Have you discovered all of the playgrounds in Tunbridge Wells? Here are 14 of them to visit over the coming weeks and months…
Seeing as playgrounds in Tunbridge Wells are still open (thank goodness), we thought we would bring you a roundup of some of our favourite in and around the local area.
It’s always good to have a reminder of some you might not have visited for a while or check out a playground in Tunbridge Wells that you haven’t been to before. We have also included the nearest location for a cup of coffee where possible – all while following social distancing guidelines…
The top playgrounds in Tunbridge Wells (and surrounding areas):
♥ 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).
♥ In Calverley Grounds in the town centre, along with tennis/basketball courts is a gated adventure playground tucked away at the back of the park – Calverley Adventure Grounds. 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. The welcome open of 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.
The jewel in the crown of Tunbridge Wells playgrounds?
♥ 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 always 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 not permitted (for adults, though I think it is ok for kids), parking gets busy, but there is a café which I am hoping is open for takeaway and there are toilets too. Don’t forget your wellies for the natural play area and some duck food. There’s also a seasonal boating lake.
♥ Goldsmiths Recreation Ground in Crowborough also has lots to offer if you’re looking for somewhere new to try! There is a great skate park, large gated play area similar to Tonbridge Park and a playing field with views. Parking is free at the Leisure Centre and there’s a café inside (temporarily closed). The athletics track is fun to try out with the kids and a model railway runs at certain times.
♥ Grosvenor & Hilbert Park is a playground in Tunbridge Wells which offers hours of fun in its large play area and 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.
A gorgeous little playground in the heart of Tunbridge Wells…
♥ The Grove is a very popular meeting place, conveniently located in The Village area of town. It’s 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. 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.
♥ 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.
♥ 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, plus an outdoor café for take away coffee and more. There is plenty of parking, but you do need to pay.
♥ Langton Green Recreation Ground has a gated little playground, great for pre-schoolers and early years, with plenty of parking and the main draw here is Langton Pavilion Café. Serving an extensive take away menu for now and when it re-opens, you’ll find a spacious area, with baby changing, yummy homemade menu, toys, ride-ons, dressing up etc.
♥ 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.
♥ Pennington Park in Southborough is one of our favourites. As well as the usual playground fun, there is the added bonus of a larger climbing frame for older kids, mini golf and tennis courts. As a parent, I appreciate the 360-degree view of the playground, but there is a lack of shade on hot days.
♥ Recently developed, St John’s Recreation Ground (on Beltring Road) has a play area, basketball and tennis courts, skate park and zip wire, plus a sandy area with water play 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.
♥ For a change of scene, Tonbridge Sportsground is worth the drive. You can leave the car at the swimming pool car park and then walk over to the big playground, which has all sorts for younger and older children, including zip wire, a great sandpit, lots of various climbing frames, slides, swings. There are courts, a small skate park, large playing fields for ball games. The crazy golf is lots of fun; you rent the clubs and balls there, along with tennis rackets. There is a coffee van too!
♥ Hidden away in Speldhurst is a little astro football pitch, lots of grass for running around and a fairly small play area. Look out for the occasional pop-up Tea on the Rec in the Pavilion or Church (depending on current guidelines).