Last Christmas, we were back up North for some much needed rest and family time. If you enjoy exploring markets, vintage shops, and antique bookshops, there are quite a few places worth a visit in the North-East; Barter Books, for example, where the famous "Keep Calm and Carry On" (we know, so overused now, zzzz, but the original was a pretty amazing wartime poster) was first discovered, is a beautiful antiques bookshop in an old railway station.
This time, we thought we would visit Tynemouth Market, a covered market in Tynemouth Station. It's quite a pretty little place, and really handy to get to on the Metro system (it is also very close to the sea). There is a range of stalls, from tasty pies and coconut macaroons, to vintage signs and antique clocks. We had a fun morning rummaging and wandering before a lazy afternoon (feels so long ago now).
Apparently, the sign above was from the Berlin Wall! Would have been a fun sign to hang outside your office door... The lady below loved it and managed to get it for a really good price. Shame there is no space left on our walls...
Benny's coconut macaroons, freshly baked, are not to be missed... I'm usually more a fan of French macarons, but these were yummy.
If you have a favourite market, please do send them our way (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Would love to find out about new places for a weekend exploration and write about them here.
Images: Courage & Dash