Your blog guide to NewcastleGateshead

About Me

Hello there, I’m flattered that you’d like to know more about little old me, Rachel Kershaw, so where do I begin? Well, for starters I should confess that I’m not actually a Geordie born and bred, I’m originally from Rochdale in Lancashire. I moved up here over ten years ago and after settling down in Fenham (in the West end of Newcastle) with my native Geordie boyfriend and forging out a career at the local radio station, Metro Radio, I’m very proud to call Geordieland my home.

me at angel

It’s hard to say what I love most about being an adopted Geordie because even though I’ve lived here over a third of my life I’m always discovering new experiences and unearthing hidden gems. Peaceful parks, world class arts and culture and an abundance of festivals and events means there’s never an excuse to be bored! Plus, when it comes to my guilty pleasures, shopping and food, I’m seriously spoilt for choice!

me and van

In summer 2012 I was lured away from my much loved places in NewcastleGateshead when I was selected to be Visit England’s ‘Fan in a Van‘. I embarked on an epic three month adventure following the Olympic Torch Relay around England in a vintage campervan called Rosie. There was never a dull moment as I experienced everything England had to throw at me, from hot air ballooning, sailing and pork pie making to surfing, museums and bungee jumping!


Throughout the journey I provided the National tourist board with blog posts, tweets, photos and videos that were used to encourage the public to get out there and experience England for themselves!

me at bridge

When I returned to Geordieland it seemed obvious that I should continue writing about the places I love right here in NewcastleGateshead. So here on this blog I will share with you all my favourite places to visit, I’ll write about my weekends which are often spent on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside where the iconic bridges will give me many photo opportunities and no doubt there’ll be tales of nights on the Toon where our nightlife is legendary!


I hope the blog will help you learn more about the place I am lucky enough to call home and I look forward to receiving your questions and comments. If you want to get in touch via Twitter I’m @rachmotormouth

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  1. Hi Rachel, do you have an email address? I’d like to send you an invite to something pretty cool happening in Newcastle next week.

    Many thanks

  2. jean-pierre vernon Reply

    I understand you’re in Gateshead. I remember with abit of nostalgy my own “student” days in Newcastle when we shared a house in Jesmond/Helmsley road with others. Quite a while back -years 1964-1970, you might say “vintage”!-, we used to go to pubs & night-clubs (like the club à gogo, etc…) Well, guess Newcastle must have changed quite a bit?! Happy to see you love the geordieland and, no doubt, your boy-friend will make you like it even more!Chereo (am notsure of spelling!)

  3. derek bell Reply

    where can I, as an exiled Geordie get a flag of Durham and a flag of Northumberland or even a flag of Newcastle or Gateshead,gatesheed,inoriginal geordie speak. CHEERS DEREK BELL

  4. Alex Roberts Reply

    Love the blog, hope to visit the nightlife of Newcastle soon. Can you recommend a good night out? Xx

  5. Emily Berry Reply


    Can you send me a contact email address for yourself as I would like to invite you to the launch of Newcastle’s newest premium drinks and dining establishment.

    Many Thanks

  6. Ahlreet pet? Loving your blog and your passion for Geordieland. I am born and bred and hate the new ‘NewcastleGateshead’ designation for my home town of Newcastle. As far as I’m concerned they are distinct (each with their own delights to behold) and I have no idea why the Councils felt the need to amalgamate the two. Wonder what others think?

    • Hi Lucie, thanks for your comment, I’m so glad you enjoy reading the blog (I love yours too!) I’ve been in the North East for over ten years now and I think I’ve always thought of ‘NewcastleGateshead’ as one brilliant destination. You’re right though, each side of the water has unique and interesting aspects of it’s own, just as the East End of Newcastle has different things to offer to the West End. It’s such as diverse area and I think that’s why I love it so much! Hopefully my affectionate way of describing this fab region as ‘Geordieland’ is something we can all agree on?

  7. Kelly Kuenen Reply

    Hi Rachel,

    My name is Kelly Kuenen and i’m a student in Holland. I’m coming to New Castle this weekend and i have to write a small blog about the culture, shopping or architecture.. Can you maybe give me some tips? or are you able to meet up this weekend? let me know if your still active on this account. I’m leaving with the boat from Holland this Sunday.

    Thank you for ready my comment!

    Kelly Kuenen

    • Hi Kelly, I received an email from one of your fellow students too, it’s great to hear you’re all so excited about visiting Newcastle, you will love it! I’m afraid I won’t have time to meet up but here are some tips:

      For architecture check out Grey Street in the heart of the city, it was once voted Britain’s Best Street. At the top of the street is Grey’s Monument in honour of Earl Grey, I have a blog post on here somewhere about this iconic statue that you might like. There are beautiful buildings throughout the city centre in an area known as Grainger Town. I would recommend a walking tour with Iles tours to help you learn more about the history of the buildings. For modern architecture head to the quayside where you can feast your eyes on seven amazing bridges across the river including the Gateshead Millenium Bridge – the world’s first and only tilting bridge:

      For culture, check out some of our free museums, go drinking with the locals in a proper pub, visit The Tyneside Cinema, go shopping in the Grainger Market and check out the modern art and amazing views at Baltic Centre.

      Shopping is everywhere, be sure to check out the festive window display at department store Fenwick on Northumberland Street and if you want to go to the biggest shopping centre in Europe, hop on the 100 bus for the Metrocentre.

      Follow @altweet_pet on twitter for more tips!

      Have fun, please send me a link to your blog when you get back!

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