I make no secret of the fact that Newcastle is my favourite city in the UK. I'm so lucky to live close enough to visit a lot, and it really does feel like home to me whenever I'm there.
Despite having visited countless times, there are still so many things that I want to see and do when I'm there, the list is pretty much endless.

Whenever I see people on Twitter asking for recommendations for UK city breaks, I'm always there, telling them that they should visit the Toon, as there is so much more to the place than the nightlife (which is amazing if that's your kind of thing by the way!)
Personally, I've only had one big night out in Newcastle in the past 10 years, it was so much fun, but I much prefer the sight seeing, discovering new areas and eating my way around the restaurants these days.
I thought I'd share a list of five things that I hope to do, or that you could do in Newcastle and the surrounding area this Summer. There's an endless list of options, with lots of latest deals on things to do in Newcastle on Groupon and loads of lovely places to stay in the area... I suggest you all make a trip to the North East, especially if you've never been before!

Every time I go to London, I see a show in the West End and absolutely love it, so I have to say I find it a little strange that I've never seen a show at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle city centre. I really should, shouldn't I?!
They have some amazing shows on the calendar for the year ahead too... I'm really tempted by Hairspray, Jersey Boys or Calendar Girls The Musical, they all sound so good! 
The best thing about the Theatre is, it's right in the centre of town, so you can walk for food before or after the show and then onto drinks without paying a penny for travel, which sounds like the perfect night to me.

I have worked my way through a lot of places to eat in Newcastle, but one thing I haven't done, that has been on the bucket list for years is to go for afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House
Not only does the food look and sound delicious, but the place itself is just stunning, the building and it's surroundings are incredibly picturesque, it looks like something out of a fairy tale.
I have great plans for the day when I eventually do make it there... I'm hoping it will be sunny, we'll curb our appetites with the afternoon tea, before strolling around the grounds and then relax with a drink in hand to watch the sun go down, it sounds so dreamy! 

As a huge NUFC fan, I have always wanted to do a tour of St James Park. As it the World Cup this year, I'm sure this will be something a lot of people plan on doing throughout the Summer months too as football fever will be in full swing. 
There are various tours available, including a roof top tour and one including a pub lunch (which I can highly recommend, the stadium does the best food!), surprisingly, prices for this are really affordable with the classic tour starting at just £15 for an adult or £8 for a junior - Such a great gift idea or surprise for the family.

I'm guessing you all knew I'd throw this one in here somewhere, and of course I'm talking about visiting the Quayside Market on a Sunday. The market is on all year round, but you really can't beat it in Summer... All the delicious food you could ever want, with the sun shining and the beautiful views of the River Tyne, it really is blissful.
I never think you can visit the market too many times, as there are always new traders, new recipes and new options of things to try and buy and if you are more of the partying type, it's the perfect hangover cure after a wild Saturday night.

Lastly, something that I would love to do, but admittedly, will probably never be brave enough to go through with, and that's to zip wire off the Tyne Bridge. I have watched lots of people doing this, and it does look really fun, but I think my fear of heights will stop me from ever getting to experience it. 
If you're more of an adventurous type, I'm sure it would be amazing though, can you imagine the views?! You could even get sponsored and do it for charity!

I'd love it if you would share your plans for things to do in Newcastle this Summer too, you might give me some more ideas to add to my list!
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