Open Spaces

In addition to Jubilee Park, the Town Council provides and maintains a number of recreation grounds and open spaces for the benefit of residents and visitors. These include areas where the community can relax, play sport, walk their dogs and otherwise enjoy the open air, as well as improving the appearance of the environment by keeping it free from litter, providing hanging baskets and maintaining flower and shrub beds.

Facilities include:

  • 3 village greens – at Byers Green, Kirk Merrington and Tudhoe Village
  • A nature reserve at Cow Plantation
  • 7 play areas
  • 7 football fields
  • A football field at Spennymoor Town FC
  • Cricket is played at Spennymoor and Tudhoe

The Town Council is also responsible for providing bus shelters, public seating, litter bins, poop scoop bins and a dog toilet at High Whitworth.

Improvements made throughout 2009/2010 included the provision of a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at Tudhoe Moor.

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Childrens Play Areas

In addition to the two adventure playgrounds at Jubilee Park there are childrens play areas located at Byers Green, Kirk Merrington, Tudhoe, Tudhoe Moor and Wood Street, Middleston Moor. All these play areas, which are owned by the Town Council, comply with current British Standards both in terms of the equipment and safety surfacing, and are regularly inspected.

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Tennis Courts

Tennis courts are available at Jubilee Park.

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Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park, located off Carr Lane and within easy walking distance of the town centre, is an outstanding facility comprising 4.64 acres of recreation ground.

The park facilities include;

2 bowling greens
bowls pavilion
MUGA including tennis court and basketball
all weather football pitch
public toilets
bandstand
picnic areas
play areas
play equipment, including swings and roundabouts
protected by CCTV
flower beds
open spaces
sensory garden
The Park is open to the community all year round. Please note that no dogs, except guide dogs, are allowed in Jubilee Park.

During the summer, band concerts take place in the impressive bandstand which forms the park’s focal point.

Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden was officially opened on Friday 22nd July, 2011 in Jubilee park by the Town Mayor, Councillor W.Waters.
Designed and built by the Town Council’s workforce, the garden aims to awaken the senses and imagination with aromatic and colourful plants. Pupils from the horticulture group at the Oaks Secondary School helped the Project Manager, Michael Foxton to plant the bedding plants .
Artwork created by Spennymoor School via a competition has been incorporated into the Gardens information sign which is also in braille.
Councillor W.Waters, Mayor of Spennymoor, said: The Sensory Garden is not limited to children, but also provides opportunities for older people and individuals with disabilities to enjoy the therapeutic benefits that nature provides. The fact that an array of organisations and young people have come together to make this Sensory Garden happen for the people of Spennymoor is wonderful. On behalf of the town, I would like to thank everybody who has been involved for their efforts and donations ‘.

Victoria Golf

June 2009 saw the creation of a new 9 hole landscaped mini crazy golf course within Jubilee Park. The course is not just for relaxation; its for education as well. Each of the holes is themed with information on significant elements in the reign of Queen Victoria, whose Jubilee was celebrated in the Parks name. Planting has an exotic flavour.

The project took top place in the 2009 Northumbria in Bloom Awards, winning the City of Sunderland Trophy for innovations in Parks and Open Spaces. The 2010 County Durham Environment Awards successfully awarded the crazy golf a ‘Commendation’ in recognition of the contribution the scheme has made to improve the quality of the Councils Environment.
The scheme was funded by Spennymoor Town Council, CDENT and Awards for All.
Award for Jubilee Park

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Spennymoor Town Football Club

Top non-league football action can be seen at the Brewery Field, off Durham Road, the home of Spennymoor Town FC. Today’s club was born in the summer of 2005 following the demise of both UniBond Premier Division club Spennymoor United AFC and Northern League Second Division club Evenwood Town FC. However, the club dates back to 1904, mainly as the result of the efforts of local councillor and businessman Thomas Grant, who negotiated use of the Brewery Field, used previously by Tudhoe Rugby Club.

The Club has seen great success over the years, and a number of former players moved on to the Footnball League.

The Club were Northern League Division 1 champions in 2009-2010. For more information visit the Spennymoor Town FC website.

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Spennymoor Leisure Centre

The Leisure Centre, owned and managed by Durham County Council, located between the town centre and Bessemer Park housing estate, is one of the finest in the country. The complex includes a free-form leisure pool, with slide and wave machine, a large multi-purpose sports hall, a gymnastic centre, a fitness suite, steam room, artists workshops and exhibition space, the Kiln rooms and creche facilities. In addition there are function rooms and a cafe. Sports and activities catered for include badminton, basketball, five-a-side football, netball, fitness suite activities, aerobics, swimming, boxing etc.

The individual opening times are:

Centre

  • Monday to Saturday 7.00am to 10.30pm
  • Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Fitness Suite:

  • Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 10.00pm
  • Friday 8.00am to 9.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 8.00am to 5.00pm.

For more details visit the Spennymoor Leisure centre web page

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The Durham Dales

Lying between the Yorkshire Dales and the Northumberland National park, the Durham dales form part of the North Pennines, one of England’s largest areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Upper Teesdale supports some of Britain’s rarest plant communities, now protected as a National Nature Reserve. At High Force, the River Tees thunders 70 feet over the largest waterfall in England.

Close by, the Pennine Way continues on its 270 mile route past some of the country’s most beautiful stretches of river scenery. To the north is Weardale where quiet moorland roads open up panoramic Pennine views. The road from Killhope to Nenthead in Cumbria is the highest classified road in England, rising to over 2,000 feet. In the 19th century the North Pennines were at the heart of the lead mining industry. The industry has long since disappeared but Killhope Lead Mining Centre, with its giant 34 ft waterwheel, remains a striking memorial.

Throughout the Durham Dales (which start less than 10 miles to the west of Spennymoor) there is plenty of scope for walking and other outdoor activities which can all be enjoyed amid the impressive North Pennines scenery. The area is surprisingly unspoilt and uncrowded, even at peak holiday times.

Location: Access to Teesdale is south west via the A688 in the direction of Barnard Castle. For access to Weardale, take the A689 from Bishop Auckland in the direction of Stanhope.

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Sedgefield Racecourse

Sedgefield is used by all top Northern trainers and jockeys for competitive National Hunt racing, and in recent years has served as a venue for the North versus South Jump Jockeys Challenge Match. There are 21 race meetings each season from September until the end of May, including the Boxing day fixture and evening meetings in the Spring. Facilities available for people with wheelchairs.

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Timothy Hackworth Museum

Home and workplace of the engineer to the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Restored house with Victorian garden, restored Shildon Goods yard with working replica of the locomotive Sans Pareil. Occasional passenger rides along 400 yards of original 1825 Stockton and Darlington Railway track bed.

Location: 6 miles south of Spennymoor at Shildon

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Binchester Roman Fort

The house of the Fort Commander includes the best example of a Roman military bath suite in Britain. Finds from the excavation of the fort are displayed in the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle. Vinovia was a Roman fort and settlement situated just over 1 mile (1.6 km) to the north of the town of Bishop Auckland on the banks of the River Wear in County Durham, England. The fort was the site of a hamlet until the late Middle Ages, but the modern-day village of Binchester is about 2 miles (3 km) to the east, near Spennymoor.

The ruins are now known as the Binchester Roman Fort.

Location: 4 miles south west of Spennymoor, off the A688

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Auckland Castle

Principal country residence of the Bishops of Durham since Norman times, and now the official residence of the present day Bishop. The chapel, reputedly the largest private chapel in Europe, and the state rooms, including the Bishop’s Throne Room, are open to the public. There is also access to the adjacent Bishops park with its 18th century “Gothic” deer shelter.

Location: 5 miles south-west of Spennymoor, off the A688

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Durham City

Durham City is one of the most exciting visual and architectural experiences in Europe. For nine centuries the magnificent Norman cathedral and castle have dominated the city’s skyline, their dramatic peninsular setting a defensive stronghold for Durham’s Prince Bishop. Today, the cathedral and castle are a World Heritage Site, officially recognising their exceptional quality and character. Other attractions include the University Museum of Archaeology, the University Oriental Museum, the Durham Light Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery.

Location: 7 miles north of Spennymoor, off the A167.

Enquiries: Tourist Information Centre, Millennium Place, Durham City DH1 1WA

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Beamish Open Air Museum

One of the leading tourist attractions in the region, Beamish vividly recreates life in a North of England town early in the 20th century. Shops, houses, working pub and newspaper office. Guided tours underground at a real “drift mine”.

Location: 17 miles north of Spennymoor on the A693 and signposted from the A167 and A1(M) Chester-le-Street exit.

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