As you may or may not know, before the COVID-19 Lockdown, I was able to take a train to Newcastle and cycle in a group of three. These were the lofty long gone days, now superseded by endless isolation and just a little too much time to do the things we always wanted to do but will still neglect to do. In this period of national freedom mourning, it is important to have things to look forward to. One such place might be the Tynemouth Market, which I have most enjoyed on the occasions I’ve visited.

Tynemouth Market is a wonderfully diverse market with produce from CBD tea (which wasn’t as exciting as you’d think) to taxidermy foxes. Personally, I enjoy the vast collection of art on offer. I got one of my most treasured paintings there. A pallet brush colourful rendition of a ship at sea.

Gloriously restored to the former glory of its grand Victorian days, Tynemouth Station now offers a vast covered space for the famous markets each weekend. Visitors come from far and wide to join the crowds enjoying the huge variety of over 150 stalls and soaking up the huge atmosphere on both sides of the platforms. Tynemouth Markets

It should be noted that dogs are permitted within the market and are fairly amenable to being photographed with high quality cameras.

The market itself is split over two platforms as it is situated within a train station. The food stalls are usually at the right end of each platform if one is looking from the direction the above photograph was taken. I often go to the hog roast stall and have an absurdly cheap bap, pictured below, which works a treat. But there are also Greek places and fish and chip venues.

Overall Tynemouth market is a place of sheer joy and absolutely something to look forward to once this isolation is over. It is closed at the time of writing but should re-open when it is safe to do so.