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Our favourite parks & playgrounds around Tunbridge Wells

Our wonderful parks and playgrounds around Tunbridge Wells are still open and we all need to get out of the house each day (for our mental health, if we are not shielding), so we thought we would bring you a roundup of some of our favourites. 

As ever, please adhere to social distancing guidance and stay local to where you live. I am aware that some people will disagree with me publishing this post as it ‘may encourage people to travel or mix.’ I am not condoning travelling or mixing at all and encourage people to stay local to live. However I have been stuck at home with three children on and off for nearly a year now and without some of these local playgrounds, I think we would have all massively suffered!

That said, we are not going far from where we live and look forward to visiting more of these playgrounds listed below when it is safe to do so. So here they are – our favourite parks and playgrounds around Tunbridge Wells! 

Our top parks & playgrounds around Tunbridge Wells…

Parks and playgrounds in or close to Royal Tunbridge Wells (town centre)

Tunbridge Wells playground at Calverley Grounds

You’ll find Calverley Adventure Grounds in Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells town centre – a gated adventure playground tucked away at the back of the park. The wooden play equipment most suited to younger children, includes a sand/water play area, sit on boats/tractor/sheep, swings, slides and playhouses in attractive landscaping.

Is there a cafe? The Inside, serves proper coffee, homemade cakes and lunches to take away, as well as selling a selection of crafts and gifts from local independents. Toilets available too

Address: Calverley Grounds, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1BT

The Grove is a very popular meeting place (pre-Covid times), conveniently located in The Village area of town. It is a small gated fairly traditional selection of play equipment in a pretty park with lots of trees for shelter and a path popular scooters and bikes. An ideal spot to break up a shopping/errands trip with little ones in tow, while you enjoy a takeaway coffee from one of the many fab independents nearby.

Is there a cafe? There are plenty of independent cafes nearby and when pubs are open again, you can get a drink from The Compasses which opens up onto the park.

Address: The Grove, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1UP

Photo Credit: Georgina Edwards Photography

Dunorlan Park is arguably the jewel in the crown in Tunbridge Wells. It’s a picturesque park that has something for everyone. There is so much space here, that however busy it gets you can still find a peaceful spot. With its bowl shape, large lake, gardens and views towards to the countryside, it really is an idyllic space to play and relax. Bikes are not permitted, parking gets busy, but there is café (open for takeaway) and toilets. Don’t forget your wellies for the natural play area and some duck food. There’s also a seasonal boating lake.

Is there a cafe? Yes! The Cafe at Dunorlan Park is currently open for drinks and snacks

Address: Dunorlan Park, Pembury Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3QN

Grosvenor & Hilbert Park offers hours of fun in its large play area, which incorporates equipment for pre-schoolers, an area for sand play, zip wire and a large racing track for scooters and smaller bikes, plus a separate skate park and mini-football pitch for all weathers. Plus, netball/tennis courts. Stay longer and a walk around the wetlands too. Convenient café and toilets. You can park on one of the surrounding roads where the entrances are.

Is there a cafe? Yes! Table 8 is currently open for takeaway daily

Address: Upper Grosvenor Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN2 3GG

Parks & Playgrounds in surrounding villages around Tunbridge Wells

Barnett’s Wood nature reserve in the High Brooms area has lots of space for running around, with a natural play area, pond-dipping spot, woodland, meadow and picnic tables (on street parking only).

Is there a cafe? Not at this one

Address: Accessed via the bottom of Powdermill Lane – TN4 9XS

Hawkenbury Recreation Ground has quite a large gated play area, with a variety of play equipment for all ages, including a wooden balance challenge and little racetrack for scooters. There are also toilets, picnic benches, tennis and basketball courts. Children love scooting/riding bikes on the path all around the natural areas and recreation ground, which is ideal for ball games with countryside views. There is a small car park on Hawkenbury Road.

Is there a cafe? Not at this one

Address: Hawkenbury Recreation Ground, Hawkenbury Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5BU

Langton Green Recreation Ground has a gated little playground, great for pre-schoolers and early years, with plenty of parking.  To the right of the cafe, there is also an area for older children which includes a zipwire, see-saw, climbing apparatus and a mini basketball / football court.

Is there a cafe? Yes the lovely Langton Pavilion Cafe. However at the time of updating this post (Jan 2021) it is currently closed. We will update this post when it re-opens.

Address: Langton Green Recreation Ground (next to Langton Village Hall), Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0JJ

Pennington Park Tunbridge Wells

Pennington Park in Southborough – Up until recently, this was our local playground and we have spent hours and hours there across many years.  As well as the usual playground fun, there is the added bonus of a larger climbing frame for older kids, mini golf (you’ll need to take your own equipment) and tennis courts. As a parent, I appreciate the 360-degree view of the playground. Note – there is a lack of shade on hot days.

Is there a cafe? No there isn’t a cafe on site but you could pick up a takeaway coffee from Rusbridge Bakery nearby or something yummy fromThe Earl Grey.

Address: Pennington Park, Pennington Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells TN4 0SN

Rusthall has a hidden gem of a playground on Southwood Road, surrounded by playing fields and a small skate park. There is lots of sand to play in and its nicely landscaped, but I would say the rest of the playground is slightly more suited to older children with the focus being a large wooden climbing frame. It’s usually pretty quiet and there is free parking.

Is there a cafe? Not on site but you could pop in to Daily Bread in Rusthall Village for a takeaway.

Address: Southwood Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN4 8UX

St John’s Park has a play area, basketball and tennis courts. Plus a skate park and zip wire and a sandy area which little one’s love! At the bottom of the park is an open field and natural woodland, and a pathway runs around the whole area, popular for bikes/scooters. Toilets onsite. The park café is closed, but there are many coffee shops on St John’s Road.

Is there a cafe? I’m not sure whether the cafe is open on site anymore but will update this post when I can. However I can highly recommend Even Flow in St John’s for takeaway which is nearby.

Address: St John’s Park, Beltring Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9UA

Hidden away in Speldhurst is a little astro football pitch, lots of grass for running around and a fairly small but decent play area. Look out for the occasional pop-up Tea on the Rec (during normal times) in the Pavilion.

Is there a cafe? Not at this one although as mentioned Tea on the Rec takes place during non-Covid times

Address: Speldhurst Recreation Ground, Speldhurst Rd, Langton Green, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0JJ

Parks and Playgrounds in Tonbridge

workshops around Tunbridge Wells Haysden

Haysden Country Park on the South side of Tonbridge has lovely walks around the lakes doing a bit of nature spotting, as well as quite a large play area that’s pretty good for younger and slightly older children.

This is an old favourite and we have been going for years. On a Sunday, parking is free in Tonbridge so we usually park at the swimming pool and cycle or walk over to Haysden. The kids have a play in the playground and then we head back again. There’s also a natural area with little ramps for (junior) bikers to enjoy. It is hidden away almost halfway around the lake. There is plenty of parking (which you will need to pay for)

Is there a cafe? Yes, there’s a great little outdoor takeaway cafe at Haysden which I’m told does some lovely bacon butties and sausage sandwiches as well as hot drinks and more!

Address: Haysden Country Park, Lower Haysden Ln, Tonbridge TN11 9BB

If you live in and around Tonbridge, I’m sure you’ll be familiar with Tonbridge Racecourse Sportsground (AKA Tonbridge Park). This is a really big park with various facilities including a cycle/ walking path which leads you to Haysden, outdoor gym equipment, small skatepark, tennis courts, crazy golf (bring your own equipment), loads of grass expanse and a massive playground.

Within the playground, there are plenty of individual climbing frames with little slides, a sandpit, zip wire, several different swings and some higher climbing frames and slides.

Is there a cafe? There is usually a coffee van at Tonbridge Park or the option to get takeaway from one of the independent coffee shops on the highstreet including Basil and Finch Cafe.

Address: Racecourse Park, Tonbridge, TN9 1FS

Exercise at any age, whether in your garden, home gym or out and about is such a great way to release those endorphins. I always think we come home happier as a family after we have been exercising for even just half an hour. I hope you find this post useful…

Don’t forget to check out our 35+ fantastic family walks around Tunbridge Wells. Also if you have any recommendations for parks and playgrounds around Tunbridge Wells to add to this post, please do comment below or email me on clare@mytunbridgewells.com


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