Newbiggin-by-the-Sea North Beach

"You should have seen her little face when she watched the tide coming in. Can’t tell you what it means to be able to get her down on the beach again"


Newbiggin North Beach on the Northumberland coast stretches down from Hully Rocks and curves around the bay in a south-westerly direction for about 500 metres.

To the east of the bay is a rocky outcrop which can be a good place to go rockpooling at low tide. There is a lifeboat station near the beach, and a Maritime Centre Opens in a new window nearby.

Newbiggin Maritime Centre raised the funds to buy the equipment available and they manage the loan process.

Nearest town


Post code

NE64 6DU


A large car park can be found adjacent to the Maritime Centre Opens in a new window. Parking is free and there are six designated blue badge spaces. There is a ramp to the Maritime Centre Opens in a new window.

Access to the beach

There are four access ramps to the beach from the promenade.

wheelchair ramp access to newbiggin beach


At Newbiggin we have two wheelchairs and a hoist

Please be aware the equipment available may change as we sometimes move equipment between sites.


The beach is beside the Maritime Centre Opens in a new window which is fully accessible with a ramp entrance.  There is a wheelchair lift in the exhibition area, ramp to roof observation platform and flat access throughout the building.

The Breakwater Cafe Opens in a new window has table service. The varied menu is all freshly cooked using many locally sourced ingredients. There are also children activities available.

The Centre also has a disabled toilet, a portable hoist, a full size changing table and is recognised on the Changing Places website.


Restrictions are in place on certain areas of the beach. For detailed information you can check check Northumberland County Council Website Opens in a new window.

About the area

Newbiggin by the Sea has a sheltered, south facing tidal bay, bounded by a long promenade. A breakwater in the bay is topped by the offshore bronze & steel sculpture ‘Couple’ designed by Sean Henry.

The beach is beside the Maritime Centre Opens in a new window which can be found on the eastern side of the promenade. The centre celebrates the heritage of the village, and hosts exhibitions in the Mary Joicey Hall, Fishing and Community Galleries.

Upcoming events

Wheelchair line up 2022

After the success of our first event in 2019, we are thrilled to say we will be holding our second North East Wheelchair Line up…

Wheelchair line up 2022

Coming soon on August 29th (Bank Holiday Monday). Further details coming soon!

Latest news

Cresswell to welcome a hippocampe

Cresswell will become the latest beach in Northumberland to have a beach wheelchair! This beautiful hippocampe was put together yesterday and will be delivered to…

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…

Wheelchair line up 2022

After the success of our first event in 2019, we are thrilled to say we will be holding our second North East Wheelchair Line up…

Newton by the Sea…coming 17th July!

Finally we are thrilled to announce that loan of equipment at Newton-by-the-Sea will be live on 17th July! We will have a beach walker and…

First hippocampe available in Beadnell

We are excited to announce that the first chair to be based at Beadnell beach will be available to use from Good Friday. Massive thanks…

Exciting news from South Shields Surf School

We consider ourselves lucky to work alongside the surf school who have always supported us. Last year our chairs were used to get people to…

Thank you to the Coastal Custodian Community

We were absolutely thrilled to receive a donation of £2000 raised by the Coastal Custodian Community. This money was raised specifically to be used towards…

BANE awarded North East Small Charity of the Year

For the last 6 years the North East Charity Awards have been celebrating and recognising the work of our North East charities and social enterprises,…

Whitley Bay Town Cup 2019

THE WHITLEY BAY TOWN CUP is awarded annually to any organisation that has taken part in or brought about an outstanding event in the town.…


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 –…

How much does it cost?

This is a FREE service. We want beaches to be accessible so do not make a charge for loan of the beach wheelchairs. The schemes…

Is there a hoist?

There are currently hoists at Whitley Bay and South Shields. You must bring your own sling and your carer must be qualified to use the…