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, 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?

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…

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When can I use the chair?

The scheme operates all the year round in all locations. Please book in advance by phoning 0300 999 4444 or use the contact us link.…

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Will help be available?

Our volunteers are not able to assist in transfers or taking you on to the beach. The user must have an adult helper to assist…

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What if the weather turns bad?

We would like to say it is always sunny on the North East Coast but sadly this is not the case and the weather can…

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Can I get a new location added?

We are often asked if we can set up at a new beach. There are lots of factors to take into account when we look…

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the new beadnell hippocampe outside ka adventure sports

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…

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a surf board with adaptive seating provided by south shields surf school

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…

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two men receiving the collection from the coastal custodian community holding a beach access north east banner between them

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…

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