Tumbling Bay Playground


In the north of the Park, the Tumbling Bay playground features rock pools, sand pits, tall treehouses, and wobbly bridges, as well as slides, swings and plenty of space to run about. We wanted to make sure children had the chance to play in a real, natural environment that encourages them to experiment, and built on the natural landscape of the Park.

The Tumbling Bay sits alongside the Timber Lodge community centre and café, where parents and kids can relax with a range of fresh, home-cooked food and drink.

It was designed by play space experts Land Use Consultants and Erect Architecture and even includes a piece of modern art: Heather and Ivan Morrison’s Cross and Cave sculpture.

The name "Tumbling Bay" derives from the Tumbling Bay Stream which used to run from the Temple Mills in the North of the Park to join the old route of the Waterworks River. A Tumbling Bay is an old English phrase for a weir on a river over which the water tumbles.