Outdoor play has so many benefits. It’s a great way for children to socialise, learn and develop motor skills out in the fresh air, and most importantly, it’s fun.

Chelmsford has more than a hundred well-equipped play areas, from small community playgrounds to large installations. So, although Hylands Estate’s adventure playground isn’t available this half term because the Creamfields festival is on, there are dozens of great play areas on your doorstep.

Here is a round up of some of Chelmsford’s most popular playgrounds.

Admirals Park

Admirals Park and Tower Gardens is a pretty park close to the city centre. The outdoor play area is large with plenty of open space to run around. The play area is located right next to the River Can, making it a perfect spot for family picnics.

Central Park

Opened to the public in 1894, Central Park is one of the oldest public parks in Chelmsford. The outdoor play area is located in the main area of the park, between the lake and skateboard ramps. Younger kids will enjoy the baby swings, train and small trampoline. For older kids, there are climbing frames, a selection of swings and a zip wire.

Springfield Hall

The popular Springfield Hall play area near Arun Close was recently refurbished earlier this year and its new design was picked through a public vote. The play area now has a vibrant, jungle theme and is more inclusive and accessible for children of different abilities. The original and iconic rocket climbing frame is a huge hit with older children.

Oaklands Park

Oaklands Park is located in Moulsham, within the grounds of Chelmsford Museum and Essex Regiment Museum. There are two separate areas for toddlers and older children. Both areas have a variety of climbing frames and structures which come in exciting shapes and sizes.

Since the park is part of the museum, parents and guardians also have the chance to explore the museum with their little ones and discover more about the city’s past. You can also join their engaging family-friendly events and workshops such as the upcoming “Create Your Own Coronation Crown” on 31 May and 1 June.

Compass Gardens

New play area at Compass Gardens

Launched in October last year, this new play area was designed to be inclusive with interactive elements suitable for children of varying ages and abilities. The entire surface of the play area is covered in rubber surfacing made from recycled truck tyres. There are junior and toddler sized equipment with key sensory elements such as spinning, gliding and balancing. This play area is located in South Woodham Ferrers.

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park is a neighbourhood play area located in Galleywood. It’s usually not too crowded and parking is available. There are fun climbing structures equipped with standing tire swing, a wobbly bridge and climbing nets. The park also has a big open grass area and a pond.

Boleyn Gardens

Located just off White Hart Lane in Beaulieu, Boleyn Gardens is a large play area within a beautiful park. The play area features climbing frames with monkey bars and fireman poles for both toddlers and older kids. There is also a yew hedge maze which can be great fun for both kids and adults.

Other family-friendly activities

A free family event will be taking place in the Bunny Walks this Saturday, 28 May. There will be activities between 10am and 4pm with a special appearance from Boris the Bear.

Additionally, as part of Ride London this weekend, families are invited to the Family Cycle Festival at Anglia Ruskin University campus from 9.30pm- 2.00pm.

To see the full list play areas in Chelmsford , please visit Love Your Chelmsford.

By Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes stories about recycling and waste, parks, economic development, local democracy and planning.

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