Martin Stait

Regional Qualification(s):

North East



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I successfully completed the Institute of Tourist Guiding North East England Blue Badge Examinations in August 2021 and am qualified to take tours throughout the North East of England.

Since completing my qualification, I have undertaken coach tours of North East England from cruise ships entering the port of Tyne and I have undertaken bespoke tours throughout the North East using a hired mini bus and driver. I specialise in organising walking tours of Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham and the North East Coast.

I started my career in 1980, when I joined Canadian Pacific Bulkships as a engineer cadet. I then completed a Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Newcastle University in 1987.
Following a year with Babcock Energy, I joined Northumbrian Water in 1988 as an engineering consultant. Over the last 30 years, I have managed a wide range of major capital and refurbishment contracts as well as being a Mechanical Engineer. I am also a Fellow Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Personal Interests:

Engineering Heritige
City & Countryside Walks
Cathedrals & Churches
Coach Guiding
Art Galleries and Museums

Special Interests:

Industrial Heritage

As a Fellow Member of the IMechE, I have a passionate interest in all aspects of Engineering including 200 years of the rail industry, ship building, power station as well as the treatment of water and sewage

Castles & Palaces

I have a good understanding of all castles in the North East of England

Maritime Britain

As a qualified 4th Engineer in the Merchant Navy, I have a passionate interest in all aspects of marine heritage and ships


I have a very good understanding of the Great north Museum Hancock including its roman exhibits, Saxon gallery and flowers / fauna of the North East England

Walking Tours

I have experience of undertaking tours of Newcastle upon Tyne, Berwick upon Tweed, Barnard Castle and Durham

Regional Tours

Our training included comprehensive coach tours of County Durham, Northumberland and Newcastle upon Tyne


I am a church warden of my local church and familiar with Durham Cathedral and Newcastle Cathedral

Sports & Pastimes

I have followed football for over 50 years and I am keen spectator of local rugby and cricket matches. My daughter was a keen swimmer. I occasionally play golf

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