88. Broadway Activity Park

Tunnel vision: Three-year-old Noah had an absolute ball when he visited Broadway Activity Park with his family recently.This young lady travelled with her family from Worcester to enjoy the great variety of play equipment at Broadway Activity Park...The Cotswold village of Broadway may be famous for its beautiful High Street and its top class hotels, restaurants and shops, but it now also has a state-of-the-art children's playground that is regarded by locals as the best in the area - and it doesn't cost a penny to use.

Broadway Activity Park opened in 2009 following a £300,000 revamp of the village's three-acre recreation ground, situated down a path half-way up the High Street.

The activity park boasts three zones equipped for toddlers, juniors and teenagers. There is lots of great play equipment including a see-saw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers and a skate ride simulation.

There's an all-weather surface for football, basketball and netball and there's also plenty of seating, a shelter for teenagers, picnic area and an oak shelter for parents.

The different zones are connected by Cotswold stone pathways with raised mounds, natural rocks, trees and shrubs.
 
Broadway Parish Council was the driving force behind the new activity park which replaced the village's derelict skate park and outdated children's play area.

At the time of its opening, parish council clerk Kevin Beasley described the development as a facility for the community of Broadway to be proud of, which could be used by all and would provide an added attraction to visitors from neighbouring villages and other tourists and their families.

...and here she is again, this time tackling the climbing rock. One regular user of the park is Trinny Savage, who lives a few miles from Broadway, but loves to visit the activity park with her family.

Trinny said: "Broadway playground is amazing. We go every other week with our cousin who is three. I am 11, my brother is 14 and my gramp is 75 and we all have such a fun time. It's definitely the best park in our area. There's loads to do and even when it's very busy we still find something to play on."

One visitor from Brisbane, Australia, has described it as "a brilliant surprise in the middle of such a lovely little town".

When Loving the Cotswolds' editor David Wood visited the activity park with his family in September 2014, it was buzzing with children enjoying the huge range of activities.

Apart from the very well maintained equipment, we noticed that the grass was really nicely cut and even the toilets were spotless.

The activity has obviously become a hugely popular attraction for local families and visitors alike and although it is free, it undoubtedly brings in more visitors to this lovely Cotswold village.

It could be described as an unexpected jewel in Broadway's crown, a village often known as "the jewel of the Cotswolds".

More information

Broadway Activity Park is situated half-way up the High Street. Look out for the signpost to "Activity Park and Picnic Area" opposite the Horse and Hound pub. Follow the narrow gravel path and you will see the park on your left.
 
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