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

Guide to Washington Old Hall

Washington Old Hall is one of few National Trust sites in the City of Sunderland area and has gone in as one of my favourites. The site has a vibrant history and beautiful gardens to explore. Before I get into my full guide, if you enjoy my posts it would mean a lot if you […]

Best Brunch Spots in Sunderland

Sunderland is famous for its nightlife, however, people regularly overlook its great brunchtime offerings! So, as a lover of brunch, I thought I would take one for the team and do the research to find the best spots in Sunderland offering brunch! Before I get into the list, if you enjoy this kind of foody […]

Robin Hoods Bay to Ravenscar

Robin Hoods Bay is one of the most photographic villages in North Yorkshire. Nestled on the coast just south of Whitby this quaint little place is an ideal location to visit for the day, stay and explore wider areas of the North Yorkshire coastline on foot. One of the most popular walks here is the […]