I've always had an connection with Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North East of England, whether it's having friends there, living and working there for a year or more recently having in-laws move to the coast south of the River Tyne.
Over the Easter weekend we made the trip north and on Easter Sunday we drove over to the Newcastle / Gateshead Quayside to have a browse through the market that takes place every Sunday of the year.
The Newcastle Quayside market has been running for over 275 years and still proves as popular with tourists and locals alike.
From Gateshead to Newcastle
We parked next to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, a converted flour mill that now holds exhibitions and events from around the world. It's free to have a wander around but the highlight for me is the viewing box on the fifth floor. The box juts out of the building and the large windows affords great views over the city of Newcastle.
Crossing the Gateshead Millennium Bridge takes you to the Newcastle side of the River Tyne and the start of the market which runs down to the Tyne Bridge.
Entering the Market
We were greeted by two guitarists at the entrance, where once inside you are constantly moving from one side to the next to get a glimpse of everything on offer.
Straight away you are caught by the smell of bratwurst in the air as Tel und Gina tempt you in with their collection of 108 sauces.
There are various degrees of quality on offer but one of my favourites was nearby.
Cotfield Mirrors make handmade mirrors using driftwood collected from the beaches of the North East. Together with mosaic glass they make outstanding pieces, one of which hangs in my living room. You can have a look around their stall or just spend a few minutes watching them at work creating their next masterpiece.
Amongst the beauty, accessories and photography stalls there are a couple of food stalls that offer tasty samples. You can try local cheeses followed by eye watering chilli sauces.
I'm always tempted by the fudge on offer at Robsons of Durham. This time I was won over by the Tiramisu option.
Ice Cream & Entertainment
The stalls thin out as you reach the Tyne Bridge so it was time to turn around and head back for a second look, just to ensure we hadn't missed anything and to grab an ice cream.
With the sun shining the tables were full outside the Pitcher & Piano by the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Back on the Gateshead side, a few groups of dancers were putting on a show outside the Baltic cafe continuing the celebration of St Georges Day and Easter.
So if you find yourself in the North East and it happens to be a Sunday, pop down to the Quayside Market and let me know what flavour of fudge you go for.