Playgrounds recommended by Raring2go Readers in and around Salisbury
Lower Bemerton Rec Ground, Lower Road, Lower Bemerton, next to Bemerton St John's School. Has grassy area for kicking a ball around. SCC maintained*
Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Cranebridge Rd, SP2 7TD, ducks to feed, space for picnics, public toilets, ice cream van at times, near town path and city centre. SCC maintained.
Wilton Play Park, Next to Wilton Shopping Village on A36. Ducks to feed, space for picnics, parking nearby, access to shopping (pictured left)
Bonnymead Park, Recreation Rd, Amesbury, SP4 7BB, disabled equipment, parking
Durrington Rec Ground, Recreation Rd, Durrington, SP4 8HH, disabled swings, parking on road beside playground
Winston Churchill Gardens, opposite Wiltshire College on Southampton Rd, SP1 2LW, great for bike rides, ducks to feed. SCC maintained
The Greencroft, near Salisbury Arts Centre on Greencroft St, SP1 3UT SCC maintained.
Steeple Langford Rec Ground an old, but good assortment of equipment and some fitness equipment for grownups.
South Newton & Great Wishford Rec Ground on A36 behind Village Hall. Parking, football field, basketball court, cricket nets, new play equipment, including some suitable for children with disabilities.
The Maltings, between Sainsburys and The Library, SP1 1BD SCC maintained.
Horne Rd, Bulford, SP4 9AE, behind Bulford Shops.
Ashley Rd, nr Five Rivers. Large grassy area. SCC maintained.
Parsonage Green, Harnham SCC maintained.
*SCC = Salisbury City Council
OTHER PLAYGROUNDS MAINTAINED BY SALISBURY CITY COUNCIL
Wilton House, Wilton, SP2 OBJ, received many recommendations (pictured)
Bowood House, Derry Hill, Calne, Wilts, SN11 9PQ
Sandy Balls Holiday Park, Godshill, Fordingbridge, SP6 2JZ
Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Rd, Ashley Heath, nr Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET, includes adventure play areas for both older and younger children, a play trail and a tree top trail. Free entry but pay for parking.
Botanic Gardens in Bath huge variety of equipment, fenced in, toilet facilities, ice cream van
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Wheely Good Days Out for wheelchair users
For families who have children with mobility issues, planning a day out is not a simple matter of flicking through Raring2go and deciding which attractions to try this season. Venues need to be researched beforehand to make sure facilities are accessible and appropriate.
Rainy Day Ideas
We don’t always have the best weather in the UK and sometimes it seems like the rain will never stop. Here is a list of activities and places to visit in Bournemouth, Poole & Salisbury which may go some way to keeping your family entertained on those too-frequent grey and rainy days.
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
A glorious day out at Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway in the New Forest
Go Ape: UK's No.1 Forest Adventure.
Award-winning outdoor adventure activities for all the family.
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