An attraction worth seeing

One of the biggest decisions when planning your Wedding is where to actually hold the ceremony.  With the changing face of the UK and the multicultural society in which we now live less and less people are opting for traditional religious settings and are instead seeking alternatives.

There are a huge range of venues and settings, all with unique offerings in terms of packages and enticements.  Clearly budget and capacity have to play an important component when deciding where the celebrations should be held.

Having visited many of the venues in the North East it is fantastic to see such attention to detail in respect of how owners have embraced the modern day requirements of couples tying the knot.

One venue that I recently visited is Spanish City, Whitley Bay. An iconic jewel in the crown of North Tyneside has opened its doors once more after an extensive £10 million refurbishment.  The oddly named Spanish City in Whitley Bay with a long history in the town known for its landmark dome opened in 1910 and became the largest dome in the UK after St Paul’s Cathedral.  Even the world famous Dire Straits, the group formed by local musicians mention “Spanish City” in their song “Tunnel of Love”.

When approaching the Spanish City, a Grade II listed building you can’t fail to be impressed with its sparkling white façade contrasted against the ever-changing colours of the North Sea.   Anyone who is from the North East or visited back in Whitley Bay’s heyday has to get a sense of glee at the mere sight of such an impressive building nestled on the stunning Northumbrian coastline.  It has long been associated with “fun” and “nostalgic grandeur”.

Today with its smart new look yet retaining period features and variety of eateries, the inside of Spanish City definitely has the “wow” factor.  When entering the building and making your way through the various areas it somehow gives you a sense of being in a very special place that has been designed to meet the needs of modern society.

The function suite where you can hold your Wedding Ceremony has the most spectacular sea views across the shoreline and towards St Mary’s lighthouse through floor to ceiling windows.  Not only do you get exclusive use of the function suite facilities with only one wedding per day allowed, but also there are some delicious options for food and drinks.

The ceremony room can be dressed in a style to suit your taste and there are some magnificent photographic opportunities, even in elevated positions from the rooftop.

Faye Purver is the Wedding and Events Co-ordinator and would be delighted to discuss your requirements. She can be contacted on 0191 691 7087 or E-mail

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