Canny Cullercoats

7th October, 2015 | Article By Lesley Tan

I cannot say enough about this small seaside village. It is quaint, has a beach, cafés, pubs, Lifeboat Station and it is in my postal address! This is where I went to school and I love it. It is also a very popular destination for Geordies wanting a day out!

Cullercoats is a quaint old fishing (and mining in the past) village which is situated within walking distance of Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. Unfortunately most of the old fishermen’s cottages have been pulled down, but there is still a little bit of the old Cullercoats left.

In the old days it was an important part of the local fishing industry and still has a very active RNLI Lifeboat Station operating today. This is also home to the Dove Marine Laboratory built in 1897 which is still regularly used by Newcastle University.

Many people travel down to Cullercoats in the summer and on an especially hot or sunny day the Cullercoats Metro Station is alive with holiday makers seeking to have a great day on the beach. And the beach is just five minutes walk from the Metro station. There are souvenir shops, ice-cream parlours and fish and chip shops. There is also the local pub, the Queen’s Head. The beach is a lovely little cove with two piers and a few caves and loads of little boats bobbing about. Lovely, and what a great place to spend your time on a day out.

Cullercoats is a beautiful village summer or winter, I live away from my old home now but often fantasize about retiring there one day. In the meantime, I travel home as often as possible, usually once a year (my son still lives there). I feel so lucky to have been brought up in such a lovely, picturesque area.

By Lesley Tan

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