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We are pleased to be taking part in the first UK Thanking Our Forces scheme where we are offering free accommodation to veterans and active military on Sunday 13th November 2016 (Remembrance Sunday).

We are offering one standard single room, one standard double bedroom and one standard twin bedroom completely free of charge that evening to to veterans and active military personnel. To book give us a call or book online using thankingourforces special offer discount code. Credit card information will be taken at the time of booking and will be charged in the event of a no-show without cancellation or if you are unable to show proof of your entitlement to this forces discount at check-in. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

If you are not looking for accommodation in the North East then there are other accommodation providers located around the UK who also wish to host you for free, you can find a list of other participating accommodation providers here…


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Sunderland Illuminations 2016

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Sunderland Illuminations 2016

If you are visiting our bed and breakfast accommodation with children over the next six weeks then you may like to visit Sunderland Illuminations aka Roker Park Lights a few miles south of us in Roker, Sunderland.

Sunderland Illuminations start this Saturday 24th September until Saturday 5th November 2016. If you drive along the A183 coast road you can see the seafront illuminations for free but there is a £1 charge to see the attractions inside Roker Park, SR6 9NB.

The Illuminated Observation Wheel is located on Cliffe Park, SR6 9NS and operates from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday 24th September (launch night) then every night until Saturday 5th November 2016. The cost to ride on the wheel is £4 for adults and £3 for children. A family ticket for two adults and two children or one adult and three children is £10.

Entrance to Roker Park costs £1 per person. You can purchase tickets from cabins at the entrances on Cliffe Park, Bede’s Cross and Marine Walk. These cabins are open from 5pm daily.

You can also buy Roker Park entrance tickets from the City Library in Fawcett Street, Bunnyhill Customer Service Centre, Washington Town Centre library, Houghton Library, Sandhill Customer Service Centre and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Inside Roker Park the Model Railway will be running on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the event from 5pm until 8pm. There is no charge but donations are welcomed.

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Great North Run Late Availability

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Great North Run Last Minute Room Availability

Looking for a room for this years Great North Run? We received a last minute cancellation today due to injury, please check our online booking page for more information.

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Update: both of these rooms have now been sold.


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The Dolly Mixtures

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If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields between now and Saturday 3rd September 2016 then you may like to watch a new musical being performed at The Customs House theatre – ten minutes walk from us.

The Dolly Mixtures The Customs House Mill Dam South Shields NE33 1ES

The Dolly Mixtures is a brand new musical by John Miles and Tom Kelly and it is being performed at The Customs House from today until Saturday 3rd September 2016.

This heartwarming musical is inspired by a true story of eight South Shields women who set-up the variety act, The Dolly Mixtures when one of their husbands’ Ken was diagnosed with cancer in 1972. For 15 years the eight South Shields women performed in working men’s clubs throughout the North-East to raise money for charity with every penny going to cancer research.

Tickets are £17.50, to book call The Customs House on 0191 454 1234 or visit their website here: The Customs House (opens in a new window).

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Great North Run Metro Travel Guide

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Great North Run Tyne and Wear Metro

If you are visiting Tyneside for the Great North Run weekend next month then you may find this comprehensive guide to the Tyne & Wear Metro for the Great North Run weekend useful…

The official travel advice from Metro is as follows…

Travel guide

With road closures as well as limited parking, public transport is the best way to get to or from the Great North Run for both runners and spectators. There will be extra bus services, Tyne & Wear Metro trains and ferry trips throughout the day to help you get around as quickly and easily as possible.

Race start – Newcastle upon Tyne

Travelling to the race start. The race start is about a 15 minute walk from Haymarket in Newcastle upon Tyne city centre. There is a Metro station and bus station at Haymarket, as well as buses going to nearby Eldon Square bus station and many on-street bus stops.

Shuttle bus services will also be running to Haymarket and Barras Bridge from the finish area in South Shields – see the race start map attached below for details. Parking is free all day on Sundays at the Metro stations marked with a “P” on the Metro map (except at Heworth, which is £1.20 all day).

Metro trains, buses and traffic will be extremely busy, so please leave plenty of time to get to the race start.

Details of opening arrangements at Jesmond and Haymarket Metro stations are shown on the race start map attached below. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.

Advice for spectators

If you are seeing friends or relatives off at the start of the race, we recommend that you then head straight to South Shields if you want to try to see them finish. Or, just choose one place to see them – at the race start, or somewhere on the route, or at the race finish.

If you are heading to the race finish…

Take the Metro from Haymarket or Monument to South Shields – there will be a train every seven and a half minutes once the race has started.

Shuttle bus services will also be running from Haymarket and Barras Bridge to the finish area.

The Shields Ferry will operate extra crossings between North Shields and South Shields and will start at 8.45am. Shuttle buses will connect North Shields Metro station and ferry landing.

Race finish – South Shields

Getting home from the race finish… Metro, the Shields Ferry and buses will be very busy due to the number of people travelling, so please expect a significant wait on the way home.

Avoid the queues by having a meal or drink in South Shields before you head home.

South Shields Metro station is about a 15 minute walk from the finish line – there will be a train every seven and a half minutes after the race.

Shuttle bus services will run to Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

The Shields Ferry between South Shields and North Shields will operate extra crossings and will run until 6.00pm. Shuttle buses will connect North Shields ferry landing and North Shields Tyne & Wear Metro station.

Details of the opening arrangements at Chichester Metro station are shown on the race finish map. Closing times may vary depending on the operational requirements on the day.

You can see a summary of available ticket prices here…

Great North Run Tyne and Wear Metro Ticket Prices

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