Come along to one of Portsmouth City Council's six free, exciting adventure playgrounds and discover a world of opportunity for children.

No two are the same, so if your child enjoys a stimulating environment with loads of play, an adventure playground is for them. They can whizz along zip lines, cool off in splash pools, get messy in sand-pits, show their artistic talents with arts and crafts, build dens, climb trees, dress-up and much more.

Whether it’s gardening, construction, discovering wildlife, making friends or simply getting messy with water and sand, there’s something for everyone at one of Portsmouth’s adventure playgrounds.

Playgrounds are generally aimed at children aged between six and thirteen, but younger children are still welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Adventure playgrounds are open during term time and school holidays. During the summer holidays each playground holds a mini festival which is an ideal opportunity for parents, carers and children to visit and see what’s on offer.

The dates of the play festivals in 2019 are:

Stamshaw - July 26th

Paulsgrove - Aug 2nd

Landport - Aug 9th

Somerstown - Aug 16th

Buckland - Aug 23rd

Portsea - Aug 30th

Each playground also runs the Holiday Food and Fun programme during the summer holidays, which means there are free tasty snacks and food available on site and sometimes there is even the opportunity to help cook your own lunch!

Staffing at adventure playgrounds

Adventure playgrounds are staffed by dedicated and fully qualified individuals. Children learn countless skills through play, so our play workers encourage children to make their own decisions and take risks, safe in the knowledge that help is at hand when they need it.

We let children make their own choices about what they want to do and how they want to do it. This motivates them to become independent and boosts their confidence.

For more information contact the individual playgrounds or email  playservice@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

To find out more about the playgrounds' locations and contact details please see individual playgrounds below.

Buckland adventure playground

Malins Road, PO2 7BA

  • phone - 023 9283 2611
  • term time opening Monday to Friday 3.15pm-7pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am-5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)

Landport adventure playground

Arundel Street, PO1 1PH

  • phone - 023 9282 4571
  • term time opening Monday to Friday 3pm-6.45pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am-5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)

Paulsgrove adventure playground

Marsden Road, PO6 4JB

  • phone - 023 9222 1527
  • term time opening Monday to Friday 3-6.45pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am-5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)

Portsea adventure playground

Aylward Street, PO1 3PB

  • phone - 023 9275 3237
  • term time opening - Monday to Friday 3.15-7pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)

Somerstown adventure playground

Waterloo Street, PO5 4HS

  • phone - 023 9287 3236
  • term time opening - Monday to Friday 3- 6.45pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm) 
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)

Stamshaw adventure playground

Western Terrace, PO2 8JX

  • phone - 023 9269 0241
  • term time opening - Monday to Friday 3-6.45pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)

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