I discovered Hughenden Park with my three boys at the end of the summer holidays and we loved it.
The full Hughenden parkland itself is massive with lots of open space to run around, mature trees giving plenty of shade and seems a popular spot for dog walkers too. The park boarders the National Trust property Hughenden Manor but is separate and completely free to visit.
Hughenden Play Park
It was the play park itself that we spent most of our time in. It’s tucked into the bottom corner of the park just off Coates Lane and is fully fenced in so you don’t have to worry about escapees!
My 7 and 9 year old flew off straight away to scale the larger climbing frame. It kept them busy with various routes to climb up, a slide, speedy double bar exit and climbing wall. I’m not sure what you actually call the double bar exit slide but my heart was in my throat with my 7 year old was dangling from it saying ‘help me Mummy’. I couldn’t reached but he managed fine in the end. It wouldn’t be a park visit with my kids if there wasn’t a dangling from a height panic at some point.
If that looks too much of a stretch but your kids love to climb, there’s all sorts of ropes and balance apparatus to try out.
My two (almost three) year old enjoyed the area designed for younger ones. A little wooden play house was easy to climb up into with a slide to go down. There area also had a couple of mini trampolines, interesting things to sit and wobble on and colourful toadstools to sit or balance on.
The big horizontal rope swing was a hit and my boys made friends with a pile of other kids who all played on it together. If you’re looking for regular swings for toddlers or big kids or nest swings they have those too plus a zip wire.
The parkland itself is great to explore with wide open spaces of lush grass and an area of longer grass perfect for running around on a spy adventure.
Hughenden Park Parking and Facilities
There’s not a car park right at the entrance but plenty of free on road parking on Coates Lane. There are no toilet facilities so make sure you have a wee before you leave home!