Tynemouth Vintage Market
One of the main reasons I decided to set up a blog, was to keep a track of the places I go, and to have somewhere to upload any pictures (albeit some very rubbish!) that I snap along the way.
Having resided in Newcastle for the past 7 years or so (I'm originally from Northern Ireland) there have been many things that have made me stay up here, other than my job.
Having started out as a university student, my days of scoping out the best trebles bars have shifted to trawling vintage markets and getting up early to make the most of the weekend. Newcastle offers what many cities don't. Not only an array of shops, and beautiful old buildings, but also the countryside and the beach, both on your doorstop.
One of my favourite things to do is to hop on the metro and take a trip up to Tynemouth beach. On the weekends they have a vintage / everything and anything market, located at the beautifully restored Victorian Tynemouth metro station. There are some great stalls which have a host of antiques, books, vintage clothing, enamelware, 1st and 2nd world war artefacts, as well as gardening tools, plant pots, not to mention some great street food. (Also mixed in with bric a brac, arts and crafts and stalls selling questionable underwear...) One of my favourite stalls is run by a guy who does 'house clearances' as he calls it. I don't know where he find these houses, but I want in! He always has the most amazing furniture, muddled in with army badges, vintage snuff boxes, old comic strips, among various other trinkets.
It's open Saturday and Sundays (although I usually prefer the Saturday market as I think it has more vintage stalls)
Well worth a visit, even to admire the old Victorian train station!