Beach Access North East

Freedom to roam our beautiful beaches

Beach Access North East

Freedom to roam our beautiful beaches

"Yes!!!!! got onto the beach as a family at last! Made our holiday!"
- Missy Luntley

BANE promotes social inclusion, independence and choice for disabled & elderly people across the North East of England.

We provide FREE loan of specialised equipment at beaches across our region.

We currently operate at several beaches throughout the North East, with more new beaches coming soon. Check out our Locations pages for the latest list.

And don't forget to look through our Gallery to see all the great places where you and your family can have a great day out on the beach.

a young woman in a wheelchair and her carer laughing on a sunny beach with the wind in their hair

How to book beach equipment

To book equipment at any of our locations you first need to join as a member, which you can do on our Join Us page. There's no charge for this and we won't spam you.

If you're already a member please call us on 0300 999 4444 to book your equipment, giving us at least 24 hours' notice so that we can be sure to have the equipment available for you.  If you are unable to call, please send an email to

Note that we cannot guarantee the availability of a particular piece of equipment so please wait for confirmation before making your plans for the day.


We have a variety of beach wheelchairs, carriages, hoists and turntables, all available for free hire so that you, your friends and your family can have a great day out at the beach.

Find out more about our equipment


We currently have equipment available at Bamburgh, Beadnell, Blyth, Newbiggin, Newton, Seaton Carew, Spittal, South Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Find out more about where you can hire a beach wheelchair

Get involved

We're always looking for help in any form at all, from volunteers to help with the wheelchairs, to fundraising, donations and sponsorship.

Find out more about how you can help

Can you spare some time to help us out?

Could you sponsor some equipment?

Can you spare some time to help us out?

Could you sponsor some equipment?

Could you be a volunteer?

Everything that happens here at BANE happens because of a volunteer. We are currently looking for additional volunteers for Whitley Bay and a pool of…

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Can I get a new location added?

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Who can use one of the Beach Wheelchairs?

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Where are the Beach Wheelchairs located?

Please check out our Locations pages to see where we currently have equipment located. It may be possible to borrow equipment in other areas –…

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Can you help in Whitley Bay?

Do you have a business on or near the sea front at Whitley Bay, with some spare storage space? We are looking for a new…

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Nine people in front of a metal container, standing behind 3 beach wheelchairs. A young girl is in one of the wheelchairs, she is smiling. There is a large standing glag advertising beach wheelchairs to one side.

Beach wheelchairs arrive at Spittal

We are thrilled to confirm that we are now ‘live’ at Spittal. This sees us move to our furthest point north and will definitely be…

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A dark blue banner with writing on it saying 2023 Finalist Uniquely North East Award. There is a circle on the banner which has a white background and shows a coloured map of the north east region with the words North East Charity Awards on it


We are absolutely honoured to be selected as a finalist in the ‘Uniquely North East’ category of the North East Charity Awards. This category recognises…

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Whitley Bay beach showing an expanse of sand & sea with a lighthouse in the background. There is a caption saying temporary closure of whitley bay services

Temporary closure at Whitley Bay

We are very sorry to say we have had to temporarily suspend our loan service at Whitley Bay. Unfortunately there are number of issues, but…

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