There are many hidden gems along the Quayside and some rather unusual activities you wouldn't expect to find in the heart of the city.

Studio Coordinator Kirsty Little shares her top tips for things to do near work, without having to travel very far at all!


Become a farmer at Ouseburn Farm
Yes, that's right - we have farm a stone's throw away from Live Works - in Ouseburn. Built in 1976 and originally known as Byker Farm, it has since gone from strength to strength in providing a community setting where people of all ages and abilities are welcomed.

You will find a Café offering light lunches, homemade soup and cakes. The menu will vary seasonally and local produce will be on the menu where possible.

The animals you'll find on the Farm are cows, pigs, sheep and some smaller residents such as ferrets and guinea pigs. In the spring / summer you can sit and hold the animals in the petting corner.



Cycle along the Tyne
Listed as one of the best bike rides in the North East, the Tyne Bridge Cycle is a Grade 1 cycle path running from the Bike Hub on the Quayside to Newburn.

Here you will pass a selection of bars and restaurants both along the Quayside and further as you move past Newburn. If you take the route in reverse, you will take the final part through Gateshead Quays where you can enjoy the SAGE and Baltic as your final stop off.



Fancy something a little less energetic?

The Tyneside Cinema
First opening in 1937 the Cinema is the only independent cultural cinema in Newcastle. Here you'll find screenings of current, independent and classic film from across the globe. Situated in a Grade ll - listed building the cinema has a unique style.

The Cinema has a lot more than just great films to offer from Knitting Club and Book Club to Dementia Friendly Cinema screenings, there really is something for all the family here.



To find out what's on go to Tyneside Cinema


The Cluny
For music fans The Cluny is Newcastle's premier venue for up & coming bands, offering a wide range of gigs at its Ouseburn based venue. Notable bands to play at The Cluny include Mumford & Son, Maximo Park, The Vacinnes & Artic Monkeys.

The venue can accommodate up to 300 people and also offers a great selection of craft beers and pub food.



For upcoming gigs please visit The Cluny


Bessie Surtees House
For more of an insight into the history of the Quayside area Bessie Surtees House is a fine example of 16th Century Jacobean architecture and one of Newcastle's best preserved historical sites.

The house is best known as the scene of the elopement between Bessie and John Scott, who later became Lord Chancellor of England.



For more information, visit Historic England