"Huge thank you. Without your charity our son wouldn’t be able to get on the beach. We have one very happy boy." - Jennifer, Whitley Bay


You will find us just past the the Sand Dancer pub Opens in a new window and Colmans Sea Food Temple Opens in a new window at the south end of the South Promenade. Our blue container has our name and number on it and is alongside the red container of South Shields Surf School. Generally equipment at this site needs to be booked in advance.

Nearest town

South Shields

Post code

NE33 2LD


Parking is available in a number of car parks along the South Promenade, the nearest one is South Promenade South. This is pay parking but free to blue badge holders. There are 12 designated disabled parking spaces, 6 either end of the car park. The paybyphone location code is 802950.

Access to the beach

There is wide ramp to the beach just opposite our container. Occasionally the weather can wash sand from the bottom of it, but if this is the case there are a number of other places just a few meters along the promenade where you can access the beach directly. Of all of the beaches we are located at, South Shields has the easiest access.

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


At South Shields, we usually have

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


Next to our container is the Sand Dancer pub Opens in a new window and Colmans Sea Food Temple Opens in a new window. Colman's has ramp access and then a lift to take you to the seating area as well as a large disabled toilet.

Public toilet facilities are available at the North end of the car park. There is one disabled toilet.

South Shields has many other restaurants and cafes along the promenade towards the pier.

The nearest Changing Place can be found at Asda South Shields Opens in a new window.


During mid and high season dogs are only allowed the beach at certain times of day. For detailed information you can check South Tyneside Council website Opens in a new window.

About the area

The beautiful Sandhaven beach is the largest of the South Shields beaches. It offers a long stretch of beach to explore, with cliffs at one end. It is widely used by surfers and paddle boarders.

South Shields Surf School Opens in a new window organise adaptive surfing sessions, for more information on what is available contact them directly.

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.…


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.…

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…

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…