10 Things I Want To Do After Lockdown

22 May 2020


While we're still not fully sure when lockdown is going to be lifted, I don't think it hurts to dream up some plans for after it's over. It's a little something to keep you going and give you something to look forward to! In fact, Matthew and I took this one step further and made a sort of 'lockdown date night' out of making lists of things we want to do, places we want to go and places we want to eat at (hence my 10 North East Food Spots I Want To Try After Lockdown post).

I figured that while it's nice to have these lists for us to keep and tick off as we go, it might be cool to share some bits and bobs with all of you too! That way, I can inspire some of you to have a ponder about what you might like to do after lockdown and maybe you could pinch a few of my ideas. So this list is a little bit of a mish mash - we've got some Teesside-based things, some much broader things and just some general, little things - so have a read and see if I spark some inspiration!

1. Climb Roseberry Topping

Ahh Roseberry Topping, the unsuspecting hill that stands proudly on the Teesside skyline. Taking a walk up this hill is a pilgrimage that pretty much every Teessider does at least once in their lifetime. I think I've been up to the top about three or four times and felt the burn in my legs and butt every time, but it's been way too long, so this is a walk that I want to do after lockdown is over. Technically, I could probably do it now that the restrictions are slightly looser, but you never know how busy it's going to be. I'd rather not risk it! I've also got so chunky in lockdown, so it's going to be a real eye opener and a proper workout.

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2. Go see a theatre show
Both Matthew and I are theatre nerds, and we love a good musical. Funny story, before we got serious and discussed our theatre interest, he removed all of the Hairspray tracks from his Spotify likes playlist, just in case I thought any less of him. And now we get to watch the movie and sing all of the songs together! The pair of us are desperate to go and see a show together and we've got quite a few on our list - Hairspray, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera... the usual suspects.

3. Stay at The Impeccable Pig
I can't even tell you how long I've lusted after the hotel rooms at The Impeccable Pig. The place just screams 'luxury', from the plush, ornate interiors to the bubbling hot tubs - it's somewhere that I'd love to stay as a bit of a treat. This Sedgefield restaurant and hotel has been on my radar for quite some time, but I've always thought it was a bit too high end for the likes of me. But after this lockdown, I've realised that I can't take my money with me when I'm gone and life is too short, so I WILL stay at The Impeccable Pig!

4. Be in London for New Year
I absolutely love the north and if I didn't, this blog most definitely wouldn't be called The Northernist. I just live and breathe it, but there is something magical about seeing the New Year festivities in London every year. Granted, I've been itching to travel for New Year for ages now (Poland had crossed my mind), but with everything up in the air about travelling abroad, London seems like a much more reasonable option. I'd love to go see the fireworks on the Thames and stay in a swanky hotel and have cocktails and just splash out!


5. Take a trip around Northumberland
While I love the north, there are plenty of areas of it that I haven't discovered yet and the majority of Northumberland hasn't been graced by my presence yet. Luckily, Matthew used to live in Morpeth, so he's pretty well versed in north-north areas and has promised to take me on a roadtrip. It'll give me some fantastic opportunities to see new things, learn more about my other half's upbringing and maybe even sample some lovely food! He's been making little plans for it, so I'm not entirely sure where we'll be going, but if you have any recommendations, let me know.

6. Go to Whitby
While I am yet to explore Northumberland, Matthew is yet to pay a visit to Whitby, so as someone who spent a lot of sunny days as a child in the North Yorkshire seaside town, I'm more than excited to take him to get fabulous fish and chips, to show him the Abbey, the 199 steps and most likely get sun burn across my nose. I'm a total coastal bird, so even just typing all of this is making me so excited! I love being by the sea, feeling the wind in my hair and smelling the salt, so it's going to be such a brilliant day when we finally get to go.

7. Stay in a treehouse
I can't do camping to save my life. The thought of lying on the ground, being cold and potentially having an infestation of bug or spiders crawling on my legs just doesn't excite me in any way. But the idea of glamping in a treehouse? Now that's my kind of thing! I haven't really researched into treehouse stays up here (I know that Ramside Hall have some new treehouses, so they're definitely an option), but I know that it's something that I want to do. I think it'll be a whole lot of fun and it'll make for an exciting overnight stay.


8. Visit a cat cafe
I had lots of plans for my birthday this year, then ended up having to reschedule them all and celebrate my 26th in lockdown. One of those plans was to visit Mog on the Tyne, a cat cafe in Newcastle, and I'm still desperate to fulfil this wish! I would love to go along to Mog on the Tyne and I pushed my booking back to July (keep your fingers crossed that we can go about normal life by then), and then seek out the next cat cafe to visit. I don't have a lot of luck with cats and every one that pspsps at in the street runs away, so if I can be in an environment where the cats are used to humans and I can enjoy a milkshake whilst stroking them, then I'm in.

9. Go to a live gig
If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I have no willpower when it comes to gig tickets. No matter how expensive they are, I end up buying the tickets, but experiences over materials, right? Luckily, right before lockdown was announced, I got to go and see Frank Turner, but since then, The Killers have been postponed and Green Day is up in the air. It breaks my heart, but after lockdown, I'm going to go to allllll of the gigs and festivals. I've got people that I'm waiting to tour, so as soon as they announce it, I'm gonna pounce on those tickets.


10. Take my other half to all my favourite Teesside spots
My fella is from Newcastle, moved to Morpeth and then to Cramlington, so he's familiar with all the areas that far up north. But as far as the 'south' north goes, he doesn't really have a clue, so I'm keen to drag him all around Teesside to show him my favourite spots. I'm thinking pretty walks, good places to eat, all my childhood favourites and basically just everything I can think of. It will definitely include Ropner Park, a lemon top at Redcar, the Saltburn arcade, a proper explore of Baker and Bedford Street in Boro - the list will be extensive!


Even though we don't know when lockdown will officially end, I think it's really good to look forward and make plans for when it's over. Sure, we can't make any sort of bookings or promises for the rest of 2020, but just to have little seeds of ideas is lovely.

Let me know about the things that you want to do once lockdown is over!

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