Sunday, 30 December 2018

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire

**This guide is now too big & messy.  I have now made 5 smaller guides. If you are looking for Northampton click HERE**

As a parent I have spent many, many hours in parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire.  Some are regular haunts others not so often.  I have ventured to more and further as after 12 years it does get a tad boring.  

To help you here is a list of all the parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire I have visited or heard about. I've tried to give a little information about each and parking information if known. We are lucky to have a vast about of open spaces in Northampton and woodland walks.

Northampton Parks & Playgrounds

Abington Park, Northampton
Park on nearby streets. Play area, tennis courts, bowls, café.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Abington Park

Racecourse, Northampton
Some free car parking off the Kettering Road near the pavilion.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Racecourse

Bradlaugh Fields, Northampton
This was an old golf course, now popular for dog walkers and sledging in the snow.  There is a barn that is run by volunteers so only open at select times, small play area and lots of open space.  No parking. Some visitors use the Morrison's car park or park on the street near NSG.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Bradlaugh Fields

Boothville Park, Northampton
Park on or near Burford Avenue and there's a little path. A nice enclosed play area and space.  A mixture of new and old equipment.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Boothville Park

Elliot Park, Sywell, Northampton
This park is off Webbs Lane park nearby and walk up.  Really nice play area with a good mixture of equipment including zipwire, multiple swings, slides, roundabout and sand pit.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Elliott Park

Abington Vale, Northampton
Two small play areas near Bridgewater Drive and Milverton Crescent.  The 1st is only really suitable for pre schoolers.  The other has limited equipment but lots of space near the allotments.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Abington Vale

Boughton Pocket Park, Northampton
You can access via Howard Lane.  Lovely wooden play equipment.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Boughton Pocket Park

Eastfield, Northampton
Several entrances via Kettering Road, Booth Lane North, Grange Road and Greenfield Avenue.  We access on a path next to Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Large space with basketball court, small new play area, zipwire, climbing frame and lake.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Eastfield

Rectory Farm Pocket Park, Northampton

Earls Barton Play area, near Harrowick Lane, Northampton

Play equipment includes skate ramp, basket swing, zip wire, swings.  2 areas with lots of green space in between.  On street parking is near the youth club.

Earl's Barton Play Area

Earl's Barton Play Area

Scaldwell Park, Northampton
Near the High Street and East End in Scaldwell village. Playing field and play area with sand pit.

Hardingstone Recreation Ground, NN4 6DH
Closest road is Glebe Way. Square playing field in Hardingstone Village with good variety of play equipment.  I noticed 4 entrances onto the park we used the one nearest the church.

Hardingstone Park

Kingsthorpe Recreation Ground, Northampton

Milton Malsor Village Park, NN7 3AF
Lovely enclosed park in Milton Malsor.  Park on the verge or streets nearby.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Milton Malsor

Radlands Plaza, Northampton
Skate Park off Bedford Road.  There is free but limited parking.  open all day every day,  Floodlights turned off at 9.30pm.

Radlands Skate Park

Beckets Park (also known as Midsummer Meadow), Northampton
Off Bedford Road and near the Skatepark and Marina.  Play area and café.

Becket's Park

Great Billing Pocket Park, Northampton
Penfold Lane.  Small play area next to Billing Parish if this is open toilet's can be accessed. Small car park is also available for use.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Great Billing Pocket Park

Hunsbury Hill Country Park, Northampton, NN4 9UE
Large park with Drover's Café for refreshments.

Hunsbury Hill Country Park

Blacky More Park, East Hunsbury
Near Butts Road & community centre, small play area and green space.

Parklands, Northampton
Devon Way.  Car park and community centre are next to the small play area.  Large fields where football is regularly played at weekends.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Parklands

Billing Brook Road, Cygnet Lane

Exercise equipment and small play area on the other side of the bridge.  Another small play area is in front of Costcutter a few minutes’ walk from here.

Billing Brook Road, Crestwood Road (Thorplands)

New play area opened July 2019. No swings and mostly for younger children. New iplay equipment was installed but when we visited already broken.  Also multi use court which is popular for basketball/football.

Billing Aquadrome, Crow Lane, NN3 9DA
You can walk on site for free or pay to park.  Several small play areas are dotted around the site and multi use court. Northampton caravan site with fairground. The Venue has food, drink, toilet's, swimming pool and small soft play area. For more information click on the link

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Billing Aquadrome

Salcey Forest, NN7 2HX
Near Quinton Village. As the name suggests this is a forest with a small play area and The Forest Café. Perfect for woodland walks and space.  The Treetop walk is currently closed. £1.50 for an hour and £4 all day parking charges.  Often has Gruffalo trail or similar.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Salcey Forest

Castle Ashby, NN7 1LQ
Grounds, menagerie, café and play area.  You have to pay to enter the grounds but can use the café and play area with no charge.  23rd March to 4th November £8.50 adult and £3.75 over 5's. Under 5's are free. Family ticket £21 which is for 2 adults and 3 children.  5th November to 22nd March reduced facilities and £5 per car charge. Special events throughout the year.  For more information click the link

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Castle Ashby

Delapre Abbey, NN4 8AW
No play area but loads of open space to run around and climb trees.  Free parking.  Only need to pay for entry to the house.

Wootton Recreation Ground
Curtlee Hill near the Wootton community & sports centre. Multi use games area and play equipment,  Big playing field. Car park.

Victoria Park, St James, Northampton
We parked on Muscott Street but others are nearby. Small enclosed park with some new equipment.  Big playing field and multi use court.

Parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Victoria park

Semilong Park, St Andrew's Road near Uppingham Street
Small play equipment park ideal for pre schoolers.

Upton, Clickers Place near Upton shop.

Small play equipment park.  Upton Country Park is a few minutes away which is a huge field ideal for a walk, bike ride and kicking a football about.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Upton

Dallington Park, Dallington Park Road/Harlestone Road.
Play equipment and large playing field.  The play park is split in 2 with one side more for toddlers/pre schoolers. 2 basket swings and large dragon swing.  Car park is available and was very easy to park.

Parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire

Dallington, Aberdare/Swansea Road
Additional smaller play area

Errington Park, Ryeland Road, Duston
Small play equipment area and large playing field with multi use games area. Several entrances onto the field we used Park Avenue.

Parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Errington

Old Duston, behind St Luke's school.

Pathway off Millway takes you to a small park and playing field. Can also access via Melbourne Lane.

Duston, Sam Harrison Way

Small play area and large playing fields.  Backs onto Duston United Tennis Club

St Crispin's Park, St Crispin's Drive/Frank Large Walk
Car parking available.  Play equipment and large playing field.

Parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire - St Crispins

Roade Village, near Stratford Road/High Street/library 
This has been refurbished and is a lovely big space. Lots of equipment for all ages. Separate toddler area which is enclosed. Skate ramp, basketball, goal posts. Really lovely park. There's a small road next to it which we parked on along with 2 other families. Possible parking at library but check signs/restrictions.

Moulton Village, near Church Street/Church Hill 

Small play equipment area/park.  Appears no parking but maybe able to use the co-op but check parking restrictions.

Spratton, Smith Street near Spratton Sports and Social Club

Parking available, large playing field and some play equipment.

Pitsford Village Park, NN6 9AD turn onto Home Farm Lane.

Car park, play area and large field where football is regularly played.

Brixworth, Froxhill Crescent near St David's Clubhouse.
Parking available, play equipment and playing field.
2nd small play area is located on Spratton Road near junction with St David's Road.

Harlestone Firs, Harlestone Road, NN7 4EW

Not a park or somewhere with play equipment but great to get the kids in the fresh air. and enjoy a woodland walk and some open space.  Parking is available over the road.

Harlestone Firs

Yardley Hastings, Northamptonshire
Beside Bedford Road West near Yardley Hastings Garage.

Small enclosed play area with some new looking equipment beside Bedford Road.  Some on street parking on Church Lane.

Brafield on the Green Park & Playground

Cogenhoe & Whiston Village Hall and playing fields.  Football pitches, multi use sports court, play area and car park.  This is on York Avenue not far from the primary school.  There is also a pocket park with woodland & a stream and no play equipment near Short Lane.

Cogenhoe Park

Denton Recreation Ground Play Area

Small play area and large playing field on Vicarage Lane beside the primary school.

Denton Park

Kislingbury Play Area

Near Cromwell Cottage down Beech Lane. An older play area but all equipment in working order.  Lots of space and car park.  Whilst we were there an ice cream van turned up too!

Kislingbury Play Area

Little Houghton Play Area
Small play area at the end of Lodge Road

Great Houghton Play Area
Near the cricket club on Leys Lane

Bugbrooke Play Area (Paddocks)
This was a very small new play area at the end of John's Road.  Good climbing frame with slide but not much else.  There was a frame which looked like it might have housed a basket swing but was not there when we visited.

Bugbrooke Play Area

Flore Play Area (Brodie Lodge Playing Field)

Down Spring Lane.  Car park huge playing field and good variety of equipment to suit most ages.  Skate ramp and multi use court.  Would be good combined with Bliss Lane Nursery which is nearby.

Ecton Village Green
The village green has a play are this is a triangular piece of land sandwiched by Wellingborough & Northampton Road and located behind The World's End pub which also has an outdoor play area.

Ecton Village play area

Great Doddington near the Primary School & Memorial Hall 
Play area and playing fields.  Looks like there is a small car park at the memorial hall.

Parks & Playgrounds a little outside Northampton 

Emberton Country Park, Olney, MK46 5FJ

Located near Olney village a large flat area with play areas and small caravan & camping site. Café, toilets and fishing.  £4.50 parking charge April to October and £2.60 November to March. Approx 30 mins from Northampton

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Emberton Park

Olney play area and sports grounds
East street near Cowper Memorial Church.  Enclosed play area with a good mixture of equipment.  Zip wire outside of the area.  If you walk across the playing fields towards the willow trees you will see the Victorian swimming steps.  Locals paddle/swim here in the warmer months. Approx 30 mins from Northampton and can be combined with Emberton.

Olney Park & Playground

Lavendon, MK46 4HA
Tucked behind The Green Man Pub and near Lavendon School play area and playing fields. You can walk via Joiners Way or The Glebe.  Approx 25 mins from Northampton.

Harrold-Odell Country Park, Bedfordshire, MK43 7DS
Lovely park with café, toilets and amazingly FREE parking.  Café open 9am to 4pm daily.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Harrold Odell

Welland Park, Market Harborough
A little further afield but a lovely play area with café, toilets and tennis courts. Two FREE car parks with spaces for 28 and 22 cars.  You can access them via Welland Road.

Rushden Lakes

Well known for it's shops Rushden Lakes also has a nature walk and small play area.  The boardwalk sometimes has water sprinklers on for the little ones to enjoy and for a charge you can hire canoes, peddleboats etc. FREE parking for 5 hours.

Rushmere Country Park, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0EB
Woodland and sculpture trail. Famous for the big chair! Special events throughout the year Treetops Café. Parking is £3 For more information click on the link

Mawsley, Kettering next to The Green

Play area and large football fields

Meadow Road, Kettering

Newly installed play area (Summer 2019) including sand play, fitness equipment and new picnic areas.

Wicksteed Park, Kettering, NN15 6NJ
Although this is mostly known as an amusement park which you need to pay for there is actually a large free play area for the kids to enjoy.  You do however need to pay to park 2 hours £3, 2 to 3 hours £4 and over 3 £6. For more information on Wicksteed click the link

Higham Ferrers Pocket Park, NN10 8BH
Lovely park with equipment mainly suited to younger children. Lots of space for football & dog walks.

Cotton End Park, Long Buckby, NN6 7RF

10 acres of green space, assault course, zip wires, picnic tables an bird watching hide.

Mill Park Reserve, Long Buckby

A pocket park with ponds, a bird hide, butterfly garden and human sundial.

Boddington Playground, Daventry

The play area has a tree house, climbing sticks, zip wire and honeypot. Wicksteed Park designed and built the play area.

Daventry Country Park, NN11 2JB

66 hectare nature reserve, large reservoir, café, adventure playground, outdoor gym equipment, picnic spots and nature trail. £2 per day parking.

Islington Road, Towcester (behind Waitrose)

Large open space with play equipment and skate park.

Wellingborough Parks & Playgrounds

Stanwick Lakes, Wellingborough, NN9 6GY

Huge play area, walks and lakes.  The main play area is massive and the walk each way has some play equipment to keep the kids amused.  Toilets, café, bike hire. Parking charges vary depending on time of year.  Winter is £2.60 and peak summer £5.60.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Stanwick Lakes

Embankment Splashpark, Wellingborough, NN8 1LD

As the name suggests this is a splashpark.  Only open in the warmer months usually Easter to October half term.  This is FREE entry and parking. Usually an ice cream van or food kiosk open but not guaranteed. Toilet's are available.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Splashpark

Bassford's Recreation Ground, Raunds, Wellingborough, NN9 6EY

This is adjacent to Raunds Town Cricket Club.  Gym and play equipment so suitable for all ages. Large playing field. 

Amos Lawrence playing field, Raunds, Wellingborough
Large playing field and skate park.

Webb Road Play area, Raunds, Wellingborough

New equipment was installed July 2016 and creation of a dog park.

Saddlers Play area, Raunds, Wellingborough

Smaller park aimed at children under 8. Dog exclusion zone.

Croyland Park, Wellingborough, NN8 2EN

Large green space, play equipment and small car park

Saxon Hall Play area, Raunds, Wellingborough
Had equipment especially for under 5's.  Dog exclusion zone
Saffron Road Recreation Ground, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8ED

Multi use court, skate park and play area.

Irlingborough Parks & Playgrounds

Central Recreation Ground, Irthlingborough, NN9 5TT

Large play area in Irthlingborough.  New equipment recently installed.  Gym trail too. Park nearby Scarborough Street.

Les O'Dell Pocket Park, Irthlingborough

Small play area. Park nearby.

Randall Close Park, Irthlingborough

Small play area off Randall Close.  Park nearby.

Corby Parks & Playgrounds

Fineshade Wood, Corby, NN17 3BB

Large woodland with play areas. Parking £1.50 for an hour, £4 all day.  Often has the Gruffalo trail or similar.

Boating Lake Complex, Cottingham Road, Corby
Slides, spingers, rope climbing frames, no swings to my knowledge.
Café, walks, fishing, picnic areas, free car park

East Carlton Country Park, Market Harborough, LE16 8YF

Although this has a Market Harborough address it is on the border and managed by Corby Borough Council.  FREE parking makes this a winner! Cafe, play area, walks and some events held here throughout the year.

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - East Carlton

Weldon Woodland Park, Corby

40 acre area with adult fitness equipment, play areas, football pitches, skateboard unit, basketball pitch

West Glebe Park, Cottingham Road, NN17 1SZ.

Corby carnival is held here annually.  This year is Saturday 13th July 2019.

I am unfamiliar with large parts of Corby but found a list of over 20 parks that may help anyone local.

Abington Play Area Collingwood Avenue, Becks Green Seaford Walk, Berryfield Walk Cottingham, Breck Close Great Oakley, Burghley Drive, Butland Road, Cambridge Avenue, Cransley Gardens, Ennerdale Road, Exeter Neighbourhood Centre Counts Farm Road, Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre Gainsborough Road, Holbein Walk, Kingsley Drive, Oakley Vale Butland Road, Ollerton Walk, Pascal Close, Rose Avenue, Shetland Way, Snatchill Merestone Road, Stavanger Close, Studfall Avenue, Talisman Motala Close, Wharfedale Road and Yardley Close. Coronation Park is a sensory garden.

Corby Borough Council parks & open spaces has the list and provides details and equipment at each site and a few images.  Most of the play areas listed above are in residential areas and parking would be on side streets.

Country Parks for Northamptonshire

We are lucky to have lots of Country Parks near Northampton.  All country parks have car parks and facilities.  The parking charges are currently £3 for up to 4 hours and £5 for over. For more information click on the link

Sywell Country Park, Northampton, NN6 0QX

Parks and Playgrounds in Northamptonshire - Sywell Country Park

Brixworth Country Park, Northampton, NN6 9DG

Irchester Country Park, Wellingborough, NN29 7DL

Fermyn Woods Country Park, Kettering, NN14 3HS

Barnwell Country Park, Oundle, PE8 5PB
I have got videos on a few parks & days out in Northamptonshire on my channel if you fancy a browse or some inspiration & several on my Facebook page so pop over & take a look.

Why not PIN this guide for future reference as I'm always adding to it?

Emma xxx

P.s Always be respectful of people's drives, paths etc when parking.  I do try to add some parking information if known.



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