Eight reasons why the North East of England is brilliant
Written by James Barker on 26th April 2022
To some, the North East of England is a land beyond the horizon that offers little appeal for making a visit.
But to those of us who call the area home, we know that beyond the often miserable weather – and often equally miserable sports teams – the North East is a wonderful place to live.
So here’s eight reasons why we’re proud of our region.
8. Our Towns & Cities
From the bustling and modern streets of Newcastle and Sunderland to the peaceful and historic grounds of Durham. There really is something for everyone.
Our cities boast some of the best nightlife and amenities in the country. But unlike cities such as London or Leeds, our cities are just the right size so that everything remains easily accessible.
But if the bright lights aren’t what you’re looking for, there are plenty of alternatives. Walking through Durham or Alnwick is like walking through time, and quaint maritime towns such as Staithes and Whitby offer fantastic days out.
7. The Wildlife
Perhaps an element of the North East that is forgotten or even unaware of to many, the wildlife that call our region home come in all shapes and sizes, and some are absolutely spectacular.
From rare and colourful birds to the seals at Seal Sands and even dolphins and sharks off our shores. It’s not all pigeons and squirrels around these parts. You can even spot Puffins in the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumbria.
If you go searching, you can find some amazing animals of all shapes and sizes, and with an abundance of woodlands and coastal areas to explore, they are begging to be found.
6. Our Proud Industries
Industry runs through our blood in the North East. Practically every family is connected to our region’s industrial past and present in some form.
From the steelworks that built the world on Teesside, to the long and proud maritime city of Sunderland and even the living museum town of Beamish.
Whether it was in the factories, on the fishing boats or down in the mines, industry is everywhere, and everything to our region. And we rightly celebrate and shout about it whenever we can.
5. The History
The North East is steeped in history, with our region being the setting for so many chapters of historical importance in our nation’s history.
Our area is blessed with some incredible sites of historical importance. This history of the North East, and indeed the historical sites within it, are something we can be and are extremely proud of.
4. Our Culture
The North East is a haven for anyone interested in culture. We excel at it, and have done for centuries. Whether it’s live music and shows, art, history and museums, our region has it all.
Our area is constantly providing the country with talented musicians, and Newcastle’s Theatre Royal has been the birthplace to world famous performers since its opening in 1837.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) has hosted the work of Pablo Picasso, and Sunderland’s National Glass Centre houses the work of world famous glassworks artists. If it’s culture you’re looking for, there aren’t many better places to find it than the North East of England.
3. The Countryside
From mystical forests, rolling hills and towering peaks. The vast expanses of countryside that carpet our region are simply beautiful. Whether its fields are for agriculture or exploration, there isn’t a single part of our countryside that isn’t worth seeing.
But again, the North East countryside and all it has to offer seemingly gets lost on people. Some from afar may not even realise that we have such expanses of luscious fields and national parks.
But we do, and the rewards for those that explore them are endless. Beautiful hamlets and villages in the shadows of valleys, broad lakes and stunning scenery are all on our doorsteps.
2. The Coastline
The North East’s carved and historic coastline truly is the jewel in our region’s crown.
Our rugged coast has been shaped over countless centuries, withstanding Roman and Viking conquests, evolving through the medieval and middle age era’s, to the arcades and ice cream era we live in today.
There is so much to see and do along our shores, as it bursts with charm and holds some stunning secrets. Whether you’re looking for a beach to make sand castles, a seaside town for fish & chips or a castle to explore, the North East coastline has it all.
1. The People
Arguably the component of our region that makes the North East more brilliant than anything else.
Our area is so lucky to have the kind of folk that we do. Loyal, hard-working, honest, caring with values and unwavering strength. We’re a barmy breed up here, but you kind of have to be really.
We’re blue-collar, and proud. We’re less well off, supposedly, and yet we’re some of the happiest and generous people you will find. We’re optimists and glass half full, biting winds and swirling rain? It’s shorts weather man!
Whether you need a hand putting that fence up, or an errand to run, or a just a smile putting on your face, the people of the North East are matched by few others. We are one big community, and we’re proud of who we are and where we come from.