So, technically this is the Parsons Road Recreation Ground, but everyone knows it as Leighton Buzzard Splash Park. The splash park itself is completely free to visit (which makes it popular when the weather is nice) and over recent years they have added a little beach and a small cafe. There is also plenty of seating, green space and a decent playground so it’s now possible to spend all day here if you want to.
The Leighton Buzzard Children’s trail has three sculptures in Parsons Road Recreation Ground (read the review here) That gives you chance for a nice little break if you want to make the trail last longer.
The Splash Park
The splash park has been here for a few years now and there are a couple of the sprinklers that weren’t working when we visited, including the massive pole in the middle. That didn’t detract from the fun though! There is a reasonable number of sprinklers and the park is a decent size.
Leighton Buzzard Splash Park Review update – when we went back again all of the sprays were working. There was also a maintenance crew and people litter picking so the area seems generally well maintained.
The splash park is right next to the cafe, toilets and benches so it’s a great place to set up camp if you can get a seat. If not, there is plenty of space to stick a picnic blanket though. It also means that (if you’re not in the splash park with them) you can easily keep an eye on the kids whilst having a coffee.
There are a couple of other things in Parsons Road Recreation Ground that mean a visit to Leighton Buzzard splash park can easily be a full family day out. There’s a beach (which is fenced off so it’s not full of cat poop). You do have to bring your own bucket and spade though. Or, if you’re lucky, you might find the odd toy hidden in the sand if you’re also a rubbish parent who forgot to take anything with you!!!
There’s also a good sized skate park which the boys absolutely loved. Again, these are right next to each other so if you had kids of various ages then they could all be doing their own thing but you can keep an eye on them at the same time.
The Playground at Parsons Road Recreation Ground
When we went back again to Parsons Road Recreation Ground we spent more time in the playground than we previously have. It’s actually a really good playground for all ages. There’s a zip line, triangle climbing frame, another climbing frame, nest swing, roundabout, spinny things and these swing contraptions that you stand on and try not to fall off! Needless to say the boys spent a lot of time on these!
The toddler area is actually really good as well. It seems to me that too often you only get one of the other that’s good. Not here! There’s wicked playfame, a mini fitness trail, swings, rockers, a roundabout that’s actually bikes
Our Parsons Road Recreation Ground and Leighton Buzzard Splash Park Review
This is such a great playground. There’s lots of different parts to it so it’s perfect for families like ours that have a range of ages. The fact you have a cafe and loos means you can very easily spend an entire day here. There is literally nothing rubbish about this place. We hadn’t been here for a few months and I’d forgotten how good it really is.
Parking / How to get there
There’a a car park right around the corner on Duncombe Drive. Charges start at £1 for an hour. It’s £3.50 for 5 hours. You can pay with cash, card or on your mobile. (LU7 1SD)
Cafe on-site. There’s plenty of benches and of course picnics are welcome
There are toilets on site. They’re public toilets so they’re not exactly plush but they serve their purpose and actually they’re quite clean.
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