Things to Do as a Family in South Shields 

South Shields is a great destination choice for the whole family. You’ll find a wide range of activities guaranteed to entertain both the young and the young at heart. Enjoy all the fun of the fair with a visit to a traditional British fun fair, brimming with colour, dazzling lights and thrilling rides for all. When you are ready to slow things down, take time out to appreciate the beauty of the region with views from Souter Lighthouse, or discover the areas rich history as you uncover the reconstructed Roman Fort and excavations.


Ocean Beach Pleasure Park ·

Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LA

Enjoy all the fun of the fair at the Ocean Beach pleasure Park. A great day out for all the family, you will find something for everyone with 18 family and thrill rides such as the Pirate Ship, the Waltzer, Dodgems and Log Flume and 18 kids rides such as Mini Swings, Teacups and the Carousel. You will also find a variety of food outlets serving traditional British fairground favourites such as fish and chips, hotdogs and candy floss.


Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort ·

Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB

(Closed from 27 September 2021 until 28 March 2022) Take a step back in time and visit Arbeia, South Shields' Roman Fort for a fascinating and inspiring insight into Roman Military life. The UNESCO World Heritage site has the finest full-scale Roman reconstructions in the country showcasing some of the most significant finds from that time. Stories are brought to life at Arbeia through a variety of events and displays including gladiator battles, falconry displays, Roman re-enactments, storytelling and more.


South Shields Museum ·

Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JA

Learn of the rich heritage of South Tyneside with a visit to South Shields Museum. Spread over two floors you will find something for the whole family. Discover the story of the borough's social, industrial and maritime history dating back 4,000 years with displays, exhibitions and works of art, a shop and small café. The ground floor displays a collection of treasures and a creature corner.


Souter Lighthouse ·

Coast Rd, South Shields, SR6 7NH

Souter was the first lighthouse in the world to be designed and built specifically to use alternating electric current, making it the most advanced lighthouse technology of its day. You’ll discover a range of trails, coastal walks and activities at Souter Lighthouse, including easy strolls for all the family across established limestone footpaths with breath-taking views of the stunning North East coastline.