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South Tyneside Guide – Coastline

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The latest 2017 guide to South Tyneside is out. Request your own free 33 page copy of the guide below.

Here is an extract from the latest 2017 guide to South Tyneside…

South Shields Coastline Free South Tyneside Visitor Guide 2017

We Propose a Coast

To the finest stretch of seaside. cliffs, culture and heritage in the North East. and some amazing fish and chips: we salute South Tyneside’s coastline.

We’re not usually ones to get misty-eyed, but if there’s anything that’s likely to get us tearing up with North Eastern pride, it’s our coastline. There’s something to recommend every inch of its roughly 110 miles of coast, but there are few places as jam-packed with intrigue, fun, heritage and romance as the South Tyneside coast between South Shields and Whitburn.

Firstly, the romance. All coastline is gorgeous to varying degrees, but we’ve got some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous coastline of all here in South Tyneside. Take, for instance, its beaches: Littlehaven beach, sheltered from the worst of the weather by South Pier, is a watersports haven; and Sandhaven beach on the other side of the pier, with its soft golden sands and grand dunes, is ideal for a classic day out at the beach, ice creams and all. It’s not just good to look at either. Aside from the aforementioned watersports, both are ideal for your classic beach sports – volleyball, football, cricket, frisbee and the like – and a dip in the North Sea is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. There are countless hidden coves, bays, nooks and crannies all along the coast to explore, which is one of the best things about this bit of the shoreline. No matter when you visit, you’ll always be able to find somewhere which feels completely your own.

“There are countless hidden coves, bays. nooks and crannies to explore.”

Further down the coast, things take a turn for the rugged. The seven-mile walk from Littlehaven to Whitburn takes in some of the most staggering rough-hewn coastline in the region, with its ancient grandeur having captivated generations of visitors. You head across clifftops, past Frenchman’s Bay (a French ship ran aground there, hence the name) and towards Manhaven Bay and the uniquely-shaped humps of Velvet Beds – also known locally as Camel Island. The big draw here, though, is Marsden Rock in Marsden Bay. For the last 250 million years this limestone rock has stood in the sea, gradually being weathered into an instantly recognisable monolith. You might be so knocked out by it (or, you know, just a bit thirsty after your wanderings) that you fancy a pint – happily, Marsden Grotto, one of the very few pubs we know of which is in a cave, is close at hand.

The other icon of this part of the coastline is the National Trust’s Souter Lighthouse. As the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity, it’s an internationally important piece of industrial history as well as being a brilliant place to take children – they’ll love the pirate play shop and the Marsden Rattler play train.

Closer to sea level, there are promenades and parks to explore too. South Marine Park is an absolute must: take a pedalo out on the lake, feed the ducks, take a ride on the miniature steam train (if there are three more exciting words in the English language than ‘miniature steam train’ then we’ve yet to read them) and then settle in for an ice cream at the incomparable Minchella’s, which has been the supreme dealer of lickable treats on our coast for decades. Before that, though, you need some proper fish and chips, and they don’t come any more proper than the multiaward-winning Colmans on Ocean Road.

Alongside the taste of tradition, you can also sample some of the most vibrant public art in the region. Take Littlehaven’s promenade, for instance. There, you can see the 22 life-size bronze weebles which make up Conversation Piece by Spaniard Juan Munoz, as well as two pieces by Stephen Broadbent which speak to the culture of this coastal community: The Eye, which looks out toward the sea to watch for ships coming home; and The Sail, representing the area’s seafaring past and present.

Between the coast’s culture, heritage and pure iconic landscape, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you come to explore it.

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South Tyneside Guide – The Word

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The Word Market Place South Shields Free South Tyneside Visitor Guide 2017

Word Up

As if you need telling – The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, has been one of the North East’s biggest success stories since it opened in 2016. Now, as it gears up for its next big exhibition. We explore what’s in store for the future.

No matter how much the world around us changes technologically, there will always be a place for the written word. Sure, you can gorge yourself on Netflix and spend untold hours trying to get your team into the Champions League on Football Manager, but the written word has its own unique and unshakeable grasp on our imaginations. That said, the success of The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, has taken even its biggest fans by surprise, “We are extremely delighted with the success of The Word, says Councillor lain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council. “We always knew it would be a valuable asset to South Tyneside.

“The very premise of The Word is to celebrate the written word in all its forms.”

The very premise of The Word is to celebrate the written word in all its forms while inspiring, educating and encouraging creativity to help develop a legacy of literary skills, especially among our young people. With such an extensive rolling programme of events and top class facilities for visitors to enjoy, we are confident The Word will do just that and many visitors will return time and time again.

And they have: more than 97,000 people came to see The Word’s blockbuster opening exhibition, Sir Ridley Scott: Past, Present and Future Visionary, and in the first six months more than 220,000 have visited the building in total. The next exhibition, Shiver Me Timbers, looks set to continue that success. Who could possibly resist a free exhibition about how pirates have been represented on page, stage and screen?

Naturally, Captain Pugwash will be involved, as well as the likes of Robinson Crusoe, Peter Pan, both Pirates of Penzance and of the Caribbean-look out for the galleon, where life on board a pirate ship is brought alive. And don’t miss the specially designed exhibition pod where an immersive storm of sound, light and film transform it into rough seas and big swells. Other events are coming too. The Write Festival, as its name suggests, is a celebration of writing across five days from 2I-25 June 2017, and will feature writers like acclaimed comedian Jason Cook, stand-up poet Kate Fox, crime writers Mark Billingham and Chris Brookmyre and playwright and screenwriter Michael Chaplin, along with many more.

Beyond all that, there are the permanent displays which make up The Word. Interactivity is at the heart of everything. StoryWorld is an immersive storytelling experience which incorporates sound and visual projections; you can jump on a 3D printer or vinyl or laser cutter in the FabLab; and there are absolutely loads of digital facilities from state-of-the-art IT suites to a media studio. Dig deep into our collective past with Lost Dialects, which celebrates and preserves the North East’s unique way of expressing itself with words once familiar in shipyards, mines, pubs and parlours across the region, or dive into Michael Chaplin’s Tyne Voyages exhibition which tells amazing true stories of the people who’ve navigated the Tyne over the last 2,000 years.

On top of that, library membership in the area has gone up by more than 1,000 percent. The Word isn’t just changing the options open to parents looking for something fresh and rewarding to do with their children, or for culture vultures who want a new hangout – it’s changing the very culture of South Shields itself.

Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera and Shetland series, is a big fan. “The Word is a shining example of successful investment in our vital library services, but more than that, it’s a lifeline for new, young, and old readers alike, she says.

Libraries are a haven and a refuge for all, a place to explore stories, words and experiences. How wonderful that The Word has proved to be all this and more for the community in South Shields.

Ann, David Baldacci and David Baddiel have already spoken at The Word, as part of their high-profile author’s talks. Many more authors, including Val McDermott, will speak in the coming months.

The success of The Word, which is also home to the area’s visitor information centre, has been recognised with awards as well as footfall. The building itself has attracted widespread critical praise: it’s already won Best Public Service Building at the Local Authority Building Control Awards, four awards from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a Living North Award for Best Regeneration or Restoration Project.

“To be winning six awards in as many months is a tremendous achievement for The Word, Councillor Malcolm says, “This is a reflection of how hard the Council and its partners have worked to make this iconic building a world class attraction for the people of South Tyneside and beyond.

“This light airy, and frankly quite gorgeous £16m building is the centrepiece of the £100m regeneration of South Shields.”

Iconic is the word. This light airy, and frankly quite gorgeous £16m building is the centrepiece of the £100m regeneration of South Shields and it looks to be worth every penny. If you can stop yourself gawping at the building itself, then there are brilliant views of the Tyne from The Lens viewing platforms and the top floor too.

The Word has been embraced as a beacon for the region, not only as a major new cultural venue but an important resource for the community, says Councillor Malcolm. “It is also a key element of our masterplan to transform South Shields town centre and make it a place people Want to visit and businesses want to invest.

“While we are delighted by the success of The Word So far, we are determined to build momentum to help establish South Shields as a visitor and tourist destination further.

You can find The Word, National Centre for the Written Word at Market Place, South Shields, NE33 1JF – approximately 15 minutes walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation.

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Free South Tyneside Visitor Guide

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Come & Visit Hexham In Northumberland

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Come And Visit Hexham In Northumberland NE46

If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation you may like to spend a day in Hexham, Northumberland.

We have the latest 2017 Hexham tourist information leaflet for you to read and/or download…

Highlights of Hexham include the Art Deco Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1XF; Hadrian’s Wall; Hexham Abbey, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB and Queens Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB.

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Chillingham Wild Beasts

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If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation then you may be interested in visiting Chillingham Wild Beasts.

Chillingham Wild Beasts is located at Chillingham Wild Cattle Park, near Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 5NJ.

Chillingham Wild Beasts NE66 5NJ

Chillingham Wild Beasts are the world’s only herd of wild cattle and have lived at Chillingham in Northumberland for over 800 years. There are only around 100 of them left, making them rarer than the Giant Panda.

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The 2017 opening hours for Chillingham Wild Beasts aka Chillingham Wild Cattle are as follows…

Monday to Friday – tours at 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
Saturday – Wild Cattle and Castle are closed to visitors.
Sundays – Tours at 10am, 11am and 12 noon. Closed pm.

Visitors are welcome from Monday 3rd April until Sunday 29th October 2017.

Booking of tours is not necessary.

It is usually possible to visit the Wild Cattle by prior arrangement during the winter.

Combined Chillingham Wild Cattle and Chillingham Castle ticket prices are as follows…

Adults £16
Concessions £13
Children 4-16 years £6
Family ticket for two Adults and two or three children £35

The above tickets include a tour of Chillingham Wild Cattle with the warden and entry to Chillingham Castle.

Chillingham Wild Cattle ticket prices on their own are as follows…

Adults £8,br />
Concessions £6
Children 4-16 years £3
Family ticket for two Adults and two or three children £16

The above tickets include a tour of Chillingham Wild Cattle with the warden.

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