A Guide to your Local Parks
Sometimes just trying out a new park is entertainment enough to keep the children happy! There are plenty of parks and open spaces on our doorsteps. Here are a few suggestions - now we just need to pray for good weather!
Riverside Meadows, Stourport
A beautiful spot by the river Severn. Children's play area, picnic spot, paddling pool and skate park. Nearby Playland in Stourport has a putting green, crazy golf and other amusements by the river (take your purse with you!). Enjoy a boat trip along the river with the Stourport Steamer Company - under 5's are free.
Riverside Meadows, Bewdley
Riverside walks plus enclosed play area and paddling pool (accessed from the Northwood Lane area)
Severn Valley Country Park
In the peaceful, scenic valley of the River Severn lies the Green Flag award-winning
Severn Valley Country Park. 126 acres of beautifulcountryside and wonderful views, spanning both sides of the River Severn. Spot the steam from the engines of the Severn Valley Railway as they chug past. There's a natural play area along with picnic benches. Treat yourself to an ice cream from the tea shop. Follow one of the waymarked trails or enjoy the Ranger-lead activities for children which take place on Wednesdays and Fridays during the school holidays.
Brinton Park, Kidderminster DY11 6QU
Large park with plenty of open space, plus play ground, tennis courts, skate park and paddling pool. There's also a fabulous Splashpad which is open in the warmer months.
St George's Park, Kidderminster Radford Avenue.
Enclosed play area and paddling pool plus a tennis courts and a five aside area.
Cookley Playing Fields DY10 2RH
This small park, surrounded by countryside, has a BMX track, skate park, a playground and football and cricket pitch. Nice location near the canal.Springfield Park, Broadwaters
A good all-rounder with a children's playground, teenage area and multi-use games area. Pond with fishing rights for local residents.
Wyre Forest Discovery Centre, DY14 9XQ, near Bewdley
There are walking trails (short routes for youngsters) and a family cycle route, plus visitor centre, cafe and a children's playground. The Discovery Centre sometimes runs craft activities during the school holidays. You need to pay to park.
Telford Town Park TF3 4HD
A bit further afield, but worth a trip for a day out. There are pedalos, sandpits, cycle trails, a train and fantastic playgrounds for different age groups. In addition, it's home to magical Wonderland (small theme park) where nursery rhymes come to life (NB you have to pay to enter Wonderland).
Mary Steven Park, Stourbridge DY8
Large park with children's playground and new outdoor gym. There's lots of open space for picnics, tennis courts, goal posts, a lake to wander around, plus a water feature for children to play in during the summer months. It's recently been redeveloped, so the lake area is much nicer to walk around. There's also now a Coffee Shop which sells light snacks and drinks.
Sanders Park, Bromsgrove Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove
This is a lovely large park with a great children's playground. It has a skate park, tennis courts, and multi purpose games area. There's a cafe too. Nice place to take the bikes. The council run a programme of events throughout the year in the bandstand area. .
Baggeridge Country Park Gospel End DY3 4HB
Great adventure playground with zip slide and sandpits. Large open space, picnic areas, and lake for pond dipping. There's also a miniature railway which runs on selected Sundays and Bank Holidays. Rangers host activities during holidays.
Waseley Hills Country Park B45 9AT
Open hillside, with two waymarked trails. There is a small playground and a cafe. Try the popular orienteering course; a fun map game for families.
Lickey Hills Rednal B45 8ER
Lovely elevated park with stunning views, surrounded by pine trees. Great adventure playground with a zipslide, 3 walking trails and a visitors centre with a lovely cafe. Ranger led activities are held during the school holidays.
Lido Park Droitwich, WR9 8AA
If we have a hot summer, this is the place to go! This park houses the famous outdoor heated swimming pool. The park is free but you need to pay to use the lido.
Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA
Recently redeveloped this park now has a new play area and a new water play feature. The Splashpad is open from 11:00 - 18:00 every day in the summer months. There's also a cafe too.
Sandwell Valley Country Park
The Country Park lies in the heart of West Bromwich and can be found just off Junction 1 of the M5 motorway. It is just 10 minutes walk from West Bromwich town centre and is open throughout the year. Nearby Dartmouth Park has a brilliant wooden play area, high ropes course, and bike 'pump' track with bumps to ride over. You can also cycle around the nearby reservoir, or visit the Sandwell Park Farm.
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