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The top five playgrounds around Swindon! By the Magical Mummy.

Playgrounds and parks are a brilliant way to keep the kids occupied. Play parks (when open) have been a saviour for families, especially when the sun is shining and there’s been nothing else to do. They are also usually free, so a cost-effective way to entertain the children for a few hours, sit down for five minutes and hopefully not be pestered for snacks.

So, now that the weather is getting warmer and we are all moving around more freely, I have put together a list of the top five play parks around the Swindon area, enjoy!

1. St Mark’s Recreation Ground (Whitehouse Rd, Swindon SN2 1FE)

St Marks has a little playground with a small toddler area and a big climbing frame and slide for bigger kids. Also, a wooden climbing obstacle course that the kids will love and a great café with outdoor seating, very handy for when you need your next caffeine hit.

• Suitable for all ages
• Free parking on site
• Seating area and cafe

St. Marks Park Swindon

2. Quarry Road Park (Quarry Road, Swindon, SN1 4EN)

A good size park which is right opposite the Town Gardens if you fancied a stroll through the pretty gardens and grabbing a snack at the outdoor café. The park has a football and basketball court, outdoor gym, zip wire and swings. For tennis lovers there is a tennis court right next to the park.

• Suitable for all ages
• Parking on roadside of the park
• Seating area

3. The Chesters, Westlea (Rivermead Drive SN5 7UY)

The Chesters was refurbished in 2020 and is a great play park that has something for everyone. There’s a gigantic slide, roundabout, tunnel, swings, three toddler slides and climbing equipment, not to mention an assault course and outdoor fitness equipment.

• Very toddler friendly
• No parking, use roadside
• Lots of equipment variety

4. Shelfinch Park, Toothill (Swindon, SN5 8AR)

This park was refurbished last year as part of West Swindon’s Parish Council’s £240,000 investment in several of the play areas across West Swindon. It is ideal for younger children, with its baby swings and smaller slides. Bigger kids will like the very fast tube slides, nearby basketball court and a football pitch, plus there is a skate park within walking distance.

• Great for babies and bigger kids
• No toilets
• Local shop near by

5. Jubilee Lake Play Park (Brinkworth Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon, SN4 7JB)

This one is a firm favourite with my kids. The play area is nice and big with picnic tables and the café is close by, so minimal effort when trying to keep the peace. Jubilee has a small lake and woodland area which is quite pleasant and is part of the nature reserve nearby. The car park is free, but quite small, so you may have to park in the residential estate right next to it. It’s super handy for the M4, so good for breaking a journey and there is a family friendly pub very close by.

• Suitable for all ages
• Seating area
• Free parking
• Toilets

So, there you have it, the perfect list for a park crawl with your smallest ones. Not quite the bar crawl you were probably hoping for, but close enough for now!

Claire Philips

Claire Phillips
Blogger and Magical Mummy