1 November 2015

North East’s Best Kept Secret | Roker Beach

If you’re from the North East, you won’t be a stranger to Sunderland’s Roker Beach.  However, before I moved up here, I had no idea what an absolutely stunning gem the Roker beach was!  So when Travelodge UK challenged me to share my best kept secret of the North East – it had to be Roker Beach.
Sunderland Roker Beach - Aspiring Londoner

Sunrise Roker Beach Sunderland - Aspiring Londoner

The beach is spread over about a mile of sandy beach with crystal clear water when the sun is shining!  I love how wide the actual sandy beach is as it never feels too crowded or too busy, be it the weekend or a summer evening.  Over the last year, Sunderland Council has invested significantly on the seafront, and this has far developed the experience.  There are now great places to grab fish and chips, ice cream and even Chinese food!  There are ample parking along the seafront and a small car park near the pier.
Sunderland Roker Pier - Aspiring Londoner

A notable feature of Roker beach is the Roker Pier and the lighthouse.  As you walk along the pier, you get an unrestricted view of the sea on both sides.  One of my favourite things to do is go fly fishing on weekends on the pier like many others here.  Especially on a weekend, you’ll see plenty of people, some with their kids, fly fishing along the sides of the pier!  I’ve managed to catch a few mackerels although I’m an amateur!  It’s good fun, and I’d recommend it!  The Lighthouse is a Grade II listed building so has plenty of character if you enjoy architecture.  There’s another lighthouse on the Roker seafront just a little further along from the pier.
Sunderland International Airshow Red Arrows - Aspiring Londoner
Sunderland International Airshow Red Arrows - Aspiring Londoner

Another reason I love the Roker beach is because it’s home to one of my favourite annual events – Sunderland International Airshow!  It’s an annual event that takes place every July and is an absolute visual delight!  I’ve been fortunate enough to attend twice and was thoroughly entertained!  There are always great line-ups including the likes of the Red Arrows, Hawk, RAF Typhoon, Falcons and many more!  If you haven’t seen it before, then clear your diary for July 2016!

In the winter, Roker seafront and park transforms itself to a sparkling winter wonderland with Sunderland Illuminations.  Another visual spectacular family event where the Roker Park metamorphose into a fairy tale in lights.  It’s a must visit with the whole family!

If all this is not enough, there are some great places that are a stone’s throw away from Roker beach – the National Glass Centre, Souter Lighthouse and Marsden’s Grotto!  You can easily get to Sunderland from Newcastle by public transport or car.  There are some great Travelodge hotels in Newcastle to suit your budget.  If you haven’t been to Roker beach before, you’re well and truly missing out.  On a clear, sunny day – there’s no other beaches I’d rather be at!

What's your best kept secret of the North East?  Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!

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