Official Tented Village – Souter Lighthouse


Imagine turning up to the Official Great North Run Campsite at the iconic Souter Lighthouse National Trust Site, with all the hard work already done for you.  Your chosen tent will be pitched in the Official Tented Village section and awaiting your arrival.

Souter Lighthouse is a local icon and stands proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear.  It was the world’s first lighthouse designed to be lit by electricity, built in 1871 and now houses displays exploring its working history.  Pay a visit to the lighthouse and discover why it was seen as ‘a marvel of its age’.  Inside, you can learn about the life of a lighthouse keeper and discover both a lost village and a lost industry. If you have a head for heights, climb the 76 steps to the top of the tower – you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view.

Stretching north from the lighthouse towards the Great North Run finish line is The Leas – 2½ miles of magnesian limestone cliffs, wave-cut foreshore and coastal grassland.  Enjoy a cliff-top walk along to Gypsy Green Stadium, or check out the old, crank-working cliff lift at the nearby Marsden Grotto, which will bring you down through the rock to their famous cave restaurant with access to the beachfront.

The on-site Lighthouse Café serves drinks, snacks and light meals and has indoor and outdoor seating available.  There is also parking available on-site.



You can hire a tent that sleeps from 1 to 6 people (all of which are tall enough to stand up inside), making it the perfect adventure for solo runners, couples, families and groups alike.  All tents are empty so you can fill them how you choose – camping equipment and sleeping bags are not provided.


Maybe you like the idea of camping, but still want to hang on to a little bit of luxury – then try our Glamping Bell Tents.

Choose from a basic Bell Tent with nothing inside, allowing you to fill it how you choose, or upgrade to the Premium Bell Tent to make your life even easier.  The Premium Bell Tent option sleeps up to 4 and included includes: 1 x Double bed + 2 x Single camp beds topped with a 10cm Mattress and luxury bed linen, including a 13.5 tog rated duvet.  Wooden crates inside your tent double as storage and bedside tables and a Solar Panel provides the ability to have a main light at the centre of the tent, a bedside table lamp with the added bonus of charging your devices!


  • Closest accommodation to the Great North Run finish line
  • Perfect for single travellers, couples, groups and families
  • Price is the same for 1 to 3-nights, so you can really make the most of your stay in the North East
  • Budget accommodation, great for meeting fellow runners
  • Toilet and shower facilities provide
  • Pet Friendly
  • 24-hour security
  • Free car parking

TOP TIP: make sure you bring a colourful flag or your supporter banners to make finding your tent easier!


The Great North Run Official Tented Village is around 2.6 miles from the finish line and 13.5 miles from the start area.

Shuttle services are available to both athletes and spectators from the Campsite and Tented Village to the start line. (Additional fees apply and this service must be booked in advance.  Option to add this to your booking on the following pages).

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