We do hope you enjoy your time visiting South Tyneside but please follow local restrictions in place in the North East and from the area you live, as well as continuing to follow advice around hygeine and social distancing.
We would encourage you to plan ahead and double check opening times before you travel, and to also have a read of our useful guide to visiting.
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 local restrictions currently in place. Tier 3 restrictions advise against travel outside of that area so we would ask you to think carefully before travelling from a Tier 3 area to South Tyneside. Please also remember to follow the government's advice around hygiene and social distancing.
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- Now open with a number of health & safety measures in place, including a handy new tap and play payment card that can be used to pay for the rides.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - Free timeslots to this popular attraction in South Shields Town Centre can be pre-booked via their website. The museum is open every day except Sundays.
Jarrow Hall - The farm and Bede Museum is open Thursday to Saturday (10am - 4pm) and daily during half term. Entry will be by advance online booking (on sale from each Friday for the following week). 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 2020.
Haven Point Leisure Complex- The swimming pool, leisure waters, gym and fitness classes are now operating. Booking in advance is essential, call 0191 424 7800. If you are not a member you can only book on the day - you must still call to book and can not come to the centre at the moment without a booking. Toilets and the cafe will only be available to centre users.
The following attractions remain closed at the moment:
Souter Lighthouse - The car parks and tea room are open, but the lighthouse remains closed. There's limited car parking spaces so if it is full please come back again.
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 Customs House - The venue is currently closed at the moment. Stay up to date with the latest news and future event programming on their website.
Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort - Arbeia is currently closed for the winter season, except for pre-booked school parties and groups. They re-open on 1 April 2021.
The South Tyneside Festival will return next year. The annual Camel Parade, Christmas Lights Switch On events and the November Fireworks Display at South Shields Seafront have all been cancelled.
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
The Barbour Factory Outletis open every day, offering great discounts on their popular branded outdoor products.
You can now also visit the market in South Shields every Saturday, along with the flea market on a Friday. A number of safety measures, including a one way system, hand sanitisers and stewards are in place. See South Shields Market for more information. The Monday market is closed until further notice, except on August Bank Holiday Monday when it will take place.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants
We recommend you check opening times and checking if pre-booking is required in advance if there is a specific venue you are intending to visit. Please follow local restrictions in place around social gatherings.
All the Council managed public toilets have re-opened. The toilets are open 10am to 5pm 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.
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
Why not make a trip of it? You deserve the break!
We have a great choice of places to stay. 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