Discover life in a historic fishing village. Discover the Mary Joicey all weather lifeboat and the Girl Anne fishing coble. Visit the 65 seat Breakwater Café serving local food, overlooking the picturesque bay and displaying art work. We are open all year; we can provide space for business functions or groups in our Latimer Function Room which also accommodates more professional Art Exhibitions. Car & coach park and bus terminus adjacent to the site. We have the longest promenade in Northumberland, a nearby children's playground and a sandy beach with rock pools. St. Bartholomew's Church is adjacent to us and the UK's oldest operational lifeboat station is close by. Sean Henry's offshore sculpture "Couple" is in the bay, the Newbiggin Art Trail starts at the entrance and birdwatching, golf, fishing, sailing and other water sports are available nearby. We have a programme of regular events including music gigs, drama performances, contemporary dance and a strong community engagement programme through outreach and education.
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|Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea(Group Attraction)|
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Car parking available
Reduced rates for children
Shelter on a wet afternoon
Ann C, Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
We were looking for somewhere to eat at lunchtime when the rain started and found ourselves in the cafe of this maritime centre where we managed to find an empty table. The young man who cleared and cleaned it could have done a better job and perhaps some training is called for but the soup when it came was delicious and obviously home-made - bacon & lentil, since you ask. One of our party opted for a ham sandwich rather than soup and found herself with a substantial plateful of sandwiches and salad which she reported as being very good. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the Maritime Museum itself but have made a note for next time we are in the area to make it a priority.
A snack with history?
Untold treasures seem to exist along the Northeast coast among those treasures is the Newbiggin Maritime Centre. Sitting quietly next to an extensive car park and virtually on the sands an unasuming building with easy access for those in wheelchairs, prams or buggies. The entrance opens up into two sections a snack/restaurant area and the museum with adjoining conference/functions room. Just a visit to the museum is worth the effort but to be able to partake in the deliciously prepared snacks, cakes and dishes inevitably makes the mouth water and the visit takes on a totaly different perspective. The staff are most attentive to the customers needs ready to help and to accommodate. Even man's/woman's best friend is catered for in a separate corner. You can sit and admire the view, just like the two figures created by Sean Henry, yet critised by Jonathan Jones, watching the changing movements of the sea beyond whilst you eat or drink in a peaceful atmosphere. The function room shows exhibits of local artists, but is transformed into a sparkling event room for a variety of functions all provided by the staff of the centre with mouth watering menus to accompany the event. It cannot be praised more highly.
Good family day with lovely lifeboat display
We went as a family of four with two young kids (5&3). We started by having breakfast in the cafe. The food was reasonably price and good quality and the cafe was spotlessly clean. The museum itself is quite small but very interesting. The admission fee was reasonable given the size of the museum. The lifeboat section captured the children's imaginations and they loved seeing an actual lifeboat that has been used. There was plenty for the kids to see and do including a small play area including a play boat where they could pretend to rescue each other (and us!). I particularly liked the gift shop. Although small it had plenty of lovely gifts. More so for adults than children, though.
saundershol, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Our kids loved this! Perfect for a sunny day. Cafe was lovely with an outdoor seating area. Would recommend for a piece of history in a local area.
Maritime history of the area mainly Lots on the local lifeboat Interesting local perspective Stories from the older generations An interesting hour or so Little art gallery at the back