The Industrial Port
Blyth’s brightly coloured beach huts, bustling port and abundance of heritage give it an irresistible charm (not to mention its mouth-watering fish and chips...). The historical port is still a working port today, and you can watch sailing boats drifting in and out from the town’s quayside.
On the quayside you’ll find The Commissioner’s Quay Inn, which takes full advantage of its waterside location and offers unrivalled views of the port and beyond. Admire the low sun shimmering across the North Sea from the waterfront terrace, or head inside for the inn’s cosy alcoves, rudders used as wall hangings and overall industrial heritage-inspired decor. A focal point of the quayside is ‘Spirit of the Staithes’, a sculpture designed by artist Simon Packard and unveiled by Princess Anne in 2003. Whilst at first glance it appears to be abstract artwork, comprised of tangled steel arms and gold panels, when viewed from a specific angle you will see the shape of a train pulling a coal truck in commemoration of the area's coal mining heritage. Blyth Harbour is a perfect place to set your fishing rod down and watch the boats come in. Don't worry if you don't catch anything, there are many food establishments serving up the fresh catch of the day.
Sitting on the promenade close to South Beach, Blyth Bandstand built in around 1929 is an iconic coastal landmark that regularly plays host to live music and events.
Head to Coastline Restaurant and takeaway some of the most delicious fish and chips in the county, or grab a gelato-to-go and savour it on the golden sands of South Beach. Rent one of the 20 huts that sit along the beach and use it to store your seaside essentials and stop the seagulls from stealing your scran.
For the history buff amongst you, Blyth also has its own lighthouse, The High Light Lighthouse. Built in 1888 and deactivated in 1985, it is now preserved for the nation. Blyth Battery, a coastal defence artillery battery, built in 1916 to protect the Port of Blyth is now open as a Military and Local Heritage museum.
Not a fan of sand, then head towards the quayside and en-route pay a visit to Ridley Park. Full of attractions and a range of activities, including tennis courts and a bowling green, as well as play areas suitable for children of all ages. Cool off at the park's popular water play area during the summer months. The water park is open from the Spring Bank holiday weekend until the end of September. Ridley Park features woodland areas, perfect for families and walkers to enjoy. There is a cafe on site selling delicious home cooked local delights as well as refreshments and ice creams to keep the kids cool.
Don't miss the Christmas Party Nights at The Commissioners Quay Inn to help get you into the Christmas spirit this winter.