North East Beaches
Only minutes from our cities you’ll be delighted to discover vibrant seaside towns with a sparkle and buzz all of their own. Between St. Mary’s and Souter lighthouses eight miles of good old-fashioned seaside stretches out; with award-winning beaches, coves and cliffs to explore; fish & chips, real ale and ice cream; sandcastles, swimming, surfing, rockpooling and all the fun of the fair. Day or night, you’ll find it at the coast.
In 2010 all of North Tyneside’s Beaches – at Whitley Bay, Tynemouth Longsands, King Edward’s Bay and Cullercoats Bay - were awarded prestigious Blue Flag status alongside Sunderland’s Roker and Seaburn beaches and South Shields’ Sandhaven. Watch big ships and fishing boats sail by or visit traditional pubs and happening clubs right by the sea – there’s even a restaurant in a cave at Marsden Grotto, and a cafe on the beach at Tynemouth Longsands!
For a break from the beach Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium has sea-creatures from all around the world and a colony of real miniature monkeys to please the whole family, whilst the weekend market which takes place within the beautiful Victorian Metro Station offers all sorts of quirky bargains on a Saturday or Sunday morning, whatever the weather. For adrenaline-filled fun at the beach be sure to stop off at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park. Further along the coast, just minutes’ walk from Sunderland’s Roker and Seaburn beaches, The National Glass Centre is another great way to escape the midday sun (or rain, although we hope not!) for free!
St Mary’s Lighthouse and Island at Whitley Bay features a nature reserve and wetland habitat perfect for a spot of rockpooling, not to mention some of the best views of the coastline to reward you for tackling the 137 steps to the top! Souter lighthouse in South Shields, the first lighthouse to be electrically powered, is now open to the public and provides a great family day-out with well-preserved technology, an outdoor play area boat, foghorn demonstrations, enthusiastic guides and a charming picnic spot on the Leas. With winding cliff-top walks, rugged grassland and spectacular views, the Leas - a National Trust site which you may recognise as the Great North Run’s finishing point – is an area of outstanding natural beauty not to mention special scientific interest.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery explores the story of South Tyneside through sensational artwork and displays including the lifetime achievement of successful local author Catherine Cookson, whilst South Marine Park, located on the seafront, has recently been restored to its original 1890 design to include a bandstand, terrace, boating lake and waterfall as well as a new kids' play area complete with water-play features.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to the North East. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in resort, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements