Things we love:

Geordies are damn friendly, you’ll make best mates at the bar no doubt (… and over friendly, you’ll probably take one home). Newcastle Brown Ale. If there’s ever a time to try a pint of the brown stuff, it’s now! Cheryl Cole AND Ant and Dec. Nuff said. (Oh and Mr Bean). The first ever Greggs was in Newcastle! YES steak bake. Lucozade your hangover cure? Thank Newcastle. The Angel of the North is mega (a massive 66ft tall).

Things we wish we’d known:

Black cabs in town are at least double the price, book in advance for your journey home if you can. If the kebab shops are shut don’t sweat, hit the two late night curry houses… Simla (Quayside) and Tandoori Nights (Grey Street). The Metro is a great way of getting around. There are a f*ck load of bridges. Smile and flirt with the touts for free entry to some clubs. It’ll get you everywhere. Standard.