Sat 15 Apr 2017

Now that we are in the first main school holiday of the year, it reminds us what a good range of play parks we have in our local area.  One of the many reasons that Queens Park, Charminster and Moordown are ideal for families.

Starting with Queens Park, the relatively new adventure playground next to the golf course clubhouse has proved a real hit, and the Terrace café is a great spot for a coffee or light lunch.  The golf course is not members only, and tickets are available to Pay and Play.  The wide open space of Queens Park is lovely for a walk at any time of the year, and don’t forget a visit to the pond – but watch out for golf balls when crossing the fairways!

A less well known playpark perhaps, is the small one in Strouden Park, near the path in from Bower Road.  Ideal for younger children.

Just off Charminster Road is the slightly confusingly named Winton Recreation Ground, with an extensive play area, tennis courts, bowling green, cycle/running track and cricket pitch.  There are tennis lesson available and the thriving Winton Cricket Club is always on the look out for new members, especially ladies.  A highlight of the year is in June, when the Winton Carnival parade finishes at the park, for a classic summer fete.

Moving over to Moordown, the Recreation Ground there also has a good size play park, tennis courts and bowling green.  The bowls club has regular open days to encourage new bowlers.

For those more inclined to gym or swimming, BH Live run all the local indoor sports centres - Queens Park, David English, Stokewood Road and Littledown, making it easy to book and join - at reasonable rates too as members can use all of them.  Littledown also has extensive outdoor facilities, including large parkland, 5-a-side football pitches, cricket pitches, play area, treetop adventure and summertime paddling pool.

For more information on play areas and any other local information, please do call and speak to a member of our friendly team.