Add This
106 Beach Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2NE, UK
0191 456 6088 / 07842 070 700
+44 191 456 6088 / +44 7842 070 700

Feb 212013

   Home > Tyne & Wear > South Tyneside > Blog: South Tyneside Visitor Guide and Youtube Video

We have just added the official South Tyneside visitor’s guide and this promotional Youtube video to the website.

Feb 172013

Home > Tyne & Wear > South Shields > Blog: Quasar South Shields 64% Discount

Last day for this deal down the road at Sea Road’s Quasar South Shields…

The offer is for a one-hour game of Quasar for up to four people for just £9.99. That’s a saving of 64% off the normal Quasar South Shields price of £28.

If you’ve never experienced Quasar before this is what it is…

Quasar South Shields Special Offer

“Get ready to lock and load with an adrenaline-pumping hour at Quasar South Shields with up to three of your finest fellow commandos. Fighting for your survival in the UV-lit labyrinth known as the Quasar Elite arena, you’ll don your specifically designed combat uniform and look to rack up the points as you pick off your opposition through a variety of fun-filled fighting scenarios. Will you wade into the battlefield Rambo-style, or look to pick off the enemy from long-range Sniper Scope-style? The choice is yours and remember: the future’s bright, the future’s laser combat.”

Vouchers are valid until 18th May 2013. If you would like one you need to buy one from this link.

Quasar South Shields Map

Feb 172013

Home > Tyne & Wear > South Shields > Blog: Ocean Beach Urban Wave Surfing Simulator Offer

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park on Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD has a special offer available at the moment for their newest ride – the Urban Wave surfing simulator. A one-hour session for £20 at Ocean Beach (50% Off).

The Urban Wave is suitable for all ability levels and the £20 deal can be split between up to four people – 60 minutes for one person, 30 minutes for two people, 20 minutes for three people, or 15 minutes each for four people.

There’s also 10% off food and drink at Main Street Diner.

Ocean Beach South Shields Special Offer Discount

The 2013 season opens this weekend for the half-term holiday, 16th – 24th February, open 12 noon – 5pm daily. Besides the new Urban Wave they have over 40 rides and attractions ranging from Mini Teacups and Mini Swings (for very little ones) to the Waltzer, Go Karts and Scream for the older and more daring. There’s also the obligatory amusement arcades and their popular Quasar arena. The park is free to go in and walk around and you can even take your dog – but not on the rides of course.

For opening times, see

You can see some of what Ocean Beach has to offer on this Youtube video…

A bit more about their newest ride…

“The Urban Wave at Ocean Beach can simulate the sense of gliding found in surfing and boarding sports whether favouring a standing, kneeling or prone position. An hour-long session awaits aspiring surfers of all abilities who want to feel the waves of the Pacific coast without getting wet.”

More about the rides at Ocean Beach and how visitors can keep energy levels ticking over…

What rides are there at the park?.
Thrillseekers can head towards the air diver, waltzer and pirate ship, while tea cups, helter skelter and bungee trampolines await little ones and the less faint-hearted.

What is the Urban Wave attraction?
The Urban Wave simulates surfing, wake-boarding, body-boarding and snowboarding. The rotating platform of soft brushes enables beginners to learn the basics of stance and balance while more experienced surfers can work on tricks.

Are there places to eat around the park?
Visitors can fill up on a variety of fare including chicken fajitas, burgers and chips, as well as sweeter treats like hot doughnuts, candy floss and Slush Puppies.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park can be found at A Sheeran Amusements, Middle Arcade, Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 2LD.

Ocean Beach South Shields Map

I didn’t realise their latest ride was so expensive full price. At least you get an hour on it though. If you want to try the Urban Wave out now might be the time. You can redeem this offer here: One-Hour Urban Wave Surfing Simulator Session for £20 at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park (50% off).

Anyone been on their newest ride? Anyone brave enough?! Is it any good? Worth the full price cost? Maybe leave the chicken fajitas and Slush Puppies until afterwards!

If you’re looking for hotel accommodation near Ocean Beach, Sea Road, South Shields our bed and breakfast availability is here.

Feb 132013

   Home > Tyne & Wear > Jarrow

We have uploaded a second video if some news footage of the new Tyne Tunnel 2 aka Tyne Crossing opening to our YouTube channel. You can take a look at the video here…

The New Tyne Crossing project is a £260M scheme to dual the A19 beneath the Tyne by building a second road tunnel, and associated highways structures. The project also involved a major refurbishment of the 1967-built Tyne Tunnel. With two tunnels up and running, the original, refurbished tunnel provides two lanes of traffic for northbound travel, while the new road tunnel offers two lanes for southbound traffic. The design capacity of the original tunnel was 24,000 vehicles per day. The combined capacity of the two road tunnels is now 78,000 vehicles per day. The new vehicular tunnel is only the third in Britain to be built using immersed tube technology in the river section. The land tunnels built either side of the Tyne involved a variety of construction techniques, predominantly cut-and-cover tunnels as well as approximately 70 metres of Sprayed Concrete Lining, which enabled the tunnel to be built beneath major utility connections without disturbing them.

If you’re looking for hotel accommodation near the Tyne Tynnel our bed and breakfast price and availability is here.

Feb 082013

Home > Tyne & Wear > South Shields > South Tyneside College > Marine Safety Training Centre

South Tyneside College’s reputation as a world-leading marine training centre is set to be further enhanced after the completion of a major £1.5million upgrade to its state-of-the-art simulation facilities. At its core is a full-mission bridge projection system which includes Kongsberg K-Line type consoles, complemented by new full-mission engine room consoles, which include touch screen control and Kongsberg Big-View software.

There is also a new 8-bridge Kongsberg desktop bridge simulation suite, integrated to VTS, and a digital CCTV recording and playback system operating throughout which will allow staff to monitor the non-technical skills of students.

South Tyneside College's Upgrade Complete Picture 1

The development has been welcomed by Gary Hindmarch, deputy principal – maritime & higher education, who said: “Demand for marine simulation training has continued apace and it is vital our facilities are the best anywhere in the world, they are class-leading. All ranks of maritime personnel train at the college, from cadets to officers, masters and pilots. in the safety of a simulated environment, they experience emergencies and develop the skills they need to build a broad range of knowledge. For many years the college has played a very significant role in simulation training and is renowned as a market leader, delivering specialist training to organisations in the UK and around the world. We have overhauled every aspect of our simulation system’s performance and capabilities to enable us to continue to meet all future training needs and demands in a highly specialist, global marketplace.”

College’s Multi £million Upgrade Complete Picture 2

A key part of the overhaul is the installation of multiple cameras and microphones on to bridges as part of the marine school’s response to growing demands for training which addresses human actions and behaviours through Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM). It is designed to reduce accidents and improve crew performance by studying skills such as team working, leadership, situational awareness, decision making and communication i.e. what is said and implied through body language and gestures.

The college has installed 30 cameras and eight microphones in bridges and engine spaces to record what is said and by whom throughout each exercise, with results utilised by an instructor on advanced recording and playback software.

Further investment, with partner Safety Technology, will see the opening of a climbing tower at its Marine Safety Training Centre (MSTC) – based by the river Tyne in South Shields – which will allow working at height to those aiming to work in the offshore wind market. It will be a tremendous addition to the centre’s existing facilities which include an environmental pool used for survival training, an eight-seat helicopter escape module, and offshore platform boat transfer simulator.

College’s Multi £million Upgrade Complete Picture 3

The centre, one of the foremost safety training facilities in the UK, is used by hundreds of organisations around the world. Courses utilise extensiveand unique facilities in offshore safety training and include Europe’s first offshore platform boat transfer simulator. The Marine School has also launched courses in ice navigation, designed to prepare maritime personnel for the introduction of the Polar Code in 2014 when there will be requirements for an Ice Navigator to navigate in ice conditions.

Overall, the college has spent £3.2million upgrading its maritime facilities in South Shields.

If you’re looking for hotel accommodation near South Tyneside College our bed and breakfast price and availability is here.

© Annie's Guest House 2014