A Great Family Day Out In Jesmond Dene
We were really excited recently to visit an old favourite of ours, Jesmond Dene. ¬†Set within walking distance of Newcastle City Centre, Jesmond Dene is one of those local hidden gems that we all love. ¬†Located next to the impressive Armstrong Bridge, it boasts country walks, a pets corner as well as a Visitor Centre that has full facilities such as toilets and a cafe area.
Peakles likes Jesmond Dene because it has open spaces, play areas and walks along the¬†river Ouseburn towards Paddy Freeman’s Park which has a boating lake, cafe, play areas and a bowling green.
Her most favourite place, though, has to be the Pet’s¬†Corner. ¬†She loves looking at the chickens and the rabbits! ¬†She also likes finding out about the other animals that live there. ¬†Pet’s Corner has information posters next to each animal area or pen and it is a great way of getting up close to more unusual animals and livestock.
The cafe in the visitor centre is great too, providing hot and cold drinks as well as a selection of snacks and lunchtime meals. ¬†Their cakes are lovely too!
After a quick stop at the cafe, it is time for us to head off for a walk along the river. ¬†Peakles loves exploring the trees and looking for the wildlife. ¬†We usually see garden birds but occasionally we may catch a glimpse of a kingfisher during the summer months. ¬†There are interesting buildings and places to see along the riverside walk which is great when you are playing I Spy as you walk along.
All in all Jesmond Dene is a great place that is free to visit and there¬†are plenty of free and low-cost parking places nearby. ¬†If you are having an overnight stay or short break in Newcastle City Centre and want to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and have a great day out then we would definitely recommend¬†a visit!