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Visitor information

Find all the information you'll need to enjoy your visit to Chester-le-Street Riverside Park.

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.

The play area is open 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.

The splash pad is now open every day between 10.00am and 6.00pm until Sunday 8 September.

Park centre

The park centre includes a kiosk selling drinks and snacks every day during the summer and at weekends throughout the year. Opening times vary:

DateWeekend opening timesWeekday opening times
1 October to 31 March10.00am to 4.00pmClosed
1 April to 30 September10.00am to 7.00pm10.00am to 4.00pm


Toilets are located in the park centre, and include a disabled toilet and baby change facilities. They are open every day but times vary:

DateWeekend opening timesWeekday opening times
1 October to 31 March8.00am to 4.00pm8.00am to 3.00pm
1 April to 30 September8.00am to 7.00pm8.00am to 6.30pm

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.

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.

You can drive into the park car park at any time, and there is 24 hour access to the park.


Walk around our beautiful gardens, near the park centre. Each area reflects a different star or planet. The gardens are open at all times.

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  • Green Flag Awards
Contact us
Chester-le-Street Riverside
03000 266 447
Our address is:
  • Riverside Sports Pavilion
  • Riverside South
  • Chester-le-Street
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH3 3SJ
0191 387 3269
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