About Us

Creating child-friendly communities in Bristol

About play

When children and young people play, almost anything is possible. They connect with the world around them and learn to value themselves and others. They develop positive approaches to solving problems, set their imaginations free and grow.
Fun and exciting play opportunities are at the heart of a happy, healthy and enjoyable childhood. Better outdoor play opportunities are good for children, good for families and good for communities. So if you're now keen and wondering 'what is the closest park to me?' we can help. Use our park search to find out.

About us

We believe together is better, which is why we value and encourage the cooperation of a diverse range of voluntary and community organisations to work together with council departments in our play work partnership to steer our strategy and to secure better outcomes for children and young people.


Bristol play service delivers quality play opportunities for children aged 8-13 and promotes inspiring play environments across the city. We provide a wide range of services for the community, including Adventure Playgrounds, after school clubs and holiday play schemes, and play rangers in parks. About to search 'play parks near me that host activities'? Check out our events calendar.

Involving Children

We involve children in the development and design of services.  That way they are more popular for the children and cost effective for the council.  We consulted over 1500 children about the design of our parks, and according to the latest survey,children and young people’s satisfaction with parks and play areas has increased from 41.7% in 2008 to 52.6% in 2009.  

Play Events

A number of play events take place each year; to see what's on, visit our events calendar. If you're interested in promoting an event in Bristol's parks and green spaces, click here to contact us.
If you're wondering 'what is the nearest park to me?' you can use our park search to help you find the answer.