Why we love the North East coast so much - as new TV show airs featuring the region

We're celebrating our area's beautiful coastlines to mark the start of new TV show Fantasy Homes By The Sea on Really

Longsands beach in Tynemouth evokes childhood memories for Francesca

To mark the launch of new TV show Fantasy Homes By The Sea - which airs on Really weeknights at 8pm - we've asked one of our journalists who live on the coast to explain why it's so wonderful.

The programme presents the beautiful backdrop, stunning vistas and dreamy lifestyle that we all hanker after, as seen through a real-life property hunt.

And an upcoming episode follows somebody looking to purchase a dream home somewhere along the beautiful North East coast.

Obviously, us locals know why the area is such a draw - so below we've asked one of our writers to explain what makes living by the coast so special...

The North East - "We're blessed with some of the best beaches in the UK," says Francesca Craggs

The stunning mile-long stretch is enjoyed by families and surfers alike

BREATHTAKING, mesmerising, cosmopolitan, historic, evoking...

Words that perfectly describe my coast. From cityscape to seascape in as little as 15 minutes, the North East coastline is unique and second to none.

Tynemouth, dominated by its stunning Castle and Priory, evokes childhood memories of day trips with my grandmother. Fish and Chips at Marshall's on the Front Street and rolling down the grassy castle moat, giddy on ozone. Then to nearby Whitley Bay and Cullercoats to feed the penny machines in its famed arcades, just like my grandmother did as a child. Queuing for hours at Newcastle Central station for a train, a trip to the coast proved a rare treat during the 1920s.

Here in the North East we are blessed with some of the best beaches in the UK, many of which are designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On a warm day you'll be hard pushed to find a spot on Tynemouth Longsands, with every inch of its mile-long stretch enjoyed by families and surfers alike. While King Edward's Bay, in the shadow of Tynemouth castle, is the perfect spot to enjoy freshly made lobster and chips on the sand.

Fantasy Homes By The Sea airs weeknights at 8pm on Really, presented by Michelle Ackerley

With its ever changing skies, Bamburgh beach in Northumberland enjoys the most dramatic and beautiful of settings. With Bamburgh Castle standing majestic in the distance, the world famous Farne Islands and historic Holy Island in its midst, it is both captivating and thought provoking.

The North East coastline is peppered with fishing villages, each with their own unique charm. The aroma of smoking kippers in Northumberland's Craster village is heart warming on the coldest of days, while the legendary crab sandwiches at The Jolly Fisherman pub are not to be missed.

A family walk from Craster along the coastline to Dunstanburgh castle provides an opportunity to explore the never ending stretch of rockpools, and spot the odd dolphin or seal if you're lucky.

Tynemouth village with its many pavement cafes, restaurants and independent shops, is a hive of activity and a great place to watch the world go by. For a more traditional seaside experience, Seahouses in Northumberland is a popular choice with children.

You'll find a fish and chip shop on every corner, as well as crazy golf and amusement arcades aplenty.

From recalling old family memories, to making new, the North East coast will always have a special place in my heart.

Watch Fantasy Homes By The Sea on Really weeknights at 8pm

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer