Wednesday 28 June 2017

12 of the best children’s playgrounds in Gloucestershire

Discover where to let your little ones try out tyre swings, climb castle turrets and zoom down slides, in our round up of 12 of the best children’s playgrounds in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.

Playgrounds are not only brilliant fun for kids but they’re also a great way for little ones to burn off some of their boundless energy on the slippery slides, zooming zip wires, and climbing frames.

From adventure play parks to toddler-friendly spaces, SoGlos has rounded up 12 of the best children’s playgrounds in Gloucestershire, in this hot list sponsored by Sudeley Castle.

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1. Sudeley Castle

With hidey-holes, towering turrets and slippy slides, the Adventure Playground at Sudeley Castle will keep little ones entertained for hours during a visit to the popular family-friendly visitor attraction near Winchcombe.

The playground has a host of spots where you can tuck into a picnic before taking on the testing trail, complete with cradle swings and balancing beams. Eager explorers can also whizz down the zip wire and test their agility on the 10-piece assault course.

2. Pittville Park

Following an extensive £550,000 redevelopment that was unveiled in May 2016, Cheltenham’s Pittville Park now offers an impressive playground that’s suitable for little and big kids alike.

Children can bounce on the trampolines, play in the sensory spaces, splash around in the water features and make melodies in the music area, while budding buccaneers can climb aboard the pirate ship. The park also benefits from wheelchair accessible swings and roundabouts, making the space suitable for all abilities.

3. Beechenhurst Lodge

Expertly designed and themed around the Forest of Dean, the play area at Beechenhurst Lodge will keep youngsters busy sliding down the slippery engine pole, clambering up the crane or whizzing down the zip wire.

The toddler area means there is something for everyone to enjoy, and with a mini picnic area you have all the ingredients for a great day out. Beechenhurst also has a café where you can warm up with hot chocolates or cool down with ice-cream in the summer.

4. Gloucester Park

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As one of the largest parks in the city, Gloucester Park is bursting with places to let the little ones run wild among the towering trees, while the children’s play area ensures small adventurers will be in their element.

There’s plenty for older kids too who will enjoy practicing tricks at the skate park, shooting hoops on the basketball court or a game of table tennis. The park also benefits from a seasonal café, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

5. Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Budding nature lovers will be intrigued by the huge array of wildlife to see at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, while children will also enjoy the balancing on the wobbly bridge, climbing the tower, and spinning on the roundabout in the playground.

The wonderfully fun Welly Boot Land, complete with streams and fountains to splash about in, will delight children, and if you visit on a rainy day there’s also an indoor soft play area. Slimbridge also has plenty of benches where you can enjoy a family picnic during the summer months.

6. Cotswold Farm Park

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is a hit with all ages but children are particularly well catered for at the family-friendly attraction near Guiting Power.

In addition to offering the chance to get up close to an array of animals, the park benefits from The Woodland Adventure area complete with rustic play equipment, and an Adventure Playground with slippery slides and a climbing wall. Little ones can also hone their driving skills at the Tractor School, promising bounce-tastic floor ‘pillows’ and hours of fun in the sand pits.

7. Cattle Country Adventure Park

Offering more than just fury friends, Cattle Country Adventure Park in Berkeley has the perfect park for junior knights and practising princesses with castle turrets and a splash pool for summer days.

Cheeky monkeys can clamber along the climbing net, try their best to complete the challenging assault course, and bounce to their heart’s content on the jumping pillows. The park also has indoor play areas that are ideal for rainy day visits.

8. Stratford Park in Stroud

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Stratford Park is a 56-acre space located on the outskirts of Stroud that boasts a family-friendly play area aimed at four to 11 year olds, with equipment including activity frames, swings, slides and more.

Bustling with birds little ones can feed and surrounded by glorious trees, Gloucestershire families can enjoy pitching up for a sunny summer picnic or wrapping up for a winter’s walk in this gloriously stunning setting.

9. Burford Garden Company

In addition to stocking seriously stylish accessories for the home and garden, Burford Garden Company has an adventure playground that makes for a child-friendly visit to the Cotswold shopping emporium.

After you’ve worn out little ones on the swings, don’t miss having a mooch around Little Burford’s magical selection of toys. And, if you need to feed refuel hungry children, the on-site café has plenty of tasty treats and lunch options.

10. Gloucester Services

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Flustered families travelling through Gloucestershire can take a breather and enjoy the fun-filled facilities at Gloucester Services, located on the M5 North and Southbound.

A wooden haven of small spaces, nooks and hideaways, the indoor play area means little ones can let off some steam as well as sampling the scrumptious snacks. With delicious coffee on the menu for parents, Gloucester Services are a popular pit-stop for the whole family.

11. St Michael’s Park in Cirencester

Sure to be a hit with busy little ones eager to climb and explore, St Michael’s Park in Cirencester is a haven of intriguing spaces with an adventure playground and family-favourite, mini golf.

Also boasting tennis courts, croquet and boules, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained at the gorgeous green space located just walking distance from the town centre. What’s more, families can hire barbecues and enjoy ice-creams too.

12. Westons Cider Visitor Centre

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While it might not be the first place that springs to mind for a family day out, Westons Cider near Ledbury has plenty to entertain all ages at its Visitor Centre just over the border in Herefordshire.

Welcoming little ones, the family-friendly play park, open from March to October, is bound to keep budding dare-devils busy on the zooming zip wire, while there’s also the chance to meet Westons’ Shire horses, Ben and Prince.

By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Tuesday 28 March 2017

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