The most reliable place to get them in the North East is probably at Saxon Way in Jarrow, I believe they have been there for 4 out of the last 5 years.
On the previous Friday I saw a flock of about 40 there, but by Monday this had reduced to about 20, and the berries had been ravaged off the trees too.
Conditions on both days I was there were very dull despite it being sunny when I left home 30 miles away. So I struggled with the digiscoping getting only a few shots worth keeping - but I still got some.
Also only six miles away from the Waxwings was a pair of Glossy Ibis, too far away for any shots on this occasion though.