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.

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.

Summer play festivals

Our six free adventure playgrounds will help the kids burn off energy during the holidays.

Children can whizz along zip lines, cool off in splash pools, get messy in sand-pits, show their artistic talents, build dens, dress up and do loads more.

Every Friday during the summer holidays each playground holds a fun mini-festival between 12pm and 4pm. 2017 dates can be found below:

  • 27 July          -         Stamshaw
  • 3 August       -         Paulsgrove
  • 10 August     -         Somerstown
  • 17 August     -         Buckland
  • 24 August     -         Portsea
  • 31 August     -         Landport

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

Malins Road, PO2 7BA

  • phone - 023 9283 2611
  • term time opening - Monday to Friday 3.30-7.15pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • Play festival 17 August 2018 12pm - 4pm

Arundel Street, PO1 1PH

  • phone - 023 9282 4571
  • 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) 
  • Play festival 31 August 2018 12pm - 4pm

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)
  • Play festival 3 August 2018 12pm - 4pm

Aylward Street, PO1 3PB

  • phone - 023 9275 3237
  • term time opening - Monday to Friday 3.15-7.15pm, Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
    • Play festival 24 August 2018 12pm - 4pm

Waterloo Street, PO5 4HS

  • phone - 023 9287 3236
  • term time opening - Monday to Friday 3- 6.45pm, Saturday 11am - 6.45pm (closed for lunch 2-3pm) 
  • school holiday opening - Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
    • Play festival 10 August 2018 12pm - 4pm

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 - Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5.45pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm)
    • Play festival 27 July 2018 12pm - 4pm

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