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Grant Ridley

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Land of Culture

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


1. Coming in at number one we have Sage, Gateshead. This place is situated on the banks of the beautiful river Tyne and a stones throw away from the heart of Newcastle. Attracting people from around the world, the Sage hosts music concerts of every variety, not to mention conferences and art exhibitions. You can now even walk across the iconic roof of the Sage, truly a once in a lifetime experience!


2. At number two we have Alnwick Castle. A spectacular castle which has come to fame in recent years because of the filming of Harry Potter on site. This place can’t be described in words, you simply MUST visit!


3. Number three brings us to the Angel of the North. The 208-tonne “Angel” basically takes the form of a human figure based on artist Antony Gormley’s own body. At 20 metres high, the Angel is higher than a five-storey building. Its wings are 54 metres wide – almost the same as a jumbo jet. Angel of the North

angel of the north

4. At four it’s time for SUNDERLAND to shine with the National Glass Centre! Inspiring people to learn about, make and enjoy contemporary glass. National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland is a cultural attraction and venue with a difference. With glass at the heart of everything they do, they celebrate Sunderland’s glass making heritage and explore the creative potential of this extraordinary material. I visited the Glass Centre last year to make Christmas Baubles, you can see my blog on this here: Glass Blog –


5. Coming in at number 5… we’re off to Durham…the CATHEDRAL in fact! Also a site for the filming of Harry Potter, this amazing cathedral is awe inspiring and one of the most beautiful places in the world.


6. At six we have The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art. It recently (2011) hosted the famous Turner prize. What makes this place even more enticing is it’s completely FREE!


7. Sunderland Winter Gardens comes in at number 7! The stunning Winter Gardens stimulate the senses with over 2,000 flowers and plants brought together in a spectacular showcase of the world’s natural beauty.


8. Okay, so I’m cheating a bit here and including numerous theatres at number 8 because we have so many that are so damn great! Theatre Royal Newcastle, Sunderland Empire, Live Theatre Newcastle, Royalty Theatre Sunderland, Peoples Theatre Newcastle and Northern Stage Newcastle…ALL of these amazing venues offer a range of magnificent productions! Simply give them a google to find out what’s on and get yourself along! Often the theatres in the region do student prices too, so don’t be afraid to ask and save those pennies.


9. Number nine brings us to BEAMISH! I’ve spent many hours of pure delight and interest at this fantastic place. Beamish is a world famous open air museum. It tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820’s, 1900’s and 1940’s. Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside. With so many things to see, Beamish is a wonderful day out for people of all ages.


10. Finally at number ten, Hadrian’s Wall! Having visited a number of times I always seem to learn something new. Unlike many other historic places, Hadrian’s Wall has something for everyone – world class archaeology, spectacular landscapes, rare wildlife, complete solitude, vibrant cities, wonderful pubs and a population of friendly and welcoming people. You can find out more about visiting the wall at the official website here:


Stormy Moon

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Video does not do justice to how stunning the moon looked last night!

Sunderland Dogs

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Careers Week Talk

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

So, last week was National Careers week in the UK and I spoke to over 1000 students on visits to local North East schools. To give you a flavour of the kind of thing I delivered I created this video:

Pancake Day!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

My NUFC Pancake!

Golden Syrup & Chocolate drops…gorgeous! Mmmmm…


  • Name: Grant Ridley
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: English Education 11-18 years with QTS BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Hebburn, South Tyneside
  • Ambitions: I plan to teach and travel for a few years after Uni before going into business and running my own enterprise. Who knows what opportunities await!

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