We are blessed with many lovely parks and open spaces in Bristol. If you are looking for free things to do with the kids, visiting a park would be top of the list. So, here’s a selection of great Parks with great play equipment and areas for families with children of all ages.
Hengrove park welcomes visitors with a lot of greenery and open spaces that are as refreshing as they are full of activities to enjoy. The park provides everything from sandpits and climbing frames for children from different age groups. It also has a café, cinema, bingo hall, and free Wi-Fi for you to avail and enjoy as your children burn off some energy.
Not only that, but some of the most talked-about attractions of the park include a “wheel park” for skateboards, rollerblades, and BMX riders and a part that allows visitors to fly small model aircrafts and drones. Or you can relax in the wildlife area at the west end, with plenty of grassy areas to have a picnic and watch the world go by. In short, Hengrove has something for everyone. It doesn’t have a dedicated carpark, but there is plenty of parking in the surrounding areas.
Hengrove Park, Hengrove Way, Hengrove, Bristol BS14 0HR. Visit the Website for more information.
St. George’s Park
Where Hengrove focuses on modern facilities and greenery, St. George’s Park is a very old and historic place that still boasts some of its Victorian architecture at its main entrance. One of the most loved parks by visitors, it is comprised of acres of lush green grass with a beautiful lake in the middle where different kinds of birds have nested. It offers spaces that are natural, pet-friendly, and safe for children to play in.
Other attractions include a wheel park for skateboards, scooters, and BMX, tennis and golf courts, and a café kiosk with an outdoor seating area. The park also includes a dog-free playground. There is a massive lake with resident fish and birds, but it does not allow fishing. The Park doesn’t have a dedicated car park, but there is plenty of nearby parking.
St George’s Park, Church Rd, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7AA. Visit the Website for more information.
Oldbury Court Estate (Vassell’s Park)
One of the most attractive and appealing aspects of the Oldbury Court Estate is that it has multiple enchanting panoramas to offer and is an ideal site for natural photography – such is its beauty and greenery. It includes a highly aesthetic woodland and riverside paths combined with a modern and attractive picnic area and play area. The park offers different activities for children of all ages including a water and sand play with a pirate play ship, swings, a roundabout, seesaw, spinner and slide, nest swing, slide, rock feature with a rope bridge, slingshot, dish spinner, zip wire, and much more. The play area is fenced to make it dog-free.
The park also has a lovely café kiosk, a terrace next to the play park, a tea hut, two football pitches, a cricket pitch, a protected area for wildlife, and also some fishing spots in River Frome. This very popular park has it has it’s own very large car park. Visit the Website for more information. Oldbury Court Estate, Oldbury Court Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2JH
This very popular park has it has it’s own very large car park.
Blaise Castle Estate
Blaise Castle is another great tourist attraction with a very interesting history. The place showed signs of occupation in the Neolithic era, and the castle was built out of ashlar stone with limestone dressings back in the 18th century. The land has been one of the most popular and famous tourist attractions of Bristol ever since – mentioned in several literary works by famous writers and also praised by many other notable personalities.
The parkland around the castle includes a museum, plant nursery, café, play area, multiple walking courses, cricket pitch, picnic spots with benches, grassed spaces for sports, and also a lily pond. You could easily spend the whole day there exploring. This is such a large park there are two free car parks, one off of Kings Weston Road at BS10 7QS the other smaller car park is of The Dingle at BS9 2PA. Visit the Website for more information.
Greville Smyth Park
The Greville Smyth park is another prominent place to go and relax while allowing your children to indulge in different healthy games and activities. It includes a dog-free play area for children under 12 years of age as well as one for teenagers, three football pitches, a ping-pong table, tennis courts, outdoor exercise stations with great equipment for adults, and also a bowling green.
The park boasts a very generous amount of open space and is the perfect place to chill out, relax with friends and family for picnic snacks and a game of frisbee. Greville Smyth Park, Ashton Road, Ashton, Bristol BS3 2EA.
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Begbrook Green Park
Another one of Bristol’s great attractions, the Begbrook Green Park includes a very engaging play area for children of all ages that is fenced to keep it dog free. The toddler play area is separate with a climbing frame, cargo net, slide, swings, and nest swing. For older children, the park provides a rock-climbing wall with a cargo net. Adults can also indulge in different activities at any of the four outdoor exercise stations and enjoy the equipment provided by the park. There are football pitches, a bowling green, all-weather pitches, and also some changing rooms for the sports pitches included.
Begbrook Green Park, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1JG. Visit the Website for more information.
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