Weekend of summer activities being held to celebrate the King Charles III England Coast Path

Join Natural England and partners to celebrate the new King Charles III England Coast Path in South Shields this month.

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A weekend of summer activities is being held on the South Shields shoreline later this month to celebrate the King Charles III England Coast Path.

The events, being hosted by South Shields Surf School - a community interest company based in South Shields focused on sharing the benefits of being in and around our ocean - as well as Natural England, will take place at Sandhaven Beach, South Shields, on September, 16 and 17 from 10am to 6pm.   

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Suitable for people of all ages and abilities, the weekend’s events will include a variety of free activities such as:

  •  Seaside story telling and lively local music
  • The opportunity to discover the unique Beach of Dreams flags. The Beach of Dreams began in 2021 as a 500-mile walk over 35 days along the East Coast of England, where local communities travelled with 500 silk pennants, each conveying people's hopes for the future. The 500 silk pennants will be displayed to the public during the weekend celebrations.
  • A coastal parade, run by North East community interest group Creative Seed, and funded by Natural England which will walk from the iconic Souter Lighthouse to the Bamburgh pub in South Shields, with dancers, drummers and a range of carnival costumes.
  • A surf competition - with various categories to enter. HOME | Autumnbeachfestival (shieldssurf.wixsite.com)

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The 7.5-mile stretch of the King Charles III England Coast Path from South Shields to Sunderland consists of a series of sandy bays and is packed with a rich variety of coastal wonders.   

The events come just weeks after the last stretch of the King Charles III Coast Path in Northumberland officially opened on 23 August. 

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Neil Constable, Natural England’s Programme Manager for the King Charles III England Coast Path, said:  “We’re delighted to be part of this event to celebrate the wonderful section of the King Charles III England Coast Path in South Shields.  

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to come and find out more about the path and its rich local environment. There is something for everyone. So, whether you’re a seasoned walker or new to the coast path and would like to find out more, we’re very much looking forward to welcoming you.”  

Opening access to the coast is part of the Government’s ambition to connect people with nature and is key to achieving the aspirations of the Government’s 25-Year Environment Plan.   

When completed, the new national trail will stretch all the way around the coast of England and will be about 2,700 miles long. It will take people through some of the finest landscapes in England, linking iconic places and heritage on the coast with less well-known areas and unlocking access to some parts of our coast for the first time.