We went for a walk in this lovely park in Yate, it was a really warm early autumn afternoon we took our dog too. I’d read there was a lake, so I loaded up a bag with chicken pellets and some chopped up iceberg lettuce, which our chicken love and so I thought I’d see if the ducks would appreciate them too.
The park has a number of entrances, we entered from a road named Elmwood, off of Sundridge Park. There’s a small carpark there for approx 10 cars there is also lots of parking on the road. The park is as you would expect full of mature trees and open grass land. It has some nice additions, such as a very large Bug Hotel, Close to the Elmwood entrance and a large totem pole just in front of the entrance to the younger children’s playground which is in the centre of the park. There are quirky swings made from fallen trees, a climbing frame with tunnels and a slide, a junior roundabout, mini obstacle course, seesaw, tyre swings and plenty of seating. It’s completely enclosed by a fence and surrounded by shrubs and trees. There is normally an ice cream van in this area, but sadly that day we missed it.
Behind the junior park there is a more open area with a basketball court and more climbing obstacles, slides and seating. A row of more trees separates this part of the park from the large bespoke climbing adventure park for the older children. The adventure park has been built within the trees, making it feel like you are in the jungle. There are rope walkways, rope bird cages, a small tree house, fireman poles and alongside there is a zip wire. This section of the play area is also fenced for safety and dogs are not allowed.
Beyond the play area the lake is home to lots of wildlife. The ducks and swans really enjoyed the chicken food and lettuce. It was quite comical to watch the ducks diving down to reach the pellets as they sunk into the water. There were young swans sitting on a floating island in the middle of the lake which eventually joined the adult swans to eat the food too. It’s surrounded by hilly grounds, there are lots of areas to explore and plenty of places to chill out and relax.
The Park hosts community events during the year such as an annual Easter Eggs Hunt and a number of Music Festivals, including “Yate Rocks” which is in it’s 13th year, a free music festival also offering, dancing displays from local clubs and academies, arts & crafts, children’s activities and games and community stalls with a great range of local products, novelty gifts and a wide variety of refreshments.
A very popular café is just outside the park it’s called Vintage Birdcage Cakery, it’s a really beautifully decorated café with pretty bunting and fairy lights and serves breakfasts, loaded jacket potatoes, salads, sandwiches, paninis, toasties, baguettes, bespoke homemade cakes, cream tea, milkshakes etc including a children’s menu, the list goes on and caters for everyone. They even make muffins for dogs. Open every day until 4.30pm apart from Sunday when it closes at 3pm. Website
Address – Kingsgate Park Sundridge Park, Yate, Bristol BS37 4EP – 5.2 miles – 12 minutes from Bury Hill Farm by car. Website
Review – August 2018
Lovely park, big play area with swings etc. and plenty of space to kick a ball around, a few picnic tables dotted around, also a lake with swans and ducks. Really well maintained. On the sides of the park is a pub and a beautiful cafe called the Birdcage, Both accessible from the park.
Review – July 2018
The team that runs the Park are always doing some fantastic family friendly events. It’s a good location not too far from the shopping centre and it has a great park for young and slightly older which is often maintained.
If you’re a Pokémon Go user there’s two pokestops and one pokegym so you’ll spend a while running between them and the not so far from that location either. Host to Easter events, Yate Rocks and a swan feeding pond (with food sold at a very close establishment) there’s always something to do.