NE1s Quayside Seaside on the banks of the Tyne signals that summer is on its way for the past four years the beach has been a welcome addition to the citys summertime events calendar and this year when it returns on Friday 22 May, it will be bigger and better than ever.
The pop up beach equipped with sand, palm trees and volleyball court is hugely popular with visitors to Newcastle and with Quayside workers who swarm to its NE1 deck chairs to enjoy lunch al fresco or a sneaky game of volleyball after work.
This year, NE1 has taken the opportunity presented by the need to update the beachs four-year old wooden surround to redesign the space and add new elements for public enjoyment.
This year there will be four new elements to the beach:
As well as the traditional beach deck chairs, NE1 has extended the beach decking area and introduced fixed chairs and barrel tables that will remain in situ throughout the summer.
On the back wall of the beach, a kids climbing wall has been introduced in the style of ships masts and rigging.
To make more of the space behind the trees, five beach hut style areas have been installed.
In response to requests from various organisations for performance space on the beach, a small stage area has been created to allow buskers or other performers to use the beach for performance based activities.
On Saturday 23 May, Volleyball England will be hosting a Go Spike taster session to give people a chance to try volleyball and will host further volleyball taster session on the Quayside Seaside throughout the summer.