Woodland Park and Activity Centre, Rising Sun, Whitley Road, NE12 9SS

Ideal for a simple cup of tea and scone, woodland walks with good disability access.

Boasting a nature reserve with ponds, woodlands, and extensive grasslands; a farm and Countryside Centre, the site is a haven for wildlife and an ideal place to relax and enjoy

Facilities and attractions:

  • extensive footpaths, bridleways and cycleways to explore
  • selected routes are wheelchair-accessible
  • bird hides
  • café with terrace and park views
  • free parking with picnic and barbecue area
  • educational visits
  • children’s play area and water play feature
  • events programme and activities
  • volunteer opportunities
  • hire our facilities for meetings, functions, events and parties
  • regular cycling and Nordic walking groups
  • toilet facilities
  • exhibition room

Opening times

The wider park is open all day, every day of year.

Centre grounds: Open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; and 9am to 4.30pm on Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Countryside Centre Car Park: Open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday; and 9am to 4.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The café is open for refreshments including freshly made sandwiches, scones and hot/cold drinks, with outdoor seating on the terrace from 9am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday and 10.30am to 3.30pm weekends and bank holidays.

Grassy park with picnic tables, trees, a parking lot with cars, and a lake in the background under a clear blue sky. - Home Instead