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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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Sunderland Airshow 2016

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Sunderland Airshow 2016

The free Sunderland Airshow takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday just fifteen minutes drive from us along the Coast Road.

Sunderland Airshow begins at 6pm on Friday at Cliffe Park, Seaburn, featuring music from the The Rat Pack Boys, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire) with live musical accompaniment from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth; Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team – the Red Arrows (9 x Hawk T1); RAF Typhoon (Typhoon FGR4); Twister Duo pyrotechnic display (2 x Silence Twister) and The brand new AeroSPARX display team (2 x Grob 109). Friday night will close at 10pm with a firework display.

Road closures are in place from 2pm on Friday from the Bungalow Café to Marriott Roundabout, as well as in surrounding streets. Several park and ride schemes are in operation but if you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation for your visit to Sunderland Airshow we recommend you take the E1 bus service to Sunderland. The E1 service can be boarded at the Keppel Street bus station in South Shields or at The Sundial pub on Sea Road at the bottom of our street. Timetable information for this route can be found heree: E1, E2 and E6 buses to/from South Shields and Sunderland.

Flying will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm until 5.15pm.

Sunderland Airshow is free to attend with the best viewing points along Roker and Seaburn.

Flying on the Saturday only will be Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team – the Red Arrows – 9 x Hawk T1.

Flying on the Sunday only will be Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 and Mitchell 320 – B-25 Mitchell.

On both Saturday and Sunday spectators can enjoy RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, RAF BBMF – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire, Vortex 525 – Chinook, The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, Royal Navy Swordfish – Fairey Swordfish, Royal Navy Black Cats – 2 x Wildcat HMA Mk 2, Red Bull Matadors – 2 x Xtreme XA41, OV-10 Bronco, Gyrocopter – Calidus Rotorsport, Twister Duo, Amphibious Beach Assault, Vampire Pair – de Havilland Vampires FB52 and T55, The Blades – 4 x Extra 300 , RAF Typhoon 35 – Typhoon FGR4, Strikemaster Mk82A and Hangar 11 Combo – P40 Kittyhawk and P51D Mustang.

HMS Bulwark arrives in the city today from 3.30pm and will be docked at Corporation Quay for the weekend. She won’t be open to the public, but the best place to spot her is from the National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL.

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The Marsden Grotto

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

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Bar Menu

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New E1, E2, E6 Sunderland Bus Timetable

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The popular E1, E2 and E6 bus service linking Sunderland and South Shields has had a timetable change.

E1 Bus Sunderland To South Shields

You can view the new timetable here…

Download and save a copy of the South Shields, Whitburn, Sunderland timetable…
Sunderland Whitburn South Shields E1 E2 E6 Bus Timetable (1.1 MB)

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