How to really switch off while in the North East of England..
A region well known for its perfect mix of city, coast and countryside, a trip around North East England is the perfect way to restore balance to your life. If you’re feeling the stress of day-to-day life, work is none stop or you just want to escape reality for a while, here are some of the best ways to switch off, be present and enjoy the best of the North East.
Kielder Observatory and National dark skies:
Put the world into perspective and explore the wider universe under the cover of Europe’s largest expanse of dark skies. A stargazing and astronomy heaven, Kielder Observatory offers a spectacular experience all year round thanks to minimal light pollution in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park.
Barter Books in Alnwick:
Escape from reality and choose to enter a new world at Barter Books in Alnwick. Want to be part of a lavish love tale, an eerie crime plot or travel to a sci-fi planet? Head to Barter Books and pick up one of the thousands of second hand books housed in the beautiful surroundings of an old railway station, with roaring fires, quirky interiors and a cosy café.
Inhale fresh sea air and exhale your day-to-day stress with a yoga class on King Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth. Surrounded by towering cliff faces and sweeping golden sands, this is the perfect activity to relax and refresh during your break in North East England. Finish your session off with some soulful seafood at the award- winning Riley’s Fish Shack, based on the seafront at the bottom of the cliffs of the beautiful bay.
Get out in the open and immerse yourself in the breath taking scenery of the North East. Beaches, mountains, valleys and lakes – the North East has it all. Use your time to see some of the incredible outdoor landmarks of the region. Walk around Northumberlandia, a huge land sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure, feel like you’re on top of the world with a visit to Penshaw Monument overlooking the city of Sunderland or challenge yourself with a hike up Simonside Hills for incredible views across Northumberland countryside.
So much more than just a farm. In the leafy Ouseburn Valley, this vibrant green space, working farm and brilliant charity not only gives you a chance to see and feed cute animals, but also provides work experience and a social support network for local vulnerable people and children. Experience the joys of an urban farm in the heart of Newcastle city centre, whilst also knowing that your visit really does make a difference to the local area.
North East Gardens:
The North East is well-served with stunning and intricate gardens. From the largest ‘Taihaku’ cherry orchard in the world to secret gardens filled entirely with plants that can heal the human body – experience the beauty of the botanical world and be reminded of the true power of nature.
Switch off your phone and practice the ultimate act of self-care with a visit to one of the North East’s many spas. Indulge yourself in a hot stone massage, a relaxing manicure or simmer away the stress in a steamy sauna. North East England has some of the most luxurious spas in the UK, all in beautiful country surroundings making them the perfect place to have some space and take a moment to yourself. Some of the most popular spas include Ramside Hall, Malmaison Newcastle and Slaley Hall.