Days Out

Parks, Playgrounds & The Outdoors


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Beggars Wood Playground

Daylight hours.

Beggars Wood Park, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 0HJ
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Bensham Playground

Daylight hours.

Bensham Park, Bensham, Gateshead, NE8 1PX
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

 

Bill Quay Playground

Daylight hours.

Bill Quay Park, Station Road, Gateshead, NE10 0UH
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Large sandpit with pirate ship and slide, plus separate junior play frame and water play with trough and pump.

Free.

Birkheads Secret Gardens

Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm
(Closed mid Oct til end of  Feb/March)

Birk Heads, Marley Hill, Gateshead, NE16 5 EL
Tel: 07778 447920

A 3 acre site with themed gardens, water features, garden shop and café. Plus you can pick up an ‘I spy trail’ for children.

Adults: £5.00
Child: aged 4-15: £2.00
Seniors & Students: £4.50

Birtley Grove Playground

Daylight hours.

Birtley Grove Park, Birtley Lane, Gateshead, DH3 1AW
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Birtley Welfare Playground

Daylight hours.

Birtley Grove Park, Birtley Lane, Gateshead, DH3 1AW
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Chase Park

Daylight hours.

Chase Park, Front Street, Whickham, Gateshead, NE16 4EE

Refurbished in 2017, with well-kept gardens, tennis courts, skateboard park, table tennis and outdoor gym. There are toddler and junior play areas, including a zip line and water play, with an Archimedes screw which turns to move water up.

Free.

Chopwell Playground

Daylight hours.

Marx and Lenin Terrace, Chopwell, Gateshead, NE17 7EH
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Chopwell Woodland Park

Open access.

Chopwell Wood, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE39 1LT
Tel: 01388 488312

There are four walking trails of varying lengths that criss-cross through the woodland. Cyclists of all ages and abilities can enjoy the network of cycle paths, with moderate blue graded trails and a fast and exhilarating red graded trail.

Free.

Derwent Playground

Daylight hours.

Burnopfield Road, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE39 1LG
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Derwent Walk Country Park & Derwenthaugh Park

Open access.

Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE39 1AU

The park runs from Swalwell to Rowlands Gill and is made up of several countryside sites, including woodlands, meadows, wetlands and riverside, all linked by a series of waymarked walks. There are two visitor centres with cafes, public toilets, 7 car parks, and easy access walks suitable for prams.

Free.

Dunston Playground

Daylight hours.

Dunston Road, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9PL
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Eslington Playground

Daylight hours.

Bolam Street, Teams, Gateshead, NE8 2TQ
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Felling Playground

Daylight hours.

Sunderland Road, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9DF
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Ferndene Playground

Daylight hours.

Main Road, Ryton, Gateshead, NE40 3RS
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Garden House Playground

Daylight hours.

Crawcrook, Gateshead, NE40 4NB
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Gibside

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
(times may changes seasonally)

Rowlands Gill, Burnopfield, Gateshead, NE16 6BG
Tel: 01207 541820

There’s plenty to explore in this National Trust 18th century landscape garden, with 600 acres of gardens, woodland and countryside, chapel, cafe and two children’s outdoor play areas, with a zip wire,  sandpit and water play trough. Plus regular family events and workshops.

Adults: from £12
Child: from £6
Family: (2 Adults:): from £30
Family: (1 Adult:): from £18

Greengates Playground

Daylight hours.

Bleach Green, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5BE
Tel: 0191 433 3000

Free.

Heworth Playground

Daylight hours.

Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9DT
Tel: 0191 433 3000.

Free.

Hodkin Playground

Daylight hours.

Sheriffs Highway, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead, NE9 6QT
Tel: 0191 433 3000.

Free.

Kells Lane Playground

Daylight hours.

Kells Lane, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 5SJ.
Tel: 0191 433 3000.

Playground with large sandpit and pirate ship with climbing net, wobbly bridge and slide, plus tree house, toddler swings and a nest swing on other side of park.

Free.

Kibblesworth Playground

Daylight hours.

Greenford, Kibblesworth, Gateshead, NE11 0TW
Tel: 0191 433 3000.

Free.

 

Marley Hill Playground

Daylight hours.

Cuthbert Street, Marley Hill, Gateshead, NE16 5DW
Tel: 0191 433 3000.

Free.

Oliver Henderson Playground

Daylight hours.

Wirralshir, Leam Lane, Gateshead, NE10 8DN
Tel: 0191 433 3000.

Park with short walk around a lake, skate park and playground including toddler and junior play frames and zip wire.

Free.

Saltwell Park

Daylight access (changes seasonally)
Play area closed for refurbishment from 25th Nov 19, due to reopen April 20

East Park Road, Gateshead, NE9 5AX
Tel: 0191 433 7000

A Victorian park with well-kept gardens, streams, sports facilities and lake with pedal boats for hire. Plus there is a small maze, a pet’s corner and toddler and junior play areas, including a sand pit. You may also find bouncy castles and a Thomas train ride which drives around the park.

Free.

Thornley Woods

Open access.

Rowlands Gill, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE39 1AU
Tel: 01207 545212

There are marked walking routes from the visitor centre, including a short circular easy access boardwalk route, plus there a various animal sculptures carved from trees stumps throughout the woods. There is also a cafe with a children’s play kitchen and toys, and children’s activity sheets.

Free.

Watergate Forest Park

Open access.

Off Whickham Highway at Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 9RQ
Tel: 0191 433 7412

There are woodland, wildflower meadows and a lake, with gravel paths including a 1.4 mile circular walk around the lake. The Watergate Cafe has toys, books and arts & crafts supplies and a small outdoor enclosed area with creative toys. They also run pre-school activities and workshops.

Free.