Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, a time for loved up couples and doting admirers to declare their love. You might think that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, but Geordieland isn’t a bad place to say ‘I love you’ either; so here are five ways to embrace the local culture while uttering those three little words…
If you’ve got a head for heights grab your loved one by the hand and head up to the top of Newcastle Castle, the viewing platform at the Baltic or the Vermont’s rooftop bar. These are some of the best places to get panoramic views of the NewcastleGateshead quayside and you’ll make your Valentine feel on top of the world!
Is there anything more romantic than a stroll along the beach, arm in arm with the one you love, then sharing an ice-cream or fish and chips while looking out to sea? I think not! Even in February James and I love spending time by the beautiful North East coast and with pretty seaside villages such as Tynemouth, Craster and Bamburgh all within easy reach of Newcastle, we’re spoilt for choice!
Flowers are of course the traditional gift to give your Valentine. Whether it’s a single red rose or a beautiful bouquet you have in mind, you’ll find plenty of places to pick the the perfect petals in Newcastle. We have several independent florists, including Diana Kaye, a small but perfectly formed florist located in the entrance to Fenwick Food Hall and 5th Avenue Flowers who create stunning hand tied displays in their shop on Queen Street near the Quayside. I’ve also heard great things about O’briens Loft Contemporary Florist which can be found on platform 12 within Newcastle Central Station.
(Disclosure: I have previously worked with Tyneside Cinema on paid campaigns but this is not one of them) Even after 15 years together James and I still love a little date night at the flicks and the Tyneside Cinema is by far our favourite cinema! It’s surrounded by brilliant bars and restaurants (including several of its own) in the heart of the city. We love that it still has many of its original art-deco features and that you can enjoy a beer or glass of wine while watching an independent or niche movie that might not be showing at the multiplexes.
I know some girls don’t like it but it always makes me smile when James calls me ‘wor lass’. I just love the local dialect and I can’t resist greetings cards that are made by Geordies, for Geordies, like these lush designs…
Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? I’d love to know what romantic ideas you’ve got, just leave a comment below, but keep it clean people 😉