It’s the Easter holidays next week and with the second stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown set to take effect from Monday, with it comes a slew of changes to the rules.
From the 29th of March, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside. The Stay At Home order will finally be over too and travelling outside our immediate local area will then be allowed meaning days out.
We’ve rounded up the Top 11 Playgrounds To Visit In Hull which you’ll be able to travel to legally from Monday.
Pearson Park is Hull’s oldest recreation ground and has recently received a fantastic facelift as part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund restoration project! The refurbishment has brought Pearson Park back to life, with a repair of historic statues, a new bandstand, and a bridge overlooking the pond!
Photo © Pearson Park NLHF
The play area has also received a touch-up! Two of the newest playground features being a newly added basket swing and a modern intergenerational-play expression swing. The expression swing, unlike a traditional swing set, allows the parent and children to play together, by sitting directly opposite each other in respective seats designed specifically for both adult and child-sized bodies. This modern swing set was designed to create an emotional balance, allowing both parents and children to interact with each other and experience one another’s facial expressions.
The play area also includes a new rope climbing frame, a traditional style rocking horse, painted floor puzzles, and an activity tower with slides.
Oak Road Playing Fields
Oak Road Park has a number of fun things to do that’ll keep the family entertained, including a children’s play area. Featuring a swing set, monkey bars, slides, and a zipline to name a few, the playground is perfect for both younger and older children.
The playground is surrounded by picturesque woodlands and is only a few steps from a fishing pond and the western banks of the River Hull. With over 70 acres of land, riverbanks, and fields to explore, Oak Road Playing Fields is also the perfect place for dog walkers.
East Park is Hull’s largest park and has a wonderful play area that offers attractions suitable for all ages. The playground which has recently received a £290,000 refurb and fixup, now offers a huge chrome climbing frame, multiple activity towers, balancing apparatus, and rope climbs.
There are various sized swings, slides, and climbing frames and there’s also the new addition of soft-touch flooring making this playground as suitable for the littles ones as it is for the older kids. You can also take a scenic walk around the lake and over 100 acres of parkland.
Another feature East Park has to offer that separates it from the rest, is an exciting new Love Exploring app. The app takes in the history and ecology of the park, producing virtual games and activities that the whole family can enjoy. One activity includes hunting for dinosaurs and fairies around the grounds! This app is available to download for free and is designed to be used ‘off-grid’, so it will not eat up any of your mobile data.
Alderman Kneeshaw Park
Alderman Kneeshaw Park located in East Hull is home to a modern play area and seasonal water play area. To name a few, the playground offers a basket swing, cradle swings for toddlers, a glider swing, a spinning bowl, and a shaker play panel. There’s also a climbing unit fit with various sized fireman poles, rope climb netting, a rock climbing wall, a stand-up spinner, and monkey bars.
Just minutes away from a scenic hillside nature walk, and located in the centre of two giant playing fields, this playground is the perfect stop on your daily dog walk with the kids.
West Park is yet another addition to the list that has recently received refurbishment! Boasting a new 7.24-metre medieval-inspired activity tower, various sized slides, spinning bowls, and a rope climb, the play area is now suitable for both toddlers and older children. The bright colouring of the apparatus separates this play area from the rest, there’s also a popular skatepark, animal aviary, and an outdoor gym that will open once lockdown lifts again.
Also known as Springhead Park, Wymersley Park located on Wymersley Road is a recreation ground suitable for all ages. There’s an enclosed dog-free area for younger children, and a separate play area for the older kids, making this park perfect for the whole family. Tire swings, painted floor puzzles, roundabouts, slides, a rock climbing zone, and traditional swing sets are just a few features the park has to offer!
King Street Playground
Photos © Playscheme
King Street Playground in Woodmansey has recently received a wonderful makeover and has never looked better. Now boasting a fantastic wooden theme throughout, the play area is perfect for all children, from toddler to teen.
The feature piece of this playground is The Chimps Challenge, an exciting activity tower that includes a clatter bridge, scramble nets, hammocks, monkey bars, a climbing face, and an almost 4 metre tall tower! For younger children, there’s a small wooden tower with slides and swings located at the entrance of the park. There’s also animal-themed rockers and a colourful sports and games area.
Pickering Park first opened in the summer of 1911, making this one of Hull’s oldest recreation grounds! The 25-acre park offers both toddler and junior play areas, with various equipment including an exciting trim trail for the older kids.
Activity towers with rope climbs and slides, rock climbing walls, monkey bars, a basket swing, rockers, and cute animal-themed obstacle courses are just part of the many features the park has to offer. There’s also a Sensory Garden and Rock Garden with a large pond to explore.
Noddle Hill Play Area
Noddle Hill Nature Reserve is a hidden gem tucked away in the heart of North Hull that holds an abundance of wildlife. Deers, foxes, ducks, and a thriving woodland make this one of Hull’s most treasured attractions.
The reserve is not only perfect for a leisurely family stroll, with 118 acres of scenic walking routes and a large fishing lake to explore, the park also has a small children’s play area that will keep the little ones entertained while getting your daily exercise.
With built-in ground trampolines, a climbing wall, a high-rise slide, and a swing set, the play area is worth a visit while you’re out wildlife spotting!
Peter Pan Park
In 2018, Peter Pan Park underwent a superb transformation and refurbishment. All the old playground equipment was replaced and had new additions installed. Paths were resurfaced, and a new colour scheme was brought to the park.
Now sporting a stylish black, green, and orange theme, there’s both disabled access, and toddler suitable equipment, as well as fun apparatus for older kids. An arched monkey bar climbing tower, a roundabout, swings for all ages, rope climbs, various sized fireman poles, and an exciting zipline are just a few of the park’s newest features.
A visit to Stonebridge Park is perfect if you’re on your daily dog walk or exercising. Sandwiched between two fairly large playing fields that are popular with dog walkers, the playground comes fairly equipped. There’s an activity tower that features a slide, monkey bars, a fireman’s pole, a swing set, and a spinning bowl.
If you fancy getting your steps in, the playground is just minutes away from the Hull to Withernsea cycle track, located behind Craven Park.
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