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Visit Sandhaven Beach

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Public toilets

Council operated toilets are open, with measures in place to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. More about public toilets.


Visit the RNLI website for information about lifeguards on Sandhaven Beach, and advice on staying safe at the seaside.

Holidays or day trips to South Shields offer a mix of a seaside and coastline experience for adults and families of all ages. Sandhaven Beach is the resort's main beach and offers long stretches of golden sand and impressive sand dunes, perfect to enjoy a picnic, relax and watch the world go by. The beach is much loved and it's easy to see why given its location, views and sandy beach.

Sandhaven Beach offers the traditional seaside experience of making sandcastles, dipping toes in the sea, writing names in the sand, exploring rockpools or simply playing family and childhood seaside games all day including digging a big hole!

It is a recipient of Keep Britain Tidy's Seaside Award, in recognition of it being one of the best beaches in the country.

There's lots going on

The beach and surrounding area is often home to many events, such as sandcastle competitions, kids entertainment and lots more.

It's also a great spot to enjoy a game of volleyball (volleyball nets are in place during the summer), frisbee, football and other beach games. You can also have a go at some watersports, South Shields Surf School offers lessons in paddle boarding or surfing as well as equipment hire if you don't want a lesson. 

Behind the beach is a lovely promenade that stretches the length of the seafront and on to the scenic clifftop paths.

And behind the beach is Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, The Dunes and South Marine Park with its miniature steam railway, as well as a number of seaside restaurants, cafes or pubs.

How to get here

  • Sandhaven Beach
  • Sea Road
    NE33 2LD