This Friday 27th November 2015 we have an exclusive Black Friday special offer discount code available.
All online reservations made on our website using special offer discount code blackfriday will receive a 15% discount off the cost of accommodation. This special offer discount code applies to all room types and dates and is valid for online bookings made on our website from 00:01 until 23:59 on Friday 27th November 2015. The special offer discount code blackfriday must be entered online at the time of booking. Applies only to new online bookings made on our website here: book online. Cannot be retrospectively applied to existing bookings.
Barbadian pop music superstar Rihanna is to play a gig at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light on Saturday 18th June 2016 as part of her 2016 Anti World Tour. Rihanna today announced her seven month tour dates including six UK venues – Coventry, Cardiff, London, Glasgow, Sunderland and Manchester. Tickets go on sale from Thursday 3rd December 2015 here. More information about Rihanna’s Anti World tour can be found on her website.
Rihanna has previously played at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light back in June 2013. Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light have also hosted other huge acts including the Foo Fighters, One Direction, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Take That and Pink.
You can see Rihanna performing her 2011 single We Found Love at her previous gig at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light in 2013 in this video…
If you have bought tickets for Rihanna at Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light on Saturday 18th June 2016 and are looking for bed and breakfast accommodation in the area we are located 15 minutes by bus from Sunderland‘s Stadium of Light. At the time of writing we still have rooms available but demand is always high for Stadium of Light events so we advise you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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, 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…
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.
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 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
Films 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.