Newbiggin-by-the-Sea is a small town in Northumberland, England, lying on the North Sea coast. Once an important port for shipping grain and a coal mining town, it is still a small fishing port making use of traditional coble boats. It boasts the longest promenade in Northumberland
Fishing has always been associated with Newbiggin, although later many inhabitants were employed in coal mining. By Victorian times, Newbiggin was Northumberland’s favourite seaside town, attracting hundreds of visitors every day in the summer months.
In 1869, there were 142 cobles (fishing boats) in Newbiggin-by-the-sea.
Newbiggin Colliery was sunk in 1908. The colliery closed in 1967, but at its peak in 1940, 1400 men were employed there. The former Newbiggin Colliery Band is now the Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band, named for its president and former member, cornet legend James Shepherd.
In 2012 it had been selected as one of the 12 winners of the Mary Portius Pilots. That means an investment of around £100,000 to improve the facilities in Newbiggin.
Local attractions include one of the oldest churches in Northumberland, the oldest RNLI Station in the UK, the only piece of offshore public art in the UK, a free Art Trail featuring over 50 pieces of artwork, and numerous independent shops to browse in.
Fantastic Fish and chips, British, Italian and Indian restaurants and the Maritime Centre are just some of the reasons to come and Visit Newbiggin by the Sea.