Picnic & Play…in the North East of England!

Summer is here and so are the school holidays! Children need entertaining once again during the long summer break. When you can find a great park with exciting play equipment to suit all ages and space to relax over a picnic what more do you need? So we’re going to help you find some!

Welcome back to Playdale’s Picnic & Play ‘where to’ series of regular news articles about parks with play areas in the Playdale regions across the UK, which are particularly popular for families during the holiday periods.

This week we’re over in the North East of England where they say the ‘country’s true beauty shines’. Max Walker our Area Manager for this region has suggested three family friendly parks and playgrounds for you to try. There are of course many more Playdale playgrounds across the whole of this part of the country, so you won’t struggle to find one near you.

Relax with a tasty picnic while your children enjoy the array of fantastic play equipment & lovely surroundings!

Cragside House and Gardens (National Trust), Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX

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Cragside is an extraordinary Victorian house, gardens and woodland – ‘the wonder of its age’. The world of Lord Armstrong, a Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. This was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity and it is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of them still working. The gardens are incredible. One of the largest rock gardens in Europe leads down to the Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden. Children will love the adventure play area and exploring Nelly’s Labyrinth; a network of paths and tunnels cut out of a vast area of rhododendron forest.

Hylton Castle Play Area, Hylton Castle, Craigavon Road, Castletown, Sunderland,Tyne and Wear, SR5 3PA

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Hylton Castle Play Area is a great play area with a fantastic mix of dynamic products from our City Stainless Steel ranges, including: a Board Rider, Spinner, Air Rider, Rota Glide, Air Glider, Big City unit and Springers.

It’s situated in the large grounds of English Heritage’s Hylton Castle. This distinctive and highly decorative gatehouse-tower of a castle was built by the wealthy Sir William Hylton shortly before 1400. Originally containing four floors of self-contained family accommodation, its entrance front displays royal and family heraldry, including Richard II’s white hart badge.

Monk Park Farm, Bagby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2AG

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Monk Park Farm Visitor Centre is located near Thirsk in North Yorkshire on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. This great Children’s Farm is one of Yorkshire’s best Places to Visit and is ideal for a family day out. There are outdoor and indoor feeding areas where you can see animals including lambs, sheep, goats, pigs, ponies, donkeys, horses, llamas, alpacas, wallabies, deer, ducks, geese, hens, peacocks, rabbits and guinea pigs.

It’s a perfect rural location for a day out, picnic… and of course play.


Wishing you all a happy and fun-filled rest of the summer!

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