For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Tynemouth, it is one of those gems that once found you will want to visit time and again. With tall, elegant buildings, reminiscent of its Victorian days, it has that air of grandeur associated with rich day trippers from times gone by.
The high street has a very modern day cosmopolitan feel, with its wine bars and restaurants, but history is never far away with Tynemouth Priory and castle sitting on the cliff top at the end of the street, (part of English Heritage).
The newly restored Victorian railway station at Tynemouth holds one of the best markets I’ve seen. It has a mix of antiques and collectibles, with shabby chic and country style finds, as well as a lot more besides.
It also incorporates a farmers market and stalls selling food from around the world. You could try a Caribbean dish, followed by a French crepe, before picking up some homemade cake or brie to take home.
For the craft lovers out there, the market is a treasure trove of supplies. From fabric, lace and ribbons to antique sewing boxes and drawers to keep everything in. You just never know what you are going to find.
Not only that when you do find something, it’s usually a bargain! Recent finds of mine include an ‘Emma Bridgewater‘ mug that I bought for a couple of pound, usual cost about £19.99. I also came across a bag of mixed coloured embroidery thread, with about 25 skeins inside (unused), for the bargain price of a pound! I don’t think some people know how much sewing supplies actually cost?
I did have to treat myself to this gorgeous little cabinet, to keep my sewing notions in.
The market sits on the platform on both sides of the station, with the ‘Metro’ system running through it. So if you come by Metro, you will arrive in the centre of things. Car parking is free in the streets outside .
After a good browse round the stalls, there is a lovely station cafe where you can have a scrummy Eggs Benedict. It’s also a great place for taking the dog, as you can finish off with a good walk along the pier and back, or you can stroll along an expansive stretch of beach called the ‘Longsands’, (no surprise there).
The market is on every Saturday and Sunday, all year round, (from 9am to 4pm). I just had to finish with one last photo that I thought you might like to see. This is a stall I had there myself a few years ago selling a mix and handmade and shabby.