Exploring Newcastle with #Bloggerlodge - Including Barbour Factory Outlet

So after managing to avoid Freshers' Flu and a few other bouts of cold I have finally succumbed to my first illness of the semester and it's a bad one!  Which is why I am afraid this post is a little late in going up.  

But let me tell you about my stay in the Newcastle Gateshead Travelodge a couple of weeks ago....
As university has been super crazy this year and my Mum was looking after the hounds for the weekend we were glad to head away to Newcastle Gateshead Travelodge for the weekend!  

We arrived at the hotel and although it isn't in the city it is convenient for getting into the city and right next to the Metro Centre if you were there for the shopping!  As it was a Travelodge the room was basic but definitely did the job!  The room had everything we needed- a comfy bed, tv and some tea/coffee making facilities!  
The only big downside for me is that the wifi had to be paid for- something you don't really expect these days.  So I just took this time to go semi-off-the-grid!  They also only offer a packed lunch type of breakfast, not cooked, we got it the first day but left it on Sunday. 

After a big old lie in on Saturday we decided not to head into Newcastle city centre because the weather was terrible and we just wanted a chilled weekend.  We also didn't want to face city traffic and shopping in the run up to Christmas shopping.   
Instead we grabbed some food and then went to the Barbour Factory Outlet Store in South Shields.  Barbour's HQ is in South Shields, so there is not only a big shop but a crazy factory outlet section!  This was the second time I had been there so was a little more restrained (I will do a whole other blog post on it soon!), although I did pick up an awesome pair of sample sandals- black leather and only £29!  

That night we grabbed some sushi and saw Skyfall, after that we embraced our inner children and hit up the Namco arcade in the Metro Centre.  I had a great time although I was terrible at everything apart from a giant piano version of Guitar Hero (thank you childhood piano lessons).  
On Sunday the weather was even worse so we just had a little lie in and then headed home!  Before we left we did go to the Angel of the North as neither of us had seen it before.  It was awesome to see such an iconic structure, although we didn't hang around because of the rain! 

I'm afraid this post might not be the most informative of posts because our main aim of the weekend was to relax not to explore!  So for that I apologise, but I did put a little video together on it!  Hope you like it, you can also check it out on YouTube here
Big thank you to Travelodge for gifting us the room for a well needed rest!  If you want to find out more about this stay you can click here.


  1. I do love the Angel of the North, it's become such a symbol now, I used to think it was ugly, but actually, it's starkness really works for us Northerners! That Travel Lodge looks rather pretty for a Travel Lodge, what some striped curtains can do!

    1. Thanks Kitty, it was the first time we saw her and she's such an icon!

  2. Angel of the North is lovely hun, it really stands out. Travel Lodge looks quite nice to stay in to. xx

    1. For the price the Travelodge is a really good option!


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