HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

Traditional: The interior trend Newcastle loves

It’s been revealed that the people of Newcastle just love traditional decor in their home. So here’s some inspo for your Spring transformation LuxDeco, the luxury online interior marketplace, has revealed the most popular interior design styles in the UK over the last 15 years. When it comes to the most searched for design style, […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, NORTH EAST

Where to get your Cheaster Egg

Egg-cited for Easter? We know we are, and it seems last year’s obsession with Cheaster Eggs (cheesecake inside an Easter Egg) is truly taking over this year. Here’s where to get yours Chocolate Orange Tasty Tarts, Middlesbrough Creme Egg, Biscoff & Milkybar Oak Leaf Cakery, Stockton Cadbury The Cheesecake Kitchen, Wingate Brownie, Caramel Brownie & […]

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FOOD & COCKTAILS, NORTH EAST

Where to get the coolest cake pops

Okay, cake pops are nothing new, but while we’re used to a little ball of cake on the end of a stick, luxurious Magnum-style cake pops are taking over – and we’re in love! Glorious Grey Uzma Jannath, Darlington Monsters Inc. Tandcakess, Durham Pokemon Cake-Ology, Newcastle Pretty in Pink Connie’s Cakes, Hartlepool Blondies Oak Leaf […]

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NORTH EAST

Seven snowy scenes to enjoy from indoors

The snow is falling thick and fast but while many of us are staying inside, and close to home, why not marvel at whiteout wonders from a different angle? In Northumberland with Anne Benson In Jesmond at Cake Stories In South Shields with Patrick Routledge In North Yorkshire with Doug In Rothbury with Marshall Sisterson […]

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NORTH EAST

Where to walk this Valentine’s

Don’t live with your loved one? Meet your Valentine for a local romantic stroll… Viaduct (Durham) Alnmouth Lake District Embleton (to Dunstanburgh Castle) Newcastle’s Quayside Teesmouth Ingleby Greenhow North Shields Egglestone Abbey

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BEVERAGES, NORTH EAST

Review: St Mary’s Gin, Vodka & Rum

After recently speaking to from Martin from Clarence Spirits, we couldn’t wait to try their range. Here’s what we thought *gifted Price: £13.95 each (20cl) St. Mary’s Premium Gin has notes of juniper laced with coriander spice and a zing of fresh grapefruit and cassis. We love:How it smells refreshing and light as soon as […]

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BEAUTY, NORTH EAST

An interview with Witchy Woman Wax

We caught up with the team at Witchy Woman Wax to find out all about their new wax melt venture. You may recognise the delicious donut shack R Place based in Newcastle, and while their donuts are proving as popular as ever, the owners have taken on a new challenge – wax melts. Witchy Woman […]

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GIFT GUIDES, NORTH EAST

Valentine’s gifts for chocoholics

Make hearts melt with these delicious and creative chocolate gifts Chocolate Heart Box The Gift Fairy, Newcastle Valentine’s Boxes Au Dairy, Sunderland Love Potion Chocolate Bar La Chocolatrice, Coxhoe & Newcastle Valentine’s Brownie Connie Sullivan, Hartlepool Valentine’s Boxes Chocolateslabatory, Hartlepool

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BEAUTY, NORTH EAST

Where to get your big brows shaped post-lockdown

Fluffy brows are back in style (and we’re so glad). This is where to book your next brow appointment – when we can. The Lash Lounge, Newcastle We love: Brow Lamination Made. by Mariella, Hartlepool We love: Fluffy Brow Salon G, Newcastle We love: Brow Lamination Stephanie Edwards Salon, Hartlepool We love: Fluffy Brow Laura […]

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BEVERAGES, NORTH EAST

An interview with Clarence Spirits

We caught up with Martin from Clarence Spirits. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m Martin Summers, born and raised in the North East of England, just outside of Newcastle and one half of the Clarence Spirits Team. My business partner is my wife Julie who is originally from Leicester and raised in Norfolk. When […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

An interview with Bee-autiful Designs

We caught up with Emily from Hartlepool-based Bee-autiful Designs – handmade gifts to order for any occasion. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m a student nurse and I’ve got three beautiful dogs. When did you get into craft? I first got into craft in school. I’ve always loved drawing but I didn’t really do […]

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FASHION, NORTH EAST

Five fashion brands to watch out for this year

Fashionistas rejoice and rejig your wardrobe. These are the exciting brands, based in the North East, to have on your radar Canny Crafty Where: Gosforth Why we love them: Perfect gifts Saint Belle Where: North East Why we love them: Considered and conscious Knit Knot North Where: Newcastle Why we love them: Perfect for cold […]

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NORTH EAST, SKINCARE

An interview with Nature + Nature

We caught up with Nicola from Nature + Nature. Tell us a bit about yourself I’m a North East girl and have spent the past 20 years working for a large corporate organisation, and after building a successful career I made the leap into the small business world in March this year. I spent time […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

An interview with Stephen Carr Art

We caught up with Stephen from Stephen Carr Art. Tell us about yourself My name is Stephen Carr and I am currently studying my final year of an honours degree in illustration at Newcastle collage, as a mature student. I have worn many hats in my life: I’ve been a salesman, a bar tender, an […]

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NORTH EAST

Seven local photographers to discover

Photos are offering us an escape to the places we love while we’re locked down. Here’s some photographers who capture our region in the perfect light… Jack Tennyson Based in: Guisborough Website: jacktennyson.com Ryan Booth Based in: Sunderland Website: ryan-booth.co.uk Deb Seth-Jackson Based in: Newcastle Website: yogatherapies.co.uk Martin Burdon Based in: Sunderland/Newcastle Website: Insta @martin870 […]

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NORTH EAST

Five North East places we’re dreaming of post-lockdown

While we’re spending 99% of our time indoors again, we’re dreaming of these beautiful places in our region… Blast Beach Where: Hawthorn Why we love it: The long walk there through the wildlife Roseberry Topping Where: Near Great Ayton Why we love it: The beautiful views of the Tees valley from the top Saltburn-by-the-Sea Why […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

Make your house a home with these homeware brands

As we’re spending more time indoors, we want our homes to look and be their best. Here’s where to get your inspiration Olives & Lilys Where: Rowlands Gill Reinvented with Love Where: Sunderland Naked Lane by Charlotte Crosby Ships regionwide Terra Homeware Where: Sunderland Finishing Touches Where: Stockton Our top picks: Faye Candice

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

Wax melt businesses to watch out for this year

Wax melts are becoming more and more popular as we’re all spending more time at home. These are the exciting wax melt businesses, based in the North East, to have on your radar. Melts by A.B Where: Northumberland Why we love them: Perfect gifts Melts By Mel Where: Teesside Why we love them: 100% Soy […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

An interview with Blossom Card Designs

We caught up with Amy from Blossom Card Designs. Tell us a bit about yourself My name is Amy, I’m 26 years old and I created my business, Blossom Card Designs, about three years ago. I’m based in Guisborough in the North East. When did you get into crafts? I’ve always been interested in crafts […]

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NORTH EAST

Style-and-Wear Goes To: Rainton Winter Wonderland

As the last of the festivities, before tier four arrived, we visited Rainton Arena for their Winter Wonderland fair. Rainton Arena is usually an indoor venue with the capacity for 2,000 people. It normally hosts an eclectic programme of events (and reindeer at Christmas) but while all indoor events were cancelled, the festivities continued with […]

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GIFT GUIDES, NORTH EAST

Gift Guide: North East gifts for a Christmas at home

As we’re all spending Christmas at home, in small groups with our loved ones, we’re celebrating the amazing places and spaces around us. Treat your loved ones this Christmas with a reminder of home. 1. Newcastle Ceramic Bauble 2. 2021 FTLOTN Calendar 3. Angel of the North Necklace 4. The Alnwick Garden Mini Candle Collection […]

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FASHION, NORTH EAST

How Sunderland is going virtual with shopping perks

The arrival of a new app in Sunderland, which is being backed by a Dragon from BBC’s Dragons’ Den, is perfect for the city’s shoppers this Christmas. Faye finds out why… ParkingPerx rewards shoppers with free parking when they spend in participating stores and is now live in Sunderland. Ashington-born Chris Reed impressed the panel […]

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HOMEWARE, NORTH EAST

Where to make your own Christmas wreath in the North East

Looking to get into the festive spirit? Here’s where you can make your own Christmas wreath in the North East. Moth Studios, Newcastle 5th & 12th December Using real twigs, moss, greenery, pine cones and even real butterflies, you’ll create your own wreath while listening to festive music and enjoying a mince pie with mulled […]

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NORTH EAST

Six stylish staycations in the North East

We’re dreaming of our next staycation – here’s the most stylish options at the top of our list. 1. Black Horse Beamish Where: Beamish Why we love it: It’s both characterful and charming with an individually-designed boutique style. 2. Huts In The Hills Where: Alnwick Why we love it: They take you back to nature […]

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NORTH EAST

Pumpkin Picking: Our top picks for the North East

That time of year is creeping up on us – so it’s time to head to the most spooky spots for pumpkin picking. Brocksbushes Farm Shop 10th – 31st October in Corbridge Our highlight: Refueling on homemade cakes and scones onsite. Down At The Farm 24th–31st October in Houghton Our highlight: A giant indoor pumpkin […]

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