A New Beginning for the North East's Most Iconic Venue


Coming Summer 2018


Launching in the summer of 2018, the iconic Spanish City will return to rekindle its love affair with the residents and visitors of Whitley Bay. A renaissance of the site is under way with a final goal of reawakening a truly unique visitor destination for the North East of England.

Kymel's exciting plans for the new Spanish City have been inspired by the venues rich history and the needs and wants of both residents and visitors to the area alike.

Originally completed in 1910, ‘The Dome’ 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. Almost 18 years after the venue’s final closure, Spanish City will reopen following a restoration project that sees historical features brought back to their former glory and the introduction of new leisure facilities including; family-friendly restaurants, fine dining, tearooms, event spaces and a champagne and oyster bar taking residence inside the famous landmark.

Old and new will come together seamlessly as precious memories of times gone by combine with modern experiences to celebrate a truly amazing venue.

About the Project 

North Tyneside Council released plans to regenerate Spanish City and Whitley Bay alongside a coastal development plan. Spanish City forms an integral part of the programme with the public calling for the site’s iconic dome to be brought back to life. The restoration comes after North Tyneside Council invested £4m, successfully secured £3.47m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and gained a Coastal Communities Fund grant of more than £2.5m, bringing the total investment to almost £10m.

Work currently underway includes the restoration and repair of many previously lost original features and the addition of modern extensions, as well as a new rear entrance and the refurbishment of the famous ‘dancing ladies’. The ceiling of the central space has also been removed from the ground floor, allowing visitors to see the dome in all its glory from inside for the first time in over 100 years, whilst railings have also been reinstated on the surrounding balcony. Seaward-facing full height windows will be fitted in keeping with the original Spanish City, revealing incredible views of the coast and St Mary’s Island. Stunning architecture will be further showcased with beautiful interior design, and details including vast columns and terrazzo flooring.


Those visiting Spanish City will be welcomed by a wide range of options as the venue goes on to house a luxurious seafood fine dining restaurant, a traditional tea room, an ice cream and waffle house, a fish and chip restaurant and takeaway and a champagne and oyster bar.

Each venue comes complete with its own individual charm whilst simultaneously being part of the Spanish City family amidst the open and airy leisure venue and enveloping views.


Social calendars will be jam-packed as Spanish City plays host to everything from Christmas and Wedding Fairs to special interest events, film screenings and food and drink festivals. There really will be something for everyone. Subscribe to our newsletter for further updates on upcoming plans and notable dates.

Areas of Spanish City will also be available to hire privately for special occasions including weddings, parties, corporate functions etc. with various options available for those seeking a venue with the ‘wow-factor’. A dedicated function room complete with access to two bars, catering and views across the bay towards St Mary’s Lighthouse creates the perfect environment for both relaxed and more formal events, the only limit is your imagination!


The team at Spanish City will ensure that every wedding is as special as the couple themselves. The dedicated function room will provide a truly unique and unforgettable wedding venue that your guests will be talking about for years to come.

Adjoining the luxurious champagne and oyster bar and rooftop terrace, the spaces will work together to play host to civil ceremonies, champagne and canapé receptions, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions for weddings of various sizes. Photographers and guests will be delighted by picture perfect moments as full-length windows and open-air spaces showcase the unique and stunning coastal scenery surrounding the venue.

Food and drink options will be plentiful with a dedicated kitchen and bar within the function space and exclusive facilities for guests. Details on packages and open days will be available in 2018.


The Spanish City offers something distinctly different to those seeking space for corporate events. Commanding views across the coast provide an inspiring backdrop whilst ample parking facilities, specialist AV equipment, access to WiFi and a dedicated team allow attendees to get straight down to business.

Outstanding food and drink options are available onsite with dedicated facilities within the Conferencing area. Alongside a main room, the champagne and oyster bar and surrounding balcony can be used as a break out space and internal sliding walls ensure full flexibility.

Refreshment options for day delegates and bespoke packages with added extras will be available by request.

Excellent transport links via car and public transport ensure that arriving at Spanish City is stress-free, whilst hotels and B&B’s close by allow a place for weary business travellers to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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