After a long, cold winter up here in Newcastle, spring has finally sprung! Now the weather is improving and the sun is coming out, it’s time to start making the most of it.
Newcastle in the springtime is full of fun around town and further out, so read on for my hot picks of spring activities…
As a lover of all animals big and small, I love Ouseburn Farm. From pigs and sheep to tortoises and hamsters, there’s plenty of animals to meet! With the spring comes new life, so there’s bound to be plenty of cute baby animals running, hopping and jumping around at the farm. Look out for new lambs, chicks or piglets peeking out from behind their mothers, one of my very favourite signs of the new season!
Nothing says spring like spending time with some adorable little animals, check out An Animal Lover’s Guide to NCL for even more places to get out and make some new furry friends!
With warmer weather and longer evenings stretching out ahead, why not head to the beach? You may as well take advantage of the closeness to the beach before summer arrives and more people join the crowd. South Shields is just a short Metro ride away and features a beach, Roman Fort and, of course, the fun fair!
There are new rides this year, including the big wheel, and plenty of amusements to spend your change in. Finish the day off with some amazing food from the nearby Fish and Chip shops, and maybe even an ice cream if the sun stays out long enough!
Just over the Millennium Bridge, we have the brilliant BALTIC. Just in time for spring, they’ve added new exhibitions to their ever-changing gallery, so it’s well worth a trip over.
Check out Sofia Stevi’s cartoon-like, colourful paintings and drawings until 22nd April. Or, explore Serena Korda’s new exhibition focusing on sounds sourced from the stars above Northumberland – it’s sure to be interesting! There’s also Jasmina Cibic’s film showcase, shown for the first time in the UK.
And if all that isn’t enough, there’s the amazing viewing platform looking out over Newcastle-Gateshead. With the clocks springing forward soon, you’ll have even better opportunities to snap that perfect ‘sunset over the river’ photo. Plus, their incredible gift shop is the perfect place to splash your student loan!
Sometimes the simple activities are what you want. Leazes Park is just around the corner from campus and has plenty of space to walk around or chill with friends. Take a look at the budding plants brightening up the scene and fill your lungs with the sweet scent of freshly cut grass as you stroll by.
I love eating my lunch here, taking the time to enjoy the greenery and watching the ducks in the lake. It’s the perfect relaxing springtime spot, and right on our doorstep!
Spring is also a good time to start something new, so if you’d like to get out in nature whilst giving back to the environment, why not volunteer? Go Volunteer has some great nature related projects, such as the Wildwood Project, Rupert’s Wood or the new Roof Garden Project right here on campus!
So, get out and make the most of the new season, you won’t be stuck for things to do!