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A walk by the seaside

South Shields is a fantastic British seaside town.

With the best fish and chips you could wish for on Ocean Road, amusements at the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park on the seafront and of course, glorious golden stretches of sandy beaches, there's no better place to spend a summer's day.

Take a walk along the promenade

The promenade runs the whole length of the seafront and is completely flat so it's easily accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs - perfect for a leisurely stroll while enjoying the breathtaking views out to sea.

Relax at Sandhaven Beach

Visit Sandhaven Beach is the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by, surrounded by families and couples enjoying all the beach has to offer - including great surf. 

Get an ice cream from Minchella's and visit South Marine Park

Grab a 99 from Minchella's (which has been serving our favourite seaside treat since 1942) and make your way to the idyllic South Marine Park where you can enjoy a leisurely pedalo across the lake or unleash your inner child with a trip on the miniature steam train. 

Grab a bite to eat or a quick drink

Just across the road from South Marine Park, on the corner of the roundabout on Sea Road is the newly-renovated Sea Hotel - a perfect pit stop for a quick drink or a delicious meal.

Visit our state of the art leisure facility

Situated right next to Sea Hotel is Haven Point, a state of the art leisure facility with a pool, gym, dance studios, sauna/steam room, cafe and a roof top viewing gallery.

Keep an eye out for a brand new installation coming in July 2019 - a three-metre high Tommy Sculpture located just next to Haven Point on South Shields Seafront to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the First World War.

See our stunning pieces of public art

Cross Sea Road to join back onto the promenade, and walk North to see The Sail, a cast concrete and aluminium structure based on the traditional fishing cobles that guided large vessels safely into port - peek through the hole in the middle for views out towards the ocean.

Continue walking up Sea Road, as a firm favourite by artist Stephen Broadbent on Littlehaven Promenade is The Eye which overlooks the entrance to the River Tyne. Inspired by the songs and tales of families waiting for their loved ones to return from the sea, The Eye also has a verse from the poem Blow the Wind Southerly on either side, with words from the poem scattered along the length of the promenade. 

Further North lies Little Haven Beach, and as well as the pristine beach there's plenty of public art to be discovered on your stroll. Another local favourite is Conversation Piece by Juan Munoz, affectionately known as 'the weebles'.

The figures are based on an informal social gathering, such as a card game, tea party or musical recital. They are arranged in small scattered groups, but despite being spread out, they seem to be conversing with each other.

Find out more about our public art.

Spot the iconic Herd Groyne Lighthouse

Further north and just next to Little Haven Hotel you will be able to spot the iconic Herd Groyne Lighthouse.

You may recognise this bright red lighthouse as it is often linked with the quintessentially British brand, Barbour. Founded in 1894, the brand's headquarters can still be found in the Borough despite its impressive growth and status as one of the most recognisable and successful fashion brands in the world. 

The Groyne promenade offers a perfect photo opportunity of the Mouth of The Tyne, as well as being a great spot to watch ships and boats make their way along the Tyne.