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Where I’ve Been Wandering

Hello there, thank you for checking out my blog. It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post as life as been busy, busy, busy so I thought I’d update you with a little round up what I’ve been doing recently.

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Credit: Metro Radio

There’s never a dull moment in my job at Metro Radio, last week my colleagues Steve and Karen from the breakfast show were on tour across the North East, dishing out treats from their very own ice cream van. If you were lucky enough to spot them you will have been give a chance to try delicious ice cream from the award winning Di Meo’s in Whitley Bay. It was so tasty, I’m now planning a visit to Whitley Bay just to try more flavours!

As well as a hectic schedule at work, I’ve also been out and about for various social occasions and the weeks have been flying by, is it just me or does time go faster the older you get?

I promise I’ve got lots of lovely blog posts coming up great about things to do in Geordieland (currently working on some fab food and drink posts!) but while I’m busy preparing those, here are some highlights from where I’ve been wandering over the last few weeks…

A Romantic Break at Armathwaite Hall

Having a lovely time with my man at #armathwaitehall #lakedistrict #oldromantics

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It was James’ birthday at the end of July and I managed to find a bargain break to Armathwaite Hall in the Lake District thanks to Travelzoo. It’s really easy to get to the Lakes from Newcastle and James loves it there so it was perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. The hotel had the wow factor and the relaxing spa with heated outdoor pool exceeded our expectations. We’ll definitely be back!

A City Tour of Newcastle with Illes Tours

Alex Iles taught me so much about the city I love!

Alex Iles taught me so much about the city I love!

I love learning new things about my adopted home of Newcastle so I was delighted when the lovely Kate from This Could Lead To Anywhere organised a Travel Massive event with Illes Tours. Alex Iles is a wonderful guide, full of enthusiasm and fascinating historical insights about our glorious city.

A Baby Shower at The Parlour at Blagdon

blagdon parlour

As you may have read on my review of St Mary’s Inn, my gorgeous sister in law is about to become a mummy (so excited!!) and I recently found myself helping to organise her baby shower. Sarah chose the perfect venue, The Parlour at Blagdon is little hidden gem, just a fifteen minute drive north of Newcastle. The quaint little tea rooms and pretty gardens were the ideal back drop for our delicious afternoon tea, which was great value at just £9.95 per person!

A Wonderful Wedding

rach and james at gem's wedding

I do love a wedding and last week I had the absolute pleasure of being a guest at the wedding of my beautiful friend Gemma in the town of Halifax, West Yorkshire. I was a little nervous for the bride and groom as their garden was the reception venue and the Great British weather has been as unpredictable as ever recently but thankfully the sun was shining and the whole day and night was a perfect celebration of a wonderful couple.

Skiing Off Our Hangovers

The morning after the wedding my head was absolutely pounding, must have been all that sun, nothing to do with drinking copious amounts of presecco! James had decided we were going to squeeze a trip to Snozone in to our weekend as soon as he’d realised how close it was to where we were staying, so off we went. I’m a little bit like Bambi on ice as soon as I put a pair of skis on but James is a natural, he even managed to master a few jumps. I wish there was an indoor real snow slope in Newcastle, we’d definitely be regulars! (Sorry I didn’t get a photo from my trip to Snozone, did I mention I was hungover?)

Afternoon Tea at Rockliffe Hall

rockliffe afternoon tea

This weekend has been a much more relaxed affair as we headed south of Newcastle for a fancy champagne afternoon tea at the five star Rockliffe Hall. It was our treat to James’ Grandma who recently turned 80 and it was sunny enough for us to sit outside on the terrace overlooking the golf course. It was a very sophisticated afternoon and the dainty cakes were some of the nicest I’ve had for a long time.

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Rachel Kershaw

I'm a proud ambassador for all that's great about Geordieland and love sharing the best of what NewcastleGateshead has to offer. I may not be a Geordie born and bred but I've lived here for a over a decade and am proud to call this fabulous region my home!

5 Comments

  1. WOW you’ve been a busy bee! You look absolutely beautiful at your friends wedding. The Parlour is just up the road from us and I love it – such a lovely spot for a baby shower! I haven’t tried their afternoon tea but will do soon – we usually pop in for one of their yummy sandwiches.

    • Aw thanks for your kind comments Samantha, it was lovely to get all dolled up for the day. Contemplating wearing the exact same outfit for my brother’s wedding in October, that’s if I can keep my will power in check when I go shopping with my Mum next week! The Parlour afternoon tea was great value for money, we had loads of left overs but they kindly boxed them all up for us. Want to try their ice cream next!

  2. Apparently there are plans afoot for an indoor ski venue in Middlesbrough – not Newcastle, but should be a bit handier!

  3. So many afternoon teas! We’re having an afternoon tea party next week for my boyfriend’s Grandad who turns 92. Won’t be in as beautiful setting as yours though!

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