Things To Do
Whatever you are into there is something for you in Cullercoats. For those who like to adventure a little further you don’t have to go far to find some of the North Easts most spectacular places to visit.
If you are an early riser catch the amazing Sunrise along the sea front. Walk into Whitley Bay and along to St Mary’s Lighthouse or Tynemouth and through to the Fish Quay.
The National Cycle Network route one passes through Cullercoats which has also seen the Tour of Britain race through its streets. If you want something a little off the beaten track the Wagon Way network will take you out into the countryside and beyond.
Cullercoats bay has an active open water swimming scene. Its harbour offers protection from the elements and offers a great place to swim.
The sheltered bay at Cullercoats makes it ideal for a number of water sports. Open water swimming, kayaking and paddleboarders are regular users of the bay.
There are many who have been inspired by the North Sea air and the sun rising out of the sea. In its past the artist colony saw the likes of Winslow Homer, Robert Jobling, John Falconer Slater and William Henry Charlton painted the scenery. Now there is Joanne Wishart, Cullercoats Studios and the Underpass gallery to continue that tradition.
Heritage and History
Cullercoats has an amazing history and much of it can be seen as you walk the streets. Blue plaques can be found for The Huddlestone Arms Hotel and Winslow Homer, The Fishermans Lookout and John Falconar Slater. There is also smaller blue plaques for those who lived in Cullercoats and fought in the First World War. Beyond these we have the Lifeboat house, Cliff House, smugglers caves, St George’s Church and much more.
Popular things to do
North Shields has a number of places to visit if you are wanting to stay local. Northumberland Park offers short walks through trees and ponds with a large park for the children. The Fish Quay offers fresh fish and fish and chips right on the banks of the Tyne. The Shields Ferry will also take you across the river so you can Explore South Shields and beyond.
Tynemouth has been voted one of the best places to live in the UK a number of times. Visit the Priory and Castle, try out surfing on Longsands or pick up a bargain at the Tynemouth Market situated in the Metro Station.
Whitley Bay sits just north of Cullercoats. The Spanish City has been recently restored and the walk along the promenade to St Mary's lighthouse is worth the effort. You will want to check the tide times to make it across to the island and back before the tide comes in. The award winning Jam Jar Cinema is a great choice for a rainy day or try your luck out at the Pirate Escape.
You will never be short of beaches in the North East and each has its own character. South of Cullercoats bay you have Longsands and King Eddies bay. North you have Whitley Bay, Seaton Sluice and Blyth Beach. If you want to find somewhere a little more secluded and rugged you can visits Druridge Bay (40mins by Car), Embleton Bay (1hour by car), Bednall Bay (1hour 10mins by car) and Holy Island (1hour 20mins by car). Each offers there own unique experience and allows you to take in some of the surrounding attractions including the country park at Druridge, Craster and Dunstanbugh Castle at Embleton, Seahouses and the Farne Islands near Bednall and Lindisfarne Castle, Priory and much more on Holy Island.
The toon has a lot to offer if you fancy a day in the city. 30minutes on the Metro, a short car or bus journey or if you are feeling energetic a couple of hours along the Hadrians cycleway and you will be in the city. The Quayside, Jesmond Dene Park, The Discovery museum, The Great North museum, Ouseburn Farm, Seven Stories, The life Centre and the Castle are all worth a visit.
If you are into history then you can explore Hardians Wall, the Romans great Northern fortification that runs from Wallsend to Bowness. There are the many castles including Tynemouth, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, Newcastle, Alnwick, Warkworth and many more.
The Great Outdoors
For those looking for the great outdoors then Cragside, Gibside and Wallington all offer National Trust property with great walks. Kielder is a little further afield but is great for a day out and if you are into mountain biking then you will find some trails for all abilities near by.
If you are looking for places to explore or a unique shopping experience then you also won't be disappointed. Durham, Hexham, Amble, Morpeth and Alnwick are all well worth a visit and offer different options for a day exploring. Hidden gems like Barter Books in Alnwick or Artique in Amble will keep you busy for a couple of hours.