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Bents Park

  • Bents Park
  • Sea Road
    South Shields
    Tyne and Wear
    NE33 2NL

South Tyneside Festival

Don’t miss the South Tyneside Festival for three months of entertainment every summer.

It features a variety of events for all to enjoy including a spectacular Summer Parade, amazing open-air concerts, family fun days, live music and lots more.

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About Bents Park

Situated on the seafront at South Shields this open grassy park is the venue for a wide range of events including the South Tyneside Festival Sunday Concerts, the Summer Parade, Proper Food and Drink Festival and many more.

When the park isn't in use for events it is a perfect spot for a picnic, informal games or a gentle stroll.

History

This park is registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953 within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage for its special historic interest. A chain of three municipal seaside parks (including North and South Marine Park) developed from the 1870s and into the early 20th Century on reclaimed land.

In 1855 the Health Committee of South Shields Corporation was instructed to obtain a site for recreation within the Borough, but they reported that they saw no need as the Bents, an extensive sea-dune system, and the sea beach were readily available to the public.

By 1890s living conditions in the Borough had worsened due to the town's continual and unremitting industrial expansion and exploitation and the sea-dune system along the sea shore gave concern. In 1896, the Corporation passed a Town Improvement Bill to extend their powers to take over, control and develop the sands and foreshore for recreation and bathing, and prevent further abuse and exploitation. In return for various concessions allowing them to construct and extend their mineral railways within the Borough, the Harton Coal Company surrendered their leasehold to 25ha of the foreshore between the South Marine and the Trow Rocks. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners who owned the freehold of this area invested the freehold in the Corporation on the condition that the northernmost 12ha, which were covered with old ballast hills and refuse from the glass works, were levelled, laid down to grass and developed as a recreation ground. Bents Park was laid out in 1901 under a contract costing £23,000.

Activities and events at Bents Park

  • Name
    Carnival Parade
    Location
    Bents Park
    Time
    1:00pm to 5:00pm
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    The South Tyneside Festival Parade is not to be missed. Make sure you put the date in your diary!
  • Name
    Proms in the Park
    Location
    Bents Park
    Time
    3:30pm to 5:30pm
    Cost
    Free
    Description
    Enjoy classical performance and showstoppers at the popular Proms in the Park.
  • Name
    Ella Henderson
    Location
    Bents Park
    Time
    12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Cost
    Free, or upgrade to £6 Priority Plus ticket (under 5s free)
    Description
    Multi-platinum award winning Ella Henderson will headline the first of our South Tyneside Festival Sunday concerts.
  • Name
    Will Young
    Location
    Bents Park
    Time
    12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Cost
    Free, or upgrade to £6 Priority Plus ticket (under 5s free)
    Description
    Multi-award winning Will Young will headline our South Tyneside Festival concert on Sunday 19 July.
  • Name
    Shalamar and The Fizz
    Location
    Bents Park
    Time
    12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Cost
    Free, or upgrade to £6 Priority Plus ticket (under 5s free)
    Description
    Funk and soul icons Shalamar and pop group The Fizz will both be performing at our South Tyneside Festival concert on Sunday 26 July.
  • Name
    The South
    Location
    Bents Park
    Time
    12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Cost
    Free, or upgrade to £6 Priority Plus ticket (under 5s free)
    Description
    The South will be performing at the final South Tyneside Festival concert of 2020.

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