Playgrounds in North Tyneside – Earsdon Playsite

Playgrounds in North Tyneside – Earsdon Playsite

Continuing our Local Playground Challenge we visited Earsdon Village playsite, which is a great play space, with car parking nearby, a huge free-play field, and a great variety of equipment to suit all different ages and abilities.

We love it, can you tell?!

First off, the gate into this field is toddler-proof. It’s almost parent-proof, because you have to flick two levers up together before pushing the gate. So you can be sure your little one is almost certainly still in the playground if you happen to take your eyes off them for a minute. Don’t test that theory, but I expect it’s much more secure than the Cullercoats playground we visited last week, which has gates that open outwards and are not lockable. What are they thinking?!

 playgrounds in north tyneside earsdon village  
So off we go to play. There were lots of children here, and James tends to find one who he declares is his friend, and he latches on to them, following them round and occasionally throwing his arms around them for an unexpected (sometimes unwelcome) cuddle.

playgrounds in north tyneside earsdon village rope 
Today he and a little girl ran around playing together, and climbing up the main structure over and over. There’s no easy way up this, so you have to use one of the ropes to pull yourself up (or walk the wrong way up the steep-ish slide).

 playgrounds in north tyneside earsdon village rock climbing 
After a while that little girl went home, so James climbed up this pretend rock. A much older boy sitting on the top told him, “you’re too little to come up here”, and James climbed up. “Dad! Dad!” cried the bigger boy, “I’m stuck!”, while James shimmied down again. Well.  playgrounds in north tyneside earsdon village toddler 
After a quick run up the other rope to the tall main climbing frame, James declared he needed a wee, so we ran to the nearby hedge. There we found lots of dandelion clocks, and we enjoyed puffing them out! A serious business, this clock puffing!
  
There are four swings in this park, as well as this basket swing. James doesn’t usually enjoy these baskets, but Noah and I got in with him today, and we swung gently for a while before James decided to be an aeroplane and asked us to leave, “excuse me, please!”  
The second best piece of equipment in this playground is this spider web roundabout. Lots of dads and nannas were being spun around and around by their small charges! James enjoyed just hanging from the bar and swinging round, then dropping off and pretending to be dizzy.   
But this is the best thing about this playsite! The slide just has a hill to run up, so it’s accessible to even young toddlers. The slide is wide, so James and two other toddlers lined up at the top, shouted, “Ready, steady, GO!” and then slid down together. Super cute, and super fun!    

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  1. June 3, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    We love earsdon too! Although I definitely prefer it now Elsie can manage a few more things independently now. What gorgeous pictures too. What a cutie he is!

    • June 3, 2015 / 10:49 pm

      Rachel, we will have to meet you there one day! It’s a lovely park 🙂

    • June 4, 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Not too far from you, this one, and just along a little way from the Beehive pub (although that has it’s own lovely outdoor play area, of course!)

  2. June 4, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Looks like such great fun! It’s great when you find a park that you feel is safe. I love the slide and having a hill is a brilliant idea x

  3. June 6, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    I love to see the different and varied equipment you find in the play areas around you. That climbing wall and tree ladder are inspired. Such a fun challenge and lots of fun play for your little man. I love the sun hat this week, how ever did he keep it on? Mine always lost them playing! thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • June 6, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      That hat; James picked it himself and he wears it all the time. He loves it. It’s looking very tired and battered if you look at it closely, but I’d rather he wear a hat than none!

  4. June 9, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    Awww looks like a nice place! I love playgrounds and this one has lots of climbing equipment that are kid friendly! #countrykids

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