In line with Government guidelines our playgrounds will remain open, albeit with strict restrictions in place.
To minimise risk, numbers are limited and hygiene measures must be adhered to.
All playgrounds and gyms are different, so please check the specific guidelines for the playground or gym you intend to use. For full information visit our Playgrounds and Outdoor Gym page.
Thank you for your co-operation.
NEW inclusive adventure play area
As the town’s most centrally located, most popular and most visited park, it has long been the intention to develop a fully inclusive adventure play area in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground, in which children of all abilities and needs can play together – including playing at height. Find out more..
We are currently consulting on the financing of the project, have your say here.
Our much loved Parson’s Close Recreation Ground is located in the heart of Leighton Buzzard, just behind the Town Centre. The Park was first awarded its Green Flag in 2015 and has maintained it ever since.
The Park is home to the very popular Splash ‘n’ Play facility, the beach, the skate park and also the band stand. The Splash ‘n’ Play water park and the beach are currently closed following the winter season and will be re-opened following recommissioning works by the Spring Bank Holiday on 31 May 2021.
There are high standard public toilets which are open between 10:00 and 16:00 during the summer months. The changing places toilet (see below) can be accessed using a radar key.
Parson’s Close Recreation Ground
PLEASE NOTE There is no parking at this location, the nearest carparks are:
Duncombe Drive Car Park (4B Duncombe Dr, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1SD)
West Street Multi Storey Car Park (Bossard House, West St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DD)
Changing Places Toilet
Our new Changing Places modular toilet in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground, fully funded by S106 contributions, is a much needed addition to Parson’s Close, making our much-loved park an inclusive destination for all local families.
The new toilet provides a safe, hygienic and dignified solution for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. This extra equipment and space allows them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
Splash and Play
The Splash and Play was installed into the park in 2011. The facility is FREE and very well attended throughout the summer, alongside the beach and the play area it is a great location for a low cost fun family day out. The Splash ‘n’ Play is usually open from late May to September each year. The facility will be re-opened following recommissioning works by the Spring Bank Holiday on 31 May 2021.
Should you ever experience any technical issues with the Splash ‘n’ Play please get in touch to report to a member of the team who can investigate.
The Beach was first brought to the park in summer 2014 as a temporary facility. However the feedback and level of use was positive therefore it was decided to reintroduce it as a permanent feature form summer 2015.
The beach is a good size at 20m x 20m and FREE to enter. It is surrounded by treated decking and a mesh fence allowing guardians to sit comfortably outside the beach with full visibility should they wish.
The beach is usually open from late May to September each year.
There is a FREE to enter skate park with multiple ramps and drops. Suitable for skateboards, bikes and scooters.
There is fenced Play area with equipment suitable for all ages, including toddler climbing frame, zip wire, swings and a roundabout.
The Park saw the addition of the Band Stand in 1951 during the Festival of Britain, it has become an iconic feature within the town. The Band stand was refurbished in June 2018. It is home to our band concerts which take place in the park throughout June – September every year. Find out more.
Café in the Park.
New to the Park in 2019 Café in the Park is run by Community Action Bedfordshire. The café offers hot and cold drinks, snacks and home cooked healthy lunch options. Find out more about what’s on offer.
One last thing…
You may notice a large yellow pencil sitting proudly at the top of the park, this is one of the 22 art pieces that make up the Leighton-Linslade Children’s Trail. Visit the Children’s Trail page to find out more and download the map!