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Cambridge has some really wonderful parks. Everyone knows their local park and they’re a great resource for letting the kids burn off a bit of excess energy or for the whole family to enjoy with a picnic. Why not try a few new ones this summer, it’s amazing how kids can be so excited by a new climbing frame or slide!
More than just a park, you can spend a whole day here with a wide range of climbing frames, slides, swings and obstacles for all ages. Then there’s the large paddling pool, big enough for an inflatable dingy and the perfect way to cool off. There’s toilets and a shop selling ice creams and other refreshments and Co-op and Derby Stores in Newnham are a 5 minute walk if you forget anything.
We love this space. It’s a really beautiful area to wander around as well as having a play area, paddling pools in summer (one of which is good for younger children),a small adventure play area and sandpit and ducks! Plenty to keep the kids occupied. There’s not much in the way of amenities other than toilets so bring your own refreshments.
Totally refurbished recently, the play area on Jesus Green now boasts a pirate ship climbing frame as its centrepiece. It also has a good fenced area for toddlers and the skate park just around the corner so something for everyone. The park is along the towpath on Jesus Green. Access via Bridge over Jesus Green Lock on Chesterton Road or via the steps on Victoria Avenue. Alternatively it’s a short walk from town. There’s ice-cream and other refreshments at the Lock or the Fort St George along the river is child friendly and has lots of outside space to sit (both covered and open).
Jesus Green also has barbecue stones, tennis courts and free brass performances in summer.
Hidden off Mill Road along Vinery Road, this brilliant park has a challenging climbing rock as well a play area and plenty of green space for running around.
Just outside Cambridge over the Milton Cycle Bridge lies Milton Country Park, a beautiful area boasting lakes, fishing, ducks to feed and play areas for both smaller and older kids. There’s also a great cafe and seating area. Parking is £2 all day and there is a regular programme of events.
There are paddling pools at Cherry Hinton & Lamas Land, and splashpods at Abbey (behind the pool), Coleridge rec & the “Pulley” on King’s Hedges rec.
For more info visit www.cambridge.gov.uk/swimming-and-paddling-pools
You can find a full list and a map of all the parks in Cambridge on the Cambridge City Council website