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Enchanted Parks 2016 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead - All You Need to Know

Enchanted Parks sells out every year and is always an event that receives rave reviews. This year's theme is 'A Midwinter Night's Tale' and features 14 art installations that bring the park magically to life. Inspired by the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the trail is an enchanting after dark adventure for all ages.

Enchanted Parks 2016 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead - All You Need to Know including parking, bus time tables, a map, how long it lasts and food availability.

Tickets for 2016 have now sold out but if you're lucky enough to have tickets, the adventure continues until Sunday 11th December. We sent guest blogger Helen and her family along (who were Enchanted Park newbies) and this is what they had to say:-

"What can I say about the Enchanted Parks? We've never been before but will definitely look to going next year.The projection of the show on the Saltwell tower was amazing and walking through the wood following the fairies in the trees was great fun for all ages. 

The kids took part in a machine that took photos of them which was then projected onto some screen which the kids found very amusing. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and would definitely recommend."

Enchanted Parks 2016 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead - All You Need to Know including parking, bus time tables, a map, how long it lasts and food availability.

Enchanted Parks 2016 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead - All You Need to Know including parking, bus time tables, a map, how long it lasts and food availability.

Enchanted Parks 2016 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead - All You Need to Know including parking, bus time tables, a map, how long it lasts and food availability.

Emma from Canny Food agrees:-

"Our particular favourite is Nyx, a machine which leaves a trail of words in it's wake. It was impressive to watch the text come to life on the paths."


Enchanted Parks 2016 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead - All You Need to Know including parking, bus time tables, a map, how long it lasts and food availability.
Credit : Canny Food
Enchanted Parks 2016 at Saltwell Park, Gateshead - All You Need to Know including parking, bus time tables, a map, how long it lasts and food availability.
Here Come the Hoopers visited Enchanted Parks in the pouring rain and walked under the 'storm' with their umbrella. All part of the fun (credit Here Come the Hoopers).

Enchanted Parks 2016 - 10 Things You Need to Know


1 - The walk will take 30 minutes - 1 hour if you include refreshments and is 3/4 of a mile along. 

2 - The event postcode is NE9 5AX and entry is through the Joicey Road car park. Remember to take your ticket with you (or you can show on your phone but check you have enough battery).

3 - No dogs are allowed to attend (assistance dogs will be accommodated).


5 - It's recommended that you leave your car at home and use public transport. There is a park and bus option available from Civic Centre Gateshead or Go North East run several buses that stop very close to Saltwell Park. If you do decide to take the car, parking is limited and charged at £5 (blue badge holders are free).

6 - Food and drinks are available from Saltwell Towers cafe and there's a Hog Roast too.

7 - Children aged 3 and under can enter for free but they must have a ticket.

8 - Non-commercial photography and video is allowed so don't forget your camera.

9 - The event normally takes place in all weathers so wrap up warmly and check out the Facebook event for updates if the weather is particularly severe.

10 - Find out more about the Winter Festival and events in NewcastleGateshead this winter here.

Here are some more photographs from Helen:











Let me know if you're lucky enough to have tickets this year. 

Disclosure : We received press tickets to this event 
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