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Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 2LD

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3 stars Hotel inspected by the Tourist Board (Visit Britain) for level of service and facilities. (Reflected in the number of stars awarded) Hotels that are inspected by the AA for their level of service and facilities are reflected in the number of stars awarded.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (66 spaces)
  • Restaurants
  • Pets Allowed
  • Bars
  • WIFI
  • No Lift
  • 24hr service
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

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near the BEST WESTERN The Sea Hotel, South Shields

International Magic Festival

International magicians gather in South Tyneside this spring for another edition of the International Magic Festival. Attended by a host of much-loved British and foreign stars, spellbound visitors can count on a captivating and confounding display of tricks and conundrums.

Available : Mar 2013 (annual)

Mouth of the Tyne Festival

The streets of Tynemouth and South Shields welcome quirky street performers, acrobatics, live music, dance and comedy for the annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Spontaneity is celebrated in the programme, so expect some last-minute surprises in the line-up.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Great North Dog Walk

South Shields' Great North Dog Walk once again attempts to break its own record of the largest numbers of walkers and their dogs. There are four routes ranging in distance across beautiful coastal paths with breathtaking sea views.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Bede's World

The extraordinary life of the Venerable Bede, a 7th-century monk and chronicler of early Christianity, is celebrated at Bede's World in Jarrow, where he lived and worked.

Available : Daily

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

The Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum examines what life was like on the Roman frontier at Hadrian's Wall, combining finds unearthed at the fort with interactive computer displays.

Available : Daily

Sunderland AFC 2012/13

Sunderland AFC play their home matches at The Stadium of Light. The Premier League runs between August and May and full fixture lists can be found on the club websites. Please note: games may be rearranged due to cup or television commitments.

Available : 18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Sunderland International Air Show

The Sunderland International Air Show showcases military and civilian aircraft, parachute teams and stunt flying. On the ground, there are trade stands, RAF, Royal Navy and Army displays and entertainment along the seafront at Roker and Seaburn.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

One of Britain's liveliest modern art galleries, the Baltic Centre occupies a former flour mill on Gateshead's waterfront. Exhibitions from the likes of Brian Eno and Beryl Cook cause occasional controversy. Visit the Rooftop Restaurant for great views.

Available : Daily

Seven Stories

Opened in 2005, Newcastle's Seven Stories is a centre for children's books which explores the heritage of the genre and offers a wealth of activities that emphasise the dynamic, creative process of reading and writing.

Available : Daily

Bessie Surtees' House

Scandal has always attracted attention. Besse Surtees' House in Newcastle is no exception. This 16th/17th-century home is a fine example of Jacobean domestic architecture - and scene of Bessie's elopement with John Scott, future Lord Chancellor of England, in 1772.

Available : Weekdays only

David Kennedy’s Food Social

Local produce is key at the David Kennedy's Food Social. Situated within The Biscuit Factory and housing an art gallery, the smart - yet informal - 100-seat brasserie serves up modern British tapas including locally sourced fish in dishes such as a mussel, watercress and parsnip salad with scrumpy dressing.

Available : Daily

The Biscuit Factory

Artists' studios and exhibition galleries make up The Biscuit Factory in the east of Newcastle. With 3,000 square metres of display space, everything is for sale - from oil paintings to glass work.

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Quayside Market

Newcastle's Quayside Market takes place on Sunday mornings under the famous Tyne Bridge. Stalls offer work by local artists and jewellers, clothing and speciality foods. The surrounding warehouses and old Guildhall have been restored to their former splendour.

Available : Sun only

Café 21

Michelin-starred chef Terry Laybourne's philosophy centres around locally sourced seasonal produce. The menu at Café 21 in Newcastle's Quayside district reflects this. Dishes like black pudding ravioli, home-salted cod with a Basque-style pepper stew and lemon posset with blackberries are on offer. The dining room's sleek chrome and wood décor hosts well-heeled couples and businessmen.

Available : Daily


Sea is a glamorous spot in Newcastle's Quayside. The impressive entrance leads to an extravagantly decorated space with stained-glass portholes and purple lights. Drinkers gather in the Viper Lounge and Champagne Bar.

Available : Daily


Great value Sardinian cuisine is served at Panis, set in a family-run Italian café in Newcastle's city centre. Specialities include Spigola - sea bass served on black tagliolini pasta, and a hearty Italian sausage casserole. At night the informal restaurant bustles with diners embarking on a night out in the city centre.

Available : Daily; not Sun

Walking Tour - Ghostly and Grisly Quayside Tales

Retrace Newcastle's gruesome history on this special Halloween-themed walking tour: Ghostly and Grisly Quayside Tales. Starting at Newcastle's Guildhall, the walk weaves its way through the city with tales of witches, strange disappearances and horrific murders.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

North Tyneside 10k Road Race

Runners from all over the UK head to Newcastle to take part in the scenic and challenging North Tyneside 10k Road Race. The annual race passes the North Shields Fish Quay and Tynemouth Priory before ending in Whitley Bay.

Available : Apr 2013 (annual)

EAT! NewcastleGateshead

Edible activities take place across NewcastleGateshead at the annual EAT! festival. The extended eatathon promotes local produce with special restaurant deals, city-wide markets and holds culinary celebrations such as a chocolate festival and a chilli and beer festival. 

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Newcastle Science Festival

The Newcastle Science Festival returns to the city with amazing robots, incredible inventions and the occasional fireball. With plenty of activities for kids and adults, this festival promises fun and learning for all the family.

Available : Mar 2013 (annual)

Juice Festival

Celebrating the creativity of children and young people aged 0-18, venues throughout Newcastle participate in Juice Festival. Featuring outstanding work created by the region's children and young people, expect a wide-ranging programme of eclectic exhibitions and inspiring performances.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Evolution Festival

The Evolution Weekender provides Newcastle with a bank holiday weekend packed full of live outdoor music. Major concerts take place at three stages on the Newcastle Gateshead quayside - Spiller's Wharf, Baltic Square and the Big Top on Ballast Hills.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Northern Lights Film Festival (NLFF)

The Northern Lights Film Festival in Newcastle focuses on films from Europe's northern latitude. Venues including the Tyneside Cinema and the BALTIC Centre celebrate the success of well-known film-makers and exciting new talent.

Available : Mar - Apr 2013 (annual)

Bupa Great North Run

The 13-mile Great North Run, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne via Gateshead to South Shields, attracts 52,000 participants every year. Since the first half-marathon in 1981, both serious contenders and people running for fun or charity have come to Newcastle to take part.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Tyneside Irish Festival

The large and vibrant Irish community in Tyne and Wear finds cultural expression in Newcastle's Tyneside Irish Festival. Expect a lively fortnight of ceilidhs, storytelling and music performances in this jamboree of all things Irish.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Opera North Autumn Season

Opera North returns to Newcastle's Theatre Royal after its 175th birthday refit. Joining revivals of Puccini's Madama Butterfly (directed by Tim Albery) and Gilbert & Sullivan's Ruddigore (directed by Jo Davies) is a new production of Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

The Castle Keep

Newcastle's ancient Castle Keep is a three-storey building which houses a museum, charting the life and times of the Normans and explaining the city's history.

Available : Daily

Castle Keep

The last remaining part of the building after which Newcastle was named, 12th-century Castle Keep has superb views across the city centre and bridges over the Tyne. Visitors explore the Great Hall, with its 19th-century vaulted ceiling, and the museum.

Available : Daily

Newcastle's Northern Stage - 2011 Season

The North-East's biggest producing theatre, Northern Stage is proud of its Northern heritage and focuses on both promoting local talent and establishing national and international partnerships. Cornwall's Kneehigh Theatre and the RSC are regular visitors.

Available : Daily

The Quayside Pub

The Quayside Pub is a large and popular riverside pub with an extensive outdoor area where drinkers enjoy the summer sunshine. The interior features impressive original beams. Patrons include locals warming up for a night out in the Quayside district.

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Eldon Square

Eldon Square is Newcastle's main city centre shopping arcade. Its 156 stores, including John Lewis, Fenwick and Marks & Spencer, bustle daily with shoppers from the northeast. Tired bargain-hunters have a rest and a snack at Wagamama and Strada.

Available : Daily

Hancock Museum

The Hancock Museum opened in 1884 and was named in 1891 after the celebrated local naturalists John and Albany Hancock. John was an ornithologist and an extremely skilled taxidermist, Albany is best known for his research into marine animals and coal-measure fossils. The museum is educational, interactive, and (most importantly) fun, designed to inspire young minds to ask questions about the natural world.

Available : Daily

Baja Beach Club

Despite being located across the Tyne Bridge, the Baja Beach Club draws a determined crowd almost every night of the week. Especially popular with students (they get in free on Tuesdays), the emphasis is on good old-fashioned fun. The music policy is simple - non-stop party tunes every night, six nights a week from the Fifties through to today.

Available : Daily; not Sun

Simply Greek

Zorba-dancing and after-dinner plate smashing are a regular occurrence at Simply Greek in Newcastle's city centre. Set in Bigg Market, the restaurant serves the usual mix of moussaka and meze to a packed dining-room of young diners and parties. There are no frills here, but the food is delicious.

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Indie, Britpop and alternative dance music feature at Digital, located at the Centre for Life visitor attraction near Newcastle's Central Station. At weekends it's packed with veteran clubbers, who take a break from the heaving dancefloor in leather-covered booths.

Available : Daily

O2 Academy Newcastle

Newcastle's newest big-name music venue, the Academy hosts concerts by top rock and pop acts. The auditorium, in its former incarnation as the Majestic Ballroom, staged a performance by the Beatles in 1963. Indie club night Bulletproof features weekly.

Available : Daily

The Hyena

Have a laugh in the North East's premier live comedy venue, the Hyena Cafe. Or as they say in Newcastle, "Haway doon and crack your face marra". Check out comedy every weekend throughout the year with a bill of three different comedians each night.

Available : Thu, Fri, and Sat only

Race for Life

Thousands of women of all ages and fitness levels gather in Newcastle's Exhibition Park for Race for Life. The non-competitive event invites participants to run or jog in order to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

The Newcastle Arms

Set close to Chinatown, The Newcastle Arms has a dark wood-panelled interior. The frequently changing array of beers on offer includes Rooster's Oyster Stout and Brew Dog's Physics. Populated with genuine locals, Geordie banter fills the air.

Available : Daily


Set in Newcastle's Blackfriars district, Blackfriars is the oldest purpose-built restaurant in the UK, dating from 1239. The dining-room has rustic benches, open fires and romantic nooks where couples gather for candlelit meals. The menu includes dishes like Northumbrian rabbit saddle stuffed with tarragon, and roast rump of Tritlington Hall lamb with fondant potato.

Available : Daily

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Sea Road
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE33 2LD
Sat nav postcode:NE33 2LD

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