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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 at 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!

My American Adventure: Miami | South Beach

For our time Miami Beach we stayed at a hostel on Collins Avenue. It was fairly cheap and friendly but most importantly it was in a great location so we could wander around the area and get a feel for it whilst feeling safe and in control.  

We were there for a Friday and Saturday night, which is probably the worst time to visit as South Beach seems to turn into the American equivalent of Magaluf. However, on the second night, whilst trying to find Visa 01 Pizza (which had been recommended but we just couldn’t find) we stumbled across a fairly busy yet peaceful shopping street, called Lincoln Road I think, with loads of open air restaurants, away from the rowdiness of the ocean front. If possible I’d definitely recommend checking it out, although the food was a little pricey.

We didn’t have much time in Miami because of all the trips we had planned so we didn’t do much exploring, especially as the rain left us stranded in a mall. However we didn’t manage to squeeze in an hour on the beach, at 7pm after a thunderstorm; still hotter than midday in Britain though.

 It was a great place to visit but, as I’m under 21, we really didn’t need any more than a few days here as the tourist industry seems to cater mainly to the scantily clad, heavy drinkers. If that’s your style then certainly stay longer, and pack a lot of neon because that’s a thing there apparently.
Katie x

Miami | South Beach

For our time Miami Beach we stayed at a hostel on Collins Avenue. It was fairly cheap and friendly but most importantly it was in a great location so we could wander around the area and get a feel for it whilst feeling safe and in control.  

We were there for a Friday and Saturday night, which is probably the worst time to visit as South Beach seems to turn into the American equivalent of Magaluf. However, on the second night, whilst trying to find Visa 01 Pizza (which had been recommended but we just couldn’t find) we stumbled across a fairly busy yet peaceful shopping street, called Lincoln Road I think, with loads of open air restaurants, away from the rowdiness of the ocean front. If possible I’d definitely recommend checking it out, although the food was a little pricey.

We didn’t have much time in Miami because of all the trips we had planned so we didn’t do much exploring, especially as the rain left us stranded in a mall. However we did manage to squeeze in an hour on the beach, at 7pm after a thunderstorm; still hotter than midday in Britain though.

 It was a great place to visit but, as I’m under 21, we really didn’t need any more than a few days here as the tourist industry seems to cater mainly to the scantily clad, heavy drinkers. If that’s your style then certainly stay longer, and pack a lot of neon because that’s a thing there apparently.
Katie x

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 at 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