Day out at South Shields

Due to my all-encompassing work project, Geth and I didn’t get to enjoy the bank holiday last Monday, so we arranged to take a day in lieu and go for a day trip today instead.

South Shields seafront
The weather has been a bit strange over the last month – rather than having a spring, we’ve basically gone straight from winter to summer, but I’m not complaining.

We had a lovely walk along the seafront and climbed right up to the replica self-sinking gun on the cliff.

Replica of late 19th century gun
1987 replica of 1887 gun. You know me and 1980s stuff!

According to the plaque, the original gun was tested in 1887, and did work in terms of being able to sink back into its foundation after being fired, but because it took far too long (eight hours) to prep, it was never actually used.  This replica was installed in 1987 for the 100th anniversary.

South Shields beach
On the beach at South Shields. After such a long winter, it was so nice to feel the sand under my feet!

We then walked back to the seafront and had lunch and a couple of pints in the Sanddancer, which is the best place to go in South Shields when it’s not Great North Run day (on GNR day, because it’s the first pub you get to after collecting your goodie bag, it’s absolutely rammed, so you’re better off going to another pub a bit further down the seafront).

After that, we went back to Newcastle, did a bit of shopping in town and went for another couple of pints.  A perfect ‘bank holiday’!