Newcastle Sparkles is an independent online magazine and blog featuring handpicked lifestyle news and musings with a Newcastle twist - including highlights from around the North East.


News, reviews and top picks from the burgeoning food scene in Newcastle and beyond

Social Butterfly

Out and about across the city and North East region, with a dash of culture thrown into the mix

After Dark

Spotlighting everything nightlife related, including the latest news from our bars and leisure scene

Single Girl

Making the most of city living as a young single woman

About the editor

Hello! I’m Alexis, the founder and editor of Newcastle Sparkles. Thanks for checking out my website – I hope you like what you’ve found!

Originally from north of the border, I consider myself an ‘adopted Geordie’, having lived in Newcastle for more than 18 years.

I’ve always loved writing, so pursuing a creative career was inevitable! After graduating from Cardiff University’s Journalism School, I was lucky enough to land a staff writer role with a leading publisher based here in Newcastle, and contributed to a range of B2B, lifestyle and property titles. I then re-joined the company some years later as the editor of its business magazine North East Times; fulfilling one of my life-long dreams.

By day, I now work as a copywriter. Out of hours, I write about all things wedding related, freelancing for award-winning blog Brides Up North and luxury bi-annual bridal magazine, Unveiled.

I'm also the founder of The Monday Oops - a new weekly newsletter featuring musings on life as a 30-something girl in Newcastle. 

If you want to find out more about my freelance work, check out

So, why Newcastle Sparkles?

I absolutely love living here in Newcastle and enjoy exploring everything that it has to offer. To me, the city ‘sparkles’ with vibrancy. And this is what lies at the heart of my content.

I develop, write and curate a mix of news stories, features and interviews to showcase all the wonderful happenings here in the city and wider North East region, inspiring locals and visitors alike to experience it for themselves.

I’m always looking for unique and interesting ideas, so if you’ve got a story or event to share – get in touch!

Alexis x

As seen in…

Into the Blue

Ryanair’s blog, Into the Blue, worked with a selection of local bloggers to compile a list of Newcastle’s best brunch spots. Newcastle Sparkles profiled Blakes coffee house and kitchen on Grey Street for the feature.


Into the Blue blog

Who reads Newcastle Sparkles?

Predominantly female and aged between 25-34

Based in Newcastle, and other locations across the North of England, including Gateshead, Durham, Manchester and Leeds

Newcastle Sparkles' readers mostly enjoy shopping, food, fashion, travel and entertainment

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