Newcastle Sparkles is an online magazine and blog featuring handpicked lifestyle news and musings with a Newcastle twist – including highlights from around the North East.
The website consists of four lifestyle sections, plus a regular editor’s column and our popular ‘single girl’ series. We also feature online galleries from events across the region.
News, reviews and top picks from the burgeoning food scene in Newcastle and beyond
Spotlighting everything nightlife related, including the latest news from our bars and leisure scene
Out and about across the city and North East region, with a dash of culture thrown into the mix
From catwalk shows and pop up shops to the launch of new collections and treatment reviews – get your style and beauty fix with a local twist
Personal ramblings, observations and opinions from the editor
About the editor
Hi, I’m Alexis, the founder and editor of Newcastle Sparkles.
Originally from north of the border, I’m a graduate of Cardiff University’s Journalism School and consider myself an ‘adopted Geordie’, having lived in Newcastle for more than 17 years.
A former editor of the North East’s longest running monthly business magazine, North East Times, I previously worked as a staff writer for lifestyle magazines Accent and Newcastle Living, and was a contributing editor at pan-European website Running in Heels. My published work encompasses everything from culture and travel through to beauty, music and celebrity interviews.
By day, I’m now the marketing manager of the UK’s largest independent art, craft and design gallery. Out of hours, I write about all things wedding related, contributing to award-winning blog Brides Up North and Unveiled Magazine’s all-new digital platform.
I absolutely love living here in Newcastle and enjoy exploring everything that it has to offer. And this is what lies at the heart of Newcastle Sparkles – I develop, write and curate a mix of news stories, features and interviews to showcase all the wonderful happenings here in the city and the wider North East region, inspiring locals and visitors alike to get out and about, and experience it for themselves. I’m always on the lookout for unique and interesting content, so if you’ve got a story to share – get in touch!
Follow my ramblings over on Twitter @Alexis_R_F.
Want to get in touch? Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Newcastle Sparkles was ranked 17th out of 40 top Newcastle blogs and news websites, based on Google reputation and search ranking; influence and popularity on social media; quality and consistency of posts and Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review.
Fashion, beauty and lifestyle website Fashion North featured a Q&A with Newcastle Sparkles, talking about all things work experience and CV-related.
Our readers are predominantly female and aged between 25-34, with the majority based in Newcastle as well as other locations across the North of England, including Gateshead, Durham, Manchester and Leeds.
Social media & website stats
Twitter 2250+ followers
Instagram 1550+ followers
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