The Marsden Grotto

If you’re staying with us this Halloween weekend then you might want to visit one of the many haunted places in North East England, we’re often asked by guests who stay with us over Halloween for suggestions of places to go so we have made a series of blog posts with all the haunted venues in the North East region that you might like to visit…

Haunted Places In North East England – Marsden Grotto

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Exterior

The Marsden Grotto, known locally as just the Grotto is the closest haunted location to our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields. It can be found less then ten minutes drive from us in Marsden on the Coast Road heading towards Whitburn, NE34 7BS.

The Grotto is a public house and restaurant. It is one of the very few ‘cave bars’ in Europe, it is partly dug into the limestone cliff face. Access is via a lift or a zig zag staircase on the cliff at the side of the building. The Grotto has a long history dating back to 1782 with a reputation for smuggling activities. There are several tales of hauntings at The Grotto, mainly relating to a smuggler named John the Jibber who was reputedly murdered by his fellow criminals after selling information to HM Customs. It is said that he was hung in a barrel in a cave close to the present lift shaft and left to starve. A popular story is that a former landlord of the pub would leave out a special tankard of ale each night after closing and in the morning it would be empty. Local DJ and TV presenter Alan Robson drank from the tankard during one of his live Metro Radio shows, allegedly sparking off a series of supernatural phenomena that eventually forced the then landlord to quit. This included flying ashtrays smashing against the wall and flooding in the cellar after all the beer taps were inexplicably turned on. You can read more about The Marsden Grotto here.

You can see a short British Pathé video filmed inside The Marsden Grotto here…

Several local paranormal investigation teams have held vigils at The Grotto and continue to do so, you can visit their websites here (links open in a new window) if you’d like to take part in a group ghost hunt to the pub…

Haunted Rooms
Ghost North East
Ghost Team
Spirit Seekers

If you’re visiting the pub you can see their bar menu here…

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Bar Menu

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Free Child Entry At Newcastle upon Tyne’s Castle Keep

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Newcastle upon Tyne Castle Keep NE1 1RQ

If you have used the Tyne & Wear Metro to reach our bed and breakfast accommodation then save your ticket as it can be used to save money at several local attractions over half term.

Free child entry with every adult at Newcastle’s Castle Keep

Show a valid Metro ticket on arrival at the Castle’s Black Gate reception and get a free child’s ticket with every full-paying adult. This special offer is valid every day from 10am until 5pm with last entry at 4.15pm from 24th October to 1st November 2015.

The closest Metro station is Central Station, 20 minutes by Metro from our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields. Newcastle upon Tyne‘s Castle Keep can be found at Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ. More information about the venue can be found on their website here.

You can take a look around the Newcastle upon Tyne’s Castle Keep on this video…

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Bents Park Drive In Cinema

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Bents Park South Shields Drive In Cinema 2015

The Drive-In Cinema is back at Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD. If you’re staying with us and have a car then these events are just down the street from our bed and breakfast accommodation. The films being shown this year on a 32′ x 17′ screen are…

24th October 2015 – Get Hard
25th October 2015 – Grease
26th October 2015 – Ghostbusters
27th October 2015 – Frozen
28th October 2015 – How to Train Your Dragon 2
29th October 2015 – Minions Movie
30th October 2015 – The Purge
31st October 2015 – Beetlejuice
5th November 2015 – Fast and Furious 7
6th November 2015 – Back To the Future (Part I)
7th November 2015 – Inside Out
8th November 2015 – Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone
12th November 2015 – Jurassic World
13th November 2015 – Grease
14th November 2015 – Inside Out
15th November 2015 – Minions Movie

Film’s start at 6.30pm with the exception of 24th October 2015’s Get Hard which starts at 7pm. Gates open two hours before screening’s start. Kiosks will be located on site selling cinema snacks including hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and hot and cold drinks. Tickets are per care regardless of the number of occupants, VIP tickets occupy the first two rows and are £24 per vehicle; standard tickets are £20 per vehicle. For more information about the event and to book tickets see their website here.

For a limited time you can get standard tickets for only £10 via Living Social.

If you’re looking for accommodation near Bents Park, Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2ND you can book online here: online booking.

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Great North Run Weekend

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Great North Run

The Great North Run takes places this weekend and we have all the information you need if you are visiting South Shields and Newcastle upon Tyne this Saturday and Sunday including spectator travel, Great North CityGames, the Great North 5k, Mini Great North Run, Junior Great North Runs, road closures and start and finish area maps…

To book tickets and for more information about the Great North Weekend events vist their website here: greatnorthrunculture.org (opens in a new window).

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The Hoppings

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The Hoppings Newcastle upon Tyne Town Moor

The Hoppings is an annual travelling funfair held on the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the last week in June. It is one of Europe’s largest travelling funfairs with over 300 rides and attractions.

The Hoppings starts on Friday 19th June 2015 until Friday 27th June 2015 with the official launch at 1.30pm on Saturday 20th June. On Friday 19th June The Hoppings is open from 1pm until 10.30pm, on Sunday 21st June The Hoppings is open from 1pm. From Monday 22nd until Friday 26th June it opens from 2pm and on Saturday 27th June it opens from 1pm.

If you’re travelling to The Hoppings from our bed and breakfast accommodation the closest Metro station is West Jesmond which you can reach directly along the yellow line from our closest station South Shields. If you are driving to The Hoppings there is on-site car parking for £3 per day.

Each ride at The Hoppings is individually priced but you can use the discount vouchers below to save 30p off any child ride price and 50p off any adult ride price.

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