- May 18th 2017
As we tour three coastal towns on the North Sea with Jack Lowe’s Lifeboat Station project, we're giving you tips on things to see and do in each location, if you were thinking of a visit to these towns. They make ideal spots for enjoying the British coast this summer.
A favourite spot of many of the Barbour staff, whether as a place to live, or a place to visit on a weekend, Tynemouth offers beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere. The first spot to visit is Tynemouth Market, situated in the beautiful Victorian train station. Pick up antique and retro homewares, second hand books, vintage clothing, and artisan food and coffee from local producers.
What food would be better suited to a day at the coast than fresh fish? Pop to one of the town’s fish restaurants such as Riley’s Fish Shack on King Edwards Bay, or Longsand’s Fish Co for more refined take on traditional fish and chips. If you visit Tynemouth in summer, you may catch the Mouth of the Tyne Festival, where this year you can see Laura Marling, Tom Odell and Billy Ocean. All situated in the old priory ruins with a dramatic view of the North Sea.
Cullercoasts is home to one of the North East’s most stunning sandy beaches, Longsands. An ideal spot if you have a dog to take on a stroll along the golden sands, whilst taking in the sea air. Indulge in a traditional British seaside activity during your visit; eating an ice-cream at Beaches and Cream at the top of the cliff. Their outdoor seating also means you can watch the surfers and sun-seekers enjoying the summer waves.
In Cullercoats Bay itself you can see the lifeboat station featured in our Original North Sea Outfitters campaign, which is also the location where American artist Winslow Homer, regarded as the greatest American painter of the 19th century, painted many of his works between 1881 and 1882.
Situated in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this large village has a bustling harbour and is a great place to start a wildlife tour. Head out on one of William Shiel’s boats to the Farne Islands, or if you feel like braving the coldest sea in the world, head out on a diving lesson to view the sea life up close.
After working up an appetite seeking out the abundance of marine life in the North Sea, indulge in the local delicacy of kippers - a traditional smoked fish - from the Fisherman’s Kitchen which has been operating since 1843. Wash the kippers down with a refreshment at one of the village’s coastal pubs overlooking Bamburgh Castle.
Make sure you're kitted out for exploring in our SS17 Original North Sea Outfitters collection.