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Families can pack up their buckets and spades and head to the heart of the city to enjoy the sunshine as Newcastle’s urban beach returns.

Work is due to start on Newcastle’s river bank on May 14 as the popular Quayside Seaside attraction is back for the seventh year running.

Picked out as a great spot for ‘seaside hijinks’ by Conde Nast the Quayside Seaside brings the beach to the heart of the city all summer long.

The city beach is opening slightly later this year to make way for the fan zone of the Heineken Champions Cup Final fan-zone that will occupy the area on the weekend of May 10 and 11.

Built from over 350 tonnes of sand, and complete with five candy-striped beach huts, 50 deck chairs and a climbing wall the Quayside Seaside has everything you need for a fun-filled day at the beach.

Palm trees will line the ‘Newcastle Riviera’ and this year a children’s playground equipped with a slide and fireman’s pole will add to the excitement for the kids.

Tom O’Gara, Small Works Manager at Esh said: “This project brings great value to the area. It’s a consistent job that we have performed since 2013 which enables us to completely overhaul the space and give the public an appealing place to spend their day.”

The architecture of the Quayside Seaside was designed by Colour Urban Design Ltd who have also been the team behind the Grey Street Gathering feature that opened in April, delivered also by Esh Civils.

Colour UDL’s Senior Landscape Architect and lead designer on the project, Carwyn Thomas, said: “It blends both man-made and nature together for locals to enjoy, where visitors can experience the feel of natural surroundings in the comfort of their own city, complementing the river.”

The Quayside Seaside has been commissioned by NE1 and is due to open mid-May. .

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