Knowing that the lovely Helena is already tempting you with the amazing parks on offer in North Tyneside, I was honoured when she asked if I’d like to guest on her blog and knew immediately that I should fly the flag for the Parks SOUTH of the Tyne! So I would like to introduce you to one of my most favourite parks South Marine Park…
South Marine Park is set on a hill looking over the beautiful South Shields coast. Sprawling through woods and grass down to a lovely boating lake the park has so much to offer and has been the place we have spent many a lovely day.
Starting from the highest point you can wander round the pathways or down the steps from the fountains to the bandstand where there are often brass bands playing on a weekend or even Proms in the Park in the summer. From the bandstand are lush lawns and tree filled areas, with flower filled pathways meandering in all directions leading to the boating lake where you can see Swans and ducks who live on a little island in the middle of the lake. Many folk stop to feed the birds and they are keen to take food from you but its always good to remember that despite opinion to the contrary bread isn’t good for birds so bring a nice bag of seeds instead.
The park has pedal and rowing boats available to hire in the summer and overlooking the lake is Toney Minchella @ the Park. A lovely cafe serving gorgeous food and the most delicious family recipe locally made ice cream.
We have two play parks, a pre school are with a sandpit, pirate climbing ship and swings then an older area with a giant spider web and all sorts of climbing frames. Both of these areas are gated and enclosed by a fence all the way around.
But by far our most favourite part of a visit to the park is is the miniature railway which runs almost constantly during busy periods, making it hard to photograph without catching half the folk of Shields unawares! The train is free for under 3s and £1.20 for anyone else, and the ride takes you right around the lake with plenty of opportunity for waving!
Despite being 125 years old the park is so bang on trend it has its own app! You can download it here to find out more and have a look at all the hidden gems you can find on your day here.