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Spanish City Coaster

Spanish City Coaster

Spanish City, Whitley Bay


Located atop the dunes facing the seafront at Whitley Bay Beach, "The Dome" depicted on our coaster design was originally completed in 1910 and became a hub of activity and interest, not only because it was home to many attractions, but because of its stunning architecture and unique design. At the time it was built it was the second largest dome in the country, after St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.


After nearly a century of a very eventful history and many many takeovers from different groups promising major investment and regeneration, the plight to save the beloved Spanish City appeared to be hopeless. The fairground was demolished in 1999 and the last retail tenant moved out in 2002. Then, almost 18 years after the venue’s final closure, Spanish City reopened in 2018 following a restoration project that saw historical features brought back to their former glory and today boasts an array of new leisure facilities including; family-friendly venues, a high-quality steak and seafood restaurant, tearooms, event spaces and a Champagne bar taking residence inside the famous landmark.


A Brief History


A man called William Simcocks assembled a travelling troupe of entertainers and called them The Toreadors. They toured the Isle of Man, appearing under makeshift tents on seafronts and were seemingly a great success as they were well received by the public. However, William was declared bankrupt in 1906 but somehow managed to acquire the Theatre Royal in Hebburn-on-Tyne where he, together with the manager of the hotel next door to the theatre, spotted a business opportunity just across the River Tyne in Whitley Bay - a large village with a growing tourist industry. 


William created a North East Toreadors group to perform in the area of Whitley Park. Appearing under makeshift awnings and temporary stages in a fenced area which they decided to paint with Spanish street scenes, the area became known as the Spanish City.


In 1908 the Spanish City, which had grown substantially over the previous two years, was officially opened. A simple three-arched entrance had been built facing the seafront and the area was now completely enclosed within a boundary. In 1909, large rides appeared, including a Figure 8 rollercoaster and a Water Chute. William and Henry wanted to make a statement and create a new, grand entrance to the fairground. They hired the Newcastle architects Cackett & Burns Dick to survey the site and begin drawing up plans for new Pleasure Buildings, which would lead to the construction of the Spanish City Dome we know and love today which was completed and officially opened in 1910.


Telegraph-wire cyclists, acrobatic comedians, singing jockeys, and mermaids all appeared at Spanish City during its first decade. One of the wings hosted the menagerie, where visitors could see hyenas, antelopes, and tigers. This was converted into the Picture House cinema in 1916.


During the First World War, the theatre was occupied by the military who left it in a bad state when hostilities ended in 1918. The management seized the opportunity to maximise its’ money-making potential by renovating it and converting it into a ballroom in 1920. 


When the second world war broke out, the dome - a gleaming white beacon, was camouflaged with paint and netting to reduce the potential of it being used as a wayfinder for enemy bombers. After the war, the council wasted no time in bringing the town back to life however the dome remained grey until 1949, and even after being repainted the original whiteness could never be achieved.


In 1961, the ballroom was converted into a bingo hall, and the rest, as they say, is history!


Please Note: The artwork engraved onto this product is an original illustration, hand drawn and designed by Coastin' Along Ltd. who own all copyrights to the design.


Disclaimer: Our products are made from natural materials therefore may vary slightly in appearance to the images shown.


New Design: Landmark design engraved onto coaster will now include location of landmark in a smaller font size underneath the name of the landmark. Please be advised that some of the photos used for the landmark coaster listings may not reflect this addition to the design yet while updates are taking place.


Special Offer: A discount of at least 10%  will be applied when you select a set of 4 or 6 from the quantity option menu. The same discount will be applied to sets of 4 and 6 of mixed & matched designs too, you can find this option back in the coaster section and gifts/bundles section of the shop.

  • Wood Coasters

    • Approx 10cm x 10cm / 10cm diameter
    • 3mm Plywood
    • Varnished by hand with a non-toxic water-based varnish
    • 4 x anti-slip rubber feet attached to base by hand
    • Not dishwasher friendly
    • Not suitable for soaking in water
    • Can be cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe or sprayed with an anti-bacterial agent then wiped down with a damp cloth or paper towel, dry thoroughly after cleaning.
    • This product is made from a natural material and therefore may vary slightly in appearance from images shown as well as there being slight variations between products made from the same material.
    • Wood contains natural markings and patterns, these markings make each an every coaster beautifully unique.
  • Slate Coasters

    • Approx 10cm x 10cm
    • Slate is a natural product and therefore may not be a perfect symmetrical shape. It also means that products may vary slightly in appearance from images shown as well as there being slight variations between products made from the same material.
    • Comes with 4 x anti-slip foam feet on base
    • Not suitable for dishwashing machines or soaking in water.
    • This product can be cleaned with an anti-bacterial wet wipe and left to dry naturally.
  • Cork Coasters

    • Approx 9cm x 9cm
    • Approx 0.5cm thick
    • Cork is a natural product and therefore may be slight variations between each product.
    • Not suitable for dishwashing machines or soaking in water.
    • This product may be cleaned gently with an anti-bacterial wet wipe. However, this may diminish the quality of the engraving over time, therefore we recommend using the reverse side of the coaster to rest your cup on.
PriceFrom £4.50
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