Bamburgh Playground | All You Need to Know

This post is based on a visit in January 2024. Please check for up to date info with venues direct before heading out (especially bus timetables). 

Bamburgh Playground | All You Need to Know

Why we love this playground: 

  • Perfect for under 8s 
  • Fully enclosed with a rubber base
  • Beautiful castle views 
  • Excellent condition and fairly new 
  • Pirate ship 
  • Tractor 
  • Fairly accessible - there is an accessible swing, space for a wheelchair user on the roundabout and the pirate ship features ramped access. 
  • A proper see-saw 
  • Basket swing 
  • Bus stop outside 
  • Benches inside and lots of seating next to the playground overlooking a large grassed area 
  • Very close to the beach and nice cafes / pubs nearby 

Address: 16 The Wynding, Bamburgh. NE69 7DB 

It is a short walk from Links Road Long Stay Car Park (NE69 7BJ)  which is where I'd recommend parking - see below. 

Bamburgh Playground | All You Need to Know - map

Or if there is space (this car park can get busy), there is small car park next to the beach (NE69 7DD) or slightly further along at The Wynding Car Park (see below). There is also limited parking in Bamburgh Village. 

In the summer months, parking can get busy so I'd advise visiting early or later in the day if driving. There is a bus stop just along the path from the playground and it's easy to get to by bus.

The 418 from Alnwick and X18 currently stop here (make sure you check with bus providers for up to date timetables). 

The playground is really easy to locate and along a straight path from Bamburgh Village. Basically at the end of the grassed area beneath the castle. There are lots of benches and places to sit along this path and I bet it's a lush picnic spot in the summer with the castle as a back drop. 

As with all enclosed playgrounds, pet dogs are not permitted inside the enclosed playground. It would be fairly easy for an adult to wait outside/ walk around the grassed area with a dog though if needed. 

I would say this playground is best suited to ages 8 and under although all welcome. It was previously on two levels but has now been resurfaced with spongy rubber material and is step free meaning it's more accessible. It's not flat though and fairly bumpy in places so keep an eye on little ones running about. 

The main feature is this pirate ship with steering wheel, accessible ramp, climbing net and slide. I think this is brill for imaginative play with the castle and beach as the back drop. 

I know basket swings are popular so I was pleased to see one here. 

And there are balance beams and little rocking sheep/spinny bits to play on too (please let me know if you know the correct term!). 

There is a toddler swing and a regular swing and a proper see-saw too. My kids LOVED a proper see-saw and I don't think you see them in playgrounds as much as you used to so this is good to see. 

As well as the pirate ship there is a cute little tractor with a slide and climbing net too. 

This playground was designed to be as accessible as possible and I am pleased to see there is an accessible swing. 

And you can access the pirate ship via a wheelchair too. 

There's a mini climbing wall and little tunnels to crawl through and hide. 

Plus a roundabout with seats and space for a wheelchair. 

This isn't a large adventure playground style park but it's a fantastic smaller playground to enjoy, especially when combined with a walk along the beach or visit to Bamburgh Castle (both fantastic places to visit with kids). Photos of both below: 

There are lots of places to grab a bite to eat or drink in Bamburgh Village next to the playground. My personal recommendations are the tea room inside the castle (it's really nice!) or The Potted Lobster. At the moment, they are offering £10 Fish and Chips Mon-Fri lunchtimes (12noon-3pm) until 29 Feb 2024. Bargain! 

I haven't visited myself but the Copper Kettle Tearooms and Lord Crewe both look lovely too. In fact I don't think you can go wrong with anywhere you choose in Bamburgh. 

The Potted Lobster

Alternatively, I can highly recommend The Beach House which is an hour's walk along the coastal path towards Seahouses (or 5 minutes in the car). Their bar area is open to non-residents and serves soft drinks, alcohol and hot drinks and has panoramic windows overlooking the coast and family board games. 

The bar area at The Beach House 

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