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The Local Area Guide to living in Whitley Bay

Excellent transport links, golden sandy beaches, and a varied dining scene all help make Whitley Bay a popular seaside destination. The crown jewel in Newcastle’s seaside resort is its Blue Flag award-winning beach. Sandcastle competitions, a promenade, and a strip of cafes help make this the star attraction in the suburb. Like many of England’s seaside towns, Whitley Bay is undergoing a period of regeneration. There’s a £36 million revitalization plan in place to give the seafront an upgrade, including a restoration of the Edwardian-styled Spanish City domed concert hall. Another landmark in town is the lighthouse on St Mary’s Island, positioned at the northern tip of Whitley Bay.

Away from the beaches and tourist-friendly facilities, Whitley Bay is a very accommodating town, known for its friendly sense of community and excellent schools. It’s within convenient commuting distance of Newcastle, and features a new skate park, children’s play park, and refurbished swimming pool.

Information about the local residents

The Whitley Bay ward includes areas of surrounding villages such as Whitley Sands, Whitley Lodge, and Monkseaton. The population of the ward was 9,416 at the time of the 2011 census, with an average age of 39. The ward records 89.9% of residents having been born in England.

Tourism is an important component of the local economy, but many residents also commute to nearby Newcastle or Gateshead. 26.9% of Whitley Bay residents are listed as being employed in professional roles, with administrative, secretarial and associate professional or technical roles close behind.

Nearby Schools

Whitley Bay’s education system runs on three tiers, consisting of first, middle, and high schools. There are two high schools serving the town. Monkseaton High has been rated as “good” by Ofsted, and Whitley Bay High was classed as an “outstanding” school. Whitley Bay High’s strengths include its sporting facilities and focused pupils.

Middle schools including Valley Gardens and Star of the Sea. At the primary level, Whitley Bay’s first schools include Whitley Lodge, Marine Park, and Southridge. All are highly rated and in high demand from local families. Whitley Lodge was rated “good” and Marine Park “outstanding” in their latest inspections.

Getting Around

Residents enjoy easy travel in and around Whitley Bay. The Tyne and Wear Metro stops at Whitley Bay station, just a 10-15 minute walk away from the main beach, and it is a 25-minute metro journey into Newcastle city centre. There are also regularly operated seaside buses which travel to neighbouring towns including Tyneside to the south.

For those who prefer to drive, the A1058 Coast Road travels up and down the seaside. The A19 is a dual carriageway motorway, which leads to the major A1 motorway. Newcastle Airport can be accessed in under 30 minutes, and Newcastle city centre in 20-25 minutes. Rail services are available in Newcastle, and there are also closer railway stations in Brockley Whins, Cullercoats, and Monkseaton.

Local Shops

Whitley Bay offers a bevy of services for its residents. In 2015, it was recognized as the most improved shopping centre in Britain. There was a 12.5% drop in the number of empty retail spaces over the five years prior to this, a marker of the town’s regeneration.

New businesses are moving into the town, revitalizing its high street and sitting next to traditional family-run shops. The high street offers a blend of retailers and eateries, including fashion boutiques, gift and souvenir shops, and conveniences like pharmacies and hairdressers. The central Park View shopping centre is home to a number of brand names including Peacocks and Superdrug. Whitley Bay’s seaside promenade is the go-to destination in the area for dining, lined with a wide variety of restaurants offering views of the North Sea.

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