in the sauce rather than adding it afterwards. I also heard from the grape vine that the pit beans are absolutely amazing. I don’t know how they make beans so good, but I trust my sources.

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Sausage, hog butt and pork ribs with chips and crackling

Pros

  • Really great, tender meat. Sausages were especially good.
  • Perfect BBQ sauce. Both spicy and mild varieties.
  • Quick service
  • Good value
  • Really nice, chilled atmosphere

Cons

  • Big queues and can get crowded.
  • Meat not cooked in the sauce.
  • You couldn’t go here with more than four people. All of the tables, at least upstairs in the main area are for four people, and they don’t take bookings so you’d have to be pretty luckily to squeeze in with more than four. Sorry for having friends Longhorns management .

Despite the cons I’d still definitely recommend it to any meat lover. Once you’ve sat down it is a really nice place to be. I guess it’s not their fault they’re just too popular for their own good.