In yesterday’s glorious sunshine, we opted to visit the Quayside market in Newcastle. Not having been to it before, we were excited about what we might find. As it turns out, we ended up getting off the bus a stop later than anticipated (our fault) and ended up on the Gateshead side of the Tyne. I’m actually really glad that we did have this slight detour as I was able to get some splendid views of Newcastle from the swing bridge (the red and white one) before we walked over. On the Newcastle side we were instantly met with a cacophany of market stalls and screeching birds. Did you know that Newcastle is home to the farthest inland colony of kittiwakes? The birds have taken residence on the struts of the famous Tyne Bridge and seem to be expanding as they now occupy the stone corbels on the Guildhall too. As lovely as they are, their mess is less so and I pity whoever has to come along after they’ve fledged!
The market, held every sunday, is a new-things market mostly which sells gifty and foody things in abundance. We wandered around enjoying the atmosphere and noting down ideas for future birthday and Christmas ideas. We stopped for some churros (shared between Mr VP and myself!) and ate them overlooking the banks of the Tyne, just a short walk from the Sage Gateshead, the Baltic and the Millennium . Quite a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning!