Harestanes Park & Cafe, Jedburgh


I've been wanting to visit Harestanes Park since it's grand re-opening earlier this year and our drive home from Scotland provided the perfect opportunity. Located just outside of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders, Harestanes is only 60 miles from Newcastle and should take around 90 minutes to drive. The route along the A696 and A68 is lovely and scenic and I'd recommend Harestanes as a place to spend a day out on its own or as an ideal stop off on the way to or from Scotland.

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Harestanes Park & Cafe , Jedburgh


All you need to know:
  • Open 10am-5pm daily 
  • FREE entry
  • Over 50 pieces of play equipment 
  • Wheelchair swings and sensory boardwalk 
  • Fantastic dog-friendly (in some areas) cafe 
  • Toilets (including accessible)
  • Free Parking 
  • Free WiFi
  • Picnic Area
  • Postcode - TD8 6UQ
  • Cafe with great value home-cooked food
  • Mary's Dairy serving ice cream 
  • There is a bus stop 10 minutes walk away (A68/B6400 junction) - contact Traveline Scotland for more info. 


We visited with children aged 8, 10 and 12 and had a brilliant few hours here. There is absolutely loads to keep children of all ages entertained including a toddler area, sensory boardwalk, Jedburgh Abbey inspired play frame, huge slides, trampolines and interactive play equipment. There are lots of musical areas and inviting places to climb or touch. Honestly, it's brilliant. There are a few picnic tables but these were all taken during our trip so I'd advise bringing a camping chair or picnic blanket if you visit on a nice day. The views of the countryside are pretty lovely too. I hope you like my pictures. 


Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - park entrance



Harestanes Park, Jedburgh - wheelchair swings
Wheelchair swings

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - accessible swings





Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - trampoline

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - roundabout


Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - big slides



Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - picnic spots


Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - swings

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - castle play area and slide

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - sensory boardwalk




Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - sensory play equipment


There's a cafe in the visitor centre (check opening hours before visiting) and I was really impressed. Expect indoor and outdoor seating and everything to be homemade. We only spent £25 on lunch for 5 including drinks which is really good for us. We sat in the back courtyard which had a little sandpit for the kids to play in. You'll find a few other local businesses on-site too - it's a lovely little hub. You'll find the loos in the visitor centre too. 

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - cafe garden

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - cafe courtyard

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - kids menu

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh  - cafe menu

Harestanes Park, Jedburgh

If you're looking for a place to enjoy a free/low-cost day out or somewhere to stop on the way to Scotland, I highly recommend checking Harestanes out.

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  1. Looks great. My older one is 15 but still loves to climb, would he be ok? And are there areas WITHOUT dogs as he has ASD and is frightened of all dogs unless he knows them very very well.

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