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 Good23
- Steve SDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyLovely big parkThursday, 20th July 2017We live close to here and walk around the park from time to time, nice to walk along the river and see the wildlife and scenery. Gets very busy on a nice day, especially at a weekend and there is a... Read full review
- FlorianFYBispham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyReally good parkWednesday, 21st June 2017A really good 1930s municipal park that been updated. This park has nice a riverside walk, is the gateway to the great north forest or some such thing and had beautifully manicured bowling greens... Read full review
- WaddlerPerth, AustraliaGood stop off for the kids off the A1(M)Monday, 19th June 2017Good play equipment for all ages and a few paid for rides too that youll be cursing! Parking was 80p for an hour. Pleasant riverside walk and a kiosk selling basics like burgers, hot dogs... Read full review
|Open all year (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|