Created in the 1930s, Riverside Park has always been popular with visitors. It was redeveloped in the 1990s and now includes artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena, play area and a park centre with cafe and toilets.

Play area

The play area covers an area of approximately 5,000 square metres and is suitable for all children, from toddlers to children in their teens. Its central feature is a 16 foot castle, inspired by the nearby Lumley Castle which overlooks the park.

Please note, although the play area is a safe environment, children must be supervised at all times.

Splash pad

The splash pad is a state of the art play facility which is free to use and suitable for families from toddlers to early teens. It is the only splash pad in County Durham and replaces the old paddling pool.

Park centre

The Park Centre includes a kiosk selling drinks and snacks every day during the summer and at weekends throughout the year.

Chester-le-Street Bowling Club

The park centre is home to Chester-le-Street Bowling club, which is always keen to welcome newcomers to the game. The greens are open to the public throughout the summer months.

The gardens

Walk around our beautiful gardens, near the park centre.Each area reflects a different star or planet.

Riverside walk

Walk along the River Wear, stop for a picnic at one of the seats along the way, or head for the wildlife area with the pond and grassland meadow.

Who to contact

Contact name
Chester-le-Street Riverside Park
03000 266 447

Where to go

Riverside Sports Pavilion
Riverside South
County Durham

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Address: Riverside Sports Pavilion  Riverside South  Chester-le-Street  County Durham

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