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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

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5 of the Worst Things About Festivals by a Festival Lover

I LOVE festivals. I feel like being at a festival is like finding my one true place in the world. I love how separate festival life is from the rest of the planet and how nothing else matters other than enjoying music and having fun with your friends. However, a recent infographic from Pryers Solicitors  as well as an interesting piece by the great people over at 6/10 , made me realise that just because they’re my haven, doesn’t mean that they’re perfect. Even though I hate to admit to any flaws, here are 5 of the worst things about festivals.

1) Violence and Injuries

Festival goers are often well aware of the dangers of the drugs and alcohol they may choose to consume over the course of the weekend but other causes of injury are often overlooked. Above are some of the leading causes of festival injuries in the UK, many of which probably won’t have crossed your mind. Whilst most festivals are equipped with great medical staff, getting hurt is still the last thing you want; and the worst part is, most of these will probably be caused by some other idiot who’s just trying to impress his (or her, but let’s be honest probably his) mates. This is a huge reason why people are put off going to festivals, or, probably more frequently, parents stop their children attending. However, if this doesn’t bother you, or you’re just willing to play the odds (like me), then make sure you’re careful and cautious.

2) So. Many. Children

Now I’m only 20 and am very much in what I believe to be my festival prime, but many kids seem to disagree. I went to my first festival at 17 and felt like I was easily one of the youngest there, however recently it’s becoming more and more common to see groups of children (and yes I’m using the word children here, sorry if this offends you “young adults” but sorry to break it to you, you’re children) as young as 14 at top festivals. 1) DO THESE KIDS HAVE PARENTS?! 2) Being surrounded by immature kids who are taking advantage of having no one of any authority around is excruciatingly irritating. I really don’t want to have to see 14 year olds dressed in very little clothing do drugs and talk about sex because they think it’s cool. ENJOY YOUR CHILDHOOD INNOCENCE. It makes me sad to think that there are certain festivals I just won’t go to any more because I feel too old for them *cough* V Fest *cough*

3) Festival Style

 

I’m the kind of girl who wear ‘festival’ style clothes any time, anywhere, so when I went to my first festival I didn’t have to change anything…until I realised just how impractical festival fashion is at an actual festival!! Fringing gets caught on EVERYTHING you walk near! Why would anyone think that’s a good idea in a crowd of people?! If you wear dungarees or a playsuit then you basically have to get naked in front of the entire field if you need to go the toilet and let’s be honest, England is cold and will not go a day without raining, so a pair of denim shorts do not cut it 24/7 for 3 days straight.

4) Personal Hygiene

I’m not saying I’m perfect. There are times during exam season where I’ve been known to go several days without leaving my desk, never mind showering or changing my clothes, but I at least know that if I do want a shower I can have one, in a clean and private place. Same for going to the toilet. Why do people find it acceptable to piss in a bottle, on the floor or on other people just because they’re at a festival? All standards of hygiene and decency go out of the window, and it’s even worse if it’s muddy. My friend at Leeds 2013 got covered in mud on the first day and refused to change his clothes until we left. By the end of the weekend we could snap his shorts in half they were that disgusting. Even worse than that…I remained friends with that guy?! HOW IS THAT OK?!

5) The Price of Food/Drink

Now don’t get me wrong, the food at festivals is actually pretty spot on considering it’s come out a van. There’s loads of variety, it’s usually good quality and you never have to walk too far, however it is SO expensive. I understand that they’re there to make money and with such a captive market they really could charge us whatever they wanted, so we should be thankful we don’t have to pay them in solid gold bricks, but Β£10 for a burger?! No thanks. I’ll stick to my pathetic disposable BBQ and super noodles.


I never used to understand why people didn’t like festivals, but looking at them a little closer, I’m starting to see why. I mean, nothing is going to stop me from standing in that same muddy field for years to come, but I won’t judge you quite as harshly if you say isn’t for you.

What are your opinions on festivals? Comment below.

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 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