Top 5 Places To Visit In The North East This Bank Holiday Weekend

Top 5 places to visit in the North East by Pulman

With a heatwave expected this August bank holiday weekend, there’s never been a better time to get out and about around the North East in your car!

We’ve rounded up the top hot spots to drive to across the North East below, why not browse through them and see if there’s somewhere you could visit this weekend!

Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument, officially named The Earl of Durham’s Monument, is located between Washington & Houghton-le-Spring and sits on top of Penshaw Hill. It was first built in 1844 and provides fantastic views across Wearside and County Durham! There are a number of steps leading up to the monument but it’s definitely worth the climb!

If you’re not afraid of heights, every weekend and bank holiday between 6th April and 29th September 2019, you can take a tour to the top of the monument via a spiral staircase to see further views across the North East!

Penshaw Monument

 

As well as the Penshaw Monument there are many walks around the area; from the surrounding woodland to Herrington Park which is just across the road. There’s a large lake which sometimes has boat races and is occupied by swans and other wildlife. There’s also a playpark (usually with an ice-cream van) and café with plenty of parking too!

Whitley Bay

On a warm summer’s day there’s nothing better than visiting the beach! Whitley Bay is situated in the borough of North Tyneside in Tyne and Wear and has a fantastic beach with quirky surrounding cafes, shops and pubs! There’s plenty to do in Whitley Bay, our top recommendations to visit are Spanish City, Seaton Delaval Hall and St Mary’s Lighthouse.

St Mary’s Lighthouse is just north of Whitley Bay and is accessible when the tide is low by a short concrete causeway. Once on the ‘part-time’ island, you can climb the 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse for spectacular views along the North East coast. However, if you’re unable to climb the steps there is a video facility which allows you to experience the same views from the ground level. It should be noted that the island is only open between certain times due to the tide times, you can find the times here.

St Mary's lighthouse at Whitley bay

 

As well as the locations above, there are many fantastic beaches along the North East coastline like Seaburn in Sunderland and Seaham which is a little further south in County Durham.

Holy Island

Another tidal island, similar to St Mary’s Lighthouse but of a much larger scale, is Holy Island based a mile off the mainland Northumberland in the North Sea. The island consists of Lindisfarne Castle, a couple of pubs which offer fantastic meals and numerous walking routes around the island. The Gertrude Jekyll garden is a must too; it was crowned garden of the year by Countryfile Magazine in 2019, you’ll see why if you visit it! There are certain crossing times to visit Holy Island, you can find the 2019 times here.

Holy Island

Durham City

Visiting Durham City is never a dull day out, there’s so much for the full family to do! If you like walking there are plenty of routes along the river and the surrounding woodlands. If you like to shop there are many high street shops as well as original one-off shops. There is a huge range of restaurants, pubs and cafes, many offering delicious food. When visiting Durham there are certain attractions which are must to visit!

Durham Cathedral is in the city centre of Durham and is one of the great buildings of Europe, it’s not hard to see why once you visit! From the structure to the stain glass windows, it’s a must to view the Rose Window which casts colourful sunlight on the Cathedral’s floor (if the sun is shining). There are many places within the Cathedral to visit and you can also climb the tower to view the historic city of Durham and the surrounding countryside!

Durham City and Cathedral

 

The Botanic Gardens is located in the southern outskirts of Durham city and is set in 25 acres of mature woodlands! Inside the botanical gardens there are a number of gardens to visit including the Alpine, Winter and Woodland gardens as well as the Bamboo Grove and wild flower meadow! The gardens are perfect for families to take picnics along and to relax in the sunshine!  

Corbridge

Corbridge is a beautiful village based in Northumberland, just 16 miles from Newcastle and is a fantastic drive to get to! Corbridge is well-known for hosting many annual events in the centre surrounded by the unique shops and pubs as well as the local farm shops selling local meats. A must if you visit Corbridge is the Corbridge Roman Town Hadrian’s Wall where you can walk the old Roman streets, explore the museum and discover the Corbridge Hoard!

Hadrian's Wall

 

As well as the hot spots listed above, there are many fantastic locations across the North East from beaches and woodlands to countryside and shopping centres! We nearly forgot to mention the Pulman Extravaganza event which ends on Monday 26th August 2019 at all of our Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT branches across Durham and Sunderland! During the event we are offering fantastic offers across the new and used car ranges, plus when you order your new car during the event you have a choice of four Pulman Perks! Find out more about the event here.

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Pulman Sponsor Durham County Golf Union Seniors For The Third Year Running

Durham County Golf Union Seniors outside of their sponsor, Pulman Group.

Pulman are proud to sponsor the Durham County Golf Union Seniors Team for the third year running! Find out more about the new recruits and the season for 2019 for the seniors in our latest blog…

This year has seen 3 new recruits join the seniors golf team which is fantastic news for the club! To find out a little bit more about the new recruits we have gathered some interesting facts about their golfing history and why they have chosen to join Durham County Golf Union Seniors!

David Moralee

A member of Heworth Golf Club, former County match play champion, David has played golf for 50 years! Last year he thoroughly enjoyed competing in the Seniors Championship which is why he has joined Durham Seniors and is looking forward to meeting up with and playing against old county colleagues.

David Moralee new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

Ian Hendry

Ian has been a member of Seaton Carew Golf Club since 1986 but has played serious golf since 1996 when other sports took a back seat. Ian is looking to extend his competitive playing career and is looking forward to play on other courses as well as meeting new players who he hasn’t met before!

Ian Hendry, new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

Mark Wardle

Mark started to play golf at a very young age of 10 and caught the addiction bug at 13 until he was 21! He resumed at the age of 42 and is a member of South Shields Golf Club. Mark recently retired and feels he now has the time to give the commitment required to the County team and is looking forward to enjoying a high standard of golf as well as the team support with playing team golf.

Mark Wardle new recruit for Durham County Golf Union Seniors team

 

While the Durham Seniors dropped by our Sunderland Volkswagen site for their 2019 team photo we caught up with Keith McAllister, Captain of the team. He explained that this season consists of 5 county matches against Northumberland, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Yorkshire (3 home and 2 away matches) followed by the qualifying Championship match at the beginning of September. At the final match, also known as the BIG 6, the top 6 players are selected to play and will go to the national finals. There’s some exciting matches ahead for the team!

Durham County Golf Union Seniors team photo at Pulman Volkswagen

 

If you want to keep up with the latest fixtures and results from the Durham County Golf Union Seniors, click here and we wish the Durham Seniors a successful season! 

OUR GOLF’S ELECTRIC

New e-Golf at Pulman Volkswagen

Did you know that according to the Office for National Statistics, the average weekday commute for UK drivers is around 10 miles. Throw in a few diversions on the school run or to the shops and let’s call it 120 miles per working week.

If that sounds about right for you, then you need to buy the Volkswagen e-Golf.

The e-Golf is Volkswagen’s all-electric, battery powered version of one of the UK’s most successful and popular cars. You have all of the traditional Golf attributes like quality of build, reliability, comfort, interior space and high standard of specification, but without a petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet.

Of course, trundling through traffic on your daily commute will ruin your fuel consumption under normal circumstances, but in the e-Golf, that doesn’t matter. In fact, slow, steady driving will help matters.

e-Golf interior

Volkswagen admit that, okay, under perfect, warm conditions, the e-Golf has a battery range of 144 miles, but in the real world of miserable British weather, it’s likely to drop to somewhere in the region of 130 miles. However, for a lot of people that will easily cater for the Monday – Friday total.

And here’s the clincher. If you set off on Monday morning with a fully charged battery, you won’t need to do a thing until the weekend, and your total cost of ‘fuel’ will be in the region of £3. All you have to do on Sunday evening is plug the e-Golf into your household mains via a 3-pin plug, leave it to gently charge for around 12 hours….and bingo, you’re ready for a working week of cheap motoring. You can have a fast charger installed or, if you have one at work, it allows you to reach an 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes.

e-Golf charging station

You are also exempt from road fund tax and won’t have to pay congestion charge tolls. Business users can benefit from income tax advantages too.

Apart from all of that, the Volkswagen e-Golf is just, well, like any other Golf. It’s lively too with 0-60 mph taking only 9.5 seconds because, unlike with a petrol or diesel engine where you need to allow the revs to rise before reaching peak power, you have 100 per cent power with an electric car…instantly.

In terms of kit, you get sat nav, air con, Car-Net App Connect which allows you to mirror your smart phone onto the Golf’s touchscreen. There are parking sensors front and rear, powered windows and mirrors (heated), DAB radio and a host of safety kit.

Interested? The best idea to find out more is to go along to Pulman Volkswagen in Durham or Sunderland. Their experts will take your through all of the benefits of going electric.

Prices for the Volkswagen e-Golf start at £33,240.

To book a test drive on a new e-Golf and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/e-golf  

T-CROSS BREAKS COVER

New Volkswagen T-Cross

March sees the arrival at Pulman Volkswagen of the latest Volkswagen model…the T-Cross…which is Volkswagen’s first small SUV. It’s an urban crossover which offers a combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and economy, and sets new standards for its class. It will sit below the Tiguan and T-Roc in the Volkswagen SUV range, but still offer all of the convenience that you get from a larger SUV. A large chunk of the T-Cross running-gear is based on the tried and tested Volkswagen Polo.

There’s a choice of three turbocharged petrol engines. A pair of 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines develop either 94 or 113 bhp while for additional performance, a 4-cylinder 1.5 TSI engine, which develops 148bhp, will appear later in the year. Initially, there will be no diesel engine for the T-Cross in the UK but that is likely to change if there is sufficient demand. You can choose from a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed auto.

There are four levels of trim…S, SE, SEL and R-Line.

Standard equipment for the new T-Cross includes numerous driver assistance systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. There will also be air conditioning and VW’s usual selection of connectivity including Bluetooth. Sliding rear seats are fitted as standard, allowing an additional 70 litres of storage capacity, or up to 140 mm of extra rear leg room.

T-Cross space options

The entire T-Cross range is expected to start in the region of £16,750 but to whet everyone’s appetite, Volkswagen is introducing an exclusive limited edition…the T-Cross First Edition. It will be available to only 250 UK customers. Order books are now open.

The T-Cross First Edition is fully loaded with upgraded specification including a Beats sound system with 300-watt output and an extra subwoofer. It also comes with Discover Media satellite navigation, LED headlights and super-stylish 18-inch alloy wheels. Each of the exclusive 250 First Edition models will be finished in Pure White with silver roof rails and unique black styling throughout.

Interior of the T-Cross

All T-Cross First Edition models are powered by Volkswagen’s frugal 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 114 bhp, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, and two-wheel drive. As with the regular T-Cross a high level of safety technology is included, with Front Assist including autonomous emergency braking, blind spot sensors, adaptive cruise control and Lane Assist all featured as standard.

The T-Cross First Edition costs £23,150…models will arrive at our Pulman Volkswagen showrooms in April.

Visit – //pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/t-cross to find out more

PERFECT ALL-ROUNDER

New Volkswagen Tiguan at Pulman Volkswagen

The Tiguan is a really important car for Volkswagen. It’s their third biggest seller in the UK behind the Golf and Polo. Consequently, when the time came to launch the latest edition of the Tiguan, VW was cautious in terms of the exterior styling.

That’s no bad thing because the Tiguan is instantly recognisable. It’s a tad wider and longer but it has a lower roof line, all of which makes the new Tiguan look more hunky.

And, if you go for the R-Line, you end up with a Tiguan that also looks sporty. If looks are important to you, this is the one to go for.

Interior of the Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan range starts at £23,990. No matter which level of trim you go for, you will have access to most of the engine range, all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. Entry level models use a 1.5 litre 129 bhp petrol engine, 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive only. You can also opt for a 2.0 litre diesel engine developing 148bhp.

Further up the trim range sees the arrival of a 148bhp petrol unit, a 187bhp diesel engine and a powerful but smooth, 2.0 litre petrol engine which delivers 227bhp.

The recently launched Match trim will be the most popular using the 148bhp diesel engine (58.9mpg, 0-60 in 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 127mph), but there’s something about the R-Line. It makes the Tiguan stand out from the crowd. You get 20inch alloys, side skirts, wheel arch extensions, sports seats, sat nav, air con, brilliant audio system with DAB etc. In fact, there’s nothing you need to add expect deciding whether you want the benefit of 4MOTION all-wheel drive. If you do you’ll need a further £1890.

Everything else about the R-Line is as per the rest of the range. It’s roomy, comfortable and, thanks to a large boot, will be ideal as either school run transportation or loaded to the gunwales for a trip to a holiday resort.

Options for passengers in the Tiguan

If you fancy some extra seating, try the Tiguan Allspace. Thanks to a longer wheelbase it has space for seven people.

If you need a car that becomes a cherished member of your family, the Volkswagen Tiguan will be ideal. Go along to your local Pulman Volkswagen showroom and take a look at the Tiguan and discover why it has become such a familiar sight on our roads.

Need a perfect all-rounder….you’ll love the Volkswagen Tiguan.

To book a test drive on a new Tiguan and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/Tiguan  

VW + SUV = T-Roc

New T-Roc

Volkswagen have become masters of SUVs, but they needed a smaller model to fit below the Tiguan and Touareg. Please welcome the T-Roc.  

There are currently five levels of trim. Everything kicks off with the T-Roc S at £19,270, powered by a 1.0 litre 114bhp TSi petrol engine using a 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s lively too. 0-60 takes 10 seconds but you’ll still manage around 55mpg.

The S trim includes air conditioning, heated door mirrors, height adjustment to the front seats, electric windows all-round, remote central locking, tyre pressure monitor and a brilliant audio system which comes with DAB radio and the facility to play MP3s through the USB socket. The 8inch colour touch-screen looks really smart and very hi-tech.

Inside the Volkswagen T-Roc

You also get an extensive list of safety gadgetry including lane assist (it tells you if you’re wandering from your lane), front assist (it applies the brakes automatically in an emergency) and a host of air bags. The T-Roc is one of the safest cars ever built by Volkswagen.

For a bigger choice of engines, move up to the VW T-Roc SE (from £20,935). How about something like the seriously powerful 1.5 litre TSi petrol engine which whisks you to 60mph in a shade over 8 seconds yet will still crack the 50mpg barrier. You can also opt for a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

Our favourite trim is the VW T-Roc Design which sits below the top of the range SEL and R-Line. It allows you to customise your T-Roc with neat touches like a contrasting roof colour, different coloured alloy wheels and a variety of fascia and seat trims.

There is one option that we would seriously recommend; Dynamic Chassis Control which gives you variable suspension settings. You can choose Sport, Comfort and Normal. This allows you to swap between a firm, sporty ride with increased response to the steering and accelerator…or a comfy, cossetting ride for long journeys or when the car is loaded to the gunwales with the family and all of their baggage. 

T-Roc space saving from the boot

If you want to fully appreciate the style and enjoyable drive of the Volkswagen T-Roc, go along to your local Pulman Volkswagen dealer. The sales team will give you a guided tour and the chance to take a T-Roc out for a test drive.

Fancy a stylish, compact Sports Utility Vehicle?  That’ll be the Volkswagen T-Roc then.

To book a test drive on a new T-Roc and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/T-Roc   

Gearing Up Durham School Pupils For Buying Their First Car!

Durham School at VW Durham

As most of us know from experience it can be pretty daunting when the time comes to purchasing your first car, which is why Pulman Volkswagen Durham provided a short demonstration of the car buying process to Year 12 Pupils from Durham School who are currently learning to drive.

Scott Jenkins, Client Sales Advisor, along with Chris Slater, Head of Communications & IT / Sunderland Sites Manager, provided a presentation to Durham pupils to explain the various options and processes available when it comes to buying your first car, whether it’s a Brand New, Nearly New or Used Car.

The key points covered included going through the configurator on the Pulman Volkswagen website; from selecting the make, model, colour and additional extras. Scott then moved onto explain about the various finance options when purchasing a car (Personal Contract Purchase, Personal Contract Hire, Cash Purchase etc…) before explaining some of the current features found across most of the Volkswagen Range such as Rear Parking Sensors, Apple Carplay & Android Auto. After the on-screen presentation ended, Scott took them across to a Volkswagen Golf for the pupils to look at the technology & design features and how it can differ between trim levels. As being a Year 12 Pupil can be a stressful time with exams, all of the pupils were offered cricket and football-style stress balls after a team photo!

Durham School seminar at VW Durham

 

Kath Rochester, Director of Co-Curriculum & Senior Housemistress at Durham School, shared her thoughts on the session with the following, “Thank you so much for having us to visit today. It was a fabulous session and really useful for our students.  They really enjoyed learning about buying a car as they really didn’t know much about the process or certainly how they could finance a vehicle.  Scott and Chris pitched the session at the right level and the students felt like they were treated as customers and adults.” 

Kath then went onto say, “It proved to be a really valuable experience and hopefully they will take this knowledge with them when they are in a position to make such a purchase.  We are finding quite a few of our teenagers today are generally quite naïve so today’s session was important in tooling them up for the future and opening their eyes to the real world.”

Durham School who contacted Pulman Volkswagen Durham to request if we could provide this seminar, is also introducing other life skill presentations, such as buying your first home, to the PHSE Pupils to develop their knowledge for adulthood.

VW Durham & Durham School pupils during seminar

 

At Pulman Group we strive to deliver a fantastic customer experience! If you would like to find out more about the kind of seminars we offer to customers, schools & local businesses contact us today!

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