Northumberland Park

Summer Sunday Music Sessions

On the last Sunday of each month between April and september there will be music sessions from 1pm with a host of artists

for further information click the link Summer Sunday Music Sessions

Green Flag Award

For the first time following a £5 million restoration project the park has been awarded the Green Flag and joins five other parks and open spaces arround the borough with the coverted award.

Annual September Dog Oscars and Heritage Weekend Music Special

10th September 11am to 3pm. The popular dog show with plenty of awards up for grabs! Free to spectators entry fee of £1.50 per dog per category - book in advance.

Enjoy the bandstand music from 1pm, visit the heritage information stall and explore the park. For more details call the wardens on 07976 307378 or email northumberland.park@northtynside.gov.uk

Northumberland Park reopens

The park was closed after North Tyneside Council received a £2.2m grant to restore its historical features and extend an archaeological project, supervised by Tyne & Wear Specialist Conservation Team and with help from volunteers, the dig discovered the entire outline of a chapel which was part of the medieval St Leonard’s Hospital, dating back to around the 13th Century. A tiled floor was also unearthed in the chapel.

The £2.2m, awarded from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funds, allowed further work on the site as well as a study into the hospital’s history, being overseen by The Archaeology Practice. The wider scheme has included the restoration of lost historical features including cast iron railings, park furniture, fountains, historic planting schemes and the installation of a new park pavilion, a new café, toilets, a children’s play park and woodland BMX track and a community room are now complete. See (Campaigns\Norhtumberland Park) for further details.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Northumberland Park is a lovely place and extremely popular, attracting thousands of visitors and families each year in search of a green haven. I’m delighted with all the positive comments we have had from local, community and we are to continue with our plans to make it even better.

“I am pleased to say, despite some earlier setbacks, most of the park is now open and visitors can enjoy the restored historical features, the lake and additional water features and improved woodland areas. Lots of additional planting will begin soon to make sure it’s bursting with colour in time for the summer.

“We also look forward to welcoming residents to a special celebration event to coincide with the 130-year anniversary of Northumberland Park in August.” Mike Coates, chairman of the Friends of Northumberland Park, said he was delighted the restoration was almost complete.

       Click the link to show 2015 plans and work progress

       below you will see some of the history of the park from 1884 on

       There are a total of 10 slides to view plus a further 8 of the improved woodland areas and new installations to date.

 

TVA warmly supports the plans to restore Northumberland Park to its former glory. We are happy that the alliance between local people, as members of the New Friends of Northumberland Park and the council, supported by English Heritage and others, has been successful in securing Heritage Lottery and other funds of more than £2.2million to make it once more the pride of North Shields and Tynemouth, (it is part of Tynemouth Conservation Area). Members of TVA committee sit on the Project Board and have joined the New Friends.

The park already has a welcome improvement close to us – a much used new off-road way of access to the park from the west side of Tynemouth Station. Once there you can see that the park has lost much of its old derelict look, with restored paths, new planting including of wild flower and water meadows and an interesting programme of events.

Inevitably the park is going to be virtually fenced off for nearly a year, starting spring 2013, as the major works get underway and the heavy machinery moves in. It is hoped the path from Tynemouth Station to King Edwards Road will remain usable, and access to the bowling green will be preserved throughout this upheaval.

At the end we will should have a beautiful park with some of the formal features of the Victorian park restored, including the Bandstand, and flower beds, but with less formal facilities too, including a butterfly glade, a café, a community room and a BMX/ skateboard track. SITA is funding a medieval herb garden and there have already been very successful archaeological digs, with more to come. The children’s playground and 2 bowling greens will remain and there will be more informal play areas – and, as important as any of these, there will be will be toilets and plenty of seating.

Northumberland Park is another reason to sing the praises of living in the area of Tynemouth, and trying to preserve the best of the old whilst catering for today’s needs – which the TVA tries to do.

Further information about this is available from Michael Coates - chair.nparkfriends@hotmail.co.uk

Information about the archeological dig that took place in the park can be found on the following link bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-13749950

If you want to volunteer for the Northumberland Park Archaeological digs, contact lindymacc@hotmail.com Top left: Park in 1900, park today. Below: Bed to celebrate125 years since the park was given by the Duke of Northumberland and opened to the public.

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