Monday, 1 January 2018

Staying in & Going Out - Date ideas across North East England for January 2018

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Happy New Year! I've put together a few ideas for staying in and going out across North East England this month. There's LOADS going on, I just hope Christmas hasn't left me too skint so I can enjoy some of it. Let me know if you have any January Plans.

Staying in & Going Out - Date ideas across North East England for January 2018

Staying in

If you're trying to cut down on takeaways this month, I can highly recommend trying a Gousto Box. If you sign up using this referral code you'll receive 50% off your first two boxes. You can cancel at any time and it's hassle-free. You pick the dishes you'd like to cook so there's no surprises and Gousto will send everything you need from ingredients to instructions. We're ordered around 20 Gousto boxes now and have never been disappointed.

Staying in, Exploring local, Splashing out - Date ideas across North East England for January 2018
Ingredients for a Pork Thai Dish

What was life before Netflix? We've finally finished watching Suits and I loved it so much - if you like legal dramas with lots and twists and turns definitely check it out. Steve bought me a special mug that features on the show for my birthday and I couldn't be happier. Now we're onto watching the second series of Riverdale and The Crown - also both favourites of ours. We're going to move onto Peaky Blinders next as so many people have recommended this to us. Let me know what you're watching at the moment in comments as we're always after something new.

Staying in & Going Out - Date ideas across North East England for January 2018

Steve and I are both trying to read more and it's lovely turning the TV off and just snuggling up on the sofa with a good book. Steve is reading something from the Game of Thrones series and I've just finished I See You by Clare Mackintosh. This book was recommended to me by lots of people and it's a real page-turner - it kept me guessing right until the end and I couldn't put it down.

Finally, did you know that you can order wine to be delivered by Aldi? I had no idea until I stumbled upon it when browsing this week's special buys. You can create your own case or try something they've put together. We buy so much wine from Aldi already but this seems like a hassle-free way of ordering it plus you can browse from your sofa rather than instore which can sometimes feel a little pressured. Delivery is free too. Find out more here. 

Exploring local

Newcastle Restaurant Week is back from 15 - 21 January. Over 100 restaurants are taking part and you can bag a bargain meal for £10 or £15. My top picks include The Broad Chare, Caffe Vivo, The French Quarter and Fat Hippo (all offering 2 courses for £10). You can check out the full list of restaurants taking part and their menus here. 

Wednesday 3 January is the next BYO night at Caffe Vivo so be quick if you'd like to book up.
You bring along your favourite wine or beers and there's no corkage. You can enjoy dishes from the a la carte or fixed price menus which are reasonably priced at £17.50 for 2 courses. Read about our experience at a BYO night earlier this year here.

If Christmas hasn't left you feeling too skint, there are lots of deals to be had this month. The Bridge Restaurant at the Vermont Hotel is offering 2 courses for £10 from 2 - 31 January (see here). The Bridge Restaurant is lovely - you can read about our trip a few years ago here.. The Botanist are also offering diners 40% off their total food bill throughout January (exclusions apply) when booked using this link.

Theatre Picks - January 2018
  • 12 January - Showaddywaddy at Whitley Bay Playhouse - book here
  • 12 & 13 January - John Bishop Winging It at Sunderland Empire - book here
  • 16 January - Newcastle Legends in Conversation at Newcastle City Hall - book here
  • 20 January - One Night of Queen at Sunderland Empire - book here
  • 23 - 24 January - Strictly Come Dancing Tour at Newcastle Arena - book here
  • 23 - 27 January - Fat Friends The Musical at Newcastle Theatre Royal - book here
  • 25 - 26 January - Sarah Millican at Customs House - book here
  • 27 January - Jason Cook's Comedy Club at Tyne Theatre & Opera House - book here
  • 28 January - The Bowie Experience at Sunderland Empire - book here
  • From 31 January - War of the Worlds at Northern Stage - book here

Beauty and Spa Deals - January 2018

If you fancy treating yourself to a little bit of pampering this month, Newcastle Malmaison is offering a detox body scrub followed by a mud wrap, scalp massage and green tea as a special January treat. Find out more here. It's also worth checking out House of Savannah's Late Deals which are updated regularly and a fab place to pick up a bargain. If you're looking for the ultimate spa day, I think you'll struggle to find anywhere better than Rockliffe Hall. We indulged earlier this year and it still really sticks in my mind. There are always lots of seasonal packages on offer which you can check out here.

Splashing out

We stayed with Sykes Holiday Cottages over Christmas and honestly can't rate them highly enough. They have some cracking deals in January which are worth checking out - lots of cute little cottages for 2 available from just £190 for the weekend. Take a peek at what's on offer here.

We have two breaks booked this month - we're bringing the kids along with us but I think both of these would be perfect to enjoy without the kids too. First up is a stay at Stag Lodge with Acorn Leisure at Felmoor Park near Felton. I cannot wait to enjoy the sunken hot tub and after following their Facebook page for a while, I know their attention to detail is second to none and I can't wait.

Then we're staying in a luxury penthouse in Alnmouth through Walton Robinson at the end of the month which looks absolutely stunning. The open plan living and beach views look absolutely perfect and I think it's going to be one of those places I never want to leave! If you have any recommendations for places to visit in Alnmouth, please let me know.

I hope I've inspired you to try something new this month - have a good one. 

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Staying in & Going Out - Date ideas across North East England for January 2018


  1. After an extremely debauched christmas i'm definitely reigning everything in and getting fit an healthy again so those Gousto boxes look idea!

  2. I love restaurant week. I think I’ll be making my way to the fat hippo again.

  3. Wish I could afford a lovely little spa break this January! I need one after all the Christmas booze... I'll stick to your night in ideas instead! X

  4. January in my opinion is a horrible month. But I've got a mixture of nights in and out this month. I'm off to see Sarah Millican but not at The Customs house but at the Gala in Durham. Should be a good night. Katie x


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