Haarkon’s Guide to a Day in Tynemouth

'Haarkon' blogger couple, India and Magnus, take over the Barbour blog to share their guide to an afternoon in the quaint coastal town of Tynemouth.

February 16th 2017
We are Magnus and India of 'Haarkon' ; we take photos for a living - actually India takes most of the photos. Magnus does most (all) of the driving and keeps everything organised. We live together in Sheffield with quite a few houseplants! We started a self-initiated Greenhouse Tour of the World and decided to launch the Haarkon website to share our travels with the world. 
Outside of greenhouses we love to explore nature in all its forms and as we live on an island (the UK) we often find ourselves on the coastline. When Barbour invited us to join them for a day in Tynemouth we weren't too sure what we’d find, but we quickly discovered there was plenty to see and do!
Tynemouth is in the North East of England, rooted in Barbour Heritage (as the company was founded not far from here) we felt it made complete sense that we were dressed head-to-toe in the new Heritage Collection! We knew of Barbour’s long association with the land and sea particularly in this area, and could imagine the sailors and fisherman of the past in their Barbour outfits too. 
King Edward’s Bay
We took a walk past Tynemouth Priory and Castle making our way down onto the beach into King Edward’s bay; a beautiful cove sheltered by rocks, so much so that we decided to switch over to our vintage Polaroid camera - there is something earthy and historical about capturing life through the grain of polaroid film. 
The variety of colour and texture in the rock face drew us closer and we found that our clothing blended as though camouflaged; it was clear to us that the colours here had played a part in forming the Spring Summer 17 Heritage collection. 
Longsands Beach
The sun showed his face a little later in the day and we enjoyed walking along Longsands with the tide out. Sand dunes always remind us of Norfolk and so we sat for a while and took in the view.
Tynemouth Market
Walking back into town we found ourselves in the market place. Built in 1882 with iron framework and a glass roof, it reminded us of the many glasshouses that we’ve visited around the country and we decided that we could do with a few more plants (a common agreement wherever we visit!). The market had an array for plants and greenery for us to choose from as well as antiques, food stalls and plenty of locally made crafts. 
Longsands Fish Kitchen and Woods Cafe 
On our search for a hot drink we walked past Longsands Fish Kitchen - a place that was recommended to us by friends and it certainly looked good from the outside; the menu offered all kinds of exotic-looking seafood along with ice cream floats! As we weren’t hungry yet we opted for a coffee instead at Woods Cafe. We chose to sit outside so we could watch the world go by and fit in a spot of people-watching. A well deserved moment to enjoy a hot chocolate whilst taking a sneak peek at our polaroid shots from earlier - they came out great!
Our visit to Tynemouth was short but beautiful. The coastline satisfied our need to feel connected to the wider world and we enjoyed learning of Barbour’s heritage here. We’d recommend a visit to anyone who happens to find themselves in the area and I’m sure that there’s plenty more to explore with a little more time. 
We enjoyed our first-hand preview of the Spring Summer 17 Heritage collection and felt that the garments we wore would withstand the challenges of our outdoor lifestyle; Barbour has long been a name that we associate with traditional wax jackets and the ones we wore felt like a modern-day version. 
The Men's and Women’s Barbour Heritage collections are available in-store and online now. 
We’ll be continuing our Heritage campaign later this month in Brighton. Be sure to watch out for it!