Shop local, support local

For your Christmas shopping, the area's town centres and villages have a selection of high street names and independent shops to browse.

South Tyneside has some great places to eat, drink and to shop. Please keep local businesses in mind and support our wonderful local traders when you are out and about this festive season.

While you're out this festive season, you will see our Christmas decorations and festive lights shine across South Tyneside!

Dine local

Meeting up with friends or family during the festive period? Choose South Tyneside as your choice of location. From a curry on Ocean Road to afternoon tea in Whitburn, a bistro meal in Cleadon or to a cocktail or pint in a town centre bar or pub, there's lots of places to choose from.

If you fancy a cosy night in, there are lots of great local takeaways and hospitality venues who also offer a delivery service, so you can enjoy delicious food in the comfort of your own home.

Find out more about Eating and drinking in South Tyneside

Shop local

Here in South Tyneside we have a range of shops to suit all shopping needs this Christmas. Personal, face-to-face service can help you find exactly what you're looking for - whether that's a gift for your loved ones or a Christmas treat for yourself.

Visit town centres for a mix of local traders and high street brands in compact areas with good transport links, where you will be able to buy Christmas presents for loved ones, stock up on Christmas cards and wrapping, as well as grab food and drinks for the festive celebrations.

You can also head to South Shields Market where you can pick up a good bargain. Browse a variety of stalls and find some unique gifts and great stocking fillers. Stop by Shop @ The Word after to browse South Tyneside inspired gifts.

If you're looking for an extra special gift this Christmas, be sure to visit Boldon and the villages of Whitburn and Cleadon for boutique shopping, handcrafted gifts, antiques and specialist fashion.

Whether you're picking up some essential items at an independent corner shop to choosing a unique and quirky gift from a local boutique, by shopping local you are supporting local businesses and your community. Find out more about Shopping in South Tyneside

South Shields Market

Enjoy browsing a variety of stalls in a friendly and bustling atmosphere at one of the oldest open-air markets in the North East:

Friday and Flea Market, Fridays 9am to 3pm:

  • Rummage through the curios, books and bric-a-brac at the flea market. Visit the second-hand stalls in the morning or the stalls selling fantastic brand-new items such as handbags, purses and scarves.

Traditional Market, Saturdays 9am to 3pm:

  • The Saturday traditional market sells everything including garden ornaments, vinyls, handmade cards and craft items.

Spread the Word!

Do you have a go-to local trader for all your shopping needs? A favourite spot to enjoy food/drinks? Why not spread the word and support local businesses even further by:

  • Following, sharing and liking posts on social media from your favourite local stores
  • Sharing your favourite independent businesses online with the hashtag #LoveSouthTyneside
  • Telling your family and friends about your favourite local stores
  • Leaving reviews online to encourage others to shop there