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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 south 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. North of the lighthouse is Whitburn Coastal Park and Nature Reserve – reclaimed colliery land, now a haven for wildlife.
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Space - the final frontier!
Enjoy an evening of stargazing at Souter Lighthouse with the South Shields Astronomical Society on 11 January. Search the skies for planets, comets and nebulas using high powered telescopes and binoculars provided - or bring your own if you have them. Join in with astro themed crafts and warm up with homemade soup and mugs of hot chocolate.