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 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good27
- MaryfinleyDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayBeautiful Riverside park ,Thursday, 17th May 2018Good play area for children, fabulous views of Lumley Castle and surrounding areas, lovely Swans and ducks on the river and nice little snack bar for a quick bite to eat, very pleasant place. Read full review
- WaddlerYork, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyGood park but litter everywhereMonday, 7th May 2018Went on bank holiday Sunday morning, and it’s got a good range of play equipment, one of the better ranges I’ve seen in England for all ages. There’s the river with the swans too. And the inflatable... Read full review
- Martin PChester-le-Street, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelA wonderful placeSaturday, 21st April 2018Lots of green space to go for a walk or have a seat and read a book. There’s a good play area for the kids and a snack bar. The more energetic can join in the Parkrun that takes place on Saturday... Read full review
|Open all year (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|