Southmead Adventure Playground

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Southmead Adventure Playground, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol BS10 5PP

Opening hours:

School term times: Tuesday to Friday, 3.15pm-6.15pm. Saturday, 12pm-5pm. 

Half Terms:  Mon-Fri 12-5pm.

Bus routes: 76 and 2 stop outside.

No on-site parking facilities.


Neighbourhood Partnership Area:

North Bristol - Avonmouth, Lawrence Weston, Henleaze, Shirehampton, Stoke Bishop, Westbury on Trym, Henbury, Seamills, Brentry, Southmead.


Southmead Adventure Playground covers about two acres.

It’s an open access play setting. We’re fully inclusive and have disabled access throughout the building and in some outdoor areas. There are 4 fulltime members of staff, all CRB checked and qualified in play work, first aid and food hygiene.  Patrick Dorney, Siobhan Davis, Sammy Jimenez, Georgia Hill. 

Age Range: 8yrs to 12yrs, under 8yrs to be supervised at all times by a responsible adult (18+)


The playground has a large building that houses a soft play room for under 8s, a large kitchen for cooking activities, a craft room for things like painting, clay modelling, junk play, seasonal activities and much more. The main indoor area houses a pool table, table tennis, Xbox and PS3 consoles. There’s also the chance for children to play board games and sit, chat and relax. 


Despite the fire that gutted the wooden playground structure, Southmead Adventure Playground continue to run sessions after school Tuesday – Friday 3.15pm – 6.15pm and on Saturdays 12 - 5pm, as well as throughout the summer holidays Monday – Friday 12 – 5pm.

(You can learn more about the fire and the structure rebuild in our news features.)

After school sessions:

Children still have use of the building where we provide pool, table tennis, console games, art activities and use of the soft play room for under 8’s. The multi-use games court is open for activities like football, cricket, bike games and rugby. Sports equipment is available every session. Life cycle will be providing bike maintenance workshops and bike games every Friday from 4pm – 6pm.  The sand and water play area is open for all ages for the time being. Staff will provide a water slide on hot days which is always popular with children of all ages.

Summer holiday sessions:

Summer activities will consist of all of the above and extra activities such as cooking workshops, football tournaments, sports competitions and art activities. The structure will be cleared by then so the outdoor space will be open for running around, use of zip wire and swing. We will also bring out the large soft play toys for the children to play on. Pond dipping, martial arts workshops, life cycle workshops and the Paper arts project are some of the highlights planned for this summer. 

Please note that activities provided may change day by day depending on staffing and weather. Throughout the summer, staff focus on outdoor activities and throughout the winter indoor activities are provided.  

In half terms and summer holidays we provide other sessions in parks throughout North Bristol. These will be advertised in the local areas. 

We also take a coach of children and families to PLAYDAY every summer which is always a lovely day out.  We also play a part at St Pauls carnival.


The building is all on one level so no steps are involved, it has disabled access and toilets. A ramp leads into the main room with dividing doors into the soft play/craft areas, also the shower toilet block. Double doors lead onto the multi-use games court. The sand and water play area is also accessible.

Local Groups:

Badock’s Wood Primary School use the APG every lunch time, bringing groups of children from Reception age to Year 6. They also use the APG as golden time, the award scheme they use for good behaviour. 

Local football teams use the games court on a weekly basis for football training sessions.

The playground is home to a young men’s session every Monday for ages 13 – 19. 

Staff take part in local festivals and community events annually.


Children and parents have always played a massive part in decision making at Southmead APG. Staff provide opportunities for parents and children to express their views with things like suggestion boxes, questionnaires and general conversations. Feedback is always welcome. 

Staff would like children and local people to help design the new play structure that will be built to replace the old one. Staff will inform everyone of when and where they can share their ideas and opinions.  

Contact Details:

Phone: 01179 503607

Lead worker: Patrick Dorney

Email address:


Facebook page – Southmead Adventure Playground. 


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