Toot toot. Have you been following our adventures as we’ve travelled all over the North with TransPennine Express? Well, catch up if not, people!!! Where’ve you been?! 😉

At the start of the tour I asked my followers/readers on social media for their recommendations across York, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester and we visited the places they suggested. Thanks guys!

After trips to York and Glasgow, this family hopped on the train and headed to Newcastle for fun in the sun. Yes, you read that right, SUN! Our whole trip was scorching to be honest and there’s nothing lovelier than a stay-cay when the sun’s out to play, right?!

Transpennine Express Trains

vlogging at the train station

train sign

A friendly, bustling and truly beaut of a city offering both the lively metropolis and lush green countryside with its famous Jesmond Dene area, Newcastle is one of my most favourite cities in the UK.

With the sun on full beam, strolling by the Tyne bridge reminded me of Sydney Harbour Bridge in Oz. It’s that glorious!

family in Newcastle


bridges in Newcastle





playing as the sun sets

maxi dress from River Island posing behind a graffiti wall

Baltic flour mills

A cafe-culture lifestyle in full swing, this is the ideal city to visit in the summer either with kids, friends or as a couple for a mini romantic break. Hint, hint Peter. Let’s leave the kids at home next time!!!

view of Newcastle from Tyne Bridge

streets of Newcastle

children look at the view of Newcastle from Tyne Bridge

What to do:

The Dino Jaws Exhibition at the Centre for Life Museum has travelled from the Natural History Museum in London to Newcastle and features the most ah-mazing life-like animatronic dinosaur heads you ever did see, and a T-Rex that wowed the kids (and scared me)!

On until January 8th, make sure you make a visit, and with lots of science-based exhibitions, Planetarium shows and hands-on activities at the you’ll be entertained all day.

Centre for Life Museum

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

playing in the Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

interactive experiments at Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Dino exhibition, Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Dinosaur at the Dino exhibition at the Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

dino heads

dino heads

dinosaur exhibition, Newcastle

lifelike dinosaurs at the Dino exhibition


children do lab experiments-Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

7 year old doing science experiments at the Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

Science Lab at the Centre for Life Museum, Newcastle

doing experiments

little child with his toy giraffe
Jesmond Dene Park is well worth a visit, taking you around twenty minutes to get there from the city centre.

Tranquil and picturesque you can ride through the park in style on Thomas the Tank engine before checking out the animals and birds in Pet’s Corner-Alexander, 4 never wanted to leave. Be prepared for requests for bunnies for weeks after!

Jesmond Dene Park

Sun breaking through the trees

Jemond Dene Park

brothers at Jesmond Dene Park

Jesmond Dene Park

Jesmond Dene park-greenery


happy child at the park

children playing in the playground at Jesmond Dene Park

fun at the park

child plays at Jesmond Dene Park


Jesmond Dene Park

Thomas the Tank engine train, Jesmond Dene Park

riding on Thomas the Tank engine train at Jesmond Dene Park

playing in the trees at Jesmond Dene Park

climbing trees

Honest Mum with her kids at Jesmond Dene Park

Pets Corner



fluffy bunny

cute bunny rabbit


Simply delightful.

Where to Eat:

From the minute you leave the train station, you’ll be spoilt for choice with restaurants on every street. We had a stroll around the city, making a beeline for the Fat Hippo Underground, a place that was recommended by lots of my readers as a family-fave.

Newcastle station



Fat Hippo serves the best burgers in (Newcastle) town and visiting the Underground venue saw us delve deep into the cellar for giant tasty burgers (Peter plumped for a veggie number), nachos and delicious sweet potato fries. All the yummy feels.

Fat Hippo Underground Restaurant, Newcastle

kid draws at the Fat Hippo

Fat Hippo Underground restaurant


making paper aeroplanes

burger, nachos, fries and salad at the Fat Hippo Underground restaurant

about to feast at the Fat Hippo restaurant


salad at the Fat Hippo Underground restaurant

veggie burger at the Fat Hippo Underground restaurant

nachos from the Fat Hippo Underground restaurant

Hello waffles and cookie dough pie for afters (it would be rude not to, right?)!


cookie dough pie with ice cream

For dinner it was all about Nancy’s Bordello, a quirky joint in the student area of the city, providing a cool venue for people from all walks of life to come together, eat, drink and even dance if they fancied.

We enjoyed a cocktail and joining students, elderly folks and young couples in love. Relaxed with cool beats (not too loud either), opt for a halloumi salad, giant jacket potato, veggie pizza and refreshing Mojito to wash it all down with. Yummy!

Nancy's Bodello restaurant

Inside Nancy's Bodello Restaurant

Nancy's Bodello Restaurant

painted wall in Nancy's Bodello Restaurant

Honest Mum enjoys a mojito


veggie pizza

jacket potato with beans and cheese

hallumi salad with roasted vegetables

The divine Peace and Loaf for Sunday lunch did not disappoint either. A hit with the critics, it felt like we were eating Michelin style fare and their roast beef with all the trimming was the best I’ve ever eaten.

Peace and Loaf restaurant, Newcastle

Peace and Loaf restaurant, Newcastle

Peter the pescatarian plumped for delicious Dover Sole with Sea Vegetables and Elderflower Hollandaise!

dover sole

Roast beef and Yorkshire puddings the size of your head get this Leeds-living mama’s seal of approval.

roast beef with the trimmings

Roast beef at Peace and Loaf

Hello abstract works of art, I mean desserts – Chocolate Ganche with Tonka bean ice cream, and Buttermilk ice cream with rhubarb sorbet and meringue.

Family-friendly, warm, inviting and chic interiors meets delicious British food for a meal to remember.

A dreamboat of a meal.

Aw, Newcastle, you were champion!

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3 Responses

  1. Newcastle Family Life

    Your photos are lush, you have captured my home city so well. It looks like you had a great time, we love Jesmond Dene too. I have never visited Fat Hippo before, I really should someday as everyone says how nice it is. Next time visit Blackfriars, it is my favourite place to dine in toon x

    • Honest Mum

      Ooh thanks, my husband took these. Newcastle is such a beautiful city. We’ll definitely try Blackfriars next time we visit, thank you x

  2. Susan Mann

    Looks like you had a great time out and about in Newcastle. I’ve not been down with the kids yet, but definitely somewhere to go on my list x


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