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What to do This Weekend as We Work Our Way Back to Normal Life

Forum Books/Rudding Park
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April 2021
Reading time 5 minutes

Here’s how to spend your weekend now that the North East and Yorkshire have their buzz back again

From terrace drinks to bookshop browsing, we’ve got your weekend sorted. Here’s what to book, cook and how to get the ultimate al fresco look…

Hit the bookshops
Small, independent bookshops are brimming with paperbacks, travel reads and cookbooks galore to get you back in and browsing the stacks. Here are nine to support this weekend.

After your lockdown spring declutter, you could head to Barter Books in Alnwick and drop off your unwanted books. Become a member and use your account to trade in books. Situated in an old railway station, they have shelves upon shelves of various genres for you can check out. From philosophy and travel to biographies and poetry, there something for everyone (including the kids) in this treasure trove.

Find a trendy terrace to drink on
Head to the bars and terraces across the region for some fun and fruity cocktails. There are outdoor tables for drinks lining Newcastle’s Grey Street, and don’t miss the brand new seafront outdoor dining complex, The Dockyard in South Shields.
We’ve also got our eyes on Grantley Hall’s super smart new outdoor terrace, The Orchard, in Ripon, or try The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa’s Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar – for sophisticated drinks with friends (and dogs).

Head out for a stroll on the beach
Now spring is well and truly with us, now’s the time to get outdoors and visit our beautiful coast. We rounded up some pretty beach walks with pubs right here. From Bamburgh to Robin Hood’s Bay, we’ve got your Sunday stroll sorted.

Al fresco dining for dinner
Now’s your chance to make a booking at a restaurant – get in there nice and early and book in time for their May opening. If you’re more partial to your own cooking, then dining outdoors at home is the way to go. We really recommend these al-fresco dining recipes, or fire up the barbecue and try your hand at a recipe.

Book your blissful spa day
Finally, we can relax at a spa, and best of all, we don’t have to do the treatments ourselves at home anymore! Here’s where to go for a full body massage, a long-awaited treatment, or prosecco afternoon tea by the pool. You’re fully covered with our extensive guide to spas across Yorkshire and the North East, including the treatments you will definitely want to try.

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