Monday 14 March 2016

Never Have I Ever ... Newcastle Confessions

I sometimes wonder if there'll come a time when the name of my blog no longer makes sense.  At what point do I stop being the "New Girl in Toon" and become a proper fully fledged resident of Newcastle?

In a few months time I will have been living in Newcastle for 3 years and at the moment I definitely still feel like a newbie.  I add to my Geordie vocabulary every day and still have to Google some expressions to understand what people are saying to me.  The Newcastle Bucket List on my iPhone is a constant reminder that I'm still the new girl, and there's a shocking amount of things I'm yet to do.

So I thought it was about time we play a game of "Never Have I Ever".  You may be familiar with the game from your youth, but don't worry I'm not going to start downing shots as it would get very messy by the end!

Never Have I Ever ...

Watched Newcastle play at St James Park

I loved football in my teenage years.  I'd attend every Norwich City home match, would dress myself in yellow and green and knew the words to every song from the terraces.

Newcastle is crazy passionate about football and every weekend the Toon Army turns the city into a sea of black and white.   Everywhere you go people are talking football and I feel like I really need to get myself to a Newcastle United game at St James Park before I can call myself a fully fledged honorary Geordie.

Been for a Night on the Toon

Sure I've had plenty of nights out with friends where we all drink too much Prosecco and I start talking rather loudly, but I'm yet to have a proper night out on the Toon.  Sometimes after one drink too many I like to declare that I want to head straight to the Bigg Market but it's yet to happen!

Getting "mortal" on the Diamond Strip, a cheeky dance in one of the clubs and a kebab on the Bigg Market - can I really call myself a Geordie if I haven't been there?

Had a meal at Cafe 21

My restaurant wish list get longer and longer by the week but there are definitely a few in there that I should have tried a long time ago.  Cafe 21 is one of those.  I hear nothing but great things about the  bistro and can quite often be found drooling over photographs on social media, so why haven't I made it there yet?

Been on a boat under the Tyne Bridge

I've been over the Tyne Bridge loads but I'm yet to go under it.  I'm not sure if it's really a Geordie's right of passage but every time I see the very posh boats lined up along the Newcastle Quayside in the Summer I'm reminded how much I want to cruise the Tyne, even if it is on River Escapes tour boat rather than a luxury yacht.

Seen a show at the Theatre Royal

I love the theatre and when I lived in London I'd quite often pick up cheap tickets to West End shows and head out for solo theatre trips after work.  So why haven't I been to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle yet?  The building is gorgeous and I walk past it daily and admire how beautiful it looks but I haven't even stepped foot inside!  I need to change that this year.

Drunk Newcastle Brown Ale

It's no surprise that I'm yet to try the broon stuff.  You're far more likely to find me with a glass of prosecco or a fruity cocktail than a pint of ale, but Newcastle Brown Ale is such a great part of North East history it feels wrong that I've never tried it.

Climbed Grey's Monument

I'm obsessed with aerial views and I have already enjoyed seeing Newcastle from above at Newcastle Castle, Six at the Baltic and the Sky Lounge at the Vermont Hotel.  The one climb I really want to do though is Grey's Monument. A handful of times a year Monument is open for the public to climb up the 164 steps to enjoy views across Newcastle.  It only costs £4 and the next opening is in a few weeks.  Someone make me book a ticket and go!  If you fancy it yourself, ticket information is here.

Been on the Newcastle Tour Bus

I'm sure most locals have no desire to go on the Newcastle tour bus, but being new to these parts I have huge gaps in my Geordie history that I need to fill.  How can I be a proper resident if I know nothing about how we came to be the greatest city on earth?  Having not gone to school in the North East I missed out on local history lessons and that makes me kinda sad. 

Enjoyed the EAT Festival

The Newcastle calendar is always full of amazing events, in fact the range of social activities was one of the things that really attracted me to relocating to the North East.  The festival I promise myself I'll get more involved in every year is EAT!, a fantastic celebration of food.  Yet other than blogging for Gareth Kyle during the festival last year, I'm yet to attend any of the events.  This Summer that needs to change!

Seen the Northern Lights

We are very fortunate here in the North East to get the opportunity to see the aurora borealis from time to time.  Every now and again my Facebook feed fills with gorgeous photos of green swirly skies taken by friends who've bothered to wrap up warm and head out to find them.  I've lost count of the amount of times I've said I want to see them for myself and last week I realised they'd appeared very close to my house - doh! 

Anyone else got any "Never have I ever" confessions to make?  Please don't tell me I'm the only one with a big local bucket list!



  1. Love this post and to be honest, no matter if you were born and bread in a place, I doubt you will of covered EVERYTHING to do. I'm forever finding new things to do and places to go. :)
    As for NUFC.. If you can't quite make a footie match, I can totally vouch for Shearers Bar. The atmosphere is just as incredible. Its one place I reckon you can take any football lover, as you just can't beat the Geordie passion. The food is quite nice too. But do make sure you get there early to get a good seat/near a TV as it gets chocker!
    Newcastle Brown Ale I've tried a couple of times. I'm not really a ale/beer drinker, so can't vouch for it being nice/aright etc. However, I know it was known that drinking too much can send you a bit dolally! :p


    1. Thank you :) I do think some of my confessions are shocking! I have people coming to me all the time asking where they should go yet there's all these amazing places I haven't been to myself!

      I already have a willing volunteer to take me to St James Park so looking forward to that but thanks for the great tip about Shearers, I'll check that out.

      Something tells me I wont like the broon stuff!


  2. Blimey, I'm really surprised by some of these!! Although to be fair, you've done a lot in your three years here that resident Geordies still haven't done so don't worry! The Theatre Royal really is fabulous and has some great shows coming up this year, I can also highly recommend river escapes, especially if you get a nice sunny day x

  3. Oh and as for St james' Park, don't forget it's hosting Magic Weekend again this year, it was brilliant last year, the atmosphere was incredible!

  4. Oh and as for St james' Park, don't forget it's hosting Magic Weekend again this year, it was brilliant last year, the atmosphere was incredible!

  5. I've never seen the northern lights either. I'm always asleep!

  6. You could always revisit your teenage years on 2nd April and see the Toon (hopefully) lose at Carra Rud... OTBC!!

  7. I've lived here my whole life and have never been up to the Angel of the North.

    As for getting drunk on the Diamond Strip, you're truly not missing out. It's a living hell!

    Katie xoxo

  8. I can't actually believe how many of these I haven't done! I didn't even know you could climb Greys monument?! I will 100% do this.

    Katie x

  9. Great list Chloe... it shows that there's still so much to experience even though you've lived here three years. I really really want to experience the Northern Lights too... not sure about loitering too long at St Mary's Lighthouse Car park though ;-)

  10. You need to add entered The GNR to your list :-)

  11. Great List, I've been here 13 years and not done a few of them. Theatre Royal is a must though, I heard a rumour that Waiting for Godot is coming back, it was BRILLIANT! Last time, a must see.

  12. That's amazing that you can see the Northern Lights from Newcastle! I didn't know you could see it so low down in the country. I have to admit, the only thing on this list I'd do would be to climb Grey's Monument, because aerial views are always a winner :)

    ~ K

  13. You have made me far less guilty about not doing all of the famous Newcastle activities. I've been here a year and am yet to do many of these things - its just so hard to keep up with everything going on!! Lucy xx

  14. Will you ever run out of new things to do, I very much doubt it. So at what point are you no longer a newbie, when you have more or the same love for the place as you do the place you call home. Great post Lucy x


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