Plan The Perfect Weekend in Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth
Independent shops, great eateries and breathtaking beaches can be found along this long stretch of the North East coast
If your day starts in Whitley Bay head to Föda, or visit popular Kith and Kin for their scrumptious French toast. Pablo Eggs-Go-Bao is good for breakfast on the go and try Fisherman’s Bay for award-winning fish and chips or Fox and Finch for delicious tapas and small plates – don’t miss an ice cream from Di Meos after. In the evening book a table at Hinnies or visit 1910 Steak and Seafood at Spanish City. If you’re in Cullercoats, fuel up at The Boatyard Café or grab a coffee from Cullercoats Coffee, whereas in Tynemouth visit Crusoe’s on the beach, or in the village, grab a homemade doughnut from Deep North. Longsands Fish Kitchen is where to get delicious fish and chips or go to Gulshan for Indian cuisine. Down on King Edward’s Bay, the fabulous Riley’s Fish Shack serves delicious fresh fish and seafood on the sand overlooking the waves.
In Whitley Bay Stay Coastal is a boutique retreat with seven self-contained suites. There are ground-floor dog-friendly rooms as well as larger rooms well-suited to families. In Cullercoats, book a stay at Cowrie Cottage, a contemporary self-catering terraced cottage sleeping two. If you’re wanting luxury overlooking Longsands Beach, look no further than Grand Hotel Tynemouth. There are a number of rooms and suites to choose from here, many with sea views, jacuzzi baths and intimate seating space. Also in Tynemouth, The Basement Retreat (once the butler’s quarters of a Grade II-listed Georgian home) is a modern self-catering retreat perfect for couples.
Browse the collection of design-led gifts, homeware and accessories at Bellwoods in Whitley Bay before heading to NorthburN for luxury fragrances made in Northumberland. Foodies will want to make their way to PureKnead bakery, Nicholsons Butchers and Kork wine and deli. In Tynemouth, Flamingo & Finch does great menswear, and next door at Ruby and Frank you’ll find everyday women’s clothes and accessories. At The Leather Mob you’ll find beautiful Italian leather bags and accessories, pick up supplies for supper at The Deli Around the Corner or head to Riley’s Fish Shop for the catch of the day.
No trip to Whitley Bay is complete without a visit to St. Mary’s Lighthouse. Check out independent Jam Jar Cinema or hire a kayak or paddleboard and hit the waves with CBK Adventures. In Tynemouth, make sure to marvel at the Priory ruins, and if you’re visiting at the weekend, Tynemouth Market is a must to look around the independent stalls. Take up a new skill with Longsands Surf School (they offer lessons for adults and kids, plus you can hire all the kit), before warming up at Steam and Salt’s beachside sauna experience on King Edward’s Bay.
Around the corner...
Just up the coast at Seaton Delaval, one of architect Vanbrugh’s smallest country houses, Seaton Delaval Hall was home to the larger than life Delaval family. Known as the ‘Gay Delavals’ thanks to their high spirited and extravagant lifestyle, they were notorious Georgian partygoers and pranksters. Although almost devastated by fire 200 years ago, you can still visit both inside the house and in the grounds meaning this fascinating National Trust property is well worth a visit.