Living in Blyth
Quality of life is about the details of everyday living. From the little things, like knowing the nearest place to pick up a pint of milk, to more important matters like finding the right school or having a health care centre nearby, you need to know that the community you're moving to will support you and your family, as well as be a pleasant place to live. So here's some useful information about the area around Portland Wynd.
Portland Wynd is just two miles from the A189 and around 20 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle. Trains from Cramlington Station, three and a half miles away, reach Newcastle in less than fifteen minutes, and the frequent X10 and X11 bus services between Blyth town centre and Newcastle stop near the development.
Arts & Entertainment
Blyth's amenities include the Phoenix Theatre, a lively arts centre presenting local productions as well as professional touring music, comedy and drama shows. Alongside live entertainment, the Phoenix is testing local demand for showing major film releases, and there is also a Vue multiplex cinema in nearby Cramlington.
Blyth Sports Centre includes a swimming pool , state-of-the-art gym, squash courts, sauna and steam room and a popular children's play area. The town's superb South Beach offers long invigorating walks along the sands, and Ridley Park near the town centre is a wonderful mixture of woods, formal gardens and play areas, Cycle paths through the park link with the National Cycle Route 1 for long-distance off-road riding. Blyth Golf Club a mature tree-lined parkland course, is just half a mile from Portland Wynd.
The local shopping area at Plessey Road half a mile away, includes a Co-op supermarket, a pharmacy, a bakery and a greengrocer. The shops in Blyth town centre, mostly found around Waterloo Road, include the Keel Row Centre which incorporates several high street fashion and lifestyle names in a modern mall setting. Blyth also has the largest open-air market in Northumberland with stalls ranging from fresh food and plants to crafts and second-hand books. Market days are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
There are recycling receptacles for glass bottles and jars, textiles and shoes in the car park of the playing fields at Sandringham Drive, a few minutes walk from Portland Wynd.
Education & Health
Newsham Primary School has recently moved into bright purpose-built accommodation ten minutes walk from Portland Wynd. Bede Academy, also within walking distance is a foundation school providing primary education in its south building and a secondary school with a strong focus on engineering as well as sports and music in the nearby north building. The large medical practice in Newsham Surgery is just quarter of a mile from the development.