New cafe to open in revamped park

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.

A tea room is set to open its doors in a picturesque location.

The Glasshouse Tea Room – serving light lunches, savoury bites, homemade cakes, scones and other treats – will open on Sunday, June 28.

I know this will be a much-loved addition to the already popular park

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism

It is the latest addition to Northumberland Park, in North Shields, as part of a multi-million pound revamp.

The building was previously home to aviaries, potting sheds and glasshouses when the park first opened in 1885, until the mid 20th century.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “I know this will be a much-loved addition to the already popular park.

“The park has a rich and deep history and the project had a big focus on sensitively restoring its lost features.

“We’re really proud of all of this work and we regularly receive great feedback from visitors.

“We know people are eager to see the final parts of the project finished and we look forward to celebrating it all with them at the official grand opening on August 8.”

The opening of the tea room will coincide with the third ‘Sunday Session’, which sees musicians performing in the park’s bandstand on the last Sunday of every month.

On Sunday, June 28, four bands will play from 1pm onwards and those sitting on the veranda of the Glasshouse Tea Room will be in prime position as the bandstand overlooks the area.

Other work in the park has included an archaeological dig, which found an outline of a medieval hospital, enhancing the bowling green, creating the sculpture trail and general planting and landscaping.

Improvements are also being made to the children’s playpark and a BMX Pump Track is also being created, which are both set to open during the summer.

The project will be celebrated at a family event on August 8, 2015, to coincide with the 130 year anniversary of the original opening of Northumberland Park.