For any sea glass addict, UK’s Seaham Beach is considered by many, to be the holy grail of sea glass beaches in the world. A long sweeping beach, covered in beautiful pebbles of varying sizes it uncovers its bounty of sea glass with each passing tide.
The reason for so much glass on this beach is because this ragged piece of coastline was the site of a Victorian glass factory which closed sometime in the early 1920’s.
Apparently a lot of the end of day glass was tossed over the cliffs into the cliff beds, some say to reinforce the eroding cliffs & others think it was an easy way to dump unwanted glass. Over time these cliffs eroded, the glass found its way to the beach & was tumbled by the pounding pebbles & waves into beautiful, polished, gemlike nuggets.
There is a lot of clear & green glass but also other bright colours such as blues, teals, browns & the famous Seaham multi ‘eyes’, which are a combination of various coloured glass fused together.
I have visited Seaham 3 times now & I have found walking along the tideline or just above it (as the tide is going out) is the best place to easily find the sea glass. As the waves wash over the glass they highlight the colours making it easier to spot them in amongst the pebbles.
I have noticed over the years the beach has become more & more popular with sea glass hunters from all over the world. Indeed this has created a booming little industry where local collectors are selling sea glass online & others are making a living making jewellery from the glass they collect. Of course with this popularity the glass has become noticeably harder to find, especially the more unusual & rarer colours. Avid collectors are up at dawn, methodically sweeping the beach for the most precious finds. With this in mind I would suggest allocating a few days for collecting if you are travelling to Seaham from any distance. You do need to spend quite a bit of time walking & searching & just the effort of staring through the pebbles is exhausting after a few hours.
It pays to check the tide times in advance & be ready to hit the beach as the tide turns (even if that means getting up at the crack of dawn yourself).
But don’t be disheartened – you will find lots of glass if you dedicate the time & energy. Searching for sea glass on this beach is so rewarding, it reminds me of when I was a kid & I would dream that I had found a stash of lost coins or treasure in the garden. No matter how fast I dug up the treasure I could see more ready to be collected – the thrill of it! That dream is a reality on Seaham Beach & the money is replaced by luscious, beautiful pieces of frosted sea glass!
Now so many of these lovely pieces can be turned into jewellery, hopefully giving the person who wears them as match of a thrill as I experienced finding them.
where to find sea glass at Seaham Beach?
Since the original post was published I have had so many people contact me asking for tips on where to hunt for sea glass on Seaham Beach. As a result I have created this handy PDF: tips-for-collecting-sea-glass-at-seaham-beach for you to download & save for future reference. It includes tips on where to collect the glass, where to stay & eat & what to bring with you. If you want more seaglass inspiration and news then please join my mailing list by popping your details in the bar at the top of this page.
Happy Hunting & please post a comment below letting me know how you got on.