Scandi-lust >>

We can’t get enough of the new Cos department in Fenwick, Newcastle. No longer do we have to trek to other big cities in search of all kinds of navy-ness – or those go-to Scandi-inspired separates in black, grey or white for that matter. The Cos collection is
all about sharp separates with a quirky twist along the way – classics that last forever. The concession in Fenwick has a handy seating area and good mags for your shopping companion – so everyone’s happy!


Private view >>

Galleries are great for mooching and a great shop just adds to the pleasure. The lovely Laing gallery in Newcastle is the place to find some carefully sourced pieces in its shop such as Michele Daykin’s jewllery. Michele is a contemporary jeweller who combines silver and her own batik fabric to create beautiful textured pieces.


Big skies, quiet minds >>

It’s the time of year when holidays are on our mind. The Jan/Feb hump is passed and thoughts turn to getaways. Big edge-of-the-world, big-sky getaways. Take to the top of Scotland where you’ll discover Croft 103, a real fresh-air fabulous destination in the heart of Durness, the most northwesterly village on mainland Britain, 100 miles north of Inverness. Croft 103 is found nestled on the shores of Loch Eriboll.

It’s a proper eco-friendly hideaway where you can watch the water, scramble the rocks and read books all day. Bliss.


Yoga people, hear this… >>


Bend it like….a yoga bunny this March when Teesside hosts its first ever feel-good yoga festival. The Urban Therapy Yoga Show takes place at Middlesbrough’s newest venue, Base Camp on Saturday and Sunday 30 & 31 March and will feature two days of classes, workshops, drop-in sessions, demonstrations, stalls and vegan and vegetarian food. Created by Victoria Sky of Treeliving Yoga, based in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the festival will welcome yoga teachers from all over the country.

There are classes for absolute beginners right through to the most experienced yogis – from dru to yin and from kundalini to rocket yoga – as well as dedicated classes for men, teens and children. For Mother’s Day on the Sunday, there’s also a special Goddess Yoga class taught by renowned mother and daughter duo Sandra and Sofia Barnes.

“Globally now more than ever people are gravitating towards yoga, looking for some time for self-care and to tap out of the digital demands of our 24/7 lives,” explains Victoria, who has been teaching yoga for more than a decade. “I organise a lot of retreats where we head off to peaceful, beautiful places to practise yoga for the weekend, but it’s not affordable or possible for many people to join these so we wanted to offer something on our doorstep that would allow people to take time out of their everyday lives and experience a yoga immersion for a day or two.

Carmel Ramsay of Base Camp is a devotee; “There isn’t a festival like this anywhere between Newcastle and Leeds so we’re hoping to attract people from across the Tees Valley and beyond.”

Yoga classes will run from 9am – 6.30pm each day with a DJ chill out session to end the day on the Saturday. Tickets for the Urban Yoga Therapy Show cost £5 per day or £15 for two days which also allows attendance at four classes.


Tipi feasting >>

We’re loving the idea of taking to the tipi for a Sunday lunch with a difference. The folks at Vallum Farm in Northumberland are adding a dose of atmosphere to the already delicious Sunday roast offering served at Vallum’s restaurant with their twinkly tipi experience. It follows on from popular tipi gourmet dining nights in the unique and so-cosy space – and the menu promises to excite with a twist on tradition.

A feasting board will deliver choices of North Acomb Farm Shop beef or pork, chicken and then lashing of all the tasty extras like crackling, dripping roasties, Yorkshires and loads of local veg. Desserts include sticky toffee pudding – and there’s a veggie option too. Two courses, £18.50.


Minimalist mastery >>

Wylam Brewery’s Palace of Arts at Exhibition Park in Newcastle offers up some pretty cool surroundings for a concert as part of the Royal Northern Sinfonia’s Minimalist Series on 4 April. Composer Steve Reich created a modern classic with a pair of clapping hands while John Adams conceived his Chamber Symphony while watching a Roadrunner cartoon. The music and performance, including pieces by the legendary minimalist Philip Glass bring crackle, energy and colour to unique concert packed with masterpieces created right here, right now.

Cheery fizz >>


We love the look of floral fizz to celebrate the best things in life. Champagne Pommery’s new Brut Rosé Royal, looks picture-defect in its floral gift box. A nice treat for Mother’s Day.