My Top 5 Days Out in North East England | Gemma Hirst

I continue my 'Top 5' series today with Gemma Hirst. You can follow Gemma across Social Media here:

Over to Gemma.....
My blog follows my journalism journey since graduating in 2016. But my big passion in life is culture,  so I write about culture trips in the North East, blogs about the theatre industry, reviews, previews and many more theatre/art/culture features which I am really happy with. Here are my top 5 days out across the North East: 

1: Centre For Life

Centre For Life is a place for all the family, whether it’s lego, parts of the human anatomy or Dinosaurs. There is an entry free to go to the life centre- for me it was £10 which allowed me to go around all the activities and the other sections that they had in the museum. It is place where both adults and kids can learn new and exciting things. That’s what I like about the Centre For Life, it is always changing their exhibition, so you can never be bored.. 

2: Mog On The Tyne

If you ever want an excuse to see loads of cats and say hello to them all and get away from the everyday stresses, then Mog On The Tyne is the place to go. The cat cafe is just two mins from the central station and it is such a relaxing place to go to, the food is really tasty and the cats are all friendly. The cat cafe is looked after really well and all the cats that live there all come from the Westgate Ark which is a fantastic re homing shelter for cats. If you want to go, I would recommend booking in advance as it can get a little busy, it was very popular when I was there.

3: St James’ Park Tour

In the classic tour you really do get to access all the areas, you get to visit the home and away dressing rooms (there is a vast difference). You get to experience what it is like a sports journalist and visit the media room. You also get to go the pitch and get up close to the dugouts where Rafa stands. But the best bit for me, is getting to walk out the players tunnel to Local Hero and walk to the pitch just like a NUFC Player.  
I am glad I visited St James’ Park, it made me really proud to be a Geordie. And even if you are not a Geordie, you can feel the passion and excitement of what is it like to be NUFC player.  Prices vary dependant on adult/child/type of tour. 

4: Tyneside Cinema

If you are interested to know about the film industry, you should visit Tyneside Cinema and what a beautiful cinema it is. You can book ahead and a have free guided tour of the cinema.  You are taken around by the fabulous tour guides and you learn about the history of the building, you get to see the beautiful decorative interior of the cinema,see some entertaining news reels and much more.   

5: Quayside

Whether there is market on during the day or you want to stroll down the Quayside in the evening. During the day the  Quayside can be a busy place, full of hustle and bustle- I like it when the markets are on as it means you see and smell all the different types of food, showing how much culture the North East has to offer. Or if you prefer a nice quiet yet romantic experience, you could have a drink at the Pitcher and Piano and see the beautiful nightlife that Newcastle has to offer. 

Thanks Gemma! I still haven't been to Mog on the Tyne so will definitely check them out soon.

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