5 cool ways to enjoy the sun in Newcastle

The sun has finally made an appearance over Newcastle, an event worth celebrating.

We’ve rounded-up some of the best ways to enjoy the city during the good weather, from the best ice cream to al fresco eateries.

1. Grab an ice-cream

Fenwick’s Doddington Dairy Ice-Cream Cart

This ice-cream cart only comes out on the sunniest of days, and is the reason to pray for good weather in Newcastle during the summer months. Situated outside Fenwick’s department store, Doddington Dairy serves the best ice-cream cones in the entire city, with a small but excellent selection of flavours to try from homemade fudge chunk to the distinctive double ginger. Stop off here to get an old fashioned ice-cream experience that will thrill adults as much as kids.

2. Find a beer garden

Free Trade Inn

The Free Trade Inn doesn’t look like your typical craft beer bar – in fact you’d probably think twice about going into it if you didn’t know the crafty delights that hide behind its inconspicuous doors. Don’t judge this pub by its exterior, as inside lies one the best ale selection in the whole of Newcastle. Situated right next to the Tyne, The Free Trade Inn offers up stunning views of the river as you sit in their beer garden sipping one of their many beers on show.

Saint Lawrence Road, Newcastle – more info

3. Enjoy the great outdoors (in the city)

Leazes Park

Situated directly under the gaze of the hallowed St James’ Park stadium, Leazes Park offers a secluded park setting in the very heart of Newcastle. Containing one of the largest inner-city lakes in the UK, it’s a wonderful day out for friends and families to gather, have a picnic and feed a few ducks. There’s plenty of areas to explore on a summer’s day here.

4. Quench your thirst

Boost Juice Bar

This chain juice bar is the place to go to in the city if you’re looking for a refreshment that doesn’t make you feel guilty afterwards. Take a sip of one of a skinny smoothie or try one of their crushes which are loaded with tropical and summer fruits and blended with crush ice – the perfect summer drink, I’m sure you’ll agree.

3 Blackett Bridge – more info

5. Go al fresco

The Forth Hotel

Contributor Eloise Vanstone writes:

Vibrantly decorated with light greys, charcoal colours and splashes of local art on the walls, The Forth Hotel is known by many as one of the best pubs in Newcastle. The roof-top terrace becomes a wonderful escape from the city, high up above the rush of the city and in its own little sanctuary. As they state on their website, ‘Everything is alright up on the roof,’ and once your eyes and bellies have feasted in the intimate garden space, with delicious food and thirst-quenching drinks, you’ll be stating that everything is definitely more than alright when up on the roof.

Pink Lane –  more info

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