Roker, Sunderland

"We have the opportunity to go to the beach....explore and create our own adventures"


Roker (also known as Whitburn South) is a wide, sandy beach.  There is a wide, open promenade and restored pier.

Nearest town


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Parking is available at close to the beach, at the Marine Walk Car Park, post code SR6 0ZZ. This is a pay & display car park with 10 disabled bays which are free to blue badge holders.

Access to the beach

Our wooden clad container can be found to the north of the car park along the promenade, near to the Marine Activities Centre.

Access to the beach is via a wide and shallow ramp. At the edge of ramp as you move onto the beach there are a couple of meters of small stones, these need to be navigated before setting on the sandy beach.

There is also a ramp in front of the lifeboat station which gives access to the beach, please be mindful when using this ramp as it is essential lifeboat activity is not compromised.

Please note when travelling on the beach you should not pass Holey rock near to the 'pods' as you can easily be trapped by incoming tide in this area.

When the tide is high there can be very little beach to make use of, so it’s always advisable to check the tides before you come. You can do this using the Tide Times website Opens in a new window.


At Roker, we usually have

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


There are multiple accessible cafe's along the promenade, very close to the beach.

There is a Changing Places toilet near the car park. An access code is needed in addition to a radar key. The code can be found on the Changing places website.


Restrictions are in place on certain areas of the beach between May & October. For detailed information you can check Sunderland Council website.

About the area

As well as the wide sandy beach there is also a park, model railway, marine activity centre and boating lake..




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

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Temporary closure at Whitley Bay

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News from Newton!

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Annual General Meeting

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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…


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…