It seems that we will be needing to avoid contact with people a little longer and with that in mind we have been nipping out in the car to find rural, village play parks that are much less popular than some of the play parks in Yeovil.
Many times we have been to these parks and find that we have them to ourselves or there are just a few other children about. Other tips I have is to go to a park at an off peak time like lunchtime or even when there is a bit of drizzle you will find them less populated! And you may just see a beautiful rainbow, our amazing symbol of hope that is going to see us into 2021
Odcombe play park.
Easy to find? 4/5. If you’re heading down Camp Road from Yeovil the turn right as you enter Odcombe, it’s the second left and adjacent to the Village Hall.
Parking Plenty as it is the car park to the Village Hall.
Good to know There is a milk vending machine here so bring a bottle and some money!
Dogs? There are dog walkers in the field.
Fun factor The play equipment is really good here and my kids age 3, 5 and 7 all loved it here. There is the usual swings, slide and climbing frame as well as a novelty boat. I liked it here a lot, really nice pine trees and from one angle could glimpse the Church through the trees.
My rating 5/5. Pine trees and pirates!
Hardington play park.
Easy to find? 3/5 If you’re heading through Hardington from East Coker then it’s a right turn before St Mary’s Church. Then immediate right and immediate left down the hill (North Lane). At the bottom you’ll see a gate on the right you’ll need to pop out and open this, don’t forget to close it once you’ve parked.
Parking Several spaces, gravel car park.
Good to know Plenty of picnic benches and a barbeque area. There is also a shelter in case of showers.
Dogs The park is in the community field so there are dog walkers about too.
Fun factor There is a zip line, tree house with slide and climbing wall, wooden obstacle course, swings too! I love this place and you’ll see horses grazing in a nearby field.
My rating 5/5. Peaceful, safe, enclosed and plenty to entertain.
Chilthorne Domer play park
Easy to find? 3/5. If you’re heading in from the Yeovil direction via Tintinhull Road then take a right onto Main Street. Just past the school (so close you will think you are turning into the school) there is a narrow left turn signposted ‘Recreation Centre’.
Parking Yep, plenty.
Good to know If you head over to the zip line area you can see sheep and geese in the field next door. Bring a basketball if you like to play!
Dogs The field and the park are dog free zones, except for assistance dogs.
Fun factor There is lots to climb on here as well as various swings and roundabouts. The zip line is fun and something for all ages here.
My rating 4/5. Lots of climbing and swinging!
Mudford play park
Easy to find? Yes it’s off the main road and opposite the Village Hall. Not to be confused with Mudford Rec which is fab but not in this post as it is in Yeovil and not a rural area/village.
Parking Plenty here.
Good to know There is a rather awesome table tennis table but you’ll need to bring your own bats and ball.
Dogs Yes, lots about in the surrounding field however, the play area is enclosed in a fence.
Fun factor The equipment was too small for my 7 year old and 5 year old really. It’s more suited to toddlers. But there is a skate park and outdoor gym. The kids entertained themselves with a game of hide and seek, it could do with a refurb sometime but it’s lovely being in amongst the fields and crisp country air.
My rating 3.5/5. Could do with a revamp but worth a visit especially for toddlers or if you like table tennis!
Sutton Bingham play park
Easy to find 5/5, if you are coming in from the East Coker direction turn right as you leave the village and continue. As you head down the hill you’ll see the reservoir on both sides and there is parking off to the left.
Parking Yes lots of spaces and free parking. However the car park can be busy and is right next to the play area.
Good to know There are public toilets here. There is a beautiful walk around the reservoir so the play area is an added bonus really to the main event. Do check the opening times before your visit.
Dogs It’s dog free here aside from assistance dogs.
Fun factor It’s a small area with only two pieces of equipment, the large round swing, big enough for three and good for cloud gazing and the huge climbing frame. My kids love it here!
My rating 4/5. Small but perfectly formed!