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The Best Playgrounds in Chelmsford

The Chelmsford, Essex Park Guide

We love a day out in Chelmsford! There are so many kid friendly things to do in Chelmsford. Attractions in Chelmsford include Chelmsford Museum, Chelmsford Theatre, Hylands Estate and RHS Hyde Hall.

If you are looking for free things to do in Chelmsford, there are tonnes of great play areas! Here we have chose our favourite free play parks in Chelmsford.

This Chelmsford Playground Guide features playgrounds in Chelmsford and the surrounding areas - you will find the best playgrounds in Writtle, Galleywood, South Woodham Ferrers and Broomfield!

Click through to each playground for more information on facilities, toilets, parking and more photos. This Chelmsford Playground Guide features the following playgrounds (click to scroll to the playground):

📍Oaklands Park

Moulsham Street



Oaklands Park Playground
Oaklands Park Playground

Oaklands Park is great for a family day out! Oaklands Park is home to the very child friendly Chelmsford Museum. The gardens here are beautiful and there is lots of space to explore! There are also two brilliant playgrounds within the park grounds. The playgrounds are close, but do not overlook each other.

In the larger playground there are climbing frames, a slide, tyre swings and a nest swing. There is also a large fallen tree trunk which is great for climbing. The playground is spacious and it is enclosed.

The smaller playground has a castle/knights theme. It is enclosed. The playground is a decent size. The highlight is the large mound which can be climbed up or through the tunnel. There are slides with climbing frames, swings, a zipwire, climbing equipment, ride on equipment and a dungeon!

📍Hylands Park



Hylands Park Playground
Hylands Park Playground

The play area at Hylands Park is castle themed. There are three separate areas, each with play equipment for a different age range. The play areas are close together, so this is a good playground if you have children of different ages/abilities. There is a large wooden fort with various ramps and ropes to climb. There are slides of various sizes. There is also a smaller climbing frame and also ride on animals for smaller children.

There are a variety of swings including tyre swings and nest swings. The playground at Hylands Park has a good amount of accessible play equipment. There is sensory equipment including sound equipment. There is a nest swing. There are ramps.

The playground at Hylands Park is open and there are plenty of benches and picnic benches located around the play area.

📍Broomfield Village Hall




Broomfield Village Hall Playground
Broomfield Village Hall Playground

A star of this playground is the large, pirate ship climbing frame. The climbing frame has many different climbs, a slide and lots of interesting puzzles/movable equipment such as maps, an anchor and treasure on the bottom level. Other equipment includes a variety of swings, a long swing, a large climb on truck, roundabout, climbing frame, rope bridge and spinning equipment

There is plenty of open space around the playground and lots of picnic benches. There are also pitches and woodland at the far side of the green.

📍Admirals Park and Tower Gardens

Rainsford Road



Admirals Park and Tower Gardens is full of facilities including football and cricket pitches, tennis courts, and a bowling green. Angling and canoeing can be enjoyed on the lake. The playground is well equipped and there is a mini golf course which kids will love. There are walking and cycling routes around the gardens, riverside and through woodlands Read More...

📍Compass Gardens

South Woodham Ferrers



My kids loved this brightly coloured, enclosed playground! The playground has a nautical theme. There is a large pirate ship with different climbs and slides. There are steps up to the tunnel slide. There are swings, a seesaw, zipwire and spinning equipment. There is a climbing frame for smaller children and also ride on equipment. There is lots of brightly coloured animals and objects in the flooring, which my kids seem to always love. The flooring is also super springy and feels very safe for kids that always take a tumble.

Central Park

📍 Central Park



Central Park, as the name suggests, is in the centre of the coty of Chelmsford. There park has a great playground, skate park, courts, memorial gardens and is located on the riverside.

📍 Great Baddow Recreation Ground



There are two separate play areas at Great Baddow Recreation Ground. The toddler play area is enclosed. The playground is bright and there are lots of interesting prompts on the floor. There is a climbing frame with slide, ride on equipment, seesaw, slide, pirate ship and swings including a sweet bear swing! There is plenty for older children too at the bigger playground. There are also lovely playing fields.

📍 Chelmer Park



There are two playgrounds. One is a very small, enclosed playground with two individual baby swings and a climbing frame suitable for children up to two.

The larger playground has lots of climbing equipment. It is enclosed and suitable for children up to 8 years old. The playground has interesting climbing frames with monkey bars, interactive play equipment and a slide. There is round swinging equipment.

📍 Paradise Road




The play area at Paradise Road Playground is enclosed. The playground is suitable for toddlers and children until junior age. There are several climbing frames (including toddler friendly) with slides and different climbs including climbing walls and ladders. There is also a zipwire and several swings. There is also a small climb on train and lots of sensory boards.

Don't forget to check the Park Directory for more park inspiration - A-Z of over 100 Parks in Essex. Over 100 parks and playgrounds are listed


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