Very excited to be taking my two wee ones (7 and 13) to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the day next week in our half-term. The English kids will still be at school, so we Scots should have the place to ourselves. We are going on the train – it’s the best part of an hour in the car from our house to the quaint Berwick-upon-Tweed Station and then a 45 minute train ride into the centre of Newcastle – well barring flooding and landslides!
Here’s a snap I took the first and only time we visited Newcastle in 2009 showing the Sage, the Baltic and the Millenium Bridge. We got a great deal on the train fare this time with Northern Trains. I don’t think my wee ones have ever been on a British train – at least not one that was moving – we spent a week’s holiday in an old Railway carriage on Glenfinnan Station in the Highlands one year and we went on the train every day when we went to Dresden in Germany.
I have promised them lunch in an Italian restaurant and we are most excited about visiting Seven Stories – the National Centre for Childrens’ Books and also an exhibition of Quentin Blake illustrations at the Laing Art Gallery. I, of course will have to drag the kids to the Shipley Gallery to see their current exhibition Collected Threads: Textiles from the Shipley Craft Collection which is on until November 3rd. Hmm, there may not be any time for shopping – but then Museums have nice shops and cakes! – I’ll let you know how we get on.