Lymington's playgrounds - by the Experts

There are some great play spaces in Lymington and surrounding villages.

Lymington playgrounds by the experts!Although we have the wonders of the New Forest on our doorstep, there are times when only the magic of a playground will do. Here is a guide to some of Lymington's playgrounds - by three intrepid 'experts.'

"We think Lymington has some awesome playgrounds! This guide might be useful if you're new to the town, or want to find some new places to play with your friends."

Woodside 

Woodside Gardens provides a great outdoor space in which children can play. As well as the fenced play area, there is a lot of space for running around - and in particular playing hide and seek in the rhododendron bushes! There is a short walk around the section of the gardens immediately near the playground with paths ideal for scooting (although do mind any pedestrians!). These paths take you past the Fairy Village (see if you can spot the little doors in the trees).

Woodside is an easy walk from Lymington. There’s a small carpark (free) off Rookes Lane which is closest to the play area (SO41 8FP), alternatively a larger carpark (free) on the other side of Woodside, off Ridgeway Lane. There are public WCs near the Rookes Lane carpark.

Dogs are permitted in Woodside on and off the lead, plenty of poo bins. The play area, tennis courts and skate park are fenced to keep dogs out.

Woodside Gardens play area Lymington“This is really fun because there’s lots of stuff to do in all the gardens.”

“We love running around in the trees and its easy to scoot about so that’s cool.”

“The skate park is so awesome.”

For younger children:

  • Swing
  • Climbing
  • Rockers

For older children:

  • Roundabout (fast!)
  • Swings
  • Slide
  • Climbing

Older children will also enjoy the skate park and the tennis courts. Woodside is also the home to Lymington Mariners Rugby Club, Lymington Croquet Club and other sports. The sports pavilion has recently been refurbished and sells refreshments when open. Picnics possible in the gardens.

Bath Road

Bath Road offers a fabulous outlook across Lymington River, with plenty of boating eye candy! Set to the side of the Bath Road green, which also houses the town bandstand and a small lake. There are paths ideal for scooting (take care near the lake - we’ve seen a few children take a dive in our time…) and the start of a lovely walk past the yacht club and sea water baths. A short, pleasant walk away is the kiosk at the Sea Water Baths, selling ice creams, hot drinks and other refreshments.

Bath Road is an easy walk from Lymington (SO41 3SE). There’s a public carpark (pay and display or long stay clock) by the Sea Water Baths and yacht clubs which is closest to the play area, alternatively a some road parking along Bath Road. There are public WCs in the Bath Road carpark by the slipway. Picnics possible, several benches along the river front.

Dogs are not permitted in the play area, but are allowed on the green, where there are poo bins. Check our Events Calendar to find summer music and arts events around the Bandstand on the green.

Bath Road play area Lymington“We love this play area and also like scooting on the paths outside.”

"This is a cool playground. When my brother was younger, he used love watching the ferry coming in and out from the top of the climbing frame."

For younger children:

  • Swings
  • Climbing
  • Slide

For older children:

  • Climbing wall
  • Swings
  • Slide
  • Roundabout tower
  • Swinging dish
  • Spinners

Lymington Meadows

Situated in a residential area, off Lower Buckland Road (SO41 9DH), this recently refurbished play area is a hidden gem for children in Lymington. Fenced with a gate, dogs are not permitted inside, however some space around the edge to exercise dogs (with poo bins). There are several benches inside play area.

There is tricky parking and no public WC. However, it is a short stroll from Lymington and nearby opposite the end of Lower Buckland Road is the popular Monkey House pub.

Lower Buckland play area Lymington“Really good because its new.”

“Great for older and younger children.”

For younger children:

  • Swings
  • Rocker
  • Slide

For older children:

  • Zip wire
  • Basketball hoop
  • Climbing
  • Swings
  • Balance beam
  • Trampoline

Barfields/Emsworth Road (by St Thomas Churchyard)

The closest play area to the centre of Lymington and sometimes rather busy (such as after school in the summer term), this play area offers fun for children of all ages and is particularly well equipped for younger children. It’s ideal, in fact, for families with younger and older children, as there is something for everyone in the same area. It also benefits from shady trees; a blessing in the warmer months!

Park nearby in the Barfields or Emsworth Road (SO41 9AW) town carparks (pay and display or town carpark clock), the nearest public WC is a short walk away in New Street. No refreshments in the immediate vicinity (but again, an easy walk from the High Street and all it has to offer!)

Dogs are not permitted in the play area. The grassed area next to the play area houses the Lymington Petanque (boules) area.

Barfields playground in Lymington“A great playground for a quick play, but sometimes busy.”

For younger children:

  • Swings
  • Rockers
  • Slides
  • See-sawClimbing
  • Spinners
  • Road markings

For older children:

  • High slide
  • Dish
  • Swings
  • Climbing
  • Roundabout

Pennington Common

Pennington Common play areaPennington Common is the setting for a traditional playground. Although in need of updating, our experts recommended it highly, mainly because there’s so much space to run around. Dogs are not permitted in the play area, however there’s plenty of space for them to be exercised beforehand on the common, which has several poo bins.

No WC or refreshments, parking is possible to the sides of the common off Ramley Road and Wainsford Road (SO41 8HF). There's plenty of potential for a bit of off-road cycling. This play area is due to be completely refurbished this summer (2017) by the Town Council.

“Most of the stuff here is really old, but we still enjoy it.”

For younger children:

  • Swing
  • Rocker

For older children:

  • High slide
  • Swings
  • Climbing fort
  • See-saw

Everton

At the other end of Wainsford Road, Everton's recreation ground is another hidden gem. On road parking is possible in Greenmead Avenue. There is no public WC and no nearby refreshments - bring your own picnic!

Dogs are permitted on the recreation ground and there are poo bins. There is a fitness section alongside the older children’s area and although technically for adults, the children are drawn to it!

Everton Rec play area“Its a bit different - we love the zipwire!”

“Separate areas could make it difficult for parents with lots of different aged kids.”

For younger children in an enclosed area:

  • Swings/baby swings
  • Rockers
  • Dish
  • Climbing
  • Slides
  • Seated roundabout

The fenced area is dog-free and has seating.

For older children, a short walk from the enclosed play area and alongside the football pitch

  • Zipwire
  • Climbing

 

The experts have decided to visit more local playgrounds this summer. Check back for more details soon!

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