A spontaneous trip to South Shields seafront after a long hard day stuck at work. Nothing better than chips by the seaside when its sunny outside and I’ve been looking at a computer screen all day.

We started our fun at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf. Being a very competitive family, the game was on. Unfortunately I became too smug at Smugglers (see what I did there?!) and lost it all on the last hole big style! Daughter went on to win.

Its only £4 for adults and £3 for kids, there are 12 holes and you get a score card to list your achievements, or not as they might be. Good fun for all the family and brilliant pirate theming.

Next we tried out the fish and chips next door at The Blue Marlin. Slow queue but lovely food and reasonably priced. Nothing beats the smell of freshly cooked chips and salty seawater, honestly its good for the soul!

After a stroll along the beach and the obligatory paddling in the always freezing North Sea, we were about to head home when we passed the Dunes Bowling Alley. I’ve been here a few times previously and its always good fun, but tonight it looked amazing as it was ‘Glow in the Dark’ night. I’ve never been bowling when its like a disco with flashing lights and good tunes but it totally rounded off a brilliant evening.

Its £6 per lane per person, adult or child, but that’s at peak time. Off peak is slightly cheaper. Its part of the Dunes Entertainment Complex and there’s a restaurant, pub, soft play and arcade too. Fun for all the family and it made the evening. My mum always used to tell me that the sea air would make me sleep at night and she wasn’t wrong. Out like a baby. 🙂