This is one of the most visible parks for visitors to the coast as it is right next to the sea front. You’ll have driven past it if you’ve been through Cullercoats heading towards Whitley Bay or Tynemouth.
It’s also one of the chilliest parks I’ve ever been to. The wind just whips along the seafront, seemingly regardless of the time of year! So wear an extra layer if you’re popping to this playground!
On our way to the park, the sea was so flat that I actually sent Rob a text to tell him to come home early so we could go for a dive. Alas, he couldn’t, so we didn’t take advantage of that millpond!
This is one of James’ favourite options for staying safe next to a busy road. He gets to pick – hold my hand or the lion’s paw, or jump on the buggy. The second he lets go to run away we stop, so mostly, if he wants to go to the place we’re headed to, he holds a hand or paw!
When we arrived at the park, James wanted to play with the digger. Unfortunately it was all wet, so I gave him a tissue to wipe it down. I then had to pay a bit of attention to Noah, and when I looked up, James had wiped the digger all over except for the seat. By that time, the tissue was saturated and I knew we’d need more for other things around the park, so I just suggested he go on a swing instead. Those diggers are fab, but so heavy for a two year old to manage.
There are two swings in this playground – the one you see James in and a chair swing. If, like James, your little one likes to go really high, get them to this park. The chains are the longest we’ve found anywhere and so you can push them “higher! Higher!” until they giggle and scream!
I love this playground because it’s got some interesting art-type installations, like a black cut stone, and some very lovely looking marble bins. It also has wooden creatures to climb on and play with. Look! James found a monster!
The dolphin was James’ second favourite thing in this playground (the first being the swing) although I think it’s a mini see-saw, so I don’t think he’s riding it how it’s intended, but hey, he had a brilliant time on it!
Here you can a little of the wonderful views from this playground, and the lovely wooden structures for climbing on, and sparking imaginative play.
Of course, there are also climbing frames in this park; a sort of assault course as well as the more traditional frame. There isn’t a slide, though, and the roundabout doesn’t have any seats or handrails! James didn’t like the roundabout in this playsite, which may come as a surprise to you if you read our post about the playground near to the police station in North Shields.
After the park, on our way back to the car, we passed a cafe, and as it was morning snack time, we popped inside.
The Boatyard is a new cafe, and I’m so pleased we visited!
James enjoyed a delicious croissant and a huge banana, while I had a pot of tea. I actually ordered without looking at the menu, and I wished I’d tried some of their own blend of coffee, made in York especially for the Boatyard. This place has really nice decor, it reminded me of one of my friend’s cottage in Seahouses, with a nautical theme.
It’s family friendly, with a Totseat ready for those children who need a bit of help to sit at the table, and toys to occupy little ones while you finish off your food.
I’ll definitely be back here, because not only were the staff chatty and professional, but also the prices were so very reasonable. I’ve read brilliant reviews of their breakfast menu, so we’ll be checking some other food out next time we visit a playground over near them.