We want you to have a great time across the weekend of the North Tyneside Ukulele Festival so this page is all about the other stuff you need to know to make sure you are fed, watered and able to get around while you are here…
You can get even more information at the Visit North Tyneside site.
Everything here has been checked out by our team…
The North-East Coast used to be a well-known “seaside” destination, especially for the Scottish shipyards. There are some excellent, reasonably priced places to stay (links are in red):
The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth
This is a really nice place to stay. It does a lot of weddings (for obvious reasons) and looks out on to one of the best beaches (Longsands) in the country. It is about 2 miles from the Spanish City (where Friday’s events are) and 1 mile from Cullercoats (where Saturday’s events are).
The Park Hotel, Tynemouth
Reception: 0191 257 1406
Undergoing a big refurbishment at the time of writing (July 2018) but it will all be done by November. It looks really impressive and they are offering us a very good B&B rate. Corporate rate £50pp based on two guests sharing £100 per room per night
Single occupancy charge of £20 would apply
The Park Hotel has also said that anyone coming to the festival in camper vans can use their car park (and facilities within the hotel) for £10 per night.
If you want to have a good look around The Park Hotel click HERE. You will need a password: parkhotel0203
The Park Hotel also has The Salt Cove; a brilliant place for a drink and to get something to eat. Click HERE to find out more.
Premier Inn, Whitley Bay
This is a brand new and highly rated Premier Inn, right next to the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay where we are holding most of the Friday events. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Next door is a very good Beefeater restaurant.
At the present time there are plenty of vacancies (this is a 68-bed hotel). Should you wish to book direct, the current rate is £56 per room. Sleeps 2 adults and one child. Telephone 0191-5002194. For group bookings telephone 0333-0038104 for further reductions. Saver Rates and Flexible Rates are available. Telephone 0333-0038101.
Southcliff Apartments offer self-catering accommodation close to Cullercoats Crescent Club. Telephone 0191-2513121.
We also have a list of recommended accommodation from North Tyneside Council Tourism. Click here to get more information.
Food & Drink
The food and drink outlets in the Spanish City Dome are first rate. There is a large Trenchers restaurant inside the Dome and also a Champagne Bar and a fine-dining restaurant called 1910. Valerie’s Tearoom is also there for teas, coffees and utterly wonderful patisseries. We will have all the opening hours in the Programme and on here as soon as we can. Just across the road from the Spanish City, there are numerous smaller eateries. We’ll have a map here soon.
We are shifting to Cullercoats for the Saturday and there are good, inexpensive food and drink options abound here. Cullercoats Crescent Club is going to be our focal point all day on the Saturday and you can base yourself here all day. If you want to eat out, there are good restaurants right next door: Brown’s Salt House, Brunos, Mama Rosa’s, Beaches and Cream, Bill’s Fish & Chips, La Riviera di Mascio, The Boatyard, Quality Pizza (Takeaway) and Cullercoats Coffee are all less than two minutes walk away. We’ve tried them all!
We will be at the famous Tynemouth Market from about 10:00 and places to eat and drink are really plentiful in Tynemouth Village (just a minute’s walk from the Station). We will have a full list up for you soon.
The Tyne & Wear Metro is the easiest way to get around the North-East coast. Whitley Bay station is a fairly short walk from the Dome (15 minutes) as is Monkseaton Station (15 minutes). On Saturday, from Cullercoats Station to the Crescent Club is much shorter (5 minutes) and Tynemouth Station is itself the venue for Sunday.