what to see and do

Newbiggin Maritime Centre

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Including the Breakwater Café, the Seashore Shop, a three gallery Museum and a large Function Room the Maritime Centre is a must for any visitor to Newbiggin.  

Newbiggin Lifeboat Station & Rocket House

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Newbiggin Lifeboat Station is the oldest operational lifeboat boathouse in the United Kingdom dating back to 1851. Today the station operates an Atlantic 85 inshore boat.   

The Couple Statue(s)

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Commissioned by Inspire Northumberland, Newbiggin's "Couple", by artist Sean Henry, were the UK's first permanent offshore sculpture. Standing 12.5m high, the Couple were installed in August 2007. 

Newbiggin Promenade & Beach

Newbiggin-by-the-sea beach and promenade

Stretching nearly 2km from one end to the other the promenade provides an easy flat walk around the full length of the beautiful Newbiggin Bay. There are lots of places to sit and rest as well as easy access to the beach. 

Restaurants, Shop's & Cafe's

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Newbiggin benefits from a range of small speciality shops and boutiques as well as several licensed restaurants, pubs and cafe's. Like any good seaside town we have fish and chip shops and takeaway's too! 

Further Afield

Northumberland Flag

Conveniently located, Newbiggin is an ideal base from which to tour the whole of Northumberland. Berwick, Lindisfarne, Bambrough Castle, Alnwick, Kielder, Hexham and Hadrians Wall are all less than 60 minutes by car. 

Newbiggin Bay Dolphins and Marine Wildlife

Newbiggin Bay has always been home to all kinds of marine wildlife and birds. In recent years however the bay has even become home to wild dolphins that can be spotted in and around the Bay anytime from March to October, with almost daily sightings during the summer. 


With the mild weather this winter 2019 there were even regular sightings of dolphin and porpoises as early as February.


From the vantage points at Church Point, Newbiggin Point or Spital Point bottle nose dolphins, white beak dolphins and/or harbour porpoises can be seen foraging, feeding, hunting, playing or generally just messing around!. Minke and Pilot whales have been recorded too!. 


There is also a growing Grey Seal population and visits from Eurasian Otters. 


The Newbiggin Bay Dolphin Watch Association (https://www.newbiggindolphinwatchassociation.com/) has been formed by a group of local volunteers  with a mission to watch over wild dolphins  and other marine mammals that visit Newbiggin Bay and the surrounding area. Members of the group are frequently to be found at the vantage points described above and are always happy to welcome and engage with visitors. There is also a facebook page and U-tube channel with lots of videos of the Newbiggin dolphins. 


For the more adventurous a number of operators also provide boat trips offshore for a much more up close encounter with these wonderful creatures.


For bird lovers and other nature enthusiasts the website www.naturalnewbiggin.org.uk holds a wealth of information about the natural life of Newbiggin. This includes details of bird sightings over the last 20 years or so, where to see them and photographs.

Newbiggin Bay

Newbiggin Bay