Wednesday, June 30, 2021

10 Free Picnic Spots in Newcastle Upon Tyne

10 Free Picnic Spots in Newcastle Upon Tyne

If you are looking for a green space in Newcastle which is perfect for a picnic, this post is for you. Let me know if your favourite spot has made the list or if you have any other suggestions. 

1 - Heaton Park

Heaton Park is one of Newcastle's hidden gems and a popular spot with families. If you happen to forget your picnic or fancy an ice cold drink, there's a Sambuca restaurant in Heaton Pavillion. There's a lovely play park to keep the kids entertained and lots of space to exercise your four legged friend too.

2 - Paddy Freeman's Park

Paddy Freeman's Park is a very popular park with locals and it's almost always busy. With a boating lake, inclusive play area, tennis courts and bowling green, there's lots to see and do. There are plenty of picnic spots around the park including two accessible picnic tables suitable for wheelchairs. 

The Best Picnic Spots in Newcastle Upon Tyne | Paddy Freeman's Park
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3 - Jesmond Dene Park

Jesmond Dene is one of my favourite places in the North East and it certainly doesn't feel as if you are just a couple of miles away from Newcastle's busy city centre.

There's lots of grass to enjoy a picnic or play sports, picnic tables, a play park and of course pets corner where you can meet the dene's resident animals. You're also right next to some lovely woodland walks - perfect for walking off that extra slice of cake! In the summer months there's a Thomas train that runs around the park and a resident ice cream van. 

Click here to read a full guide to visiting Jesmond Dene. 

The Best Picnic Spots in Newcastle Upon Tyne | Jesmond Dene Park

4 - Newcastle Castle

I am forever recommending Newcastle Castle to visitors and locals alike. It's one of the best places to visit Newcastle I think and where better to enjoy a picnic than on the grass outside of the castle. You can work off the sausage rolls and cakes by climbing the 99 steps to the very top of that castle afterwards. You'll be rewarded with some of the best views of Newcastle. 

5 - Walker Park

Walker park received an investment of over £2.5 million in 2015/16 thanks to the National Lottery so it's a picnic spot with lots of facilities. There's a large play area and separate park for younger children, football pitches, bowling green and community garden. It's free to park with no restriction on the roads surrounding the park too.

6 - Exhibition Park

Exhibition Park is hidden just behind Newcastle University and next to the RVI hospital in Newcastle City Centre. After a £3 million refurbishment, it's a gorgeous place to escape the city centre for a picnic or visit for a picnic lunch after a trip to the nearby Great North Museum.

There's a boating lake, playgrounds, a skate park, cafe (with public loos), tennis courts and crazy golf. If you fancy a pint, Wylam Brewery is open from midday every weekend (and some evenings). A miniature railway offers train rides around the park too (in normal times). 

Read a full guide to visiting Exhibition Park here. 

7 - Great North Museum Gardens

We love a trip to the Great North Museum (and it's free - hurray!) but I also think their gardens make a pretty lovely spot for a picnic. You can hire a locker for £1 in the museum (in 'normal' times - please check to see if they are available at the moment), explore what's on offer and then retire to the museum gardens for a picnic. If I was to suggest my number one free day out in Newcastle, this would have to be it.

Click here to read a full guide to visiting Great North Museum. 

The Best Picnic Spots in Newcastle Upon Tyne | Great North Museum
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8 - Throckley Dene

Throckley Dene is home to an ancient woodland and a walk along Dewley Burn is wonderfully peaceful at any time of the year. There's an abundance of wildlife to spot and a few grassed areas where you can pop down your picnic blanket and enjoy a picnic with nature.

The Best Picnic Spots in Newcastle Upon Tyne | Throckley Dene
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9 - Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve

Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve can be found on the former Hazlerigg Colliery. It's a site of Nature Conservation Interest and children will be delighted when they spot frogs, herons, ducks, woodpeckers and even deer or a red squirrel if you're lucky. There are circular walks to enjoy and ponds to explore before stopping to find a perfect picnic spot.

10 - Tyne Riverside Park, Newburn 

Tyne Riverside Park in Newburn is a lovely spot to enjoy a picnic with beautiful views overlooking the river Tyne, a play park, a tree garden and sensory garden to enjoy. There is also a cafe (with public loos) and plenty of free parking. 

Find out more about visiting Tyne Riverside Park here. 

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