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Covid-19 update

This is our handy guide to what's open, and what will be opening soon, in South Tyneside!

South Tyneside is a really special area and we hope you enjoy your visit, but please be aware of local restrictions currently in place in the North East and remember to follow the government's advice around hygiene and social distancing. Please click on the link to each individual venue for the latest operational information and more details of Covid-19 safety measures in place.


  • Ocean Beach Pleasure Park - Now open with a number of health & safety measures in place, including a handy new tap and play payment card that can be used to pay for the rides.
  • Smuggler's Cove Adventure Mini Golf - This outdoor pirate themed golf course located just next to Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is now open (weather dependent)
  • The Dunes - The centre is now open for visitors, including the soft play area, the bowling alley, the arcades, brig bar and Sambucas.
  • South Marine Park - The pedalos and miniature steam railway is operating weather dependent (check before you travel). The play areas and toilets are now open.
  • South Shields Museum and Art Gallery - re-opened on Thursday 13 August. Free timeslots can be pre-booked via their website.
  • Jarrow Hall - The farm and Bede Museum is now open Thursday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm. Entry will be by advance online booking (on sale from each Friday for the following week). 
    Special offer: Once you have purchased your ticket you can now go back again free of charge, as many times as you would like, until Jarrow Hall closes in December 2020.
  • Haven Point Leisure Complex - The swimming pool, leisure waters, gym and fitness classes are now operating. Booking in advance is essential, call 0191 424 7800. If you are not a member you can only book on the day - you must still call to book and can not come to the centre at the moment without a booking. Toilets and the cafe will only be available to centre users. 
  • St Paul's Church and Monastic Site - The church is open every day 10.30am - 3.30pm (Sundays 2 - 4pm). The exterior English Heritage managed monastic site is open too.

Children's play areas throughout South Tyneside are now open. Whilst the area's beautiful beaches, coastline, parks and wildlife areas offer an abundance of fresh air, lovely views and lots of space. If they are busy though please do come back another time!

The following attractions remain closed at the moment:

  • Souter Lighthouse - The car parks and tea room are open, but the lighthouse remains closed. There's limited car parking spaces so if it is full please come back again.
  • The Word, National Centre for the Written Word - The venue is currently operating a limited library service. The Word will not be open for general visits at the moment, nor will the Visitor Information Centre/shop and exhibition space within it. Take a look at The Word's website for details of their online programme of events and activities.
  • The Customs House - The venue is currently closed at the moment. Stay up to date with the latest news and future event programming on their website.
  • Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort - Arbeia is currently closed for the winter season, except for pre-booked school parties and groups. They re-open on 1 April 2021.
  • Cineworld Boldon - The cinema complex is closed until further notice.

The South Tyneside Festival will return next year. The annual Camel Parade, Christmas Lights Switch On events and the November Fireworks Display at South Shields Seafront have all been cancelled.  


Many non-essential shops are now open throughout South Tyneside. South Tyneside Council is supporting shoppers with a range of measures to make sure people can shop safely - for more information see Shop Safe

The Barbour Factory Outlet is open every day, offering great discounts on their popular branded outdoor products.

You can now also visit the market in South Shields every Saturday, along with the flea market on a Friday. A number of safety measures, including a one way system, hand sanitisers and stewards are in place. See South Shields Market for more information. The Monday market is closed until further notice, except on August Bank Holiday Monday when it will take place. 

Cafes, pubs and restaurants

We recommend you check opening times and checking if pre-booking is required in advance if there is a specific venue you are intending to visit. Please follow local restrictions in place around social gatherings.


All the Council managed public toilets have re-opened. The toilets are open 10am to 5pm everyday (except the Market Place and Queen St toilets in South Shields Town Centre which are closed on a Sunday, and Haven Point & other leisure centre toilets which are just open for centre users). They are all being monitored and cleaned regularly. For more information see Public Toilets.

Car parks

Council car parks are now open too. Please use the cashless PayByPhone method of payment wherever possible to pay for parking. More details can be found at South Tyneside Council Car Parks.

Places to stay

Why not make a trip of it? You deserve the break!

We have a great choice of places to stay. See our accommodation pages for some ideas!

'We're Good to Go' Scheme

Look out for businesses who have signed up to the 'We're Good to Go' Scheme. 

This is the official UK mark 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.

Find out more about this scheme and which businesses in South Tyneside have already received this: We're Good to Go Scheme 

Further information

Our Visitor Information Centre is closed at the moment. For any enquiries please email (monitored regularly Monday to Friday) or send a message to South Tyneside Events on Facebook.