Great Play Areas in Dorset

There are over 350 play areas in Dorset featured on Playmapp! Here is a selection of the best for you to explore. Read on to find out where to find a pirate ship, train, castle, zip wire, adventure trail, water play, extra long slides and plenty more playground gems in Dorset!

Abbotsbury Play Area

Pedestrian Access only – click on title above for location map – Off West Street, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JU

Abbotsbury Play Area  is a very large play area with equipment suitable for all ages. Junior and infant swings, zipwire, wooden climb-on tractor, see saw, slides, wooden tower and other equipment. There is also a large grass area used for ball games.

Bourne Valley Park Play Area

Turbary Close, Poole, Poole BH12 4HD

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A large range of wooden-based equipment including a zip wire, a wheelchair friendly roundabout, a twin 4 metre space net with link bridge, a cantilever swing, a rope end swing, combination swings, climbing nets, a climbing whirl, trapeze walk, cradle swings, a toddler slide, a four seat springer, seating and picnic tables. (photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

Burton Bradstock Play Area

High Street, Burton Bradstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4RA

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Burton Bradstock Play Area has a fenced play area with full size play jeep, see-saw, play tower, 4 seats on springs, parallel bars and roundabout. There are benches and a picnic table, along with a recreation field with football goals and basketball hoop. Garage shop nearby for drinks and snacks.

Days Park

Northbrook Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1QW

Days Park  in Swanage has new play equipment offers the opportunity for climbing, swinging, sliding and spinning. Next to the children’s area, there is a range of outdoor gym equipment.

Dorchester Borough Gardens

West Walks Road, Dorchester, Dorset

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Dorchester Borough Gardens are public gardens with tennis courts, snack bar, bowling green and beautiful flower beds. There is a large children’s play area which is fully enclosed and there are facilities for all age groups including baby and standard swings, rockers, mini spinner, two different types of slide, multi play structure and a seesaw. For warmer days there is also a run-through water feature! There are seats both inside and outside of the play area and a comprehensive set of outdoor gym equipment nearby so that adults can entertain themselves as well.

East Stour Play Area

B3092, East Stour, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5JZ

East Stour Play Area is set within large green open space. Equipment includes birds nest swing, rocking horse, zip wire, net mountain, mini orbitor, springers and spinning mushrooms.

Green Road Play Area

Green Road, Poole, Poole BH15 1QW

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Green Road Play Area in Poole is a nautical themed play area with an exciting wooden play ship, agility trail, swings, springers and seating. (photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

The Grove Play Area

Grove Road, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DA

The Grove Play Area is a very large play area suitable for all age groups and includes a fenced ball court and soccer pitches on the adjoining sports field with car parking. Equipment includes a seaside-themed toddler area and a huge climbing frame with seaviews from the top for older children.

Hamworthy Park Play Area

Lulworth Avenue, Poole, Poole BH15 4DH


Hamworthy Park Play Area has a large playground with a range of exciting equipment including a zip wire and hexanagonal swing, and there is also a large Paddling Pool with water features, which is open from the late May bank holiday weekend until September each year. (photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

Haskells Recreation Ground

Haskells Road, Poole, BH12 3HU

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Haskells Recreation Ground in Poole has an exciting play area including a zip wire and embankment slide, set withing open green space. BMX Track on site.(photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

Hatchards Field Poole

Rossmore Road, Poole BH12 2HQ

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Hatchards Field has an inclusive playground with a range of wheelchair accessible play equipment, along with open green space and a games court.(photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

High 5 Play Area

Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Dorset

High 5 Play Area is situated within Highcliffe Recreation Ground. Equipment includes Cable Runway, Activity trail with Stepping Stones, Rope Bridge, Balance Log, and Sprung Wobble Board. Also Diving Board, Rotating Sling Shot, Climbing Unit, and Multi Use Ball Games area for Football and Basketball.

Kinson Common Play Area

Poole Lane, Bournemouth, Bournemouth BH11 9DY

Kinson Common Play Area  is an exciting adventure playground made from natural materials, with picnic benches, free parking and a sand pit.

Marlott Road Play Area

Leddington Way, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4FF

Marlott Road Play Area has a range of wooden play equipment including toddler swings, springers, multi-play units with slides, wooden assault course equipment / adventure trail. Picnic bench seating.

Pimperne Play Area

Newfield Road, Pimperne, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8UZ

Pimperne Play Area has a play park with equipment including a play train with slide, multiplay units,  tyre swing, wooden balance beam and stepping stumps. Across the road is a multi use play area for 10 – 16 year olds, which includes a skate ramp, 1/4 pipe, basketball court, swings, football field with goal posts and a shelter/seating area.

Potterne Park

Potterne Way, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 6RS

Potterne Park has a large play area with equipment including a tunnel, swings, seesaw, spinner bowl, multi-play unit,rocker and a climbing frame A trim trail with adult fitness equipment is also on site. The Wheels skate park features a concrete bowl and a dirt track, and there is plenty of open space in the Park to explore.

The Quomps Play Area

Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1HX

The Quomps Play Area is a large playground with varied equipment including a role play train.  Next door is a Splash Park (open May to October 8am to 7pm) which provides innovative water play features.

Rutland Road Play Area

Rutland Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2SH

Rutland Road Play Area has equipment including trampolines, a swinging nest hammock, a rotating cone climber, a multi activity climber with eagles nest and slide, and a rope end swinger.

Selkirk Close Play Area

Selkirk Close, Oakley, Wimborne, Poole BH21 1TP

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Selkirk Close Play Area has a exciting range of play equipment set within a wooded area. A natural trail leads from the fenced play area through the surrounding wooded area to a large curved bank slide, a buddy swing, cableway and a spinning dish. Junior swings, a hammock and a stone compass circle widen the play experience for all ages.(photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

Shroton Play Park

Main Street, Iwerne Courtney, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8QD

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Shroton Play Park is in a beautiful setting surrounded by trees and a lovely green space (The Glebe) for playing and picnics. There is a small stream that runs through the grass area which is ideal for paddling and pond dipping. A bridge connects one side of ‘The Glebe’ to the other, ideal for Pooh sticks.  The play park has an inclusive roundabout that is flush to the ground and designed for wheelchair use, and a nest swing and loud speakers. There is also toddler and junior multiplay units, swings, an adventure trail and a seesaw. There is also picnic bench seating, a recreation field with goal posts and free street parking, with the Cricketers pub opposite.

St Pauls Close Play Area

Off School View Close, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4AX

St Pauls Close Play area suited to children of all ages. Equipment includes toddler and junior swings, slide, jungle climber, igloo climbing frame, rocket rocker, aerial runway, zig-zag play space and team swing.

Sturminster Newton Play Area

Ricketts Lane, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1BY

Sturminster Newton Play Area is located at Ricketts Lane Memorial Ground.  There is a large recreation area with facilities for football, cricket etc and large car park. The play area has a castle themed multi-activity unit, inclusive roundabout and  basket swing. Other equipment includes zip wire, spiders web climbing area, climbing chains.  Under 5’s play area fenced off. Outdoor gym with skier & body rotator, shoulder press & air walker and rowing machine.

Sydling St Nicolas Play Area

High Street, Sydling Saint Nicholas, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 9PB

Sydling St Nicolas has a range of wooden equipment including play towers, swings, slide and zip wire. Picnic benches provided.

Tolpuddle Play Area

Orchard Meadow, Dorchester Road, Tolpuddle, Dorset

Tolpuddle Play Area in Orchard Meadow has equipment suitable for children of all ages, with a natural feel being made from wood. There are infant, junior and basket swings, a slide, toddlers section, climbing tower,  kick wall, and basket ball hoop.

Treasure Island Play Area

Cliff Drive, Poole BH13 7JF

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Treasure Island Play Area has an innovative combined toddler swing seat that allows parents or older children to sit alongside the toddlers in the cradle seats. Other equipment includes a large bespoke wooden pirate ship, complete with captains wheel, slide mast, balance beams, scramble net, rope walk and even a treasure chest. (photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

Upton Country Park Play Trail

Poole Road, Poole, BH17 7BJ

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Spaced throughout the woods at Upton Country Park are ten wooden play sculptures including a tree swing that allow users to enjoy exciting and challenging play features in the natural environment of a wooded area.(photo credit to Poole Borough Council)

West Bay Play Area

West Bay Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EH

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West Bay Play Area is located next to West Bay Car Park. Young people have been heavily involved in developing and designing the play area, which is based on the area’s history of rope making – the equipment is made of wood and netting, with climbing towers and swings.

West Parley Play Area

Christchurch Road, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset

West Parley Play Area is an ecologically-themed play area. Equipment includes basket swing, play tower, balance beam.

Willowbed Play Area

Putton Lane, Chickerell, Dorset, DT3 4AJ

Willowbed Play Area has a range of equipment for toddlers through to older children, including a floodlit multi use games area. A roofed community seating area has bluetooth and radio system for access to music. The main play park has a zip wire, toddler swing, rope climbing net, swings for all abilities including disabled, climbing frames and toadstool stools as part of the toddler section.

Wincombe Lane Play Area

Wincombe Lane, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8PN

Wincombe Lane Play Area is a large play area with a range of equipment for all ages and a balls court.


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