Northumberland has a variety of parks in our towns and villages where local people and visitors can enjoy a relaxing day out.
Astley Park offers a range of activities including a bowling green, tennis courts, play areas and open space areas perfect for games and picnics.
Astley Park pavilion has been restored, making it one of the main attractions of the park. The pavilion is ideal for parties and coffee mornings.
There are play areas suitable for children of all ages, including a climbing wall, climbing frame and a zip wire.
Astley Park features open green spaces that are perfect for picnics and wooded areas that are great for walkers. Click here to view the Growing Together tree strategy.
The park features a tennis court, basketball court, bowling green and skate ramps. There's something for all ages to enjoy.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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