Monsters – The Good, The Bad and The Cuddly – A day out at South Shields

South Shields has been on my radar for quite some time but I’ve just never got there. Today with the weather looking brighter further north I decided it was time to make the trip.

First, we headed to The Word, I had seen a few photos on Instagram of a life-size Sulley in the North East, being a big Disney fan I had to find out more. The Word has a Monsters exhibition on until the 6th January 2019 so plenty of time to go visit, with of course our favourite cuddly monster Sulley!!


There is limited free parking just opposite the building and it’s well signposted as your entering South Shields just look out for the brown signs.

As you enter the building the Monsters exhibition is to your right. It’s free to enter and enjoy. With lots of information boards throughout detailing the great monsters we have had over the years on film and tv you can learn all about it at this monster-ific exhibition.


With a chance to get a selfie with Sulley, held by King Kong and experience Dr Frankenstein’s lab as well as many film clips to enjoy with the option to listen in or the interactive games there’s lots of fun to be had.


Once we had finished in the exhibition we decided to explore a little more and were really impressed with what was on offer, a kids activity area tables with Lego to enjoy, a viewing platform on the top floor with amazing views over the port, an interactive spelling game on the second floor as well as a media wall for the kids to enjoy and a large interactive table. As you can see the girls had lots of fun. They run events throughout the year so do check the website here.


After we had finished here we decided to drive around to check out the Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, we parked up in one of the many beachside large car parks and paid for the day £3. I wasn’t sure how long we would be so I went for the full day rate. It was way past lunchtime by this point so we grabbed some chips to enjoy as we walked around the funfair. My girls were quite happy to give the rides a miss today as they were more interested in checking out the many arcades. Armed with a cup full of 2ps we had lots of fun and between us, we managed to win a little Disney tangled keyring too. The


We then crossed over to the park (South Marine Park) we had noticed when walking earlier, now this was a hidden gem once we walked down the little path we were greeted by a huge lake with swan pedalos, a miniature steam train, play park and in the distance, we could even see a waterfall too! The kids didn’t know where to go first. We spent lots of time wandering and playing in the park and up to the waterfall. The miniature train was a great price at only £1.50 a ride.


We didn’t leave enough time to get to the Arbeia Roman fort so we will back again soon South Shields!

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  1. April 16, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    my parents live in south shields-the girls love the fair just on their doorstep!

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