Hengrove Play Park

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Hengrove Way, Hengrove, Bristol BS14 0HR

Neighbourhood Partnership Area

Hengrove & Stockwood


Hengrove Play Park is the biggest and most popular free play park in the south of England. The four acre play park which is managed by Bristol City Council includes facilities for all ages from toddlers to teenagers. The park's unique facilities were added to in 2009 with the creation of a new play garden funded under the government Play Pathfinders Programme. 


The Hengrove play park has been built on the site of the former Whitchurch Airfield, alongside Hengrove Leisure Park and Cineworld multiplex, in south Bristol where there is ample free car parking available. Access is from Hengrove Way (A4174), which is on several major bus routes.

Opening times

Winter 1st October to 31st March 

Closed on Monday and Tuesdays 

10 till 5 or dusk if earlier Wednesday to Sunday 

Bristol School holidays open on the Monday and Tuesdays in Bristol School holidays except bank holiday 

Summer 1st April to 30th September 

Closed on Mondays 

11 to 6 Tuesday to Sunday 

Bristol School holidays open every day 10 to 7 or 6 at supervisor’s discretion i.e. inclement weather or low attendance

Facilities and activities:

The play park includes a 12 metre high dome housing a jungle play experience, sand and water play for younger children, large wheels park for skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX riders, distinct zones with the latest challenging activity equipment, a  large central grassed space to run around in, a Café, toilets and seating.

The new play garden includes an accessible path, grass ‘events’ amphitheatre, tunnel through a mound, woodland climbing ropes and slide, balancing beam, rope bridge and towers, telescope lookout deck and lots of grass mounds and space to picnic and safely run around in. The whole garden, which is fenced so as to be dog free, is only accessible through the main play park.

Recent developments:

The new play garden at Hengrove Play Area was completed in 2009 under the Play Pathfinder programme funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families.

This site was chosen as a site for investment under the Pathfinder programme through an assessment process, which involved a review of location, appropriate size, visibility, recent investment (or lack of), relationship to other regeneration programmes, child density and expected relationship within the emerging Plans for the Parks and Green Space Strategy.

The budget for the site was determined by the size and potential scope of the project in relation to the Pathfinder resources, together with the identification of any additional funding available from sources other than Pathfinder.

Contact details

You can call Bristol Parks on 0117 922 3719 or email: bristolparks@bristol.gov.uk  Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm (4.30pm Friday). Alternatively you can text us on 0771 039 6713 to report flytipping, graffiti, or make any other comments about Bristol's parks and green spaces. Please provide as much information and specific details as possible about the location attaching any supporting photographs. We will only call you back if we require further information.


Rife Guide - information and activities for young people, aged 13-19.

Play England - provides advice and support to promote good practice, and works to ensure that the importance of play is recognised.

Youth and Play Services in Bristol.

Play in Bristol's parks and green spaces.

1BigDatabase - information and advice for parents and carers with children.

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