The first weekend of the summer

The sun had his hat on for the first weekend of summer so naturally we headed to the coast to make the most of it!

I’m thrilled that summer has finally arrived and I just hope the sunshine lasts. You can see all the things I’m excited about in my 5 things I’m looking forward to this summer post.

If you read my Romancing the sock’s off Valentine’s Day post you will know that at number 8 was walking from King Edward’s Bay to Cullercoats and enjoying a game of crazy golf.

I’ve also wanted to make more of an effort to spend more quality time with the hubby this year – this being on my 30 things to do before I’m 30 list.

With this in mind we knew Sunday would be spent running, watching the England match and then housework so we wanted to make the most of Saturday.

With a hankering for some proper fish and chips and a good walk we made the short 45 minute drive to Tynemouth.

King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth

King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth

Our first stop was to satisfy our rumbling tums so we decided to try out Longsands Fish Kitchen for the first time which is on Front Street.

Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth

Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth

You can sit in the restaurant or take away and we wanted to enjoy the rays so opted to eat ours outside.

Getting ready to tuck into fish and chips

Getting ready to tuck into fish and chips

There always seems to be a big queue here and now we know why – these fish and chips were absolutely worth the wait! The batter was light and crispy, the fish flaky and the chips were perfect. We polished the lot.

Fish and chips from Longsands Kitchen, Tynemouth

Fish and chips from Longsands Kitchen, Tynemouth

I thought the menu was great at Longsands, there’s the usual cod or haddock but also prawns and scampi too. Our cod and chips were £6.75 each and our cans of pop £1 which I thought was good value for great food by the sea.

We love ambling round market stalls so after our feast we headed to the Metro Station to explore the market which has stalls on both sides of the station on both a Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a real mix of goods on sale from vintage furniture and clothes to delicious treats, records, jewellery, knick knacks and much more.

Steve headed straight to the records and I was on the hunt for a housewarming gift for a friend.

It wasn’t too warm so we decided to have a leisurely stroll from King Edward’s Bay to Cullercoats for a round of Dinosaur themed crazy golf.

Me outside the Lost World Adventure Golf

Me outside the Lost World Adventure Golf

Just as we arrived at the Lost World Adventure Golf my FitBit buzzed to let me know that I’d reached my 10,000 steps goal for the day.

You can play 18  or 9 holes at the crazy golf and we opted for the latter. It’s only £3 per adult for 9 holes which is great value for money.

On the green at Lost World Adventure Golf

On the green at Lost World Adventure Golf

We didn’t keep score and laughed our way round the course. I even had to fish my ball out of the water (I dropped it crossing a bridge) and had fun taking silly photos with the Dinosaurs.

Silly pictures at Lost World Adventure Golf

Silly pictures at Lost World Adventure Golf

We enjoyed our walk back to King Edward’s Bay where we felt we deserved an ice cream to cool down before heading home.

The old swimming pool at Cullercoats

The old swimming pool at Cullercoats

Steve plumped for mint chocolate chip while I opted for the classic chocolate ice cream. The ice cream was delicious, really creamy and packed full of flavour.

Enjoying our ice creams

Enjoying our ice creams

I notched up an impressive 15,000 steps and we had a fabulous afternoon.

My FitBit step count

My FitBit step count

I really hope the rest of the summer is spent enjoying each other’s company and making memories in my native North East.

A cheeky selfie

A cheeky selfie


How did you spend the first weekend of summer? What things are you looking forward to this summer? Let me know in the comments below.


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Other North East related posts

The fabulous Tyne Bridge is celebrating a special birthday here’s my happy birthday Tyne Bridge post.

The iconic Angel of the North turned 20 this year here’s my happy birthday Angel of the North post.

If you’re planning a city break then check out why you should visit Newcastle in my proud Geordie moment as Newcastle named number 1 place to visit in 2018

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17 thoughts on “The first weekend of the summer

  1. josypheen says:

    Those fish and chips look sooooo good to me! 🙂 Tynemouth looks like a gorgeous place to explore too.

    I hope you have an epic (and sunny) summer!!

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