POWERED BY: Dancing For Charity
With Grants from- Awards For All, Newcastle Building Society, Leeds Building Society, R.W. MANN Trust, Hadrian Trust, Community Foundation (Tyne and Wear and Northumberland), Northumberland Community Chest, The Rothley Trust and with thanks to The Magic Trust
Welcome to Beach Access North East.
registered as a charity in England and Wales. No. 1172413

We provide free-loan equipment, to support people with physical disabilities, which allow them to enjoy as much freedom as possible and to be restricted only by their imaginations.

We currently have four  three-wheeled wheelchairs with leg length restrictions, three standard beach wheelchairs, one non-transfer beach wheel frame capable of taking up to 200kg combined weight (user and chair) and two self-propelled all terrain chairs (we also have a floating chair which needs a wet suit to use - talk to us about using this).

We cover Blyth South Beach (where our storage is located currently), Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Longsands in 2018. We now have two three-wheeled chairs available at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, from the Newbiggin Maritime Centre, (pick option 3 on our 0300 number to book), a medium suitable for children and a large suitable for adults under 120kg.  Not all chairs can be made available at all beaches due to transport limitations.  All our wheelchairs can be made available for use at Blyth by prior arrangement. Contact us on 0300 999 4444 if you would like to book or volunteer. Let us know if you'd also like a Mobi-loo. (currently charges will apply as this is an outside organisation)

Thanks to everyone at Dancing for Charity fundraisers, who have given us a cheque for £5500

And Thanks to Northumberland County Council (Blyth Town) who have given us money from the Community Chest which along with a grant from The Rothley Trust has enabled us to gain our much needed storage at Blyth.

Our latest Thanks go to The Baldy Holly Band and friends who organised an all-day Rave-On at the Innisfree club and raised £4,140 for the charity. Special thanks go to those who donated some fabulous auction and raffle prizes. 

Check out our Events page for our other fun fundraisers and training days.

Latest News

We are now operating out of the Newbiggin Maritime Centre, thanks to their generosity, we have a new number on our telephone Options, 3,  to get put through to the centre and book your free loan of a medium or large hippocampe beach wheelchair. These both have headrests, arms, and four point harnesses, while there is the option to have a leg net fitted between the seat and the footwell on either (currently fitted to medium) 

These chairs are suitable for those under 120kg, the medium size is ideal for children and the large size for adults who can transfer to a lower down beach chair.

Some of our trustees along with our Honorary President, Stephen Miller and his wife Rachael as Smile for Sport, are going to attempt to organise a World Record Breaking attempt, to get more than 351 wheelchairs moving in a line. The proposed venue is Whitley Bay promenade, and proposed date will be in late Sept/early Oct 2019. The council, and other relevant bodies, Guinness Book of Records are being contacted now. However we will be having at least one, probably more Mobiloos should this all go ahead. Anyone who's tried a record attempt or breaking a record, is very welcome to get in touch and give us some advice. (beacuse I think we're going to need it!)

Sad to say, North Tyneside's pods will not be coming this year to the Whitley Bay promenade, and so we are hopeful about getting some temporary storage at Whitely Bay soon. Any help greatly appreciated.

We have our storage container at Blyth, Thanks to Mobile Mini for all their help.

And we were interviewed on the Sue Sweeney Show on Sunday 29th May, just after 11:30am catch us on iplayer.


Did you know the Fish Quays are in the process of getting an access ramp? We are hoping this will also include some storage for a hippocampe beach wheelchair. If you live nearby perhaps you'd like to help?

We have met with Da Vinci Mobility and have purchased two of their Beachster design to be made especially for us, with the logo of two of our funders on them, Dancing For Charity and the Magic Trust. These chairs allow users to self propel on the beach. We have also bought two off the peg beach wheelchairs which recline so you can sun yourself (on that one day of summer).

We have now purchased two Freeedom Trax, which we hope to be able to loan out soon once we have had some training on using them. It’s a powered unit which the user controls so we expect users who don't have someone to push will be able to use it. 

Vince Eager and the Baldy Holly Band
A great singer and fabulous raconteur!
Guest vocalist Austin Allsup with the Baldy Holly Band
Son of Buddy Holly's original guitarist, Austin is a phenomenal musician in his own right
About Us
We're a recently registered charity. B.A.N.E will develop to be a user led charity group, promoting social inclusion, independence and choice for all disabled and older people across the North of England. These are the chairs we already have, and we are looking to expand to encompass beach walkers and road-wheelchair-safe matting on the sands as well as further beach wheelchairs, new locations and a mobile changing place facility.

Could YOU help us?

We are looking for volunteers to be on call to adminster the wheelchairs, you do not transfer people to the beach wheechairs or push them during use, you may need to push the empty chair to meet the user. At the moment you may also need to construct some chairs, full training will be given.


Our Mission: To promote inclusion, independence and choice for disabled people in the region.

Stephen Miller cuts the ribbon at Blyth South Beach
One of two ribbon cutting ceremonies on the launch of BANE on 29/05/17, Alan Campbell did the honours at Tynemouth Longsands.
Contact us: 
Email- info@beachaccessnortheast.org
​telephone -0300 999 4444
Facebook - search for:
Beach Access North East

​Twitter - @access_beach_NE

Our new hippocampes
Medium and Large hippocampes, available at Newbiggin Option 3 on our 0300 999 4444 number to book your free loan.
Some of the trustees of B.A.N.E.
Showing off our Hippocampe on left and our new Beachster on the right.
Our wheelchairs can be taken into the shallow water
The only restriction is with the roll on/off version if your chair is electrically powered
The Da Vinci Beachster
Coming to a North East beach this Summer,
courtesy of Dancing For Charity, and The
Magic Trust.
Using the Mobiloo - means users can stay on the beach for longer
We need donations to help us buy one of these mobile changing places, and more equipment - Call us to donate, call us to volunteer, call us to book a wheelchair