South Shields fair opening times - and everything else you need to know about visiting Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

South Shields’ much-loved funfair is now reopen after months shutdown due to covid restrictions.

The fair is now reopen
The fair is now reopen

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park reopened on April 12 in line with lockdown easing, though its food stalls had already been open for takeaway, and the Smugglers’ Cove adventure golf opened earlier in the roadmap on March 29.

The fair’s present opening times for rides April are 4pm to 8pm Monday to Thursday, 5pm to ‘late’ on Friday, and 11am to 6pm at weekends.

Most main food outlets at the fair are open from 10am.

A hand sanitiser station at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

Arcades and indoor attractions will remain closed until at least May 17, in conjunction with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Covid safety measures at the fair include:

:: A new contactless ‘Tap and Play Fun Card’ to replace the previous ticketing / token system. These can be booked online.

:: A new social-distancing plan for each ride

:: Hand sanitiser facilities available around the Park.

:: More frequent and enhanced deep cleaning measures across the Park.

Bosses say the pleasure beach has a “We’re Good To Go” mark, which they say is official recognition from Visit Britain to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social-distancing.

"The health and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our priority, and the changes we have made will help ensure our guests remain safe during their visit with us. We are also members of BALPPA (The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions),” said a spokesman.

A new appAn app is available by searching 'Ocean Beach' in the App Store & Google Play, or via

This allows users to purchase and register Fun Cards online or in person from kiosks, buy ride credits in advance, check and top up fun card balances, and register cards issued prior to the app launching.

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