Newbiggin South


Newbiggin South
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy bay that has been seriously eroded in the past. A new sea defence system has been built, along with a promenade behind the beach, to protect it from further erosion. There are rocky outcrops at either end of the beach, which are good for rockpooling.


Popular activities here are golf, boating and there is a leisure centre in the town and a bowling green. The local cliffs are fossil rich sandstone and crumble easily, please use caution at all times. There is a Maritime Heritage center on the promenade.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll the promenade and explore the town - visit the Woodhorn Museum, based in a former mine. Cresswell Pond Reserve, managed by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, is not too far north of the beach.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Newbiggin South

Food Food Shops Shops Bins Bins



Parking off the High Street, close to the beach.

Dog restrictions


There are dog restrictions here, please check beach signs.

Beach cleaning

No current information