Visiting parks & gardens

Visiting parks & gardens

Northumberland has a variety of parks and gardens where local people can enjoy a day out in both urban and rural areas.

Parks & gardens

Northumberland has a wonderful array of parks and gardens for locals and visitors to enjoy in their leisure time.

Further down this page you will find information about the Northumberland County Council-maintained town and village parks, gardens and outdoor facilities.

Eastwood Park, Prudhoe
Eastwood park lies on the eastern edge of Prudhoe, or West Wylam, and was originally known as the West Wylam Welfare. The park has two play areas, football pitches, a cricket strip and pavilions.  The Eastwood Park Improvement Project is currently underway and will see much needed upgrades of play and other facilities within the park.
History of Eastwood Park
Eastwood park has existed since 1919 as a sporting facility and even after West Wylam Pit closed in 1961 the park has continued to be central to the sporting life of the area.

Prudhoe Town FC played there until 1987 when they moved to Kimberley Park, nearby.  Since then  Prudhoe Youth Club FC have played here and have fielded many teams of varying ages throughout the years. They now have over 20 teams and make use of at least 5 football fields across the town
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The park also has a cricket pitch and was home to Prudhoe Cricket Club for many years. There has been a Cricket Club based in West Wylam since at least 1960 and probably long before that.  The pavilion appears on maps dating from around 1919 and was upgraded and rebuilt at varying points over the years.

Lawn bowls was also played on the southern part of the site from at least 1932 until around 1998, when the club moved to Prudhoe Waterworld and the bowling green was redeveloped into a children’s play area.
 
Improvement Project - Dogs in the Park
Eastwood Park is a popular place for dog walkers, it also contains two children’s play area and is home to many children’s football teams, as well as being a great space for informal sport and play.  The football pitches are located in the centre of the park and, as they are also public open space, are used to exercise dogs too.  

We are particularly interested in your views on dogs in the park as we have to balance the needs, health and safety of all visitors to the park, and it is unfortunate that all dog owners do not clear up after their dogs.  

One idea being considered is the creation of a Dog Zone and Agility Area at the north end of the park.  This will provide a sizeable space for dogs to be off lead and also to be able to play on agility equipment.  This will NOT be a space for dog owners to leave dog mess, the same clean-up laws will apply in this space as anywhere else in the county.  

Tell us what you think by completing the park survey. Click here to go to the survey.
Eastwood Park Improvement Project
Northumberland County Council and Prudhoe Town Council are working on a project to improve the play and other facilities within Eastwood Park.  

Currently we are asking people what they would like to see in the park, gathering views and ideas.

An exhibition of early ideas and potential improvements will be held in the Pavilion in the centre of the park on Monday 12th September.  

It is a drop-in event, and you can come along at any time between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.  A presentation and question and answer session will take place during the event from 6.30pm until 7.00pm.

Please complete our survey about the park to tell us your views now, click here to go to the survey.
 
Getting to the park
Eastwood Park lies just to the east of
Eastwoods Road
Prudhoe
NE42 5DE

There is a car park in the park, and all access is off Eastwoods Road
 

Astley Park, Seaton Delaval

Astley Park is located in the mining village of Seaton Delaval, in the south east corner of Northumberland.

The park is home to a new pavilion and provides play and sports facilities to the local community, as well as natural features such as herbaceous and shrub beds.

About Astley Park

Astley Park was laid out in the 1920s on land owned by the Hastings family of Seaton Delaval Hall. The park provided recreational and social activities for the mining community.

As with many parks in the mining communities of North East England, the park supported thriving bowls, football and tennis clubs and the grounds were a showcase for traditional park bedding and horticulture.

When the pit closed in 1960, Astley Park suffered from a lack of investment. In early 2000, the Seaton Valley Community Assembly set up a steering group to redevelop the park. With the support of Blyth Valley Borough Council and the community, a plan was drawn up which secured funding for development.

The plan has led to the following improvements:

  •     a youth area including skate facilities and multi-use games area
  •     upgraded play facilities
  •     refurbished tennis courts
  •     new planted areas and avenue style entrance from Elsdon Avenue
  •     new paths and seating
  •     a community garden
  •     new park pavilion

The park is currently open between 8.30am and dusk, seven days a week.

Public toilets (including disabled facilities) are available in the park pavilion and are open during attendant hours and when the building is in use. The nearest public toilets outside of the park are located north on the Avenue Head roundabout.

Features within the park
Astley Park was laid out in the 1920s on land owned by the Hastings family of Seaton Delaval Hall. The park provided recreational and social activities for the mining community.
As with many parks in the mining communities of North East England, the park supported thriving bowls, football and tennis clubs and the grounds were a showcase for traditional park bedding and horticulture.
When the pit closed in 1960, Astley Park suffered from a lack of investment. In early 2000, the Seaton Valley Community Assembly set up a steering group to redevelop the park. With the support of Blyth Valley Borough Council and the community, a plan was drawn up which secured funding for development.
The plan has led to the following improvements:
  •     a youth area including skate facilities and multi-use games area
  •     upgraded play facilities
  •     refurbished tennis courts
  •     new planted areas and avenue style entrance from Elsdon Avenue
  •     new paths and seating
  •     a community garden
  •     new park pavilion
The park is currently open between 8.30am and dusk, seven days a week.
Public toilets (including disabled facilities) are available in the park pavilion and are open during attendant hours and when the building is in use. The nearest public toilets outside of the park are located north on the Avenue Head roundabout.

Unless otherwise stated, the park features are managed by the neighbourhood services team of Northumberland County Council. Astley Park management committee plays a pivotal role in the maintenance and management of Astley Park. The partnership was set up by the local community and Northumberland County Council to manage the pavilion.
Getting to Astley Park
The park has good public transport links, with bus stops situated on adjacent streets.
There is currently no facility for car parking within the park. Adjacent streets are residential and offer limited spaces for parking.
There are three main entrances into the park:
  • Park Road – a pedestrian entrance with vehicular access on the north west boundary.
  • Park View – a combined pedestrian vehicular access on the north east boundary, which also provides access to the council depot.
  • Elsdon Avenue – this entrance provides an avenue style walk into the park and has no boundary fencing or gates.

Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park, Berwick

Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park in Berwick have recently been revitalised through a Parks for People grant.

In 2012 The Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery awarded £890,700 to Northumberland County Council, in partnership with Berwick upon Tweed Town Council and Castlegate Area Resident's Association to make major improvements to the two parks.  Footpaths, steps, railings, entrances, access, shelters, garden spaces and seats have been upgraded, as well as the return of water and lilies to the lily pond in Castle Vale Park. Signage and heritage information in each park has brought the parks back to life and back to the heart of the Berwick community.
 

Castle Vale Park
Castle Vale Park lies to the south east of Berwick Train Station, on the northern banks of the River Tweed.  A long and narrow park, it is once again renowned for its horticultural displays and its early days are fondly remembered by older Berwick residents. The park land was donated to the town of Berwick by Mr John Cairns in 1928 and opened to the public in 1931.
 
The park contains a lily pond, a rose garden, rock gardens, shelters and spectacular views of the Royal Border Bridge.  It links the north end of Tweed Street and Castlegate in the town centre to the New Road, a riverside walkway built in 1815.

 
Coronation Park

Coronation Park, found just to the north west of the train station is also known as Tommy The Miller's Park. It was planted and opened to the public as a park in the Spring 1937 for the coronation of King George VI, although it had been originally intended to celebrate the coronation of Edward VIII, before his abdication.


This is Northumberland's most northerly formal park, just one acre in size, bordered to the north by Castle Terrace and to the south by a privately owned grazing field known as Tommy the Miller's Field.  This park contains beautiful herbaceous borders, a modern pergola and traditional shelter where you can admire stunning views of the River Tweed and excellent views of the White Wall of Berwick Castle. Berwick Castle was demolished in the 1840s by the North British Railway to complete the railway line from Edinburgh to Berwick.

Getting to the parks
Castle Vale Park
Off Railway Street
Berwick upon Tweed
TD15 1NF

Coronation Park 
Off Castle Terrace
Berwick upon Tweed
TD15 1NR

Castle Vale Park is on the doorstep of Berwick train station, while Coronation Park is just a short walk further north.  

Regular buses also stop at Berwick train station.

There is no car parking in either park.

A metered car park is located at Berwick train station. 

Time limited on street parking is available at Castle Terrace.

 
Berwick Parks Project overview
In June 2011 Northumberland County Council was awarded £53,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery to develop a full Parks for People funding application to make improvements to Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park.  Consultants were employed to provide all of the information required to enable Northumberland County Council to submit an application for almost £1 million.

In December 2012 the Northumberland County Council were awarded the main delivery stage grant of £890,700, which when matched with funding from Berwick Town Council, Northumberland County Council and in-kind volunteer time, brought the total project cost to £942,620.

Work on the parks started in March 2013, with the tree contract, which removed some trees that were found to be dangerous, inappropriately planted or self-sown; crown lifting and crown clearing others to remove dead wood and improve views; and removing ivy from some trees. The main construction phase of the project started in November 2013, and was completed in time for the parks to be reopened by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland on 31st July 2014.

A Parks Development Officer has been appointed as part of the project and is responsible for organising and leading events, volunteer activities and school and group visits to the parks, as well as for much of the maintenance of the parks.  

Parks for People is a funding programme administered by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by BIG Lottery which aims to regenerate parks of national, regional or local heritage for the value and enjoyment of local people. The programme offers grants of between £250,000 and £5 million for projects which involve existing urban or rural green spaces designed for informal recreation and enjoyment, which are valued by local communities as part of their heritage. The parks must be freely accessible to members of the public, and actively involve local people in their running and activities.  Find out more about Parks for People here.

Carlisle Park, Morpeth

Carlisle Park is a multi-award winning park in the heart of Morpeth, Northumberland.

Situated on the south bank of the River Wansbeck, it contains the William Turner Garden, formal gardens, an aviary, play areas, a paddling pool, ancient woodland, picnic areas, toilets, tennis courts, bowling greens, a skate park and much more.

About Carlisle Park, Morpeth
  • Carlisle Park is open all year round. There are no admission charges.
  • The William Turner Garden is open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday, and 8am to 6pm, Friday to Sunday (or 8am to dusk, whichever is earlier).
  • The toilets are open daily 10am to 6pm from 1 April until 31 October but are closed during the winter.
  • The paddling pool is open daily from the second bank holiday in May until the end of the school summer holidays in September.
  • The bowling pavilion is open daily from April until September.
  • The tennis courts are available to hire all year round.
Carlisle Park is owned and managed by Northumberland County Council, in partnership with Morpeth Town Council and Active Northumberland. If you would like to get involved at Carlisle Park, why not come to the next user forum meeting? They are held quarterly at the bowling pavilion. 
Features within Carlisle Park

Formal gardens
A mixture of lawns, annual bedding and herbaceous borders, with trees such as monkey puzzle, gingko biloba and maple provide a beautifully colourful place to relax. A small aviary is located here, which houses birds rehomed by people who no longer want them.

Ha’ Hill
Ha’ Hill is an 11th century motte and bailey that towers to the west of the formal gardens. It originally had a wooden tower at the top and was built to defend Morpeth from invasions. It’s a great place to view the gardens and the town. Steps to the top of Ha’ Hill are from Postern Woods and behind the sports area.

Ha' Hill is home to a small flock of rare breed Shetland sheep who help to manage the hill. Please don't feed the sheep as we need them to graze on the vegetation, and if you're taking dogs on to the hill please keep them under control.

Morpeth Castle
Built in the 13th and 14th centuries, the castle replaced the tower on Ha’ Hill with a solid stone building. Following the siege of 1641, all that remains is the gatehouse and a small section of castle wall. The gatehouse was recently restored by the Landmark Trust and is now a popular holiday home.

Play areas and paddling pool
Carlisle Park contains one of the few remaining working paddling pools in the North East, which is popular with children of all ages. The play areas by the river are suitable for children aged up to 13. A toddlers-only play area is located on the south west border of the park.

Sports facilities and skate park
Just over the footbridge from the Riverside Leisure Centre, the bowling greens and tennis courts provide a space for sports activities. Please contact Active Northumberland at the leisure centre for all enquiries. 

Extremely popular with skaters, bladers and BMXers, the skate park is between the tennis courts and Ha’ Hill, with access from the Ha’ Hill side. It is maintained by Morpeth Town Council.

William Turner Garden
A charming herb and knot garden created to celebrate the achievements of William Turner, the botanist born in Morpeth around 1508. 

Woodlands
The best place to spot wildlife in Carlisle Park, the woodlands stretch from the River Wansbeck to the formal gardens. You might see fox, roe deer, rabbits or grey wagtails. Listen out for great spotted woodpecker, chiff chaff, robins and many other birds. Visit in spring for bluebells and wild garlic. Please let us know if you see a squirrel - red or grey.

Getting to Carlisle Park and local facilities
Morpeth bus station and train station are both within 15 minutes’ walk of Carlisle Park and some bus services stop outside Castle Square.

There is no parking in Carlisle Park. However, a drop-off point can be arranged for visitors with special needs. Contact the park office on 01670 623509 for more information.

Morpeth is a vibrant town with a good range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Address: Carlisle Park Office, Off Castle Square, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1YD

Doctor Pit Park, Bedlington

Doctor Pit Park is located in the historic market town of Bedlington in the south east corner of Northumberland.

The park provides bowls, sports and play facilities, as well as a quiet green space away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town. The park is Green Flag Award rated.

About Doctor Pit Park, Bedlington
The site is named after the Doctor Pit, which was sunk in the 1860s, on land which is now known as Gallagher Park and adjoining housing estates to the west of Doctor Pit Park.


The park was established in the early 1930s, on farmland purchased by the Bedlington Coal Company, to provide recreational facilities for local miners and their families.


The park is now owned and managed by Northumberland County Council, as space for play and recreation and is open seven days per week.







 
Getting to Doctor Pit Park, Bedlington
There are three entrances into the park. The main pedestrian/vehicular entrance is situated on Park Road, accessed from Beech Grove. There are a further two pedestrian entrances next to Whitley Memorial First School and off Hollymount Square. The entrances are DDA compliant.

The park has good public transport links, with bus stops nearby.

There is limited public parking within the park and surrounding streets. There is a large free public car park to the rear of the Market Place which is only 200 metres from the park.    
Features within the park
Doctor Pit Park offers a variety of features. The formal garden area is home to annual flower beds, shrub planting and a rockery. Around the park there are mature broadleaf trees and conifers.

The play area, which is Neighbourhood Equipped Area for Play (NEAP) standard, has equipment suitable for all ages from toddlers to teenagers. The wheeled sports area and basketball areas prove to be particularly popular with older children.

The Pavilion provides a meeting room, bowling club room, kitchen, park keeper’s office and public toilets. The pavilion is home to the local bowling club who play on the green.

On the southern edge of the park is Welfare Park, the home of Bedlington Terriers Football Club since 1966. The football club has close links with Doctor Pit Park. 

 The park is managed by the Neighbourhood Services, Northumberland County Council.
Doctor Pit Park Improvement Project
A project to put the heart back into Doctor Pit Park has begun in early 2016.  Funding to make improvements to the play area and to install a new multi-use games area has already been awarded by Northumberland County Council’s Section 106 Housing Developer Funding Scheme.
Subject to more successful funding bids, further planned improvements include:
  • Planting more bulbs, flowers and trees throughout the park for colour and wildlife value
  • Removing overgrown conifers
  • Widening the footpath through the Toddler’s play area to the Gordon Terrace entrance (by the school)
  • Improving footpath surfaces throughout the park
  • Removing barriers by taking out the hedge by the wheeled spots area, and the fence between the two play areas
  • Improving the entrances at Park Road at Gordon Terrace
  • Improving the Rockery and making it a space to be explored and played on
If all funding is secured, work on improving the park should begin in Autumn 2016.

For more information please contact Emma Evans, Parks Monitoring and Development Officer, click here to email or phone 01670 623852
 

Hexham parks

There are four parks in the centre of the market town of Hexham: the Sele, Hexham House grounds, Cowgarth and the abbey grounds.

They contain green space, formal gardens, a bowling green, play areas, a bandstand, war memorial, skate park and toilets.

Hexham parks continue to provide a much-loved heart to the town, and have held Green Flag Award status since 2002.

History of Hexham parks

In 1215, the Canons of the Priory of Hexham were given land for cultivation on the Sele. However, it was not until 1753 that the Sele was first opened to the public.

The town’s parks were extended in 1911 when the abbey grounds were purchased for the use of the local community, followed by the grounds of Hexham House being opened to the public in 1928. These three areas make up the town park, along with the small Church Flags area on Cowgarth.

Hexham’s war memorial was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1921 and is used as the focal point for the annual remembrance service.

About Hexham parks
There is a wide range of plant species around Hexham parks, including impressive lime trees lining the Sele walk.

The Royal Forestry Society was founded in Hexham and there are commemorative oak trees planted by the society within the abbey grounds. The sensory garden was developed in partnership with Newcastle College and contains an array of interesting plants and sculptures.

There is a children’s play area on the Sele, which is managed by Hexham Town Council. A skate park can be found next to the play area, providing a well-used meeting place for young people. This has been upgraded in partnership with Hexham Skaters, Hexham Youth Initiative and Northumberland County Council. Hexham Town Council are working with these groups to on an art project to decorate the ramps.

Public toilets (including disabled access) can be found within the park, near the children’s play area. For disabled users, a RADAR. key is available from Hexham Tourist Information Centre. Other public toilets are located opposite the park.

The bowling club was founded in 1929 and continues to have a strong membership. Find out more on the Hexham House Bowling Club website.

For details of putting in the park, please contact Hexham Tourist Information on 01434 652220 or the park attendant where available.

Hexham Parks are open all year round.
Getting to Hexham parks
  • The nearest bus stops are located on Hencotes.
  • Hexham railway station is around a 10-minute walk from the park.
  • Please use Hexham town centre parking for the parks. Postcode NE46 3NB will bring you to the park.
Hexham parks - get in touch
Contact Northumberland County Council by calling 0345 600 6400.

Visit Hexham Tourist Information Centre here.

Gallagher Park, Bedlington

Gallagher Park is located north of Bedlington on the site of the Doctor Pit colliery site.

The site was reclaimed during the 1970s when the old spoil heap and colliery buildings were landscaped to create a new outdoor recreational facility.

About Gallagher Park, Bedlington
The park covers an area of 70 acres and is a home to woodlands, wildflower meadows, large grassed areas and playing fields.

As well as providing opportunities for walking, cycling and picnics, the park also provides football pitches, a BMX track, play facilities and a mountain biking course.

With the exception of the football pitches, all facilities are free to use and accessible throughout the year. Should you wish to enquire about hiring a football pitch, please contact the county council.

The park is supported by the Friends of Gallagher Park group who carry out regular maintenance works and have been successful in raising significant funding for development and improvement. Gallagher Park has been designated a Queen Elizabeth II field as part of a national initiative to provide long-term safeguards for outdoor recreation areas.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aim was to ensure that local communities will always have access to places for sport and play, to mark the London 2012 Olympics and maintain participation levels in all kinds of physical recreation.
Getting to Gallagher Park, Bedlington
The park has good public transport links with bus stops situated on adjacent streets. The bus services provide links to many of the towns and villages of south east Northumberland as well as further afield, such as Newcastle.

It is located close to Bedlington town centre and is easily accessible through a network of footpaths and a Sustrans cycle route, which runs through the centre of the park. The main pedestrian/vehicular entrance is situated on Schalksmuhle Road, NE22 5DW. Other entrances can be found at Rothesay Terrace and Hassop Way.

There is limited public parking within the park and surrounding streets. There is a large free public car park to the rear of the marketplace, which is across the road from the park’s entrance on Schalksmuhle Road.
 

Haltwhistle Memorial Park

Haltwhistle Memorial Park, also known as Haltwhistle hospital grounds and Greencroft Park, is on Westgate in Haltwhistle Town Centre.

The park offers a pleasant green space in the centre of Haltwhistle to reflect and unwind. Visitors are welcome to sit and enjoy the pleasant surroundings or read the names on the war memorial roll of honour and show their respects. The listening posts are pedal-powered devices which will tell you about the history of the area in the words of local people.

About Haltwhistle Memorial Park
The park was created following the Great War, when a large house and gardens became a public memorial park and hospital.

The memorial cenotaph was unveiled by Colonel Riddell in 1926, four years after the house behind it re-opened as a memorial hospital after its remodelling.

The park was kept as a locked feature of the town and only opened during memorial services such as Remembrance Day. In recent decades, the practice of locking the park became relaxed.

In early 2014, the council upgraded the paths to enable wheelchair access and changed planting to offer year-round colour. The hospital site has been replaced with a state-of-the-art building.

Whistle Arts Stop and the community partnership worked with local people to decide on the finishes and layout of the park. Whistle Arts Stop also held workshops with residents to create a ceramic mosaic centrepiece on the theme of remembrance and memorial. Two listening posts were designed by the Klarty Kids Club and can be found in the park and the market place.

No vehicles or bicycles may be used in the park and dogs must be kept under control. The park is not suitable for ball games. Public toilets can be found on the roadside to the right of the park. The library and tourist information centre is along the same street.

To visit their websites, click here for the library and click here for the tourist information centre.
How to get to Haltwhistle Memorial Park
  • The park is on Westgate, the main road through Haltwhistle town centre. The postcode is NE49 9AJ.
  • Haltwhistle railway station is 150m away.
  • Haltwhistle Westgate bus stop is immediately outside the gates.
  • Free car parking can be found immediately outside the gates.
There is a cycle park on the roadside to the left of the park, by the BT phone box.

Hirst Park, Ashington

Hirst Park is situated in the centre of the busy Northumberland town of Ashington.

Hirst Park contains woodland, formal gardens, bowling greens, tennis courts, community pavilion, herbaceous and shrub borders.

The Park is in the development phase of an improvement project revitalise the entire park. An application for £2.5million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery's Parks for People programme is being prepared.

Tell us your views - complete an online survey about the park as it is now.  Click here to go to the survey.

About Hirst Park, Ashington
Originally opened in 1915, Hirst Park was developed by the former Ashington Urban District Council as a 'green oasis' in a rapidly expanding coal mining neighbourhood. Since then it has been lovingly used by generations of local people enjoying its green open spaces, flower beds and recreational facilities such as tennis courts, bowling greens and children's play areas.

The park is known locally as The Flower Park, in reference to the vibrant floral displays of days gone by, and it has a significant mining and footballing heritage too.

Football legends Jackie Milburn and Jack and Bobby Charlton all played on Hirst Park’s football pitches.  

England football star Jack Charlton, OBE, was spotted playing at Hirst by scouts from Leeds United. He said: “The football pitches where we played were created on the ash tip from the colliery and these were our first training grounds – our very own Wembley. The park was a precious place where me and Bobby learned our craft, training and playing for fun, before going on to join Leeds and Manchester United and then playing in the world-cup winning England side in 1966.  Hirst Park made it all possible for us and we would play all day if we could… and we often did.”

Hirst Park is managed by Northumberland County Council and is currently in the development phase of a Parks for People funding application to revive the whole park.

The park is currently open between 8.30am and dusk, seven days a week.

There are public toilets in Hirst Park Bowling Pavilion, open when the park keeper is on site. The nearest additional public toilets are approximately 300m west of the park.
Getting to Hirst Park, Ashington

The park is situated in the busy town of Ashington in Northumberland and can be accessed from a number of main streets from the town centre. There are four entrances in total, two of which are both vehicular and pedestrian. All park entrances are DDA compliant.

The nearest bus stops are located on Hawthorn Road and Ashington bus station is a five minute walk. Car parking is available at the park, accessible from Fourth Avenue.

The park is currently open between 8.30am and dusk, seven days a week.

There are public toilets in Hirst Park Bowling Pavilion, open when the park keeper is on site. The nearest additional public toilets are approximately 300m west of the park.

Features within Hirst Park
  • Formal gardens and gates: the formal gardens consist of lawn, flower beds and herbaceous borders.
  • Community pavilion: the pavilion is home to the neighbourhood service park-keeping team.
  • Trees: there are more 200 specimens in the park, covering a range of species, including some of the last remaining elms in the urban area.
  • Play areas: inclusive equipment to neighbourhood equipped area for play (NEAP) standard is provided within the flower park. It is divided into three zones: toddler, mid-range and teenage activities.
  • Bowling greens: two county standard greens, including one with an organic management regime.
  • Public toilets: open when the park keeper is on site.
  • Litter bins, dog bins and salt bins: all maintained by Northumberland County Council.
Unless otherwise stated, the park features are managed by Northumberland County Council’s neighbourhood services team.
Hirst Park Revival project
A long-term project to improve Hirst Park is being worked on by Northumberland County Council, supported by Ashington Town Council, Active Northumberland and other partners.

Parks for People funding is being sought to radically revitalise the whole park, which includes the Flower Park and the Rec.  Greenhouses and training facilities will be returned to the space behind Hirst Park House, while horticulture, landscaping, footpaths, seating and signage will be improved throughout the park.  Play and outdoor activities will be vastly improved, and dedicated park staff will be employed to help everyone enjoy the park and discover its heritage.

There are several funding stages to be completed before work can start in Hirst Park, these are:

September 2015 – Submit Round 1 funding application
This was successful, and Northumberland County Council was awarded a development grant of £139,000 in December 2015.

January 2016 – February 2017 – Development phase of project
TGP Landscape Architects have been appointed to help develop the detailed funding application for the actual park improvement works, to be submitted in February 2017.

June 2017 – Funding decisions announced
If successful, further detailed design work will be required, followed by the appointment of main landscaping contractors. ‘On the ground’ work is expected to begin in late 2017.

Parks for People is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery and is dedicated to improving parks that have fallen into decline.  Click here to learn more about Parks for People.

Jack Charlton helped the Hirst Park Revival team and stakeholders announce the award of £139,000 Parks for People development phase funding in January 2016.
Hirst Park - contact us
Email: hirstpark@northumberland.gov.uk 
Phone: 01670 623852
Hirst Park - Get involved
You can get involved at Hirst Park in a number of ways:
  • Complete our survey to tell us your views of the park.  Click here to go to the survey.
  • Share your memories and old photos of the park by email or phone
  • Join the Friends of Hirst Park to help shape the Hirst Park Revival Project
  • Join the mailing list to keep up to date with events and project progress
For more information email hirstpark@northumberland.gov.uk or phone 01670 623852.

Ridley Park, Blyth

Ridley Park was established in 1904 on land donated by Viscount Matthew White Ridley next to the docks in the eastern area of Blyth.

The park provides a variety of recreational opportunities for the local community and is popular throughout the year. It is located less than five minutes’ walk from the town centre and there is a small on site car park, as well as street parking nearby.

About Ridley Park
The park has formal gardens and wooded areas which prove popular with families and walkers. Recently, wild flower areas were added, providing a valuable haven for native flora and fauna in future years.

There is a path allowing easy access to areas across the site and the coast and castles cycle route runs through the park, linking up with the North East network.

There are regular organised events during the year led by the Friends of Ridley Park and other community groups.

These are publicised locally and in press where entry is free. Visit the Friends of Ridley Park site for more information.

Dogs are welcome at Ridley Park, although they are discouraged in the play parks and on the water feature.
The park is managed by the neighbourhood services team of Northumberland County Council. For further details or enquires on the park, please contact us here.
Facilities at Ridley Park
The park offers a range of sporting activities, including tennis courts and bowls, as well as children’s play opportunities with specially designed junior and toddler areas.

One of the unique features of the park is a water play area which proves a great attraction. It’s open most days during the summer and is free to use, as are the majority of the activities offered in the park. It is currently open 12pm to 6pm daily although it may not operate when repairs are required. Updates on any essential maintenance work will appear on our website or by contacting NCC Customer Service Centre. 

A great summer attraction in the park is the small fairground rides, which operate most days. A small charge is payable for these.

There is a café in the park offering food and drink throughout the year and over summer an ice cream van is on site most days.

William Turner Garden

On this page you will find information about the William Turner Garden, which is located in the formal gardens of Carlisle Park in Morpeth.

The William Turner Garden is an oasis of tranquillity within Carlisle Park in the heart of Morpeth, Northumberland. The garden is free to visit and holds a Green Flag Award.

About William Turner Garden
Born in Morpeth in around 1508, William Turner is known as the ‘father of English botany.’ He was the very first person to record, in English, the names and medicinal uses of plants in his three-part Herbal. The gardens contain plants Turner found during his travels in Europe.
 
The gardens feature elements of a 16th century Tudor garden, a knot garden and a viewing mound. Medicinal plants are housed in the physic beds, which were used to treat illnesses and ailments. The knot garden is more formal, with interwoven box hedges and ornamental yew trees.

The Woodland Bank, in keeping with the Tudor tradition of gazing down on a garden, provides the perfect viewing area for the garden. The William Turner Garden is open every day, except Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • April to September: 8am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday and 8am to 6pm, Friday to Sunday
  • October to March: 8am to dusk
Getting to William Turner Garden
William Turner Garden is located within the formal gardens of Carlisle Park, off Castle Square, Morpeth, Northumberland.

Postcode NE61 1YD and grid reference NZ1985 bring you to the formal gardens.

Morpeth bus station and train station are both within 15 minutes’ walk of Carlisle Park, and some bus services stop outside the formal gardens at Castle Square. Check the Traveline website for information.

Car parking is available throughout Morpeth, There is no parking in Carlisle Park. However, a drop off point can be arranged for visitors with special needs. Ring the park office on 01670 623509 for more information.

The William Turner Garden is wheelchair accessible.
William Turner Garden - enquiries and information

Play areas & outdoor facilities

Here you will find information on children’s play areas and outdoor sports facilities in Northumberland.

Play areas and sports facilities
All of our outdoor play areas are maintained to a high standard, so children can play in a safe space. There are many play areas, sport and recreational facilities in Northumberland. Click on the following links to find out about play areas near you: Please note: play areas in Northumberland are generally managed by your local town or parish council or housing association.