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Dine in the Sky

Newcastle in the Sky review

~a guest blog by Ashleigh Swan from Ashleigh Money Saver

 

What do you decide to do if you’re afraid of heights?  Keep your feet firmly on the ground?  Avoid looking down when taking the glass lifts in the Metro Centre?  Or get strapped into a chair and be dangled in the air 100ft above the Quayside in Newcastle?

Yep, I decided to do the latter and instantly began dreading it!!!

I hadn’t heard of the Dine in the Sky events even though they had been to Newcastle the year before but it looked so exciting and something that you would see on a bucket list.  So, I plucked up the courage and decided to go for it!

The night before I couldn’t sleep, I woke up in a panic wondering if I should fake the plague or suddenly remember I have a date with a bar of Galaxy?

But I decided I’d go for it and make the most of the experience… and I’m so pleased I did!

Before I tell you any more about my experience, let me tell you a little about Dine in the Sky. 

It has been running since 2009 in 50 countries worldwide.  There are different sittings you can choose from such as lunch, dinner or cocktails in the sky and each sitting is brought to you by a different restaurant each time. 

There are many restaurants partaking in this once in a lifetime opportunity across the globe and it is getting bigger and bigger every year.

In Newcastle, there are a number of the cities best restaurants and bars taking part in the Dine in the Sky event such as Hawthorns, Aveika, Reds BBQ, Livello and many more!

Some dates have already sold out and after experiencing it for myself, I can now see why!

I opted for the lunch sitting which was Reds BBQ.  I have been to their restaurant once before and it was out of this world so I was really looking forward to eating their popular BBQ platter in the sky – if I could stomach it!

newcastle in the sky

I walked across the Millennium Bridge and could see the crane with the table attached and the realisation of what I was about to do started to set in and I panicked!  Luckily once I arrived I met the lovely Mandy Charlton who is a photographer and blogger from the North East and she put me at ease telling me she had googled it and there had been no reported incidents with the Dine in the Sky events – good to know!

ashleigh about to dine in the sky

We headed up to the Sky Lounge where you check in for your ‘flight’ and you could grab yourself a complimentary glass of fizz but I was driving so opted for a soft drink instead. 

newcastle in the sky

There you could check in all your belongings such as bags, coats as you’re not allowed any loose items on the flight. 

I had my phone attached to a big clip and chain around my neck so I could take photos and videos while I was up there.

While in the Sky Lounge we met up with Pixie Tenenbaum who is the BEST fashion blogger this world has to offer in my opinion!  So Mandy and Pixie became my flight partners, we decided we wanted to be sat together.

We were taking from the Sky Lounge to the Sky Table itself and were given a safety briefing and got the chance to ask any questions we had then it was time to be strapped in!

The seats are actually really comfortable, huge padded seats with a 5 point safety harness to make sure you’re not going to slide out and they even recline slightly if you want them too!

You can swivel your seat around too so you can take in all of the views, something I planned on doing.

being lifted into the air

Once we were all strapped in safely it was up we went, and it didn’t take us long to reach 100ft!

I was so nervous, I didn’t want to look around too much and I was holding onto the table for the first few moments until I got used to being so high up.

newcastle in the sky

Once I settled in I decided to look to the sides of me and the views were breath taking.  Seeing The Sage from such a high point and the Tyne Bridge just poking out to the side was like something I have never experienced before.  To my other side, I could see people coming and going over the Millennium Bridge stopping to watch us suspended so high from the ground. 

I had kind of forgotten we were up there to eat because everyone was so busy talking and taking photos to try and capture this wonderful experience. 

reds bbq

We did all finally start tucking into our food from Reds BBQ and it was fabulous.  Tasty pulled pork, juicy sausage and the most amazing ribs you have ever tasted.

red's bbq food 

Mandy and I were talking whilst up in the sky and decided that afternoon tea would be a great event for them to host in the sky and we would definitely come back if that were an option.

I can’t begin to describe just how wonderful it was up there on the Sky Table and even if you’re scared of heights like me, please don’t let it put you off.  It was a wonderful experience and one I would love to do again.

There are still dates available for you to book yourself onto the Dine in the Sky event so do it quickly before they sell out! I have heard it will be coming back for 2018 too so make sure you sign up to be the first to hear about the dates here.

I can’t thank the Dine in the Sky organisers enough for this fantastic opportunity aboard their press flight and for giving me such a memorable afternoon with friends – I don’t think anything could beat it!

 

~a guest blog by Ashleigh Swan from Ashleigh Money Saver

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