10 Luxe things to do in the North East right now

Drink cocktails high above the treetops
Choose from an exclusive range of cocktails, created by The Duchess of Northumberland herself, at The Alnwick Garden’s enchanting Treehouse.

Go stargazing
Grab the blankets and a bottle of bubbly and head for Kielder Observatory, found in the depths of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park – the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. Get starry-eyed.

Host a five-star pamper party
Rally your mates and hire out the Rockliffe Hall’s Spa Garden. Sip on champagne, nibble on canapés and bubble away in the outdoor infinity pool.

Have Afternoon Tea 200-feet in the air
Enjoy mini delights at The Vermont Hotel’s Sky Lounge – an opulent rooftop terrace and lounge, boasting panoramic views of Newcastle and beyond.

Enjoy a spot of Michelin-star dining
Indulge in gourmet grub at The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Darlington. It’s been on the Michelin-star list since 2012 and was voted the 17th best restaurant in the country by The Sunday Times.

Choose your Porsche and take it for a spin
Take your pick from Northumbria Classic Car Hire’s range of beautifully-preserved vintage cars and whizz them around the region’s borders and countryside for a weekend. Jaguars and soft-top Mustangs also available!

Eat like a King and Queen
Treat the other half to a banquet dinner at Lumley Castle – one of the North East’s many beautiful castles – or book a kingsize and enjoy a royal stay at Alnwick Castle, where they filmed Harry Potter.

Make your own artisan ice cream
Create your dream scoop at Vallum Farm; mash and muddle all kinds of flavours and add whatever fancy bits you like. Booze, sweets, fruit, chocolate bars… you name it.

Learn to surf in style
Head to Tynemouth – recently named as Britain’s best seaside town – and let the dudes at Tynemouth Surf Co teach you how to ride the waves. The company has been going strong since 1995, teaching local and visiting beach bums how to take to the water the professional way. 
Head for the town’s award-winning Longsands beach, which hosts regular surfing events and national competitions.

Mix culture with shopping
The Bowes Museum is the only UK venue outside of London to stage the esteemed ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’ exhibition before it embarks on its international tour. See over 200 pairs of historic and contemporary shoes from the likes of Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior and Prada in all their glory until October 9.

Video produced by NewcastleGateshead Initiative Convention Bureau | NewcastleGateshead.com

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