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A marvel of its age

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.

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  • And the winner is...

    Foghorn Requiem! At the Journal Culture Awards the Requiem won the Arts Council Award.

  • Souter Lighthouse Wildlife Garden May 2014 © Simon Colvine

    Wildlife garden

    Our new wildlife garden is open and ready for you to enjoy.

  • Social bike rides

    Explore the coastline on regular healthy bike rides with Sustrans and the National Trust

Let's go fly a kite

And through the round window...

And through the round window...

The North East Kite Fliers are preparing to hold their second annual 'Kites over Souter' event on the weekend of 5 & 6 July.

Enjoy kites flown to music and learn how to fly a kite yourself with expert tuition. The event this year is attracting fliers from all over the country.

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