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I have been to Whitley Bay once and will never go back. I dont want to offend anyone who stays there as I am sure its a nice place for the people who live there but the parts I saw in the south parade area were not too nice, we stayed in a b&b The palms Iam sure it was called in the south parade area not far from the pubs and clubs it was only £40 for 2 people one night. I thought because I like Newcastle me and my friend would try Whitley Bay and see what that was like what a mistake that was we had the worst weekend ever I would never go back here and would never recommend to anyone to go here for a night out. The b&b was ok nothing great but a bed and clean room what more can you need really (shame about were it is), we needed somethings so went for a walk around the shops and all we saw was charity shops there are so many and not much of any other kind of shops at all. We went out that night and every pub we went into was a horrible and the people were not that nice trying to get to the bar and people just push right in front and bang into you and cant even say sorry and we saw more than a few fights breaking out on middle of dance floors and out in the street its crazy (I know this happens in lots of places but never have I seen so many in one night). I would say it is a place for chavs night out (sorry but its true). I am sorry to anyone who lives there but it really is that bad. Go to Newcastle for a much better night out.
Whitley Bay - not all pubs and kebabs!
I moved to Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear around 6 months ago. My other half is from here and loves the place, I was dubious about it. My only real experience of Whitley Bay was a few nights out. These were not a great experience. There was an abundance of orange tans, white stilletto' and the odd tracksuit thrown in. And that was a normal weekend, god help you on a bank holiday!
After much persuading, we eventually moved to Whitley Bay and I have to admit, I love the part that we moved to. Whitley Bay has some gorgeous places to live, lovely old houses, stunning beaches and strong transport links to Newcastle.
I do get a little frustrated with the shops. There seems to be hundreds of charity shops, pound shops, craft type shops (gorgeous goods but relatively expensive and more for buying gifts than everyday shopping) and shops selling outfits that my grandma would turn her nose up at. However, there are no "normal" shops where you can pop out and grab a new outfit or inexpensive household goods etc. Having said that, the transport links are so good that you can be in the toon in 30 mins and shop until you drop.
I think that Whitley Bay has a lot of merits, but also needs a bit of updating. If you like cheesy nights out and don't mind random drunken fools harrassing you for no reason, then this is the place to go. If not, then again, pop into Newcastle. If you want somewhere nice to live, with (usually) good neighbours, great beaches and transport and don't mind travelling a few miles for things, then check out what Whitley has to offer.
There is loads of work going on right now too, they are updating the old Spanish City, the new Playhouse has opened. It seems that the council are trying to put Whitley Bay back on the map, good luck to them!
I know what I'm talking about cos I used to live there. I will not be refferring to the residential part of whitley cos thats , mainly, lovely. A lot of tree lined streets, nice big gardens and old houses. What I will be writing about is the bit that you will (or after this won't) be visiting. 10 Reasons not to go to Whitley (1) It smells (2) No, really. Of vomit and stale kebabs. (3) Every other shop is a charity shop. Most of the centre is run-down, there is a poundstretcher, a woolworths and a greggs. Hurray, pies (4) Charvers. Say no more. If you know what a charver is you'll understand. I believe they exist in other parts of the country under other names, scally for example. If you've ever read Viz the character Tasha the Slappa is one. Whitley is full of them. (5) The women are cheap (see "Reasons to go to Whitley" below) (6) The arcades. Oh they are crap. Old machines, sad piss-smelling old women shovelling coins into the 1-armed bandits. I'm going to cry now... (7) Do you like what you see in the mirror? If you do then avoid South Parade at chucking out time cos it'll soon be re-arranged. (8) Tynemouth is a mile or 2 down the coast and its lovely. Go on, race you. (9) And Blyth is 5 miles up the coast. Oh, sorry, thats rubbish too. (10) I sat in a carpark on the links the other night watching about 15 rats scurrying around a bin. Lovely eh? 10 reasons to go to Whitley (1) If youre drunk and in the right mood then the nightlife can be fun. Its better if you're single though cos there is only one reason to go to Whitley and thats the... (2) Cheap Women (if you're a guy). Loads of them dressed in very little clothing with a lot of drink inside them. They are quite scary in packs though not as scary as... (3) Thick Charver Lads (if you're a desperate woman). Loads of them dressed in colourful Ben Sherman shirts and vomit flecked shoes with even mo
re drink inside them. Funnily enough they are scarier in small groups. (4) Bars where they have topless dancing contests. The best is pier 69. they have a fool of a DJ who dances with his "Laydees" trying to pull them. He does a pretty damn good job of it too. (5) Good currys. (6) Just go stand in the taxi queue outside Woolworths at 11.30 and see what happens. (7) Surfers bar. Oh no, it burned down years ago. (8) Did I mention the cheap women? (9) Oh, I did (10) Ah well. And just go on a Bank Holiday Monday if you REALLY don't believe me. Its like the fall of Saigon. Actually that sounds like fun...
Whitley Bay is a town that seems to have a number of different personalities, each that is so different to the others. During the Summer Whitley Bay is a terrific family seaside town, with an enormous sandy beach and everything that you would expect from a holiday town. There is a fun fair at Spanish City, an excellent indoor swimming pool, amusement arcades, gift and souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes and fish & chip shops. The town is very popular with local people as it is only a short ride on the Newcastle Metro transport system to get to the town. At the north end of Whitley Bay there is a large caravan park for visitors and along the sea front a very wide selection of Bed & Breakfast establishments, guest houses and hotels. In the Winter there are no tourists. The whole of the sea front part of the town seems to be closed. You can walk on the beach and be lucky to see more than half a dozen people. It is a very strange eerie feeling, seeing the heart of a seaside resort all closed up. But, whether it is Summer or Winter there is one part of Whitley bay that is always alive and kicking. That is Friday and Saturday nights. Around the pubs and clubs there will be hoards of youngsters all out to enjoy themselves, and enjoy themselves they will! People descend on the town by Metro, bus, taxi, car or on foot. You cannot believe so many people can appear in the town. The atmosphere is fantastic, there is so much laughter and enjoyment. Many times I have been to Whitley Bay and I have never seen any trouble in the town. Yes, it is loud, yes it is busy, but everybody seems to know how to enjoy themselves without anything getting out of hand. There is a Whitley Bay for you. You just need to decide when to visit the town to get the type of town you want.