Chester-le-Street Riverside Park
Tel: 03000 266 447
Created in the 1930s, Riverside Park has always been popular with visitors. It was redeveloped in the 1990s and now includes artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena, play area and a park centre with cafe and toilets.
Riverside Park has been designed to meet the needs of a range of visitors. The play area and splash pad are lively, fun spaces to keep children entertained. The gardens provide a quiet place for relaxation and reflection. The grassed area and riverside walks offer chances for quiet relaxation, picnics, kite flying or more vigorous pursuits such as running and cycling.
In 1996, two artists - Roger Dickinson and Isabella Lockett - and writer Linda France, were commissioned to create works for the Riverside Gardens. The artists drew their inspiration from local landscape designers William Andrews Nesfield (1794-1881) and Thomas Wright (1711-1786) who both had a keen interest in the solar system. Today each of the finished gardens reflects a different star or planet. You can get an information leaflet on Riverside Gardens by calling the Riverside Sports Pavilion.
The play area covers an area of approximately 5,000 square metres and is suitable for all children, from toddlers to children in their teens. Its central feature is a 16 foot castle, inspired by the nearby Lumley Castle which overlooks the park. Please note, although the play area is a safe environment, children must be supervised at all times.
Brand new for 2015, the splash pad is a state of the art play facility which is free to use and suitable for families from toddlers to early teens. It is the only splash pad in County Durham and replaces the old paddling pool. Please note that the splash pad is closed during the winter months - opening times will be published shortly.
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good24
- Sandie MDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesAll ages can enjoy a day hereSaturday, 16th September 2017We go to this park all the time as its on our doorstep ,we enjoy a nice walk along the river,feed the ducks and have a coffee and snack at the little cafe with seating outside,very enjoyable .really... Read full review
- Jayne BCramlingtonTrip Type:FamilyBrilliantWednesday, 13th September 2017My family and I had a brilliant time here what a great place. It could do with a bigger carpark as it was full when we arrived but luckily we arrived just as someone was leaving.....happy days... Read full review
- Susancarmody00Sunderland, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyFamily visit from yorkshire nephew niece and 2 great nieces took them first time to this parkMonday, 4th September 2017Excellent for children and also people with no children we have been here a few times lovely cafe and excellent picnic areas lovely walk along riverside feeding ducks and swans Read full review
|Open all year (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|