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It's the most wonderful time of the year...to live in Gateshead!

This week at SEAL Properties we have been busy decorating our office in preparation for celebrating the festive season. As we dressed our tree in tinsel and lined our windows with twinkling fairy lights the team began discussing the different things that we were looking forward to this Christmas. As we came together sharing our ideas and excitement we realised just how many things we have on offer in our local area! We've put together a selection of the festive fun just waiting to be enjoyed right on your door step.

BALTIC Winter Wonderland

Visit BALTIC this festive season on 22, 23 or 24 December to create your own sculptural snowflakes with BALTIC artist, Helen Pailing. Encourage snowy skies with our Ice Elves and take home sparkly reindeer dust ready for Rudolph’s arrival. A creative family activity recommended for ages 3-13. All children must be accompanied by an adult, accompanying adults go free. Autism friendly sessions available. For further information please visit https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival/whats-on/baltic-winter-wonderland-p909061 

Skating @ Life + Friday Night Skate @ Life

The perfect place for a spot of wintery fun with friends and family, skating at Life is a must on your winter check list! Grab your mates and head down to Life where the ice rink is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. There's no need to book if you're visiting with fewer than 10 people, just turn up and pay on the day (excludes Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve).

Friday Night Skate sessions bring the party to Life’s outdoor ice rink! With local up-and-coming DJs from Newcastle College providing the tunes, you can enjoy skating to a whole host of hits in what is a truly cool event - there’s no better place to glide into the weekend. Please note - where all are welcome at Friday Night Skate sessions, these events are particularly suitable for ages 14+. Skating sessions last for approximately one hour. For further information visit https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival/whats-on/friday-night-skate-at-life-p913631

Hadrian's Tipi Newcastle

Hadrian’s Tipi is a 8 week winter pop-up retreat located in the very heart of Newcastle city centre.
It offers everything a hardened Christmas shopper would want on a cold day…

Inside you’ll find a warm log fire, cosy snug seating areas that welcome families, groups and dog owners alike. We have a large well stocked bar of hot & cold drinks  favourites from local breweries and suppliers. Enjoy our outdoor Winter Beer Garden with Christmas trees, atmospheric lights & outdoor shelters to protect you from the elements. Feast on our authentic Bratwurst and Frankfurters flown over from Bavaria served from our large, charcoal fired, swing grill hut. For further information visit http://www.hadrianstipi.com/

Newcastle International Christmas Market

The International Christmas Market will take place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street from 17 November to 10 December inclusive.  Opening times are: from 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday; and from 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

This market brings us gourmet ingredients and a very real taste of Europe. You can get a currywurst from Germany, waffles from Holland, paella from Spain and crepes – both sweet and savoury from France. https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/business/newcastle-markets/christmas-markets-newcastle

Christmas Market at Monument

The Christmas Market takes place at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street. The Christmas market will be held from 11 December to 17 December 2017 inclusive.

This market welcomes stall holders from closer to home. There are beers from local microbreweries, home-made jams, delicious cakes and handmade chocolates. And once you’ve bought something scrumptious to eat, you can find special gifts such as scarves, leather bags, hand-thrown pottery, woolly hats and jewellery. https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/business/newcastle-markets/christmas-markets-newcastle

Saltwell Park - Enchanted Parks 2017

Gateshead’s popular after-dark arts adventure is making a welcome return this festive season. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists transform Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical and mythical wonderland, will run for six nights this winter. For further information visit http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/parks/Saltwell%20Park/Enchanted-Parks.aspx

Santa's Grotto at the Sage

Join the the elves in the toy shop to finish the combobulator to take you on a trip to the North Pole to visit Father Christmas! For further information visit http://www.sagegateshead.com/event/santas-grotto-2017/

Are you looking forward to attending any special Christmas events in the local area that we haven't included in our list? Spread some Christmas cheer by leaving us a comment on our Facebook post featuring this blog to give our other SEAL followers some festive inspiration!

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Bucket List

Everyone seems to be making bucket lists lately so I’ve been thinking about my own and things I want to do. I thought in this blog post I’d share what my top 5 things are…


1) Indoor skydiving


2) Real skydiving


3) Zip lining the Tyne


4) Rally driving


5) Visit New York



As you can tell I am very much an adrenaline addict and I can’t wait to start crossing things off my list! Rollercoasters and fair ground rides just don’t cut it anymore – nothing gives me butterflies or scares me in the slightest… much to my mam’s despair as just the though of me being on an airplane terrifies her, never mind jumping out of one.


We all only have one chance at life so my advice is to live it to the full in every way that you possibly can!

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Top 5 Local Places To Visit

1) Saltwell Park – It is a massive tourist attraction and has hundreds of visitors every single day. It is great for families or just somewhere to go for a walk and to admire the scenery. With summer just around the corner (hopefully). They also have summer events on during the school holidays which makes the visit even more entertaining, especially for children. It is worth planning a visit!


2) The Quayside – There is a lot to see and do at the quayside day and night. The Millennium Bridge is one of seven of the bridges in Newcastle but one of the most popular. A lot of people use this is as a spot to sit and take in the scenery at. It is also a great photographing location. It is even more beautiful when it lights up during the night which is something most people like to see.

Also at the quayside are the two most known locations – The Sage and The Baltic. The sage is a massive venue which is most known for the obscure shape. What a lot of people don’t know is that it was shaped this way for a reason and that reason is to amplify sound. It is a venue a lot of musicians use for their shows. It is also a venue that businesses use for meetings and interviews. Whereas The Baltic is most known for the art inside of it. As an art gallery they have many different things to see but they also host activity days. They have arts and craft days for young children and they also have autistic friendly days which I think is something more places should do.

Lastly, sundays at the Quayside are the best! There is a market on every Sunday with a variety of stalls. It’s very family friendly and also multicultural. It kind of just brings everyone together. It’s a lovely family day out and most importantly – there’s a large variety of food that all smell so good!


3) Beamish – There is so much to do here like tram rides, visit old fashioned sweet shops and see what lots of different places used to be like, for example; schools, homes, shops etc… It is a day out that appeals to all generations of the family and it’s educational without even realising it. You can even pay for extra activities that you book in advance, one of these for example is making your very own old fashioned sweets.


4) Angel Of The North – This is something everyone has to see at least once. It is a massive tourist attraction and what Gateshead is most known for! Kids absolutely love it. There is also always an ice cream van always nearby and the large grassy area is ideal for picnics. Not such a good place to visit in the rain but great on nice days.


5) The Metrocentre – As it is indoors it means come rain or shine you can shop till you drop!! There is a huge selection of stores, food places and things to do. If shopping isn’t enough or isn’t for you there is also a cinema and arcade which will keep the whole family entertained. There are also metro gnomes performances multiple times of the day too which appeals mostly to younger children.



Then if you aren’t local already and like the attractions so much that you want to live here – visit us at SEAL Properties and we’ll help sort that out for you!


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My First Few Weeks

When I started at SEAL Properties on the 27th March this year it’s fair to say I didn’t have any idea what I was doing. I felt so overwhelmed with how much and how fast I was having to learn new things because unfortunately for me, I started at a very busy time. Everything seemed to be non stop, I had to learn who people were, how the system worked, the names and areas and properties, where files were kept and what procedures I had to follow. I had well and truly been thrown in at the deep end, but in a lot of ways I do think I actually benefited from this. Obviously this resulted in me asking non stop questions to Emma like “How do you do this?” “Erm.. can you show me again please?” “Where does this go?” but thankfully she never got sick of me (or if she did she hid it well) and continuously showed me how to do things and answered my never ending list of questions. Rachel also started the same time as me and although she was more knowledgeable than me due to past experiences and jobs, she still also had to adapt and learn new things. I did seek a little comfort from not being the only new starter. It meant we could learn from each other too as we were focused on different aspects of the business in the beginning so when it came to doing what each other had been doing it meant we could teach each other and take some stress away from Emma. It all paid off in the end though as I am now 2 months in to my apprenticeship and I feel like I know a lot more than when I started. I know how to work the internal system for the website pretty well and I’m getting there with filing; although when I first started it was my very worst nightmare! I’m slowly learning which tenant lives where and which landlord owns which property too. Personally though I think my biggest achievement is answering the phones a lot more confidently compared to when I first started and I totally avoided answering it and when I did I was very nervous. Most people who ring only ever want Emma anyway so it’s usually just a quick call transfer and then it’s done from my end.

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Gateshead branch OPENS!

On the 1st of June 2015 after months of long days and evenings work/planning we opened our Gateshead Agency. During our first week we sign up a Landlord with a large portfolio and market four of his properties. Many interested tenants walk in and register.

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Saffron launches new limited company buy-to-let products

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Parents pay up to 102% more to live by the best schools

Parents pay up to 102% more to live by the best schools

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12 months advanced rent proposition launches to landlords

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London home buyers paying a third of stamp duty receipts

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Majority of landlords opting to purchase via limited company vehicles

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Government u-turns on tax relief and stamp duty needed to stimulate the market, say landlords

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