We live in a pretty wonderful place here in South Tyneside, and with Valentine’s Day increasing our expressions of love we decided to look at some of the things that are special about our towns and villages.
We’ve kept it to 14 in honour of the date, but we’re sure you can think of plenty more.
The highest point in the borough and just beautiful, with sweeping views over the town and out to sea, and home to the landmark old mill and water tower - not to mention the semi-resident Exmoor ponies.
The remains and reconstructions at Arbeia, and St Paul’s, the monastery ruins and Jarrow Hall remind us we were home to the supply fort for the Roman Wall and the scholarly genius of St Bede. And they make great places to visit too. But we have many more centuries of rich history, from the crowning of King Oswald in South Shields to our maritime, mining and industrial heritage.
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You don’t have to go far to escape urban life and get a dose of nature, from the more well-known nature reserves such as Tilesheds, to hidden oases like the lake tucked behind Mill Lane in Hebburn.
Minchella and Co and its classic offerings are arguably the most famous, but with Toney Minchella, Scoop and Bean, Cream Curls and others, we are well served when it comes to the fluffy cold stuff - and whether its 25 degrees or sub-zero, we love a trip out for an ice cream.
Miles of clifftop grassland with views out to sea, dotted with bays and rugged rock features - with the impressive stripey Souter Lighthouse, packed with history, as the icing on the cake.
The buzz of Great North Run day, the Bents Park concerts, the popular food festivals, gladiators at Arbeia, Jarrow Festival… there’s a lot going on in South Tyneside to enjoy.
Stretches of golden sands, impressive rock formations and the rolling sea. Even on a winter’s day, our coastline is a much-loved gem.
Not quite a curry mile, but Ocean Road has become a destination for lovers of Indian cuisine - and there are plenty more good places for spicy asian fare dotted about the borough.
The impressive Grade II-listed building is home to the little panto with the big heart, and attracts many other productions each year - including plays celebrating our history and culture. Set among the cobbles of historic Mill Dam by the River Tyne, it’s a wonderful place to visit even before you get inside.
Every seaside town needs quality fish and chips, and we are lucky to have some of the best - including the famous Colmans, which has served the traditional british favourite to visiting celebrities and politicians.
It was the lifeblood of early South Tyneside and, while a lot quieter than in previous times, the Tyne still links us up to the rest of the world, with ships from around the globe passing by. Hopping on the Shields Ferry or enjoying a walk along the river at Hebburn Marina, the Keelman’s Way or South Shields riverside are great ways to enjoy life on the Tyne.
Great beer, a friendly welcome and unique surroundings await you if you pop out for a pint in South Tyneside. A cliff cave, a 17th Century riverside inn, repurposed railway carriages and a clutch of impressive listed buildings are some of the special places you can go for a drink in our borough.
It’s easy to take them for granted, but we’re lucky to have some great parks in South Tyneside to step away from the hustle and bustle. And a visit to South Marine park, with The Lakeshore Railroad, boating lake and an ice cream in Toney Minchella are a classic South Tyneside trip out.
Friendly, generous and full of craic, the people of South Tyneside are always ready to help out when others need it, and we have some amazing community projects and activities bringing people together.