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 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.
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. Quick note – when we visited the cafe was cash only. They were still waiting for the phone lines to be installed so that may well be fixed now, but it might be worth taking cash just in case.
There are a couple of other things in the park 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 rubbish and forget to take anything with you!!!
There’s also a decent playground
And a skate park. 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.
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.
5 / 5 – There’s lots to do for kids of a variety of ages and it’s all free. The parking is cheap too! It’s a really good family day out and it’s nice and close to Aylesbury.