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When is it?

16th March - 8th October 2018

Where is it?

Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside


NE1’s Quayside Seaside returns to Newcastle earlier than ever before! From March 16th, escape to the Costa del Tyne, our pop-up beach is in-situ on the Quayside for the whole summer.


The Quayside Seaside always signals that summer is on its way and is a key element of summer in the city – for the past few years the beach has been a welcome addition to the city’s summertime events calendar. This year, the pop up beach returns with all its usual elements; 350 tonnes of sand, 5 candy-striped beach huts, 50 deck chairs, climbing wall and palm trees but this year there will be a fun, new addition in the shape of a playground area equipped with a slide and a fireman’s pole, which is sure to be a big hit with children aged between 3-7 years.


This year the beach is supported by Thomas Cook Airlines, who will be organising a programme of fun family activities throughout the summer.

Equipped with sand, climbing wall, deck chairs, palm trees and volleyball court, the Quayside Seaside is hugely popular with visitors to Newcastle, families, and with Quayside workers who swarm to it to enjoy lunch al fresco or a sneaky game of volleyball after work. 

Plus, now you can grab a bite to eat while you’re there, with much-loved local restaurant The Little Fishy contained within a repurposed shipping container adjacent to the beach, previously home to Riley’s Fish Shack and Barrio Comida.


The Little Fishy has made a name for itself at events and markets across the North East offering locally sourced fish. The team is looking forward to serving over 500k visitors who frequent the Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside each summer come rain or shine.  Fish and chips and fish finger sandwiches are a speciality along with Cajun cod and halloumi fries, which earned the restaurant a place in the finals of The National Fish and Chips awards 2017.


Throughout the summer there will be a packed programme of events and activities happening on and around the Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside and the Quayside will be at the heart of the action with events like the Great Exhibition of the North and the Great North Run. 


We love to bring events and activities to the beach and will be working with organisations throughout the city to make full use of this wonderful and well-loved open-air space.


Wile away an afternoon in the sun, or take your lunch somewhere scenic, however you use it, the Quayside Seaside is a fantastic addition to our wonderful city’s summer offering.