WHITLEY BAY IS A SEASIDE TOWN ON THE NORTH EAST COAST OF ENGLAND
Over 2000 years ago, settlers crossed the sea and named their new settlement Whitley, meaning white lea or pasture land. The name however caused endless confusion with nearby town Whitby, so since 1890, the town was rechristened Whitley Bay.
Since then, Whitley Bay has grown in size of 36,000 and has become increasingly popular with generations of visitors. Popular as a party town, Whitley Bay comes alive at weekends and bank holidays when the young and the old enjoy the nightlife. Even if night clubs aren’t your thing, Whitley Bay has a wide range of intimate restaurants offering good food and good value.
Complementing this vibrant seaside town, Whitley Bay offers an award winning beach that stretches from the north all the way towards St Mary’s Lighthouse. It is a popular place for recreation and is regularly used by walkers. The promenade and The Links have wonderful walks with the beach as a magnificent backdrop.
Local amenities include a skatepark, a children’s playground, a new swimming pool and a refurbished Whitley Bay Playhouse, making it a good all-round family destination. The ice rink is home to the Whitley Warriors Ice Hockey team and the town also has a rugby team and a football club.
Hotel 52 is only 25 minutes from Newcastle city centre by Metro with Newcastle Airport only 30 minutes’ drive by car.
The International cruise terminal at Royal Quays is just 10 minutes’ drive away.
Durham is only 40 minutes away from Hotel 52 with stunning places in Northumberland such as Alnwick being only 50 minutes away.
A Multi-million-pound regeneration is under way in Whitley Bay to help revitalise the coast. The council of North Tyneside has developed a £36m seafront masterplan, which covers a stretch from St Mary’s Lighthouse to Cullercoats Bay and includes a string of projects.
One particular project is the Spanish City Dome. Once a permanent fun fair, it is known for its 180 ft-long renaissances style dome and is a Grade II listed building. There are also towers on either side of the entrance, each of which carries a half life size female bacchanalian figure in lead, one holding cymbals, the other a tambourine.
Renovation started at the seafront September 2016 at the Spanish City Dome which will allow visitors to be able to look up and see the magnificent rotunda in all of its glory. The project will also involve recreating many of the original features that has been lost during time. The done is expected to re-open spring 2018. It will also be offered as a wedding and conference venue featuring places to eat and drink.
On the Central Lower Promenade, work has started to reconstruct the sea defences and give the area a excellent revamp. or the Northern Promenade, the council have plans to revitalise all the way from Watts Slope to Brierdene. Under these plans, a new look ‘Northern Promenade Walk’ will be created.
For St Mary’s Lighthouse, the plans are to repair and repaint the walls and roof of the lighthouse tower. This will mean replacement of damaged glazing, better toilets and a new internal lift to the first floor. In addition, the original lighthouse optic (light) at the base of the tower is to be rebuilt, and extensions are to be developed to provide classrooms, exhibition space and a revamped shop.
Whitley Bay won the Blue Flag award in 2017. This award is considered the gold standard for beaches internationally.
Only a twenty-minute drive from Whitley Bay, you have the cities of Newcastle and Gateshead, which face each other across the River Tyne. These twin cities are linked by a series of iconic bridges crossing the Tyne.
The rejuvenated quayside is home to internationally regarded music arenas and art museums. it is lined with stylish hotels, designer bars, and restaurants. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which opens and closes like the blinking of an eye, a work of art in itself, arches across the Tyne to link the City to Gateshead Quays and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
Newcastle once in the forefront of 19th century industrial innovation, now, the forefront of technical innovation, leisure and culture. So, whatever your age or interests Newcastle has it all – from museums to cathedrals, bars and restaurants to art galleries, shopping centres to theatre and much more! Just wander around the city and the famous bridges and architecture will leave you spellbound.
A veritable shopper’s paradise, it offers a pleasing choice of shopping environments with giant covered malls such as Eldon Square, where you can find everything you need under one roof. The Georgian architecture and wide streets make shopping in the centre a real pleasure.
Not far away, you also have the historic city of Durham, a quick forty-minute drive from Whitley Bay. Durham is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in the UK, majestic Durham Cathedral. Together with adjacent Durham Castle, this UNESCO World Heritage Site forms one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe. There is also fascinating heritage attractions including Beamish, the Living Museum of the North. Enjoy the English countryside with hidden gems in the Durham Dales.