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Rising Sun Country Park



The Rising Sun Countryside Centre is within the Rising Sun Country Park, a green oasis of 162 hectares, set in the heart of North Tyneside.


A park brochure which includes a map showing walking and cycling trails around the park is available at


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 the great outdoors.


Admission is free. Parking and disabled parking is provided within the grounds (or in the neighbouring ASDA Benton car park).


You can even hire one of our function rooms or outdoor areas for your own event! We have a children's party pack with indoor and outdoor party options and we can provide excellent quality homecooked style catering.


Facilities and attractions:

  • extensive footpaths, bridleways and cycleways to explore
  • selected routes are wheelchair-accessible
  • bird hides
  • cafe with terrace and park views
  • free parking with picnic and barbecue area (contact Reception for permission to hold a barbecue)
  • environmental education visits (email
  • children’s adventure play area
  • sandpit & water play feature (subject to the weather)
  • events programme and activities
  • Giants Garden private outdoor play area available for hire with a room (email Reception for details)
  • volunteer opportunities
  • hire our facilities for meetings, functions, events and parties
  • regular cycling and Nordic walking groups
  • toilet facilities
  • Exhibition Room (opposite the Cafe showing the history and heritage including the Rising Sun pit and Scaffold Hill Isolation Hospital)


The Country Park actively promotes healthy living and provides a resource for outdoor activities, healthy home-cooked food and encourages sustainable practices.


The park is managed in partnership by North Tyneside Council and the Rising Sun Farm Trust.


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