Welcome to Mackem Life

Hello, I’m Vicky

The North East of England is my home, I was born here and raised in this small city on the coast, called Sunderland. And while this city has a bit of a negative reputation held by outsiders, those of us on the inside view it very differently. I consider it a place of understated natural beauty, incredibly rich history and culture and of course, legendary people who will fight for their city. Stick around as I attempt to dismantle the negative stigma against my hometown and show you what Mackem Life is really all about.

Here in Sunderland we are very lucky to be a part of the wider region of the North East, which includes the counties of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and North Yorkshire. All of these regions have a place in Mackem Life and it will be my privilege to explore them all for you, and tell you where is worth a visit!

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Discovering hidden gems, exploring new places and revisiting my favourite spots is what this page is about. If you want to know more, then please stick around and let me prove to you its not grim up north. Drop your email below to be notified every time I upload.

Come find your next adventure and
let me be your guide to the Northeast!

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Latest Posts

Best Places to watch the Sunrise or Sunset in Sunderland

Watching the sunrise or sunset is something I consider one of the simplest joys in life. It’s a great way to start your day or a way to end on a high. So for anyone looking for the best spots in and around Sunderland to enjoy it, here is a list full of tried and […]

Guide to Derwent Reservoir, North Pennines

Derwent Reservoir is a body of water just within the eastern side of the North Pennines National Park. If you haven’t been or are looking for a cheap day out in the North East then this could be a good shout for you! The reservoir was built in 1943 and since then has served the […]

Guide to a Short Stay in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an absolutely incredible city packed full of amazing sights to behold. After visiting recently, I wanted to create a full guide of all the best places to visit so you make the absolute most of your time in the capital! If you do enjoy my posts and want to see what else I […]