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Covid-19 update

This is our handy guide to visiting South Tyneside.

South Tyneside is a really special area and we hope you enjoy your visit. Before you travel though please check details of restrictions currently in place. 

For the latest operational information and for more details of Covid-19 safety measures in place please click on the link to each individual venue.

Attractions

  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park - Outdoor rides are currently open Monday to Thursday 4 - 8pm, Friday 5pm - late and weekends 11am - 6pm (all weather permitting). There are a number of health & safety measures in place, including a handy new tap and play payment card that can be either purchased in the park or in advance using their app or website.
     
  • Smuggler's Cove Adventure Mini Golf - This outdoor pirate themed golf course located just next to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is now open (weather dependent).
     
  • Jarrow Hall - The farm and Anglo-Saxon inspired village is currently open Thursdays - Saturdays. 
  • Special offer: Once you have purchased your ticket you can now go back again free of charge, as many times as you would like, until Jarrow Hall closes in December 2021.
     
  • South Marine Park & North Marine Park - The pedalos and miniature steam railway are operating at weekends and school holidays (weather dependent). The play areas and toilets are open. Just across the road is Bents Park, which offers big green open space for a picnic or a place to play a little game of football with the kids, and North Marine Park, which has just undergone major development and offers lovely open space, walks and play area. 
     
  • Haven Point Leisure Complex - The swimming pool is now open again. Booking in advance is essential, call 0191 424 7800. If you are not a member you can book from the day before your planned visit. Toilets will only be available to centre users, and the cafe currently remains closed.
     
  • Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort - Arbeia will re-open their outdoor space over the May Bank Holiday, 1 - 3 May, then will re-open fully (including the museum) from 17 May. Entry remains free but booking is essential via their website. 
     
  • St Paul's Church and Monastic Site - Although the inside of the church isn't open to the public at the moment, you can still explore the exterior English Heritage managed monastic site.
     

The area's beautiful beaches, coastline, parks and wildlife areas offer an abundance of fresh air, lovely views and lots of space. If they are busy though please do come back another time!

The area is a lovely place to enjoy a walk or cycle ride, see Get Active in South Tyneside for more information. The new Family Discovery Trails provide you with some ideas of walks throughout South Tyneside and feature activities along the way. 

Children's play areas throughout South Tyneside are open.

The following attractions are opening soon:

  • Souter Lighthouse - The car parks are open, but the lighthouse remains closed. The cafe offers a take away service. There's limited car parking spaces so if they are full please come back again.
     
  • The Customs House - Stay up to date with the latest news and future event programming on their website.
     
  • South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - The museum plans to re-open on 17 May when Covid lockdown restrictions allow them to do so. Keep checking their website for details.
     
  • The Word, National Centre for the Written Word - The venue is currently operating a limited library service. The Word will not be open for general visits at the moment, nor will the Visitor Information Centre/shop and exhibition space within it. Take a look at The Word's website for details of their online programme of events and activities.
     
  • The Dunes - The Dunes' soft play, bowling alley and arcades plan to re-open on 17 May. Bookings for their soft play and ten pin bowling can now be taken on their new look website.

Shopping

Many non-essential shops are now open throughout South Tyneside. South Tyneside Council is supporting shoppers with a range of measures to make sure people can shop safely - for more information see Shop Safe

South Shields Market operates weekly on a Friday 9.30am - 3pm (Flea Market) and Saturday 9am - 4pm (Traditional Market). For more information please see: South Shields Market

You can pick up a bargain at the Barbour Factory Outlet Shop Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm and on a Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants

As per government guidelines, outdoor eating and drinking is now permitted at Covid-secure premises. Find out more at Going out, out in South Tyneside

Toilets

All the Council managed public toilets have re-opened. The toilets are open everyday (except the Market Place and Queen St toilets in South Shields Town Centre which are closed on a Sunday, and Haven Point & other leisure centre toilets which are just open for centre users). They are all being monitored and cleaned regularly. For more information see Public Toilets.

Car parks

Council car parks are now open too. Please use the cashless PayByPhone method of payment wherever possible to pay for parking. More details can be found at South Tyneside Council Car Parks.

Places to stay

From 12 April, self-contained accommodation can reopen for leisure stays for groups comprising a single household/support bubble. Other accommodation providers will be opening later in May.

We have a great choice of places to stay, so why not make a trip of it? You deserve the break! 

See our accommodation pages for some ideas!

'We're Good to Go' Scheme

Look out for businesses who have signed up to the 'We're Good to Go' Scheme. 

This is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Find out more about this scheme and which businesses in South Tyneside have already received this: We're Good to Go Scheme 

Further information

Our Visitor Information Centre are currently open Wednesdays to Fridays (10am - 5pm) and Saturdays (10am - 4pm). They can provide you with information on places to visit, things to do and where to stay. They also have a lovely selection of South Tyneside gifts. Find out more about South Tyneside Visitor Information Centre.