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A Recent Trip to Hardwick Park

We have some great places to explore here in the North East, one of those places is Hardwick Park. I really like the space you have here and you can choose a few different routes to walk too. Hardwick park is an 18th century grade 2 listed site with circular walks, hotel and historical features to find. The park is man made but in fact it was made to look natural, even the serpentine was made to look like a river flowing through the park.

We visited 21/06. The weather wasn't too warm and it even started to rain a bit, after quite a dry few weeks. We found plenty of shelter under trees when needed and there's loads of great photo opportunities here. Today we stuck with the circular walk close to the serpentine. The boys loved the Dragon guarding the Tower and played on the stepping stones too

Elliot loved looking at all waders and studied a few of the feathers that were on the floor Feathers are his new obsession and has always had a love for birds. We took our time and just enjoyed the park. There's some gorgeous trees around and we did spot the memorial trees, which I though was a lovely idea. We followed the path around and stopped at the Bird hide, I loved how there was info dotted about for people to read about the birds and we did watch a few coal tits feeding their young. The only bad bit here is the feeders looked like they could have done with a wash and top up. The park itself is pretty clean and tidy.

We stopped at the bridge to watch a gaggle of geese swimming in a line which was amazing. All in all it was a great way to spend a morning with the boys.

We were going to download the Love Exploring app but it wouldn't work, so we will go back and do this again as Elliot loves Dinosaurs.

You can also find a range of outdoor learning programmes HERE

Good to know info

Free to enter

Parking costs £3 all day

Toilets are open 9-4

Café is open serving takeaway only 10-3.30

Picnic tables and benches around the park

Exhibition centre is closed

Visitors centre is closed so please bring your own bird seed

Plenty of parking including accessible bays

Route around the park is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs

Dogs are welcome on lead only and must pick up after them.

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