UK's Best Park - South East
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Voting is now closed for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017. The parks nominated within the South East are listed below. Voting closed at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK's Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November.
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Alver Valley Country Park
It's got something for everyone - wildgrounds, tracks and paths for walking and cycling. It's also popular with dog walkers. The River Alver runs through it, we love to play poohsticks from Apple Dumpling Bridge. Teaming with wildlife. BMX track & new play park being built. Amazing and on our doorstep!
It's great for kids, families and pets. Great to bring the community together. The park caters for all ages: playground for younger kids, tennis and basketball courts, bowls and an awesome yummy cafe. The open green space great for sports, kids running free.
A lovely fun park. Fab facilities include a playground with a sandpit for pre-schoolers and a zip wire for older kids. The park is used by local cricket, rugby and tennis clubs and the Angling Society fish in the large lake. With open grass and woodland areas it offers something for everyone.
This is a wonderful 'landscape park' in the heart of the new city. A great place for a walk adjoining the City Centre and the Grand Union canal.
Chepstow Drive Local Park is a large informal area comprising a mix of grass, mature trees, woodland, water and shrubs. The pond in the middle of the park with reeds and rushes is a haven for wildlife. The park has three play areas which cater for a range of ages and abilities.
Dane Valley Park
Dane Valley Park is a hidden gem in Margate and offers something for everyone - from a place to play, take a stroll, enjoy nature or play sport with family and friends. It has several delightful Victorian features including a memorial fountain and gated entrance. A perfect place to escape to.
Dinton Pastures Country Park
The park is wonderful place to visit all year round, well kept by the ranger team. Lots for all ages, able-bodied and disabled can enjoy park together. Well designed play area, cafe facilities and watersports available. Provides a much needed green outdoor space in an urban area.
This is a beautiful, quiet area to walk, relax or have fun with the children and explore hidden areas. The boating lake amuses all ages and the children's play area is popular. The parkrun offers exercise, whilst benches and the cafe offer time to relax and watch the wildlife.
Egerton Park has something for everyone. There are lovely displays of flowers, a variety of sports can be played and there is an outdoor gym. The cafe and toilet facilities are of good quality and the playground has challenges for children of all ages.
Despite the fact that this is in a built up area, surrounded by main roads, it is calm and peaceful. A beautiful place to walk your dog, stroll, run, play or picnic. And the cafe has a good selection of food and good prices too!
Flo Park was gifted to the Flo Park estate in 1934 and since then has blossomed into a gorgeous park that is central to a vibrant community. As well as offering great space for numerous sports, dog walking, nature loving, food growing we also celebrate with an annual park festival.
Frimley Lodge Park
Frimley Lodge Park has open spaces, woodland and wildflower areas, picnic & BBQ areas, playgrounds, wildlife dipping pond, trim trail and the popular miniature steam railway! With multiple sporting activities including football, cricket and a 9-hole pitch and putt golf course, there really is something for everyone to enjoy!
A classic Edwardian Park which supports a huge community of sports, games and wildlife. An assett to the Town of Eastbourne.
Accessible on foot or by car. Close to town, sea and university campus. Open spaces, wooded areas, boating lake, conservation area, bandstand, its own narrow gauge passenger train during summer season and fab all year round cafe. Park is well used by all ages. Altogether a brilliant asset!
This park is beautiful in all seasons it has lots of wildlife and things to do for everyone in the family. Me, my partner and son go pond dipping, den building, climbing trees and dog walking. It's got great facilities and lovely ice cream. It's well looked after and loved.
King George VI Park
It's not a big park but it has some beautiful views. It's on the cliff top and also contains a beautiful Italian greenhouse which has been restored and maintained well. There's a children's playground and a cafe and lots of trees and wildlife, both me and my dog love it.
Langley Park Country Park
My family have made wonderful memories here. As the children have grown the vast array of trees to climb and making dens have been the centre of their attentions. In springtime the Temple Gardens are awash with flowers from the camellias and rhododendrons. The lake is beautiful too. There really is something for everyone.
Lightwater Country Park
Lightwater Country Park is predominately heathland offering ponds, woodland, meadows and scrub. The park trails offer winding paths through the heath to observe wildlife including birds, mammals, insects and if you’re fortunate, grazing goats! The woodland café allows time to pause while kids burn of steam in the adventure playground.
Mapledurham Playing Fields
Mapledurham Playing Fields offers space, tranquility and natural surroundings for playing, meeting up, joining in or finding peace. It is home to a diverse community of all ages, and interests, including children, footballers, tennis players, dog walkers, conservationists and Beavers, as well as a haven for anyone who needs peace.
Playing fields, bowling green, large woodland area with a stream running through, wild flowers grow amongst the trees and shrubs, up in the area of the bowling green there's a cafe and nursery, a walled garden beautifully planted with plants that are buzzing with bees and butterfly, perfect all seasons.
Meadowbank Park in Dorking has been totally transformed into a lovely family area, lots of families from all around now visit and it is due to get even better with new facilities being added in the near future.
Wonderful place, has a fitness trail, wildlife, rare plants and fauna of scientific value, a free community music festival. Local resident volounteers help maintain the park and the views from the picnic area to London are some of the best you will see!
Old Town Recreation Ground
A central point for our local community that gives to everyone - children, families, dog walkers, exercisers. A place for our community to meet and share our beautiful oasis with views of the south downs on one side and the English Channel on the other.
Preston Park is an uplifting space. Its beauty is obvious, it hosts many local and national events and encompasses part of the National Elm Collection. Rare butterflies and birds as well as listed buildings and important discrete gardens can be found here - it’s a constant joy to its users.
Princes Parade Open Space
What was once a waste tip is now a beautiful green area alongside a Royal Military Canal, a great place to walk and take in the varied flower and fauna, a lovely reacreatonal park, with a canoe club on the canal. We are very proud of our Royal Swans and family.
Excellent area for the kids to play in, big enough not to be too busy. A lovely walk around the pond. Cafe on site and Tennis courts and a state park. Extended wooded trail. Close to the middle of town and has an Ice-Rink in winter.
Radnor Park in the centre of Folkestone has been a popular place for picnics, dog walks and games for decades. The wonderful redevelopment of the park in 2017 now includes an amazing play area, paths around the recently rebuilt fountain which has been accompanied with new trees and plants.
It is beautiful any time of the year. Every turn of a corner you are met by a beautiful scene. Often the view of the lakes, framed by the trees, look like a stunning picture.
Shepherds Meadow and Memorial Park
A park of many faces and attractions, suited for a walk by the stream, a run through the woods, a play on the swings, a game of cricket, football or rugby, or a skateboard ride. Beautifully maintained by Nick and his staff, a credit to Sandhurst and to Bracknell Forest.
Swanley Park has something for everyone, be it sandpit, paddling pool, climbing frames & swings, to miniature steam train, boats to hire, peddlos & feeding the ducks. Walking your dog or just taking a stroll stopping to buy a cuppa and a bacon sandwich at the cafe. Perfectly kept happy park.
Spacious tranquil park for the young and the old. Always something to look at whatever time of the year you visit. Beautiful lakes and woodland walks and nature park. Well worth the visit.
War Memorial Ground
This is such a wonderful open space. With a footpath around the outside, new playground equipment and a lovely new car park, set in beautiful surroundings. It truly is a beauty to be hold. Well done Stone with Bishopstone and Hartwell Parish Council.
Willen Lakeside Park
Over one million visitors a year take part in watersports activities, go cycling, enjoy the playground, try the high ropes course or simply picnic along Willen’s shores. The north lake is a haven of tranquility. Home to the Peace Pagoda and mini stone circle it's highly valued by wildlife enthusiasts.