Days Out Parks, Gardens, Walks & Tours
Jan Williams Guided Tours
Northumbria Tourist Board qualified Blue Badge guide providing a professional, tailor-made guiding service for leisure and business/conference sectors. Walking/coach tours of Newcastle City and Gateshead Quays available.
A narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale, the Dene has recently underwent some major changes as part of a £6 million investment by the council. There is also a new state of the art visitor centre and a new cafe located at Millfield House. Improvements have also been made to the wider park including new path surfacing, fencing and railings. One thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that the Dene remains one of the most beautiful spots in Newcastle.
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Home to northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, England’s largest forest and officially the country’s most tranquil spot, Kielder Water & Forest Park is not to be missed.As well as the countryside there’s also an abundance of contemporary art and architecture in this striking rural setting including the new giant forest head, Silvas Capitalis. With plenty of picnic spots and places to eat throughout the park, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to spending a day trip, weekend break or holiday in the most tranquil area in England.
Haydon Bridge, Northumberland
Langley Castle Hotel is a 14th Century castle nestling in the Northumbrian valley of the South Tyne. Langley Castle Hotel offers you an exclusive centre from which to explore Hadrian's Wall, the Northumbrian countryside and history. With southern Scotland including Edinburgh, the English Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales no more than 2 hours drive away.
This beautiful park first came into being in 1873 and became the first public or people’s park created on Tyneside for the purposes of exercise and recreation. Over the last decade or so, the park has been carefully, and lovingly, restored to its original, and former, glory. Visitors can now enjoy it in all its splendour with an array of impressive features including reproductions of the two major ornate gateways reconstructed from period photographs. The 16,500km2 lake has also been totally restored with rowing boats being made available for hire. The bandstand has been exactly recreated from historic records and events are held in it over the summer months.
Lingfield Countryside Centre
Weekdays 9.00am - 4.00pm plus weekends for events. The Centre aims to promote the importance of the countryside and the environment in a town where cooling towers grow quicker than crops. There are various activities to partake in, such as an earth walk, a mini-beast hunt, orienteering, pond dipping and conservation work. The mini-beast hunt is mainly to discover what hides in the grass, but I’m sure we have all felt the mighty wrath of the midgy beast in our time.
Middlesbrough's Centre Square
Step inside the specially commissioned gates of Mowbray Park and experience a one-stop visitor attraction including the restored Victorian Park alongside the adjoining Museum & Art Gallery and Winter Gardens. The park holds also a children’s playground and has an arrangement of events throughout the summer months. An intriguing array of artworks celebrate the city’s connection with Lewis Carroll, who wrote his famous poem Jabberwocky while staying in the city.
Open: April-Sept 10am-5pm, Oct-March 10.30am-3.30pm. Adult £4/ Child £2. Award winning environmental centre hosting a hydroponicum indoor tropical garden, 25 acres of organic gardens: play areas and fun trails. Superb tearooms and giftshop.
Old Durham Gardens
The old Durham hamlet in which these gardens are situated has a heritage stretching back to Roman times but the gardens themselves date from the early 17th Century. Formerly part of a mansion long since demolished, the gardens themselves had fallen into a poor state by the mid 1970s. Since then however, Durham City Council and a number of supporters have lovingly restored them back to their former glory.
The museum on this site is enveloped in 100 acres of rolling landscape — better known as Preston Park. The park is home to an exotic bird aviary, a wildfowl pond and many riverside and woodland paths.
Rising Sun Countryside Centre
Whitley Road, Benton
Roker Park Road
A municipal park opened to the public in 1880, making use of a deep natural ravine. Roker Park runs to about seven hectares next to the coast, on the northern boundary of Sunderland. The ornamental lake in the heart of the park, provided opportunities for a variety of activities including a model boating lake, two bowling greens and children’s play facilities.