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?

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…

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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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3 wheeled hippocampe beach wheelchair with blue frame & black seat. Pictured outside the open doors of a storage unit

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…

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five different beach wheelchairs lined up on the promenade

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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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…

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Beach walker and low three wheeled beach wheelchair pictured on the grass verge with the beach and sea in the background

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…

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