About South Shields


Frank Vignola’s UK guitar camp will be based at South Tyneside College in South Shields.


South Shields is a small coastal town in the North East of England located about 20 minutes away from Newcastle Upon Tyne.


South Shields is situated in a peninsula setting, where the River Tyne meets the North Sea It has six miles of coastline and three miles of river frontage, dominated by the massive North and South Piers at the mouth of the Tyne. The town slopes gently from Cleadon Hills down to the river. Cleadon Hills are made conspicuous by the Victorian Cleadon Water Tower and pumping station (opened in 1860 to improve sanitation) and a now derelict windmill, both of which are listed and can be seen from many miles away and also out at sea.


South Shields boasts extensive beaches, sand dunes and coves, as well as dramatic Magnesian Limestone cliffs with grassy areas above known as The Leas, which cover three miles of the coastline and are a National Trust protected area. Marsden Bay, with its famous Marsden Rock and historic Grotto public house and restaurant set in the cliffs, is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in Britain.


One of the most historic parts of the town is the quaint and beautiful Westoe village, where South Tyneside College is situated, which consists of a quiet street of 1st grade and 2nd grade Georgian and Victorian houses, many of which had been built by business leaders from the coal and shipping industries in the town. Given its beautiful setting, parks and trees, this street was often the setting for a number of books by the novelist Catherine Cookson. Westoe village was once a separate village about a mile from South Shields, but urban sprawl has now consumed it, along with the village of Harton to the south on the main route towards Cleadon and Sunderland.


Little Haven promenade and sea wall

About South Tyneside College

We are renowned for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere we offer to all of our students, but there is so much more to South Tyneside College...


Thousands of students choose to study at South Tyneside College every year - from the local community, across the UK and over 30 countries worldwide.


We have a commitment to quality that is second to none and a strong track record of success.  We’re very proud of the achievements of our students, both academic and personal.  We have outstanding employers links - helping our learners improve their career prospects.


We provide high quality student support, advice and guidance and a commitment to ensuring that we do everything possible to help our learners achieve their full potential and fulfil their aspirations.


We value all people equally, foster an ethos of mutual respect and promote equality of opportunity.


We aim to be excellent in all that we do through continuous innovation and quality improvement, best practice and releasing the potential of all of our staff.


We work in partnership with others to maximise the benefit for learners and to develop the skills needed in the local, regional and national economy.


Dr. Winterbottom Hall


Our halls of residence has been rated ‘Outstanding by OFSTED’ in our latest inspection.


The halls are conveniently situated on the College Campus, easily accessible to a wide range of local facilities in South Tyneside. Regular bus and Metro train connections are within a short walking distance, connecting to the Cities of Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, and to Newcastle International Airport. Our halls of residence, Dr Winterbottom Hall, comprises of 204 single bedrooms, all of which include FREE wifi, utility bills, cleaning and college gym membership.

Studio 5 - Our brand new performance facilities!

Dr Winterbottom Hall - Our halls of residence, where you'll enjoy your stay over the course of the camp!

How To Find Us

By air and rail


From Newcastle international Airport and Newcastle Central Station catch the Metro (Rapid-transit underground/overground railway) to Chichester, and then walk along Dean Road to the College following the pedestrian signs.


By road


If you are;


Travelling south on the A1, leave at the junction with the A19 and follow the A19 for approximately 10 miles to the Tyne Tunnel, and then...

Travelling north on the A1, take the right fork off the motorway (A194M) towards the Tyne Tunnel just after the Washington Services. After approximately 3.5 miles you
will reach a roundabout (junction with the A184), and then...

Travelling north on the A19, leave at the junction with the A194, and then..

Travelling east on the A69, take the A1 south for approximately 9.5 miles, crossing the River Tyne and passing the Gateshead Metro Centre until you reach the Angle of the North (very large public sculpture). After approximately 1 mile leave the A1 at the junction with the A1231 and continue for approximatly 3.5 miles going straight over the first roundabout, turning left at the second roundabout and following the signs for the A194M and the Tyne Tunnel. From the junction with A184 onwards...

Follow the maps higher up the screen.