Independent Lifestyle Magazines that Deliver Results

We are the largest circulating free magazines in North Tyneside and Northumberland. 

We produce interesting, informative, colourful, and eye-catching A5 size magazines, filled with a mixture of community news, restaurant reviews, health, food, interiors and a good selection of local advertising. We cover areas including Whitley Bay, Whitley Lodge, Monkseaton, North Shields, Royal Quays, Tynemouth, Cramlington, Morpeth, Ashington, Stakeford and Bedlington. 

Our magazines are consistently distributed to tens of thousands of local households and hundreds of businesses in these areas, free of charge, by our in-house distributors. We offer a mix of high-quality editorial and informative local advertising focusing on North Tyneside and Northumberland, to which our clients enjoy fantastic levels of response.

Our mission is to provide affordable, cost-effective, high-quality advertising for local businesses, allowing them to get their message across to tens of thousands of desirable local homes in the area.

25 Years of Print Media Experience

ABC Magazines are owned and run by Richard Wilson, who has 25 years of experience in the media industry and has worked for some of the country’s leading national, regional and local media companies. 

Richard started his career working in London for the Guardian and Observer newspapers, where he gained training second to none and an insight into how print media advertising works and how it benefits companies in every sector. He worked in Media London for the next two years, selling over a million pounds worth of advertising every quarter. 

Spells working for quality daily, weekly and monthly publications followed over the next seven years. This saw Richard gain further experience at the Manchester Evening News, Yorkshire Evening Post, Cheshire Life and the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, gaining unrivalled skills, experience and industry knowledge. He has also had brief spells in outdoor and radio advertising but having sampled other forms of advertising, he found what he always knew, that print media was where his passion was and, more importantly, was convinced that print media is the most successful form of advertising.

Having built up extensive knowledge in the industry, he launched ABC magazines in 2008 and now, 16 years later, has a portfolio of 13 successful local magazines, including four ABC titles, two Select magazines, five Local Directories and two Puzzle Time magazines. He also oversees a very successful leaflet design, print and distribution arm of the business, and a bespoke brochure service.

So, if you are a national business looking for local coverage, an agency with clients looking to target local areas or a small business looking to grow your customer base, give Richard a call. With 25 years of experience in dealing with everyone from blue-chip companies to sole traders, you and your advertising budget couldn’t be in safer hands.


Why Advertise in ABC?

Targeted Distribution

We use our extensive local knowledge and our 15 years of magazine distributing experience, to target estates where residents have a proven track record of responding to local magazine advertising.

Value for Money

With adverts starting from as little as £60 +VAT for a one-off advert, our magazines are affordable for all businesses, and provide the best value for money of any local advertising platform.

Longevity of Magazines

Our magazines have a proven long shelf life. The quality of content means they are read and retained by local residents, giving your advert an unrivalled shelf life.

Quality of Content

Editorial content is vitally important to us. Our magazines are split 50/50 between advertising and editorial, with most of our articles written by us or local contributors.

In-House Distribution Team

We deliver every single copy of ABC ourselves, as it is important to us that we know where every copy goes. This means we can guarantee that every single copy of our magazines will be working hard to get you a response.


We have many customers who have advertised with us for years and who use our whole portfolio of magazines. This demonstrates that ABC Magazines work for local businesses.


What our advertisers say

Fantastic magazine!

We have advertised in it for 10 years and the distribution is excellent.

We've just had the first wave of people through from the last advert in ABC SOUTH. Both regular and Zumba Gold adverts have had a really good response already.
Irene Anderson
Zumba North East
We have advertised in the magazines for the last few years, and have had a good response from them, with orders coming directly from the adverts.​


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