by Alessia Scappaticci
Whether you’re coupled up or on the market, we can all agree that Valentine’s Day is a great day to spread the love. My intentions for this year were to do just that by spending some time with my friends, and treating myself to some “me time”. Luckily, Newcastle was packed with events and activities that made it easy to enjoy the day to the fullest.
Free Hugs Newcastle
Free Hugs Newcastle was born out of a social movement, operating on the belief that everyone deserves random acts of love and kindness. Their mission this Valentine’s Day was to spread as much love and kindness as they could- so a few members of the movement stood underneath Grey’s Monument and offered free hugs to each passer-by.
Afternoon Tea at The Great British Cupcakery
The Great British Cupcakery is my favourite café in Newcastle, so you can imagine how excited I was when my friend suggested we go there for tea. It’s definitely the perfect setting for an afternoon with some girlfriends because the treats taste amazing, the staff is always kind, and the space itself is absolutely stunning. My friends and I sipped on pink latte’s, gossiped about our lives, and feasted on the most delicious food; I’m still dreaming about the cheese scone I ate.
Student Valentine’s Day Fair
The Student Union at Newcastle University hosted a Valentine’s Day fair filled with vendors from around the city, sweet treats, and tons of prizes. My friends and I visited the fair for a little bit, and ended up meeting some great people. I still can’t decide if my favourite part of was taking home a full bag of candy or winning a Domino’s voucher- either way, my heart (and my stomach) were very happy.
Heart Opening Vinyasa Yoga
I wanted to take some time for myself after bopping around the city all day, so I attended a heart-opening yoga class from Moving Bodies, Moving Minds. I’m no stranger to a post-yoga afterglow, but this class was so different from what I was used to. The instructor talked us through a meditation centred around self-love, and surprised each member of the class with a written sentiment to take home with us. It was a perfect end to a buzzing day.
My evening consisted of copious amounts of junk food, watching Say Anything (because who doesn’t love young John Cusack), and laughing with my best friends. It was definitely the cherry on top to a lovely say, and I hope you’re Valentine’s Day was just as wonderful.
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