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Sunday, 15 March 2015

A family afternoon in Jesmond Dene

Located just a 5 minute drive from the city centre, Jesmond Dene is a peaceful and tranquil leafy suburb of Newcastle. It is a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax with your family. There is a lot to discover and enjoy or you could simply sit under a tree, read a book and watch the world go by. Here are our favourite things to do in Jesmond Dene:-

Pets Corner

Pets corner is open daily until 4:30pm and is completely free of charge (although donations are welcome). Children love walking amongst the sheep, goats and chickens and spotting various birds in the bird house. Pets corner is always extremely well presented and hand washing facilities are available. There are lots of posters dotted about the attraction providing extra facts and information about the animals that live there.






Jesmond Dene Play Park

Next to Pets Corner is a lovely play park that has been especially designed for under 8's. Our children love the climbing frames, slides and super swings. There are plenty of picnic tables nearby if you'd like to pack a picnic lunch too.





Cafe and Visitor Centre

Adjacent to the park is the most wonderful visitor centre where you'll find all the information and maps you need. There are also bathroom facilities and a gorgeous shop packed with unique local gifts plus a cafe serving drinks and snacks.


Woodland Walks

Jesmond Dene is home to some glorious woodland walks by the banks of the Ouseburn river. We love collecting sticks to play pooh sticks on the various bridges, discovering the hidden water mill and watching the ducks play in the river. The woods are a haven for local wildlife and an absolute joy to stroll through.





Afternoon Tea at Jesmond Dene House

If you walk through Jesmond Dene woods for about a mile (make sure you grab a map from the vistor centre if you aren't familiar with the area) you will come across the stunning Jesmond Dene House. Jesmond Dene House has a reputation as being the best place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the whole of Newcastle (probably even the North East). Children are made to feel extremely welcome and it is the perfect place to stop for tea and cake before heading back through the woods home. We enjoy taking our afternoon tea in the relaxed environment of the lounge but you can also dine in the more formal restaurant or the beautiful garden terrace in the warmer months. We have tried a lot of afternoon tea's and agree that Jesmond Dene House is simply the best.







Even Sweep had to come along and try some red velvet cake........


  • Afternoon tea at Jesmond Dene House is priced at £19.95 per person. Call 0191 212 6066 for reservations.
  • Free parking is available at Jesmond Dene under Armstrong Bridge. Follow the signs for Pets Corner from the A1058 or use this postcode NE7 7BQ. 
  • You can download an Ouseburn Parks map here.
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19 comments

  1. Lool at that afternoon tea! Yum... perfect combination with the pets, loads of room to run around then cake.

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    1. Oh pets, space and cake really is the best combination - even better in Summer when we can add some sunshine into the mix!

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  2. I kinda want to go for afternoon tea with Sweep (just as long as he keeps his nose firmly away from my cakes!) x

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    1. Haha when Jack next requires a dog sitter I'll let you know :D

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  3. Two of my favourite places in your post today! Ooh and that afternoon tea...delicious!

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    1. They are bot wonderful places - we are so lucky to live so close by x

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  4. What a lovely place to visit, and so close to the city too.

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    1. It's fab Nayna - you wouldn't think you were minutes from the city centre x

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  5. beautiful images hun,that looks like a fab place to visit and such pretty scenery!!

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  6. What a lovely place to visit - love the sound of the Pet's Corner and there are some beautiful walks from the look of those photos :-)

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    1. It's wonderful - we are lucky to have pet's corner, the park, woods and a fab spot for afternoon tea!

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  7. I can't believe I've never visited here! Definitely need to go in the summer time, I love anything with animals and pretty places to walk around! xxx

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    1. Laura! What are you playing at! This needs to change pronto!! lol x

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  8. I visited Jesmond Dene for the first time last year I love it, must try afternoon tea though!

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  9. What beautiful weather, I love seeing the spring flowers. A gorgeous walk followed by that fabulous afternoon tea. Great combination. #countrykids

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  10. What a great place for a day out with kids! I think the walk in the woods and the afternoon tea would swing it for me, but the kids would love the animals and playground. Do you ever do it all on one day?

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  11. It looks like there's loads of fun activities to do around Jesmond Dene, always something to keep the little ones busy. It seems like they'ver really put effort into the park to make it as inviting as possible for all little ones. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

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  12. Awwww love this place! My fave is the fall. Its looks so lovely! #countrykids

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