Friday, 26 August 2016

The best Seaside Adventures in the North East

Please tell me that I'm not the only one who has failed with my Summer Bucket List, looking back through mine I've ticked off the grand total of two things! With the August Bank Holiday looming there's one thing I'm determined to do before the Summer is over and that's to feel the sand between my toes.

Us Brits love escaping to the beach and come rain or shine I'm sure loads of us will be spending as much time as we can on the coast this Bank Holiday. We're very lucky in the North East to have miles of coastline boasting some of the best beaches in the UK but when there's so much choice how do you decide where to go and what to do?

Here's my little guide to the best seaside adventures in the North East.

Climb St Mary's Lighthouse

Any opportunity to climb somewhere for great views and I'm there like a shot. St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay costs £3.15 per adult to climb which is a complete bargain. The 137 steps to the top give you a great mini seaside workout and your reward is the most gorgeous view of the North East coast.

Eat Fish and Chips at Longsands Fish Kitchen

I'd heard a lot about Longsands Fish Kitchen in Tynemouth before we finally adventured there and let me tell you the rumours are true, their fish and chips are out of this world! We ordered from the takeaway one Summer's evening and were completely blown away by the experience, so much more than your average tea from the chippie - we're talking huge portions and homemade mushy peas.

Picnic on an award winning bench at Bamburgh

If anyone has yet mastered the skill of eating sandwiches on the beach without getting sand in your mouth, please do share. I like to keep my picnic away from the danger zone and the award winning bench at Bamburgh is a lovely little spot with pretty views of Bamburgh Castle and the beach below.

Walk the Coastal Path from Whitley Bay to Seaton Sluice

A walk by the sea is one of my favourite things to do at the coast. The coastal path walk from Whitley Bay to Seaton Sluice offers perfect views of St Mary's Lighthouse, plenty of bird watching opportunities and a great reward for all that walking, a pub overlooking the sea.

Enjoy ice-cream at Beaches and Cream

One of our favourite seaside adventures is the walk from Tynemouth to Whitley Bay with an essential stop at Beaches and Cream in Cullercoats along the way. Beaches and Cream is one of our favourite places in the North East for ice-cream as they do massive sundaes made with Beckleberrys ice-cream. It can be quite a challenge to get a table indoors but on a sunny day it's quite nice to sit outside and people watch.

Play Crazy Golf at Seahouses

We're big kids and love a bit of crazy golf at the seaside. Beaches Crazy Golf course at Seahouses is one of our favourites, it's nothing overly fancy but that's exactly why we love it. At only £3.50 for adults the 18 hole course is themed around local landmarks in Northumberland and offers great views of the coast as you play.

Walk the Coastal Path from South Shields to Sunderland

The South Shields to Sunderland coastal walk is a little longer than our average seaside plod at over 8 miles but is completely worth the effort with some beautiful views along the coast and the chance to stop and rest at the gorgeous Souter Lighthouse.

Eat Cake at Roker

Roker is one of my favourite foodie places at the seaside with Let There Be Crumbs being one of the best places in the region to visit if you're a lover of cake. The service isn't always brilliant but the huge menu of cakes, desserts and puddings more than makes up for it which is what keeps us returning. A huge slab of cake after a walk in the sea air is just what the Doctor ordered!

Enjoy the famous kippers at Craster

Craster is the most beautiful fishing village on the Northumbrian coast and home to the famous Craster Kippers. You can buy fresh fish to take home from the smokehouse but my favourite way to enjoy the kippers is by finding myself a sea view table at The Jolly Fisherman and ordering the Jolly Fish Board. Heaven!

What are your favourite seaside adventures?

If you've missed my previous guides to the North East then make sure you check out The Best Cocktail Bars in Newcastle, my Guide to Adventuring in the North East without a carThe Most Romantic Dates in the North East and Best Afternoon Teas in Newcastle.


  1. I used to live next to Roker Beach and it's so funny to see it mentioned in a foodie sense. I haven't been back in years, maybe I should go and check out my old haunt :)

    Katie xoxo

  2. Great round up. I'm going to share it on my FB page today. I need to try a lot of these.

  3. I had the absolute pleasure of doing the walk at Whitley Bay earlier this year and it was just what I needed after a day of drinking in Newcastle the day before!

    My favourite spot is a little further South at Whitby - I love nothing more than heading up through the Moors, stopping for Fish & Chips at Quayside, having a walk up to the Abbey and then grabbing a Sorbet on the way back to the car.

    Emma |

  4. and of course head to the Tall ships at Blyth :D Although that is just this weekend so best not include it in your guide x

  5. What a lovely picture of the coastal walk. I'm heading back up to the North East for work in a few weeks so I'll try and get to the coast.

  6. Oh I really need to visit the North East, especially as I live so much closer now, being in Cumbria! Like you, I've not ticked off much of my summer bucket list either, I feel like the muddles weather hasn't helped either, but I am hoping to get to the beach before the sunshine disappears completely - fingers crossed! Lovely photos and great advice on where to go here. I've bookmarked your post so that when I get the chance to travel across to the other side of the UK I can visit these places! - Tasha

  7. Great list, cake at Roker sounds good and I've still never been to beaches and cream! We've been to the beach a lot more this year, we kept taking our dinner down there x

  8. Northern beaches are yet to be explored much by me, I've always stuck to the south coast! They look lovely though, and a nice variety of stuff to see and do (and importantly, eat!!) Alice xxx