South Hill Park Arts Centre is set in beautiful Green Flag Award-Winning parkland south of Bracknell town centre. The large, historic grounds are open to the public and include landscaped gardens, lakes, children’s play areas and woodland, all of which surround the Grade II listed building.
South Hill Park has many attractive and unique features which make it a pleasant place to visit
- 4 waymarked trails to guide your way around the historic grounds
- 2 balancing ponds popular for fishing and home to an array of wildlife
- an amphitheatre which is popular for outdoor performances
- a small rose garden which leads onto a yew walk, with a rose strewn arcade
- toddler playground
- café at the South Hill Park Arts Centre
- art galleries, a dance studio, cinema and theatre in the mansion
- an orienteering course, which can be used by beginners and more advanced orienteers
We went along to explore the new children’s play area which opened up back in the summer of last year. This is the perfect size for little ones and it’s located in the beautiful gardens, so you can grab a bite to eat or a drink and watch the little ones play safely.
The first thing we noticed about the park was the brightly coloured play equipment which made it even more inviting for the littlest ones, and having the fence around it meant no escapees so we could all explore the playground together.
Although they didn’t have the traditional swings you would find in other parks they did have a very unique one which Isabella loved sitting in. There was a large climbing structure which had rope ladders, steps, a climbing wall and that all important slide too. Both children loved climbing and sliding down this structure and the steps were perfect for them as they could easily tackle them on their own.
There was also a sensory area to the park where they had a rain wheel and musical flowers which made various sounds when you turned the flower petals and they were the perfect height so toddlers can do this unaided too.
A cute little wooden throne for the children to sit on, a spinning tube seat and a sea saw rocker. Also around the edge of the playground was interactive wooden toys which they had lots of fun playing with. Noah loved playing with the maze toy and feeling the different textures on this equipment.
If you want to explore the wider grounds, check out our South Hill Park review.
If you have little ones, we have a great guide to all the baby and toddler groups in Bracknell.