Summer at Souter

A family laughing in the sunshine in front of the red and white striped tower of Souter Lighthouse

There’s no excuse for letting boredom creep in over the summer holidays. There’s so much to do at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas.

Just so you know...

This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Please check our homepage for the most up to date information about visiting.

Souter's Summer of sport is back! You'll find free sports activities for all ages in the Foghorn Field every weekday throughout the holidays. Regular activities include archery, badminton, orienteering, rounders, tennis and volleyball. We'll be on hand to help you try something new and improve your skills. On some days we'll be joined by local clubs or coaches offering taster sessions including fencing, slacklining (think tightrope, but closer to the ground!), ultimate frisbee, Nordic walking and netball. You'll find dates and times on our what's on page.

The Katie's Garden team will be offering all sorts of kids' crafts including seaside wand, slime and treasure chest making.

Families can enjoy a mini seaside camping break at our annual Souter sleepover. Once the tent is pitched, we've got lots of activities to keep the kids entertained. Even better than that, there's no need to worry about cooking as your evening meal and breakfast are included.

If you like a taste of adventure, we've teamed up with Cullercoats Bike and Kayak to offer Family Friendly Coasteering (age 12+) and Extreme rockpooling (ages 7-14). Explore Souter's rocky coastline from the water, swimming, splashing and channeling your inner water baby.

While in August we're going on a gentler paced Seashore safari to explore rock pools with a ranger and discover a world of wonder between the tides. 

SouterFest is a new family fun day, a festival to celebrate summer on the coast. Featuring kids' games and activities, craft stalls, food, drink and more.  

If you visit on a day when no events are scheduled, never fear, we offer plenty of self-led fun to keep the whole family entertained. Pick up an activity pack from the front desk, providing everything you need for rock pooling (depending on the tides), bird watching, pond dipping and bug hunting.

Younger children aged 2 or over can borrow a balance bike to explore the traffic-free trails of The Leas and Whitburn Coastal Park. Free, courtesy of British Cycling and HSBC.

You can tick a few outdoor mini-adventures off your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ list any day of the week. You could fly a kite, catch a fish with a net, go on a really long bike ride, make a grass trumpet or a daisy chain for starters. If the weather's warm enough, you could even head for the beach and jump over some waves. Never mind if you’re over 11 ¾ - parents and grandparents can join in too. 

Visit our what's on page for further details.