Wylam Jubilee Field and Playground

This post is based on a visit in May 2024. As always, please check with venue direct for any changes before heading out. 

A small (ish) playground which is very accessible by car and public transport with a good range of equipment for under 10s in good condition. River walks and cafes nearby. 

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Wylam Jubilee Field & Playground Highlights: 

  • A nice day out by train with a direct train from Newcastle taking 20 minutes 
  • Free car park and bus stop nearby
  • Public toilets in the park
  • Lots of places to grab a bite to eat in the area 
  • A small (ish) playground with a nice range of facilities best suited to under 10s. Expect slides, swing, roundabout, obstacle course, climbing net 
  • Accessible equipment including a roundabout and swing 
  • Sports court and grassed playing field (cricket and football)
  • Dogs are not permitted in any of the enclosed area including field and playground so perfect for those who can't be around dogs 
  • Painted 'road' on the surface and mini ramps for kids to play with their bikes and scooters 
  • Seating and bins
  • Close to the river if you fancy a walk afterwards - there's a 7 mile circular walk to Newburn and back which includes another playground

Getting to Wylam Jubilee Field & Playground

If arriving by car, Tyne Riverside Country Park Wylam Car Park is the best one to use (use postcode NE41 8LA and follow the parking signs). There are 50 spaces with electric charging and disabled spaces too. It's free for up to 72 hours. 

The playground is a 4 minute walk along the road. 

Wylam Jubilee Field and Playground  - car park

To get to the playground from the car park, walk on foot out of the car park entrance and turn right. Walk along the main road, you'll pass Jools Hairdressers and the Co-op. Then when you see the Fox and Hounds Pub, the gate to the park is just across the road from here (next to The Wood Oven - scroll down to see a pic). 

Do check current timetables, but at time of posting, the 686 Prudhow-Crawcrook bus pretty much stops outside the playground. 

Wylam Jubilee Field and Playground  - bus timetable

Trains to Wylam from Newcastle take 19 minutes direct and fares are usually around £10 return for 2A,2C with a friends and family railcard. The playground is a 5 minute walk from the Train Station.

The gate to enter the park is just across the road from the Fox and Hound Pub, next to The Wood Oven. 

As you can see by the signs, pet dogs are not permitted in here. There is a surfaced path along to the playground but the park itself is on sloped grass (the accessible equipment is on the upper level with no incline). 

There are public toilets in the playground. They weren't the best I've been in but at least there are some. 

Wylam Jubilee Field and Playground  - toilets

Wylam Jubilee Field and Playground 

I love playgrounds that have these mini roads painted on them - fab for kids playing on their bikes and scooters. There's a mini ramped area too. 

Wylam Jubilee Field and Playground  - bike track

Plus an enclosed sports / basketball pitch. 

The main playground is pretty small but actually includes quite a bit of equipment such as climbing cubes, slides, swings, basket swing, roundabout and nets. 

There's also a couple of benches and plenty of bins. 

I have no idea what these are called but my kids love these things where you hang and spin. 

There's an accessible roundabout and swing which is always good to see. 

The large grassed area is used for cricket and tennis but is also a nice place to just have a run about. 

There's also an abstacle course. Like I say, although it's small, it does pack a lot in. 

Although you can't see it, just behind these trees is a river walk. You can step over a stile direct from the park to access the path or go back the way you came and walk back along the main road then turn in at the hairdressers if you need a step free path. 

There are plenty of places to eat on the road directly next to the park including The Wood Oven, The Fox and Hounds, the Ship Inn, the Coffee Tree, the Black Bull and there is a Co-op next door if you want to pick up a picnic while you are there. 

Extend Your Visit: 

The Newburn to Wylam Circular Walk is a very popular route and takes in both this playground and Tyne Riverside Country Park in Newburn.  This would be a lovely route to try with older kids. 

It's a 7 mile circular which you can read more about here: https://fabulousnorth.com/walks/newburn-to-wylam/

There are plenty of signs next to the car park with other walking routes along the Wylam Waggonway including Prudhoe and Blayney Row. 

I will also mention there is a very small Railway Museum near the car park inside Wylam Library (limited opening hours) which may be worth popping in if you like this kind of thing and George Stephenson's Birthplace is an easy 10 minute walk along the below path from the car park. 

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