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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!

My American Adventure: Orlando | Kennedy Space Centre

I was a bit sceptical about visiting the Kennedy Space Centre, just because our time in Orlando was limited and all I really cared about was rollercoasters and Mickey Mouse, but I was definitely glad we did. 

 The parking attendant told us to do the bus tour first as we might run out of time. It was like 11am. I really wasn’t worried about running out of time here, especially not for a bus tour that I assumed would just take me to look at the outside of some big buildings. I was wrong again. The bus toured around some active launch sights and the hangar used to assemble the craft, which is so big it can fit two Statue of Liberty’s standing on top of each other, and has a U.S. flag painted on it the size of an NBA court.  

 The bus then stopped at the Apollo/Saturn V centre for everyone to get off. I didn’t particularly want to. It was cool and the bus and it looked very very hot outside. What could be here that was that interesting. 

EVERYTHING. 

You have to get off the bus. You get herded into a cinema room where you learn about the history of the Apollo missions before entering the actual mission centre where they launched Appolo 11. Here they recreate what it would have been like in the room minutes before launch. It was a little contrived but really it was just a way to keep people entertained before letting them see the rocket, something which happened a lot. 

NASA, being NASA, were incredibly good at people control. I was always exactly where they wanted me, in some kind of queue or some kind of holding area but with no idea that I was waiting for something more. DisneyWorld should really take a leaf out of this book. 

After the simulator was the real life Saturn V rocket, along with everything you could ever wish to know about all the Apollo missions. And a gift shop. Obviously.   After returning back to the main centre you get slyly hearses into another cinema room, only this one is for the Atlantis Shuttle, and is WAY BETTER! After the film runs you through all of the accomplishments of the space shuttle program, the front screen drops to reveal the actual Atlantis shuttle in the exact condition it returned from space in. Even for someone who had no prior interest in this stuff, it was pretty inspiring and impressive.  

 After the main two exhibits there are plenty of interactive things for you to try, including an (apparently) accurate shuttle launch simulator, and of course, plenty of gift shops and extortionate food outlets.   Whether you think you like space or not, you should definitely give NASA a visit. They do a really great job at explaining things and keeping it interesting for any age with any level of prior knowledge. Still not convinced? At the very least it’ll be the most efficient attraction you’ve ever visited. 

Orlando | Kennedy Space Centre

I was a bit sceptical about visiting the Kennedy Space Centre, just because our time in Orlando was limited and all I really cared about was rollercoasters and Mickey Mouse, but I was definitely glad we did. 

 The parking attendant told us to do the bus tour first as we might run out of time. It was like 11am. I really wasn’t worried about running out of time here, especially not for a bus tour that I assumed would just take me to look at the outside of some big buildings. I was wrong again. The bus toured around some active launch sights and the hangar used to assemble the craft, which is so big it can fit two Statue of Liberty’s standing on top of each other, and has a U.S. flag painted on it the size of an NBA court.  

 The bus then stopped at the Apollo/Saturn V centre for everyone to get off. I didn’t particularly want to. It was cool and the bus and it looked very very hot outside. What could be here that was that interesting. 

EVERYTHING. 

You have to get off the bus. You get herded into a cinema room where you learn about the history of the Apollo missions before entering the actual mission centre where they launched Appolo 11. Here they recreate what it would have been like in the room minutes before launch. It was a little contrived but really it was just a way to keep people entertained before letting them see the rocket, something which happened a lot. 

NASA, being NASA, were incredibly good at people control. I was always exactly where they wanted me, in some kind of queue or some kind of holding area but with no idea that I was waiting for something more. DisneyWorld should really take a leaf out of this book. 

After the simulator was the real life Saturn V rocket, along with everything you could ever wish to know about all the Apollo missions. And a gift shop. Obviously.   After returning back to the main centre you get slyly hearses into another cinema room, only this one is for the Atlantis Shuttle, and is WAY BETTER! After the film runs you through all of the accomplishments of the space shuttle program, the front screen drops to reveal the actual Atlantis shuttle in the exact condition it returned from space in. Even for someone who had no prior interest in this stuff, it was pretty inspiring and impressive.  

 After the main two exhibits there are plenty of interactive things for you to try, including an (apparently) accurate shuttle launch simulator, and of course, plenty of gift shops and extortionate food outlets.   Whether you think you like space or not, you should definitely give NASA a visit. They do a really great job at explaining things and keeping it interesting for any age with any level of prior knowledge. Still not convinced? At the very least it’ll be the most efficient attraction you’ve ever visited.