Hmmm, I am finding this just a bit difficult because, yes, the site is well laid out, clean, smart and very central for everything S. Shields has to offer but it is very much geared towards permanent mobile homes with, I am guessing here, about 20 touring sites. The facilities are good. There are water and electricity points every 2 pitches. There are 3 toilet cubicles in the M & F and 2 showers in each (the shower cubicles are small and the tap is on a slow release system (actually quite fast. I pushed it in and just about counted to 10 before it stopped - I had to keep a hand on it to finish my shower). These are kept very clean. In addition, there is a laundry room with the usual washing machine etc. , and 2 sinks, one for washing clothes and the other for washing dishes. Unfortunately, we didn't discover this until the night before we left. We weren't told about it (whatever one of the Wardens seemed to think!) and they do not seem to have an information booklet about the site to hand out.
It is, as others have said, rather pricey but you probably get what you pay for; there are no other costs involved. But we will not be using the site again mainly because when we booked we were asked to pay in full 28 days before our arrival date. We had to sign a form confirming that we would adhere to their terms and conditions, one of which was that in the event we had to cancel, there would be no refund whatsoever; not just keeping the deposit but keeping the whole lot! The other reason is harder to explain: we just didn't feel as comfortable and relaxed as we do at a Caravan Club site. One of the Wardens was very warm and welcoming, the other had a bit of trouble hiding irritation (or perhaps we didn't understand a rather sarcastic sense of humour).
If you have children then it is probably ideal because of its proximity to the beautiful sandy beach, fairground and parks.
South Shields has a lot to offer in terms of events, shopping, the wonderful coastline and proximity to good transport routes but if we return to S Shields next year we will be back to Whitley Bay or maybe Lizard Lane.
Reviewers - mature couple with campervan and bikes.
We chose this site for an overnight stay whilst we visited the town, and booked the day before. It is situated near the town centre, across from the beach, with a park on one side and grassland on the other. However the entrance is not off the promenade but at the back of the site on a quiet residential street.
We had parked further out of the town earlier in the morning as I had been told that check in was at 2. 00pm, and cycled in for a look. The warden was very welcoming and pointed out our pitch, backing on to the park, under trees for welcome shade. There was a free concert on in the park, but it finished at 4. 00pm.
The site was immaculately clean and tidy. There are lots of mobile homes, mainly towards the sea side, and a touring area towards the back. The facility block is in the centre behind reception, with separate very clean facilities for men and women. Another room has a laundry sink and a washing up sink.
The town was very busy with lots going on. Nice beach area, park with boating lake and lots of activity space. Cliffs on the south side with grassy public parkland on the top. Free parking there too and a cycle path into town.
I was worried that being in a seaside town centre it might be noisy at night, but it was quiet at the back where we were. Plenty of places to eat in and takeaways nearby.
Beautifully clean site within easy walking distance of the lovely parks, town and the beach area. Good for touring the area. The facilities were always kept clean and tidy although there was no washing-up facilities available. The individual pitches were well laid out and had plenty of room between vans. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful. The site felt safe and secure. Only downside - a little pricey.
I must admit this is not the location or type of site we would normally choose but we had to come to South Shields for a reunion. What a pleasant surprise! The site itself seems to have been totally redeveloped in the last couple of years, and although largely dedicated to mobile homes these are all modern and smartly laid out in an immaculately maintained grassy area.
Touring pitches are in a minority, placed around the edge of the site, mostly bordering the park next door. The pitches themselves consist of a level concrete pad for the caravan with a gravel area alongside for an awning, and a paved area in front for a car.
Pitches share a tap between two with (at least on our pitch) a waste water point, so virtually fully serviced. Toilet facilities are new and excellent. As other have said, the toilet cassette emptying point is a little higher than usual so I think the lesson is not to allow your tank to get too full/heavy.
There is no play area on the site, though of course the beach and parks are just next door. This resulted in a curious phenomenon that I have also seen elsewhere of kids congregating in and around the toilets.
The other great surprise to us, not having been here before, was how pleasant the surrounding area is. Immediately next to the site is a string of parks, all very well kept by the local council. Although there is a small fun-fair just across the main road this does not characterise the coastline around here.
Firstly there is a long wide stretch of soft sand beach, again very well maintained by the council - it appears to be swept regularly - and which is (or is supposed to be) dog-free for most of the day. After the beach the coast changes to low cliffs and rocky bays with occasional difficult-to-access sandy beaches.
Behind the cliffs is a wide stretch of greenery, though with urban development in the not-too distant. This green area known as the Leas is owned and maintained by the National Trust, as is the Souter lighthouse 3 miles along.
This is well worth a visit and has a very informative guided tour telling the history of the lighthouse and foghorn. We cycled there along the cliff path in about 30 minutes from the site, but note that you canít access the beachside road directly from the site, but only via the main entrance and through the park.
Got the caravan out again after our horrendous Scottish summer and headed down South. What a beautiful, clean, well kept site. The wardens ever so helpful. And with having 2 labs, dog walks aplenty. Will definitely visit this site again.
There are also pubs just 2 mins away and the food is also superb. Tesco express 3 minute walk up through the houses, the bigger stores are only 5 minutes away.
Beach is closed to dogs from 8am to 6pm but there is miles and miles of grass paths.
This was such a nice site. The wardens were really helpful, suggested places to visit and eat. Everything was really well organised, very clean and we would definitely go back to this site when visiting the area.
There are many places to either get a snack at or more formal eating. Just ask.
It seemed because the site was so pleasant so too were the people staying there. We stayed over the Bank Holiday and although full the site is arranged so you don't feel crowded. There was no pressure on us to leave at a certain time on the day of our departure, although I'm sure if they had been still very busy on the day we departed they may have needed to ask us to move off a bit earlier.
Lots of things to do within walking distance plus plenty of places of interest just a short car ride away.
We would highly recommend this site.
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