Playgrounds in North Tyneside – Richardson Dees Park

Playgrounds in North Tyneside – Richardson Dees Park

Oh, this is a gorgeous park! Known locally as Wallsend Park, Richardson Dees Park is a really lovely green patch near the Coast Road. It’s a traditional park with a playground and plenty of green grass, flowers, and beautiful trees. We visited as part of our challenge to visit every park in North Tyneside in 2015.

wallsend park toddler running on grass with trees behind

It’s such a beautiful park

On our way in, we passed spring flowers in full bloom, which are everywhere in North Tyneside right now. I absolutely appreciate living here at this time of year. So many grass verges have crocuses, daffodils and other colourful flowers bobbing around in the wind. Brilliant.

Bluebells at Richardson Dees Park

Bluebells at Richardson Dees Park

We walked past a little allotment-style area, and James played in the boat-shaped seat for a while, before we wandered along the path around the bowling green. James was very intent on clearing a section of the path of all sticks, so when I said ‘wandered’, I mean ‘inched’, while he picked up individual sticks, and placed each down on the edge of the path.


Fortunately it wasn’t a bad view! 

The play area is behind this bowling club house. There’s a café attached, which I’d imagine does a rip roaring trade in the warmer months. It wasn’t open when we visited.

If you read our post on Pearson Park in North Shields, you’ll have seen the delight on James’ face when we discovered a roundabout. Well, there is another one in this park too! This roundabout is inlaid in the ground, so you couldn’t fall off too badly, and there is only one seat. 


This playground area is really well designed, with something for lots of different ages of children. We stood and watched older children balancing on a wobbly spinning log for a while, James kept getting in their way when e wanted to have a go, though, so we moved along! 

There’s so much to climb, too, which is one of James’ passions at the moment.


We will have to come back here in the summer, because one of the hills we climbed up is a water play area. 

James had a brilliant time running around all the various sections of this play area. He loves rope bridges, and spent quite a while striding across this one, back and forth. 



 We completed the loop of the park with a quick swing and then a clamber on the sandpit’s climbing frame. They have diggers in the sandpit, but they’re too heavy for James to manoeuvre right now. 


All in all, a fantastic afternoon of outdoor play. I can see us returning here in the summer time with a picnic and swim shorts! We visited about a third of the park, from what I can gather, by staying in the playground. As I drove away I saw we’d missed a lot!

Mami 2 Five


  1. March 31, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    It’s a lovely park – I used to work across the road and would sit in the park on my lunch hour when it was sunny which was fab x

  2. April 1, 2015 / 1:53 am

    I love this park since it’s been done out. We end up here a lot because it’s near family and it’s nicer than our nearest one x

  3. April 1, 2015 / 9:16 am

    It is a lovely park, I’ve been there a couple of times for photo shoots, I’m spoilt because I live just along the street from Heaton Park but it’s worth the bus trip to do something different if the kids are bored over Easter

    • April 1, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      I used to live overlooking Heaton Park, and that is lovely too. I’m really enjoying doing this challenge because we’ve been to some great parks (not yet on the blog!)

  4. April 2, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    What a fantastic challenge. I bet your son’s really enjoying it! Gorgeous photos too; that park looks fab.
    Thanks for linking up with the #WeekendBlogHop!

  5. April 3, 2015 / 7:28 am

    It such a gorgeous park. My daughter would have so much fun there 🙂

  6. April 5, 2015 / 5:51 am

    A great idea! I think I used to do this with my son when he was little because I sometimes felt like we’d visited every park in a weekend! Aren’t parks great for young children though. This one certainly looks lovely! xx #SundayStars

  7. bettyandthebumps
    April 5, 2015 / 6:43 am

    What a great challenge! Bet you find some hidden gems. I used to live in the houses opposite the park. My mam still lives there (her living room window is directly opposite the club house) so as you can imagine Gwenn goes to the park a lot! x

    • April 5, 2015 / 8:58 am

      Lucky Gwenn! The park is brilliant and I can only see it being even better as the boys get older.

      I love Gwenn’s name, too!

  8. April 5, 2015 / 7:39 am

    You’re right – this really does look like a brilliant park to visit! I LOVE all your photos – they are brilliant – made all the better of ours for a spot of sunshine (where is it today!?!?) Thanks again for linking up. Steph xxx Happy Easter!!

    • April 5, 2015 / 9:02 am

      Ah, we have the sun this morning too! Really gorgeous blue skies right now, but of course Rob is languishing in his bed for a very very rare lie in!
      Hopefully we’ll get out soon 🙂

  9. April 5, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    looks so pretty there! I love your photos thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

  10. mackenzieglanville
    April 6, 2015 / 1:58 am

    Beautiful photos, so lovely to see such happiness #SundayStars

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: