Special party to mark park’s restoration

The new Glasshouse Tea Room and community education space in Northumberland Park, North Shields.
The new Glasshouse Tea Room and community education space in Northumberland Park, North Shields.

Thousands are expect to attend a family fun day celebrating the multimillion-pound restoration of a park.

Northumberland Park, in North Shields, reopened earlier this year after a £2.2m National Lottery investment.

Northumberland Park is looking absolutely lovely and we’re really looking forward to celebrating the project with local residents and visitors

Mayor Norma Redfearn

And on Saturday, August 8, the park will be filled with activities and entertainment for all the family.

Between noon and 4.30pm, there will be a Viking re-enactment, a falconry display, magicians, face painters, dance groups, princesses, treasure trail, a fancy-dress parade and bowling taster sessions.

An evening of free live music will follow in the park’s newly-installed bandstand with different performers entertaining the crowds between 4.30pm and 7pm.

Visitors are invited to bring along their own picnic, purchase treats from the park’s new Glasshouse Tea Room or buy a ticket in advance for a hog roast.

Registration for the fancy-dress parade – open to under 12s on any theme – will be at the storytelling space next to the park’s Tynemouth Road main entrance before 2.15pm. The parade will take place between 2.30pm and 3pm.

Tickets for the hog roast are available from the park’s tea room.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Northumberland Park is looking absolutely lovely and we’re really looking forward to celebrating the project with local residents and visitors.

“As well as celebrating reaching the end of the wonderful work, the event is also our way of thanking residents for their help and ideas on how to improve the park, and for their patience while we carried out the improvements.

“I would also like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund for their grants, to Kier North Tyneside who carried out many of the restorations, to council staff for all their hard work and the New Friends of Northumberland Park who are so passionate about the park.

“Together they have completely transformed Northumberland Park, returning it to its former glory while adding in special features for the enjoyment of our residents.”

Work to revamp the park, which first opened in 1885, included restoring or replicating lost Victorian features; an archaeological dig, which found an outline of a medieval hospital; enhancing the bowling green; creating a sculpture trail and general planting and landscaping.

The new cafe, The Glasshouse Tea Room, also opened in the park at the end of June. The new building, which also has a community education room and toilet facilities, stands in the central area of the park.

Improvements are also being made to children’s playpark, due to open on August 8, and work to create a BMX Pump Track will begin after the summer holidays.

Ivor Crowther, head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East, said: “We’re delighted to celebrate the official opening of Northumberland Park and the incredible transformation which means this much-loved park can once again be at the heart of community life and be a fantastic attraction for visitors.

“Congratulations to everyone involved, we’re proud to have played a funding role.”