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Newcastle Christmas Market – Guest Wines on The “Other” Side


Christmas is upon us once again and we find ourselves at home in Newcastle upon Tyne for the Festive Season. We have had a terrific year exploring, travelling and meeting some very nice people along the way and of course, we have collected lots of fabulous wine, some of which, will no doubt, go down very well over Christmas and into the New Year (if we we have enough left by then!). So how to end our 2013 adventures but by doing things with a bit of a difference. Instead of plying our trade promoting the enjoyments of wine, we put on a different hat for this final occasion, that of real ale!

We both enjoy a good beer or two and living in the North East are blessed with several small breweries that make excellent beers. A particular favourite of ours is Wylam Brewery, situated in the picturesque Northumberland village of Heddon-on-the-Wall, just outside the village of Wylam.

Wylam is the village where George Stephenson chose to settle after he was endorsed as one of the countries most successful and pioneering railwaymen of the age. Some of the beers that Wylam produce recognise this important man with names such as The Rocket and Loco No1. Their Puffing Billy ale celebrates another north-eastern pioneer, William Hedley. The brewery even holds a monthly event in the very workshops that Stephenson and his son built their world famous locomotives, namely The Boilershop Steamer, another event that we are proud to have been a part of when earlier this year we provided cover for the pop-up wine bar.

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So, here we were for our final gig of the year, covering Wylam’s stand at the Newcastle Christmas Market for two of the five days. The folk of Newcastle were in good spirits, helped along by an array of local musician’s and choirs, giving the market place a real festive buzz.

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It was an extremely busy Friday and Saturday and by our last day, we had managed to sell every bit of stock that we had and with an hour still spare to go prior to the market closing for the day!

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It was a great two days selling to the public helped along by a feast of festive activities and a special guest appearance from the man himself, none other than Santa!

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Our final adventure for 2013 bring us close to the big day itself and amongst the sipping of a selection of rather tasty wines there shall be the occasional quaffing of fine local ale (with a drop or two left out for Santa!).

Over this period we shall be taking a small break from our blog adventures but will return with more in 2014.

With that note, Ruth and Kel at Guest Wines would like to wish all our followers a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.