Chester Le street riverside park guide.

Riverside, Chester-le-Street, County Durham


Created in the 1930s and redeveloped in more recent years to include artist-designed ornamental gardens, events area, play area with splash pad, Café and toilets.

Grassed areas and riverside walks for quiet relaxation, picnics and kite flying or more vigorous pursuits such as running and cycling.

We love a visit to Chester Le Street Riverside park all year around but even most in the summer.


You can walk around their beautiful gardens, near the park centre. Each area reflects a different star or planet. The gardens are open at all times. The girls loved this afternoon tea feature in the riverside gardens towards the cafe area.


When walking along the River Wear, you can stop for a picnic at one of the seats along the way. You can also head for the wildlife area with the pond and grassland meadow.

The park recommend you don’t enter the water. It can look inviting but several people have drowned in recent years. In emergency, lifebelts are located along the riverbank.

Many people go fishing here but you have to request a fishing permit.


The park area has various set ups for the little ones of all ages to play on. The girls loved this castle shaped slide.

• The splash pad will be open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

• Sessions will be 30 minutes.

• A queuing system is in place and advance booking is not required.

• Children must be supervised by an adult and only one adult per child is allowed into the splash pad area.

• No picnics are allowed in the splash pad area – there is plenty of space around the park.

Check out session times here.


There is a cafe on site. They have seating areas next to the cafe for you to enjoy your lunch, but there is also plenty of space for a picnic too. The girls always love grabbing ice-lollies from here, and we had curry and chips, the sauce was really nice.

Other information: 

It’s approximately a 15 to 20 minute walk from Chester-le-Street town centre. 

The car parks are open 24 hours a day. Car park charges are: 80 pence for up to one hour, £1.20 for up to two hours, £2.00 for up to four hours, £3.10 for up to six hours and £4.20 for over six hours. 

There are a number of accessible parking bays at the park. The park centre is fully accessible for people with disabilities, and the paths around the park are accessible to visitors of all abilities.

Dogs are allowed off their lead along the riverside walk areas, but they must be on a lead in the gardens. 

Check out their website or group for regular information updates:

Website: click here.

Community group – click here


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