The settlement of Newbiggin-By-The-Sea was originally called South Wallerick until the Danes came along and changed everything. They christened the town Newbegining and variations thereof, until the present-day name stuck. In the 14th century, the town had an important role in supporting Edward III’s campaign against the Scots. The town’s popularity as a beach resort began in Victorian times, when it was Northumberland’s premier resort. Newbiggin had its own colliery, but it closed in 1967. The church of St Bartholomew stands on a promontory at the north end of the main street. Newbiggin used to have a massive summer fair which included live music as well as stalls selling food and other produce. Sadly this event no longer takes place, but a local pub called The Old Ship is doing its best to revive it by holding an annual festival with a full programme of live music.
Just inland from Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Woodhorn is the site of a former colliery, now turned into a Country Park including a leisure lake. Woodhorn also has a Colliery Museum which tells over 800 years of Northumberland history. Woodhorn's Saxon church is believed to be the oldest on the Northumberland coasrt, and houses the Church Museum.
Map of the area.