8 Best Things To Do In South Shields, England

best things to do in south shields uk
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One would not imagine great white sandy beaches, warm weather, thrilling amusement parks and all-round fun experiences in South Shields but that is exactly what you get when you visit this seaside town in Britain. From adventurous kid activities, concerts, nature treks, water activities, family activities, you name it, South Shields will not disappoint. Its many castles and forts form great backgrounds and sites for memorable concerts for music ranging from rock to classical, welcoming myriads of young and old appreciators of music. The unspoiled beaches have helped many get in touch with their inner child as they squeal in delight on surfboards or simply splash around in the waters. A coastal town full of life. You will never have nothing to do at South Shields. For some inspiration, the following are some of the best things to do in South Shields.

Water fun

1. Haven Point

In my honest opinion, a combination of water, great sun and a gang of people ready to have fun is the recipe for a day filled with laughter, squeals of joy and fun. You can get all these at Haven Point. They have an array of jet sprays, water slides and so many other fun water features for the whole family to enjoy. If you are a competitive lot, head over to their competition pool which is used for teaching and training swimmers.

Haven Point

Address: Pier Parade, South Shields NE33 2JS, UK

Website: Haven Point

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2. Wet N Wild

Getting ready to open for another fun packed day at Wet n Wild today - Open from 10am until 5pm - It's drenched in fun!

Posted by Wet 'N Wild on Sunday, 9 July 2017

The name says it all; a day filled with water fun getting wet and wild. Recreate a tropical waterfall somewhere in the Bahamas at one of their ten indoor waterfalls, or plunge down the Kamikaze drop, or ‘spin right round baby right round’ on The Tornado (sorry not sorry, I just had to). Wet N Wild has an array of rides, slides, whirlpools and pools of fun for all ages.

Wet N Wild

Address: Royal Quays, Rotary Way, North Shields NE29 6DA, UK

Website: Wet N Wild

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Royalty for the day

3. Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Imagine walking through a 2,000 year old castle! That is what you get at Tynemouth Priory and Castle. The castle was built in such a way that it oversaw the River Tyne and the North Sea, dominating the landscape. As you walk the castle corridors, learn about its history, its Anglo-Saxon beginnings, how it was used as an Anglican monastery, how it housed royalty, how it became the most fortified castle in the area and fast forward to the First World War and the Second World War where the castle’s battery guns were used to defend River Tyne - so much historical knowledge to take in.

After the whole wonder of the castle has fizzled down, the kids can prance around at the adventure playground recreating the castle’s defense strategy. Take note that to get to the castle you should prepare yourself for a rather tasking uphill climb, some of which on cobblestones, to get to the castle, so especially if you are with kids, you just might have to carry them up.

Tynemouth Priory and Castle

Address: Pier Rd, Tynemouth NE30 4BZ, UK

Website: Tynemouth Priory and Castle

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See some sights

4. Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum

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Train like the Roman gladiators at the Arbeia Roman Fort which was once a stronghold of Roman Britain used as a military base that fortified the River Tyne entrance. Today, the magnificent stronghold has been restored back to its past glorious splendor, giving the many visitors to the sight an inkling of what life was like then.

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum

Address: Baring St, South Shields NE33 2BB, UK

Website: Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum

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5. John Simpson Kirkpatrick Memorial Statue

He was an Australian hero known to many as The Man with the Donkey. His repute formed when he took it upon himself to rescue hundreds of Kiwi and Aussie soldiers who were wounded at the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 with the help of his donkey. His young and gallant life was snuffed away from him by a sniper bullet cutting short his brave and selfless life at the mere age of 22. A statue was erected in his honor in South Shields, where one can go and learn more about him and his feat of bravery.

John Simpson Kirkpatrick Memorial Statue

Address: South Shields NE33 1JE, UK

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Fun outside

6. South Shields Golf Club

Tee off at one of the oldest golfing courses in the UK, South Shields Gold Club. Established in 1893, its magnificent surroundings make for a great round of golfing whether you are just a beginner or a professional golfer. Great weather, beautiful sceneries and open throughout the year, this is a great destination for those who enjoy golfing. The club has various activities for those not so much into golfing and their cuisine is exquisite.

South Shields Golf Club

Address: Cleadon Hills Pathway, South Shields NE34 8EG, UK

Website: South Shields Golf Club

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7. North Lizard Riding School

Whether you know how to ride a horse or not, make a point of going to North Lizard Riding School for a riding experience not to be forgotten. An activity that the whole family can enjoy, the instructors make sure you and your family are partnered up with a horse or pony that you are able to handle whether you are a first time rider or a professional rider.

If you are around South Shield for a longtime and you are looking for a way that you or your kids can meet and interact with others, you can always book lessons with North Lizard Riding School. Better yet, plan a birthday party at their grounds, an experience your kids will not forget.

North Lizard Riding School

Address: Lizard Ln, Marsden, South Shields NE34 7AE, UK

Website: North Lizard Riding School

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8. South Shields Surf School

Posted by South Shields Surf School on Monday, 19 June 2017

Surf’s up! Hang ten at the South Shields Surf School and learn to surf or improve on your surfing prowess. The school offers lessons for both adults and kids who have varying abilities in the water. Making the lessons fun and interactive, the South Shields Surf School instructors have world class experience and are all qualified beach lifeguards.

They will have you up on the surf board within minutes and have your surfing technique improved making you a master on the board. If you do not need any training, you can always go to them and hire wetsuits and boards for a fun filled surfing day at the Sandhaven Beach in South Shields.

South Shields Surf School

Address: Sandhaven Beach, Promenade, South Shields, NE33 2JH, UK

Website: South Shields Surf School

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South Shields for some fun

Tynemouth Priory, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear
Source: Photo by user Glen Bowman used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Now one would associate this town in the UK with fun activities such as surfing and golfing but as it turns out, South Shield is full of surprises and has become quite the destination for many.

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