You find yourself in sunny Bournemouth with kids (it’s always sunny here, even when its raining!). As a fellow parent, I know one of the most important questions you’ll want answering is “Where are the best play parks in Bournemouth?!”
You’ll be pleased to hear that there are PLENTY of lovely play parks in Bournemouth for kids to climb, play and have lots of outdoor fun!
This post gives you detailed information on the top play parks in the area and what makes them so awesome. In addition there’s a list of other parks around the area so that you have a broadest possible choice for play options.
Best play parks in Bournemouth
Alum Chine is our favourite play parks in Bournemouth. It is a pirate themed park (almost!) on the beach.
There’s water play, climbing ropes, a wooden pirate ship, a slide and toddler swings. The ground is mostly sand so buckets and spades can be taken for a bit of extra fun!
There is also a beach promenade which you can walk/skate/scoot/cycle on up to Bournemouth beach and pier.
Parking: There is a paid carpark at Alum Chine. Free street parking is available on surrounding streets but worth noting that there are some roads have very steep incline/decline.
Nearby facilities: Toilets, a restaurant and a cafe which serves snacks and ice creams.
Address: Alumhurst Rd, Westbourne, BH4 8ER
Fishermans Walk / East Overcliff
Fishermans Walk is a small green flag woodland park which leads from Southbourne to the cliff top. You could start at Fishermans Walk, have a run through the woodlands until you reach the play area at the cliff top (which enjoys the most stunning coastal views!)
The play area has sand pit play, climbing equipment for toddlers and older children, swings and slides. A miniature crazy golf site sits next door to the play area.
After playing in the park, you can head down to the beach. The Fisherman’s Walk Cliff Lift (open April – October) is a fun way to make the journey down!
Parking: Free street parking available
Nearby facilities: Cliff top cafe and toilets. A short stroll back through Fishermans Walk will bring you to Southbourne Grove which has a range of restaurants and shops.
Address: Overcliff Drove, Southbourne, BH5 2EJ
Queens Park Playground
Queens Park is a hub of nature in the heart of Bournemouth.
The modern playground uses natural materials which balance with the woodland park surroundings. There’s plenty of climbing equipment, swings and slides.
The park offers plenty of green open spaces around to kick a ball or throw a frisbee. There’s also nature walking trails where you can spot local wildlife.
Parking: Street packing available
Nearby facilities: Woodpecker Cafe has a large seating area and offers yummy meals, snacks and refreshments.
Address: Queens Park West Drive, BH8 9BY
As the name suggests, Central Gardens is the most ‘central’ of the play parks in Bournemouth. It is situated in the city centre, only a short walk from the following attractions: Bournemouth Beach, Pier Amusements, Oceanarium and Bournemouth Big Wheel.
This park is an adventure play park with lots of climbing apparatus, nest swing, slide and a zip line.
Parking: The nearest car park is Avenue Road. You can however park anywhere in town as the park is fairly central.
Nearby facilities: On site toilets and cafe. Bournemouth city centre is a few minutes walk away.
Address: Central Gardens, Avenue Road, BH2 6EY
Slades Farm Playground and Skate Park
If you have kids who are into skating, this is the place to visit! There’s a huge skate area with ramps and bowls suitable for blading, skating and BMX’ing.
There is limited play equipment for younger visitors and therefore better suited to older children. Alongside the usual playground equipment, there’s also a zipline, treehouse and a woodland play trail.
Slades Farm also has a doggy play patch for your furry friends! The area is fenced off from the rest of the park and has benches, tables and dog agility equipment.
Parking: Free parking onsite
Address: Slades Farm Road, BH10 4EW
Redhill Park & Common
Redhill Park is great in all seasons but especially the warmer weather!
In addition to the wide range of play equipment on offer here, there’s also a large seasonal paddling pool, a small skate park and a nature reserve. It’s a great spot to take a picnic and spend the afternoon enjoying the outdoors.
Parking: No on-site carpark but street parking all around
Nearby facilities: Toilets and onsite cafe for refreshments
Address: Redhill Avenue, BH9 2SP
Boscombe Chine Gardens
Just a short stroll from Boscombe Pier is Boscombe Chine Gardens.
Walk through the gardens and up to the park where you’ll find the large water play area, toddler area, swings and see-saw. There are a few green spaces with picnic benches and a ball court.
After the park you could head to Mini Golf for some family fun. The Squirrel Cafe next door has a first floor balcony which has lovely views across the gardens.
Parking: Street parking or cliff top pay parking
Nearby facilities: Squirrel Cafe has toilets and refreshments
Address: Boscombe Chine Gardens, Christchurch Road, BH1 4AA
Another one of the great play parks in Bournemouth, especially during summer months. Alongside the usual play park familiars, here you’ll also find a padding pool (free usage – summer months only), a miniature railway and an orienteering course.
There is also the ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure course (entry fees apply) which has both 5 meter high and 10 meter high ropes, a zip wire, climbing wall and power fan descender.
Parking: 3 hours free parking onsite
Nearby facilities: Food kiosk and toilets. There is also a cafe in the neighbouring Littledown Leisure Centre.
Address: Littledown Park, Castle Lane East, BH7 7DX
This super handy local map shows the location of each of these play parks in Bournemouth.
Alternative play parks in Bournemouth
Here’s a list of some other parks in the area which are handy for a quick run around:
- Boscombe: Kings Park Play Ground (BH7 6LE) and Churchill Gardens (BH1 4ES) Springbourne Library Gardens (BH8 8BX)
- Kinson: Kinson Common Play (BH11 9DY) Pelhams Park (BH10 7LF)
- West Howe: Moore Avenue Park (BH11 8AY) Poole Lane Playground (BH11 9EB)
- Southbourne: Seafield Gardens (BH6 3JF) The Rookery (BH6 5AZ)
- Castlepoint: Setley Gardens Play Area (BH8 0HQ) Noyce Gardens (BH8 0JZ)
- Muscliff: Muscliff Park (BH9 3LR)
- Moordown: Moordown Recreational Ground (BH9 1TL)
- Winton: Winton Recreational Ground (BH9 1DQ)
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