Thornley has three play areas maintained by the Parish Council and their groundskeepers. To the west end of the village is Ellerby Mews. This playground is accessible via a public footpath that crosses from Dunelm Road to Ellerby Mews.
In the northern section is the Gore Hill play area which is located within Gore Hill Estate. The third play area is on Bow Street and can be accessed via Hartlepool Street which is part of the main road that runs through the centre of town.
All three play areas receive weekly inspections, but if you notice any pieces of equipment with damage or if there is an incident at any of these locations, please contact the Parish Clerk immediately.