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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Fun in the park at Cragside House and Gardens

Cragside is one of Northumberland's most famous landmarks and a fantastic attraction to visit throughout the year. I was therefore surprised to learn that some people were not aware of the fantastic play park (provided by Playdale Playgrounds) that is situated at the top of the estate.


The park has it's own car park (follow the signs for approximately 3 miles around Cragside estate) or you can catch a free shuttle bus from Cragside house. If you are really brave like we were last Summer you can take the scenic uphill walk for approximately 1.5 miles from the main car park. Our 3 year old managed this and the views are simply spectacular.


Cragside park is somewhere we have visited on both sunny and rainy days. There are picnic tables nearby and toilet facilities. 


During our last visit we were lucky enough to have the park mostly to ourselves. Harry (8) and Heidi (5) spent more or less the whole time on the zip wire. They could actually play on this for hours!



Where as Jack (4) loved exploring the under 5's area. I just love the concentration on his face as he's walking across the bridge!




 After a quick stop for drinks and snacks we were off again, this time our children used their imagination to play the 'billy goats gruff' trying to cross over the bridge as one of them pretended to be a troll underneath. I love watching our children play like this and it is a far cry to them fighting over computer games at home!



There are plenty of areas to keep older children entertained too and Harry enjoyed climbing up ropes and swinging on tyres.



As you can see from the photographs the play equipment and area are kept in absolutely pristine condition - everything was in perfect working order, there was plenty of bark on the park floor and the whole area is enclosed with a working gate.

We are national trust members so entry to Cragside is free for us and last Summer we spent a fair few afternoons at the park here and because there is so much to do, our children never once complained they were bored. In the warmer months there is a drinks and snacks kiosk open by the park too.





Cragside park is a place where imagination is definitely encouraged. There is enough space to play hide and seek and Jack loves pretending he is a dinosaur stepping across the stepping stones.




The park on the Cragside estate is definitely one of our favourite parks. There is a lovely mix of play equipment for all ages and there are areas that are designed to encourage free play and imagination. Everything is in perfect condition and the park has a very safe feel to it. We love it so much that I even caught a rare photo of Heidi and Jack cuddling as they were so happy!


More information about Cragside House and Estate including entrance fee's can be found on their website.

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11 comments

  1. I love Cragside. It is such a fascinating place both inside and out. We've realised that we have never taken our son to Cragside. We know he will love the play area so he plan to rectify this in the summer.

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    1. You will definitely have to take him - last Summer it was never too busy and we were usually able to grab ourselves a picnic table x

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  2. It looks like a fab playground, with plenty to do for kids of all ages. Sometimes they can focus too much on one age group. it's so cute to see your two hugging, getting photos of these momentous occasions are always important. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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    1. It's lovely - I love the picture of them hugging as it is such a rare moment. I didn't even ask them to do it, they were both just so happy!

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  3. This looks fantastic. Definitely somewhere I'll put on my list to go this summer!

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    1. It's fantastic in the Summer - lots of places for little ones to explore

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  4. I so love the colors in your photos! So vibrant. The place looks as amazing as you describe it and I wish we can visit it one day =) #countrykids

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment :D I hope you get to visit too one day as it's such a fantastic place.

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  5. I've not been to Cragside, that does look like a fabulous park though. We would love the zip wire too. I spy two very happy children :)

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    1. Yes they were very happy - the Winter is actually a fab time to visit the park as it's not too crowded and they get lots of turns!

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  6. Wow, what a great playground. Your blog always makes me want to take a family holiday to the north!

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