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“Just Lovely...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Newbiggin Maritime Centre

Newbiggin Maritime Centre
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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Just Lovely...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

Visited today as a last minute decision...and loved it...the café was clean, the food was lovely, and the STAFF were SO nice to us...sadly we didn't get time to walk around the visitor centre, but we WILL be going back soon....well worth a visit and a stop for a lovely lunch...

Visited June 2013
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8 Thank Mireille J
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NewbigginMC, Manager at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
We're very pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back again soon. We've just posted some new pictures including some of the galleries so you can have a little taster in advance of your next visit.
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Social History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

Having stayed in this little seaside town for a very enjoyable week, we visited the centre to learn something of its history. With some great audio-visual presentations, we were not disappointed. The documentary film from the 1940's was very interesting and shows that the place hasn't changed a great deal (though fishing and mining have obviously declined). The old Life Boat (Mary Joicey) has an heroic past and the AV presentation (imagery and poetry in perfect combination) brought a lump to my throat. Well worth the £2.50 entry fee.

We called in for a drink on a separate occasion and sat outside watching the world go slowly by. We found the staff very pleasant.

Visited May 2013
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7 Thank PMLaycock
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NewbigginMC, Manager at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to make such kind and positive comments. The AV presentation in the Mary Joicey Hall has raised many a tear since we opened. It was commissioned especially for the Centre and we feel it hits just the right note.
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Gateshead
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Disapointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Visited the cafe within this place as we had good memories from last year where we had a cream tea and hoped to have the same but.. not sure if cafe is under new management but we were very disappointed all had changed staff seemed suprised when we asked abut the wonderful tea we had the year before "do you still serve it?" and mumbled answer of not knowing what we were talking about. So we ordered bacon sandwiches and scone. Scones were okay just but bacon sandwiches were vile, limp thin cheap white bread just say on the right side of not stale and underdone fatty bacon with bright yellow cheap marg. View was lovely as always. But all in all horrible and wont return shame as it was a good place gone bad.

Visited May 2013
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10 Thank Daywinter
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

I was so disappointed to return to Newbiggin and find you can hardly see the church on the point for the new heritage centre. Still, I had to go inside and see what justified placing the building here and I was equally disappointed by what I found. As a resident of a nearby town in the North East, with family connections in Newbiggin, I couldn't see much that represented the true story of Newbiggin which is actually fascinating. Last time I visited, I bumped into the family of some of the fisherfolk and they can tell the true story and would happily do so for free.

Then I went for a coffee and enjoyed the view out over the bay but I really missed the original view from the prom and, if this is the best they can do, I don't think it's worth a visit. when you could bring a flask of coffee and save a lot of money especially if you're travelling with children. I have to say, ours were severely bored with this "day out."

Visited May 2013
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7 Thank Sheila_GM
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NewbigginMC, Manager at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
We are really sorry you had a disappointing experience. Our menu does change over time but we hope you will be pleased to learn we are now serving our bacon butties on a locally baked stottie and have also recently introduced locally sourced crab sandwiches on a choice of bread or stottie.
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Wallsend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Quality family time”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Plenty of free parking spaces. The museum was informative and interesting. The information boards are aimed at all ages and the museum can be enjoyed by all ages. I found the film about the life in and around the area very moving and give me an insight into the lives of not just the fishermen but there wives and families. There is an area where you can purchase gifts. We had our lunch in the cafe which has stunning views over the coastline, our meals were lovely and affordable. The staff are friendly and informative and we enjoyed our visit.

After lunch we had a walk along the beach, which was enjoyed by all.

Visited April 2013
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5 Thank rightatthebottom
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NewbigginMC, Manager at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, responded to this review, June 6, 2013
Thank you, we are really pleased you enjoyed your visit and have taken the time to make such helpful comments.
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