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Notice: Contrary to the published time in the members newsletter the Seashore Safari on Wed 16 April starts at 10am.

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.

Latest news

  •  © Lee Taylor

    Wildlife garden

    Our new wildlife garden is taking shape and we plan to open it on Good Friday 18 April

  • BBC's Great North Passion

    A large red shipping container has appeared in the car park

  • Social bike rides

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

Easter trails

Hunt the coast for a chocolate reward

Hunt the coast for a chocolate reward

18 April - 21 April, 11am - 4pm

Set off on a clifftop adventure, become a Cadbury Eggsplorer and claim your Cadbury chocolate Egghead. £2 per trail.