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Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

Opened in 1871 Souter remains an iconic beacon. Hooped in red and white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter is a special place all year round and was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity.

To the north The Leas is a two and a half mile stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland. The cliffs and rock stacks of Marsden Bay are home to nesting Kittiwakes, Fulmar, Cormorants, Shags and Guillemots. South of the lighthouse is Whitburn Coastal Park and Nature Reserve – reclaimed colliery land, now a haven for wildlife.

Things to See and Do

Children love exploring the engine rooms, light tower and keeper's cottage as well as exhibitions on lighthouses and lighthouse life.

Outside there is a children's playground, a wildlife garden to explore and lots of space to run around, fly a kite or have a picnic. There are regular family friendly activities ranging from geo-caching, rockpool rambling, coastal walks, bug hunts and bird spotting. Events are regularly added to the events calendar on our website.

Balance Bikes

Souter have teamed up with British Cycling and HSBC UK to provide free balance bikes for our youngest visitors.

Cycling is an important life skill, and a healthy way to explore outdoors. We want to help the next generation’s cyclists learn to ride, starting their lifelong love of cycling in the beautiful natural surroundings. You don’t need to book, just turn up and get going. They will be available during school holidays and weekends, as long as the weather isn't too wet or wild. You'll find the bike stand outside the shop, simply ask a member of the team for assistance. The bikes are suitable for children aged 2 and up.

Facilities

  • Cafe with seasonal menu using local produce
  • Large car park
  • Dogs welcome in grounds.


 

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Halloween Recipes

Halloween Recipes

Halloween is the perfect time of year to get creative in the kitchen and making food scarily fun! Whether you want to jazz up a slice of cheese on toast or go full out for a party with spooky drinks and disgusting nibbles we have some great Halloween recipes for you right here. The kids will love getting involved - or have a surprise goulish meal!!

Autumn Activities

Autumn Activities

Now that we are in autumn everyone is looking for things to do with the kids to celebrate this lovely colourful season. Here we have some great ideas, and they don't all involve being cooped up indoors! Get out and enjoy the cooler, fresh air and the crunchy leaves under foot - you can always return home afterwards for a hot chocolate and a snuggle