Family day out guide to South Shields.

South Shields is a coastal town located at the mouth of the River Tyne and is the oldest and largest town in South Tyneside. It is one of the region’s most popular seaside resorts, and brings a lot of excitement to a child when planning a day out here.

On arrival, there are a few car parking spaces. We normally use the carpark near the theatre. However, there is also a carpark next to the little haven beach. information is below on the photograph.

Littlehaven Beach:

Littlehaven Beach · Littlehaven Beach South Shields NE33 1LH.

Littlehaven Beach in South Shields on the mouth of the River Tyne, overlooks out on the North Sea.

The Littlehaven beach has a 500 metre promenade and sea defence stretching the length of the beach between the South Groyne and the South Pier of the River Tyne.

This is such a beautiful coastal view and a peaceful walk. The girls loved walking along to collect shells and rocks on route and popping them in their buckets.

There is a stall outside the entrance of the beach too, incase you forget to bring your beach goodies.

They sold sandcastle moulds, buckets and spade and much more.

The beach is perfect for water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and boating.

This beach is also dog friendly all year round.

There are a lots of local hotels, B&B’s, cafes, pubs and restaurants close to the beach. We decided to have a chippy lunch from El-Coddo. Which is based on the sea front, and within walking distance of the beach.

Credit: El-Coddo Facebook.

El-Coddo is their local chippy with the El-Hoddo twist, Their fish and chips made from local suppliers.

On arrival, there was a que, this is a very popular chip shop. You can pay card or cash with right amount of change when placing your order, they also have an seating areas outside too.

The girls had chips with curry sauce, chips come in a small and large portion. The curry sauce was unbelievable and the tubs are to great size portions.

I ordered fish bites and chips with mushy peas, this came to less than £6 which I would say is around about average price.

The fish was fresh and cooked just right, the portion was greatly balanced out between the fish and chips.

Ocean Beach Pleasure park:

Ocean Beach,
Sea Road, South Shields
Tyne and Wear, NE33 2LA

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is located on the coast in South Shields. There is plenty of fun here from rides to arcades, to sweet stalls and food stops.

You can access the pleasure beach for free, check opening times here.

To access the rides, you must purchase credits. As seen above, there are screens around the grounds that you can purchase your credits from, they are then added onto a fun card.

Tickets and tokens can also be brought to the arcade cashier who will add them to your new or existing Fun Card.

When you pick your ride, they have a screen to scan on entrance of the ride. This allows your payment to be contactless, the screen will flash green when taking the payment.

Kids rides are 1.5-2 credits per person. Large rides are 2-4 credits per person. You can see a full list of each rides credit requirements here.

They also had some game stands which still required money.

On Friday nights from 5pm, weather permitting, all rides are £1 each per person to ride. Our ride credit system automatically switches to only take 1 credit per person per ride, they do not operate £1 Night on Good Friday.

At the rear entrance of the park, along from the arcades and the ice cream kiosk, there are public toilets operated by South Tyneside Council open daily.

You can bring your own food onto the grounds for a food stop or you can purchase food and drink from the many kiosks and outlets. There is no alcohol allowed within the park grounds.

Olivias at Ocean Beach:

Olivias is located in the theme park grounds of ocean beach. They serve ice-cream, shakes, waffles, crepes, donuts, coffee and much more.

We ordered some donuts to take home and also had a slush around whilst walking around the grounds. Which are great for those warmer days. Their ice-creams also look incredibly delicious.

You can pay via card too.

Marine Park:

Sea Road South Shields Tyne and Wear NE33 2JS

Marine park is located on the seafront in South Shields, facing the theme park.

The park includes an art trail, boating lake, on-site cafe, play area, An Miniature steam railway and a huge open space area which is great for picnics.

There is also on-site toilets too.

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