Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is located just off South Promenade at the north side of Sandhaven beach, offering the usual array of fairground rides alongside ‘white-knuckle’ thrillers such as the Pirate Ship, plus colourful and imaginative rides for younger children and a full range of amusement machines and video games. After the excitement of the fair you can enjoy a meal in one of the two traditional fish and chip restaurants or the American style diner; if you’re not ready for a meal there are toffee apple, candyfloss, ice cream and hot doughnut stalls. Every Monday from Easter and throughout the summer months the local evening newspaper, the Shields Gazette, has a voucher printed in it offering £20 worth of rides at the fair for a discount price of £12. It’s well worth spending thirty pence on the paper if you're planning a visit to the fair.
Bents Park is situated next to South Marine Park, near the model of the world's first lifeboat, designed by the locally born William Wouldhave; every Sunday throughout the summer Bents Park plays host to open air shows called ‘The Sunday Star Spectaculars’. Some of the celebrities that have performed here include The Bootleg Beatles, Rolf Harris, and Johnny Cash; the shows are free and are very popular. Next to Bents Park is Sandhaven Caravan Park, which offers space for both static and touring caravans.
The South Promenade has an elevated walkway giving you excellent views along the beach. Perspex screens overlook the beach below the walkway and there are a number of benches for people to rest and enjoy the views.
The Amphitheatre next to the elevated walkway and is the venue for a variety of free summer entertainment; every Sunday afternoon there is a Brass Band concert, live rock, folk and pop groups entertain the public every Monday and Wednesday evening. There is also children's entertainment every afternoon throughout the school holidays with magic shows, games and talent contests.
Just beyond the elevated walkway is the Marsden Rattler, a beer garden and a restaurant housed in an old Pullman train carriage. Sandhaven Beach Chalets are also located here, the chalets offer self catering accommodation with glorious sea views.