I couldn't have asked for a better start to April, I had a lovely long weekend thanks to the Easter bank holidays and house full of visitors as my Mum, Dad, Niece and Nephew all made the journey from Rochdale to visit me in Newcastle. 

I always love it when the family come up, especially the twins who are only three as it gives me the chance to enjoy local attractions I wouldn't normally visit. On this occasion we all went to Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books and what a great day it was! We all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and particularly enjoyed meeting the Gruffalo! Seven Stories is now closed until July for a massive refurbishment, I can't wait see how they've managed to make it even better! 

While in Ouseburn (one of my favourite bits of Newcastle) we took the opportunity to visit Ouseburn Farm and say hello to Mr Scarecrow and all the farmyard animals, the kids loved and there was no entrance fee either!

I also enjoyed the Gateshead Jazz Festival in April, it took place at the Sage which is probably one of the best music venues I've ever been to. I saw the James Taylor Quartet and the amazing soul singer Ruby Turner, it was a fantastic night out and I can't wait to see who's on the bill next year.

As ever, I've also been enjoying more than my fair share of eating out and some of my highlights have included Sohe on Osbourne Road (a unique Asian restaurant with great value lunch options) and Jamie's Italian in the centre of town which does amazing cocktails and has great views of Grey's monument.

I'll be writing about many of these experiences soon over at www.lifeingeordieland.com but in the meantime you could check out my most recent posts including a review of Antico Italian restaurant in Jesmond and my video guides to Magic Weekend

Have a lovely May!

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Banyan Newcastle
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Banyan Newcastle

Situated in Monument Mall, Banyan is a stylish bar serving beautiful food and drink.

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