A morning at Hengrove Park

Hengrove Park pirate playgroundLast week, we were blessed with a couple of days without rain, so my neighbour and friend Emma and I thought, we should make the most of it and take the kids over to Hengrove Park, a park just around the corner from us.

There are parks closer to us, but Hengrove Park has got everything you could ask for, if you want to keep your kids entertained for a couple of hours. It’s situated behind the newly built Hengrove Leisure Complex and on site of the former Whitchurch Airfield, just 4 miles outside of Bristol’s busy city centre (map here).

Hengrove Park wooden fortressOn over 4 acres, kids of all ages can climb, slide and explore in three distinct play areas set out for different age groups, all of them very well looked after and designed. There’s a wooden fortress, colourful pirate ships and play houses for the little ones as well as a 12 metre high dome that invites older children to climb like monkeys and gives me a minor panic attack. Kids seem to love it though!

Amy at Hengrove Park

hengrove park 12 meter climbing dome

Most of the play park at Hengrove Park is covered in sand, but there are also areas for waterplay, so make sure to bring a bucket and spade for some sandcastle building and maybe a change of clothes, in case your little one gets a little too excited when splashing about.

Hengrove Park toddler playground

On site, you can also find a cafe with in and outdoor seating that sells snacks, drinks sandwiches at very reasonable prices – handy, if you are staying all day or over the lunch hours. In the same building, there are also toilets with baby changing facilities.

hengrove park zip wire

A favourite of Amy’s little friend however is the skate park. He’s a big boy, you know! Equipped with half pipes, ramps, bowls, boxes and rails, it is perfect for those who love spending time on their BMX bikes, scooters or skateboards as there are obstacles for all skills levels.  

Hengrove Park skate park

All in all Hengrove Park is the perfect place for all the family as it caters for all age groups. Little ones will have just as much fun as older kids and teens and if you want a day out that all the family will enjoy, then Hengrove Park is the place to go. It’s free as is the parking (and there is plenty of it) it’s open from 10am to 7pm from April to the end of September during the week or from 10am to 6pm on weekends and bank holidays. During the winter months, the park closes at dawn.


  1. says

    Oh WOW, that looks like an awesome park. So much to do – I love places like that which cater to a wide range of kids, because so often you get ones that are only full of equipment that works for really little ones, or at the other end of the scale you get ones that are too difficult. Love the photo of the little guy on the scooter – what a dude! x
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    • Carolin says

      Aww I’m glad you enjoyed it too. We had a lovely time and it really as like a day at the beach – just without cheeky sea gulls and fish and chips 😉

  2. Jessica says

    I’ve just stumbled across your blog looking for things to do with my little ones. We’ve only just moved to Bristol and this looks like a place my children would love. Thanks for sharing!


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