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- Amazing. Myself, the mrs and our 2yr old daughter have visited twice ow and both times have been fantastic. Prices are very cheap and being able to feed the fish is a favourite thing my daughter loves to do. It’s a brilliant way for her to get used to all these butterflies and other animals so she doesn’t grow up with fears. Staff are really nice and one of the guys stopped to say hello to my daughter and had a fun chat with her and showed her a couple of bits. That won it for me, I don’t expect it of staff and they clearly enjoy their job for them to interact with young visitors. She was presented with a small butterfly toy which was incredibly kind which I suspect it was because she was being brave and well behaved.
Seeing a massive spider knocked me sick however. But that’s my issue I need to work on haha. If only there was a good cafe near by we’d visit more but the closest one is horrendous.Written 12 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My nine year old loves this place; we usually walk the entire Castle Eden/ Wynyard Woods walkway.
We love walking down the old railway line and going under the bridges.
It’s about 2.5 miles maybe 3 miles but it surely does ware them out.
Great day for most people to visit.Written 5 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Love this park, From the beautiful plants to the trees , then there is the ducks,swans, squirrels birds. It truly is a lovely place to be.Written 7 February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Must do better.
Beautiful small town to explore, river walks, Georgian chapel, lovely church, but parking can be a nightmare.
Do not park in the Medical Centre car park, as this is for patients/visitors ONLY, and is controlled with cameras. I know, I forgot to register my car when visiting them recently, and got a £70 fine 3 weeks later.
On-street parking is free for 3 hrs (with ticket personalised to the car) no return for three hours. Caution, sometimes get officious traffic wardens with chips on their shoulders walking round.
Disabled vehicles don't need to get a ticket, provided the disabled badges are correctly displayed.
There is a small all day (pay to park) car park behind the shops on the east river side, but that is often full.
Sainsbury's, and Strickland's, have their own small car parks, but these are short duration, around 90mins. The Strickland's one is limited to Strickland's customers only.Written 23 October 2022
- What a brilliant experience from arriving to leaving. We were both greeted by the team and they looked after my wife throughout the meet, greet and feed experience.
This is very therapeutic and suitable for all ages
We will return for a walk with them when my wife gets better.Written 21 August 2022
- Went to Go Climb at the Forum for a birthday party - great for my daredevil four year old. After the climbing we were transferred to the function room so the kids could eat their Happy Meals. In between, I went to the baby change with my other daughter, and a friend said she’d keep an eye out to point us to where to go. After leaving the baby change I couldn’t for the life of me find a function room, so headed downstairs to ask the receptionist where it was. Her reply was ‘I don’t know, off the top of my head’ and I was left standing there awkwardly. I was quite anxious as I was aware of a time limit on the room, and was up visiting from the Midlands so time was precious with our friends. Thankfully a male member of cleaning staff saw me looking lost and gave me directions - 10/10 to him for customer service!!! Overall a lovely visit to the Forum - it must be 15 years since I last visited and it has improved immensely.Written 30 August 2021
- Excellent place to visit for all ages and genders
Monday's - 7 til 9pm seniors (age 14 plus)
Tuesday - juniors 6 til 7pm (age 6 plus)
Wednesday- 1 to 1s by appointment
Thursday - juniors 5.45 to 6.45pm & seniors 7 till 9pm
Friday - 1 to 1s by appointment
Saturday - 10 till 11.30am fighting and fitness training
Sunday's 1 to 1s by appointment
£3 pay as you train no contracts or block bookings required
1 to 1 lessons only £15
Come and give it a tryWritten 26 June 2018
- Situated in the middle of the high street this display works every day at 1pm,if you cant see it first you will definitely hear it a great exhibit and useful information on the side of building and can look through building to see workings before its released .a very unusual unique feature.Written 15 May 2022
- A great venue and staff. I suffer with an anxiety problem and don't leave the home much. I booked for a Aly Bain/Phil Cunningham concert then panicked how I would cope at the venue. I contacted the ARC and explained my problem. They told me to introduce myself to the staff on arrival. I cannot thank and commend the staff enough for helping me attend. They showed me the concert room, reserved me a ticket, and allowed me entry prior to doors opening.Written 26 March 2022
- Well what can I say had a great night at the theatre to see the Cavern Beatles they were very good and we had a great night ,,, However we paid for vip tickets and to be honest they are not worth the extra £4 we paid ,, the larger was £3.90 a pint and didn't taste very nice at all ,, for this price it should have been a good pint,, you get to sit in a small lounge but no flash at all , the first extra you get is a small bowl of cheap crisps half a dozen small cheese biscuits and half a dozen small pieces of cheese between 4 of us ,I've got to say Very disappointing and would not recommend vip tickets ,I think the forum should offer a better service to customersWritten 10 November 2019
- We’ve been to the gardens quite a few times and they are still one of our favourite places even though they don’t appear to be looked after as well as they used to be. After trying the cafe again and being disappointed yet again though I’ve decided that next time we go I’ll take a picnic. The staff in the cafe were polite and trying their best to be helpful but the serving system simply doesn’t work with the log jam at the till causing queues and irritation. The staff don’t have space to work and the food is displayed in an illogical way with cakes first and savouries at the end. Today the scones were even worse than before being over cooked and very dry, the coffee I had was terrible and undrinkable, I told the person in charge and she just said that it was the machine, which isn’t helpful. So we will visit the gardens again but not the cafe, it’s a shame because it should be a lovely part of the day out but just isn’t and I’ve given it enough chances.Written 21 June 2022
- Interesting local history museum with cafe and olde timey shops set in a pleasant park next to the river Tees. A nice place to spend a couple of hours.Written 11 November 2022
- We go here quite regular with the kids, the set up and the layout here is great and the staff couldn’t be nicer, always willing to help. I would agree with some of the other comments however, it is a little grubby and could do with being shut for a couple of days and some industrial cleaners coming in. Just refresh it a bit.Written 5 March 2018
- Cracking little venue for live music. Drove from Gateshead to see John last night. Sound was spot on, decent bar, friendly staff and just a genuinely nice feel about the place
On street parking few hundred yards along the road was free in evening. Walked past the entrance to the little lane to the theatre on first attempt …a little lit up pathway between the shop frontsWritten 13 October 2021
- Went in school holidays with my 13 and 7 year old daughters. They loved it plenty for them to do and small enough for me to keep an eye on them... floors around the pool are very slippy (to be expected I know its water) but when my 7 year old slipped and fell in full view of lifeguards no one offered to help or check she was ok. Receptionist staff were miserable as sin. Lady in changing room however (cleaner I think) was absolutely lovely, very helpful and polite.Written 30 July 2019
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