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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.


  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park - The park is now fully open. 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.
  • Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort - You can now explore the museum as well as the outdoor space, Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 4pm & Sunday 1 - 4pm. Entry remains free, booking in advance is advised which you can do via their website. From Monday 19 July booking in advance is not required, their reconstructions also re-open. 
  • Jarrow Hall - From Wednesday 7 July until the end of the school summer holidays Jarrow Hall will be open 10am - 4pm Wednesdays to Sundays. Pre-booking is required. 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 December 2021.
  • South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - The museum, at the heart of South Shields, is now back open and has a new exhibition too, celebrating the inspirational art and animation of Sheila Graber. Free entry. Booking is not required after 19 July. 
  • Souter Lighthouse - The National Trust team can now welcome you back inside the lighthouse. Head over to their website to pre-book a visit. The car park, grounds, cafe and toilets are open every day and do not require booking. 
  • 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.
  • 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). 
  • Haven Point Leisure Complex - 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.
  • The Customs House - This popular venue's cinema and theatre is now welcoming visitors back through its doors.
  • The Dunes - Hours of fun can now be enjoyed at The Dunes' soft play, bowling alley and arcades. Pre-booking is advised.
  • St Paul's Church and Monastic Site - The church can now welcome back visitors as well as carry out services. The exterior English Heritage managed monastic site can be explored at any time. There's no need to book a visit to go into the church, but check opening times in advance. 

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 Word, National Centre for the Written Word will be opening for visitors shortly. They will also be announcing soon an exciting brand new exhibition. The venue is currently operating a limited library service, the cafe and the popular shop/Visitor Information Centre is open. 


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

Indoor and outdoor hospitality venues have now re-opened. Find out more at Going out, out in South Tyneside


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 and other leisure centre toilets which are just open for centre users). They are all being 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. You can park for free in South Shields town centre council-owned car parks and on street parking spaces all day on Saturdays and Sunday - Friday after 12noon, until 31 August 2021. More details can be found at South Tyneside Council Car Parks.

Places to stay

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, based at The Word in the heart of South Shields, is operating Mondays 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.