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Beaches and seafront

South Tyneside Council is responsible for the management of the foreshore including both Sandhaven and Littlehaven beaches.

For information about our beaches, go to Visit South Tyneside: Beaches and coast

Dogs and beaches

Dogs are excluded from Sandhaven beach between the hours of 8am and 6pm during the period 1 May to 30 September each year.

A person in charge of any dog contravening this Order will be guilty of an offence and liable to a fixed penalty of £80 (reduced to £50 if paid within 7 days).

If the fine is not paid, the Council will prosecute at Magistrates' Court, where those found guilty of committing an offence can be fined a maximum of £1,000 (current rate).

Whilst it is appreciated that some dog owners will control their animals properly and like to exercise them in the area, there have frequently been incidents associated with dog dirt, and the object of this Order is to protect and enhance the quality of the Blue Flag bathing beach during the tourist and holiday seasons.  

If you have a complaint or enquiry, please contact the Customer Contact Centre on 0191 427 7000.

Boat launching ramp


The Council operates a launching ramp on the River Tyne adjacent to South Shields Sailing Club off Harbour Drive. You will need a licence and appropriate insurance.


  • £29.05 for one day licence
  • £71.30 per year, plus £20 registration (club)
  • £96.65 per year, plus £20 registration (private)

Licences are available from the Visitor Information Centre:

Visitor Information Centre,
Shop @ The Word,
45 Market Place,
South Shields,
NE33 1JF

The Visitor Information Centre is open: 

  • Monday to Thursday - 9am - 6pm
  • Friday - 9am - 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 10am - 4pm

Tel: 0191 424 7788

Boat launching ramp users group

Sandhaven - Blue Flag Beach

Sandhaven beach in South Shields has Blue Flag status as well as the Seaside Award from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy. 

For more information about Sandhaven beach, go to Visit South Tyneside: Sandhaven Beach.

Lifebelts and water safety equipment

South Tyneside Council maintains water safety equipment including lifebelts and throw-lines at a number of Foreshore and Riverside locations:

  • Pelaw Quay
  • Hebburn Marina
  • Hebburn Riverside
  • Jarrow Riverside
  • Mill Dam
  • Market Dock
  • Littlehaven Housing

If you notice any equipment missing or vandalised please contact 0191 427 7000 or email

Water sports licensing

To hire out water-bound pleasure crafts (including sailboards, rowing boats, canoes, motor boats, pedallos and larger boats) that are for personal use or carrying passengers, you may need a licence.

Go to Pleasure boats licences.

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