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Living North at 200


Isabella West
Our 200th Edition offers a fantastic insight to the region; the changes we’ve seen, the growth we’ve experienced over the last two decades, and the happenings and people that have gone into making the North East the amazing place it is to live


Northern Highlights
Living North take a little time to look around and appreciate the beauty of some of the North East’s most iconic landmarks 

Perchance to Dream 
We caught up with the Duchess of Northumberland to see how her ambitious dream for Alnwick Garden was fairing

Circle Of Life
As the Living North Team attend the opening of a new Complementary Therapy Suite in the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, we reflect on the incredible work of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation 

A Cut Above
The Jules B store, on the corner of Osborne and Acorn Road, has been a flagship for fashion for over a decade already. Living North catch up with the North East’s leading fashion retailers

This Month

What Living North Are Loving Right Now
Over the past 20 years, our lives have been revolutionised by technology and in honour of the golden age of the gadget, we’ve brought together the best of the weird and the wonderful that can change your life 

Walk This Way
There are so many beautiful walks throughout the region, some challenging some less so, and we’ve tried lots and written about even more. In this special issue we uncover a few of our favourites

Ones to Watch
We’ve picked out some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in the North East, who we think will make a big impact on their industry in the years to come



Living Coral
Living Coral is Pantone's colour of the year for 2019 – expect to see it everywhere from furniture and fabrics to out-there accessories 

Seeing Stars
Use orbital shapes, starry prints and modern metals for a stellar look this season 

Meet the Expert: Ivan Simpson
We caught up with Ivan Simpson of Ivan Simpson Bathroom and Kitchen to get his take on how styles have changed, his love of the North East and just how far we’ve come 

In With The New
Go bold with blues or be pretty in pink – this is our pick of the new collections for SS19

Feeling Blue
Navy is the new natural for 2019. Bring it to life with metallic accents 

Meet the Expert: Sue Dix
We talk to expert Sue Dix from family-run AGA specialists Walter Dix & Co, to discover the changes she has seen and how important it is to keep up with the latest kitchen trends and technological advances 

Meet the Expert: Michelle Pickstock
We talk to design consultant Michelle Pickstock about what’s hot in the kitchen, how trends have changed, and what she loves about the North East

Meet the Expert: Martin Tyson
Martin Tyson from audio visual experts Peter Tyson talks us through the latest technologies, and what’s coming next

Design Classics
The world of interiors changes with the trends and styles of the season, but there are some things that never go out of style. We’ve picked out the iconic designs that will see you from one season to the next

Health & Beauty 

Best In Beauty
Keeping up with the latest products, treatments, fitness trends and technologies on the market can be challenging, so we’ve narrowed things down, highlighting only the best of the bunch that yield some promising results 

Watch Words
Face up to the New Year with beauty’s new buzz words

Head’s Up
We catch up with the UK’s leading hairdressing duo behind Hooker and Young to discover how they stay ahead of the game, whose hair they’d most like to cut, and just how many dogs they actually have

Show Some Love
A daily basting of luxe body cream over winter will pay real dividends come spring



Classic Culture
Living North point out some classic pieces which should you invest in now, you will wear forever


Men’s Corner 

Five Reasons Why
Liam Neeson is an awesome guy, but not somebody you’d want to mess with

The Edit
Wardrobe staples to see you through winter


Food & Drink 

Cutting it Close
Head Chef of the two-Michelin-Star Raby Hunt in Summerhouse – twice winners of the Living North Restaurant of the Year award – James Close is one of the most exciting chefs in the UK right now. We sat down with him to discuss his method, food in the North East, and his favourite kitchenalia

Firm Favourites
You can’t beat a classic, and despite the culinary changes the North East has seen over the last 20 years, these favourites have stood the test of time – proving that there’s no substitute for outstanding quality 

The Philosophy of Food 
We met Terry Laybourne in our first edition. He was at the top of the North East culinary tree then and he remains there now, though he doesn’t admit it himself. We went back to catch up with him, 20 years on

Bowled Over
Quick, sustaining and delicious, brimful of deep and satisfying flavours, ramen is also a low-fat and healthy style of eating. Here are three of our favourite, super-satisfying ramen recipes

Your Favourite Local
The North East is blessed with many a fine pub and inn, and they offer far more than the traditional pint and packet of scratchings. Here’s where to whet your whistle (and your appetite) in 2019

New Kids On The Block
The North East has enjoyed a phenomenal culinary revival in recent years, and the addition of many excellent new restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs hasn’t gone unnoticed. Here’s our pick of just a few of the latest – and greatest 



Green-Fingered Days Out
There’s no denying the pull of a beautifully curated garden or well-stocked nursery – discover the best nurseries and most beautiful gardens to visit around the North East 

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Living North first met interiors expert Mark Robinson as the magazine started out, and have worked closely with him ever since. Having taken on the project of a lifetime, we caught up with Mark to get the inside track on what’s next for Bradley Gardens



A Room with A View
From the many small boutique hotels to the larger independent country houses, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a place to stay. We’ve selected a few favourites who have made a huge contribution in putting our region on the map

Take a Break 
Over the past 20 years, more and more of us have foregone the opportunity to escape overseas in order to explore the wealth and beauty of scenery that lies much closer to home. With this in mind, Living North uncover some of the best self-catering cottages right on our doorstep 


What’s On 

Top of the Bill
Love is all around us this month, but what really makes our hearts fit to burst are the captivating cultural offerings happening right here in the North East 

Art Grows Fonder
Over the last 20 years, the North East has sent out a clear, positive statement of ambition with the developments made to the arts and heritage sector. New buildings have been approved, established institutions have been renovated, and now, more than ever, are we able to attract the very best on the cultural circuit to our region

Star of the Shows
The North East has proven itself to be among the best in the country for its wealth of show venues, bringing the very best national and international talent to its stages week-in, week-out – we look in more detail at a few of the best

Culture and Creativity in the North East
With festivals for bibliophiles, foodies, music lovers and more beside, a rich and fascinating history, and one of the most passionate sports scenes in the country, we’ve rounded up just a few of the things in the North East that make it such an exciting place to live 

The Jarrow Arrow
We sit down with Steve Cram to talk about his career, the young sporting talent to look out for, and where sport, in general, is going to be going



Class Of Their Own  
We ask the principals of some of the North’s best-performing schools to reflect on where education has come in the last 20 years, the direction they believe it will take in the future, and how they are preparing their students to face whatever challenges may lie in store



Escape to the Lakes with our guide to the best places to stay, where to eat and drink and what to see


Property Portfolio and Money Matters

Our property portfolio features the best of what’s on the market across the North East, and expert advice on all aspects of property and finance. So whether you’re planning on moving house, are seeking financial advice for your business, or considering retirement, you’ll find everything you need for a safe and secure financial year in 2019 here

Published in: January 2019

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