The Parks Team look after many beautiful parks, open spaces, greenways within Bath and North East Somerset. This includes nine formal parks across Bath and Keynsham, from the grandeur of Royal Victoria Park, to the peace and tranquillity of Sydney Gardens.

In addition to formal parks, the Parks Team maintain over 200 hectares of attractive green spaces and woodland - all of which help improve the quality of life for both residents & visitors. These spaces are havens for wildlife and relaxing spaces to while away an afternoon.

If you’d like to help your local park by volunteering or if you want to help set up a friends group please see our Friends Groups.  

BBQs are welcome at the Shallows, Saltford and BBQ areas at Royal Victoria Park. Disposal points can be found at these locations. We value the environment as much as you do, so thank you for using the bins or taking your rubbish home when you leave.

For more information about Bath Parks and Events please follow us on Twitter @BathnesParks, or for more information about weddings and other celebrations in our parks please see www.heritageparkweddings.co.uk. 

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Our Parks and Green Spaces 

 
Formal parks
 

   

Informal Parks and Gardens: 

 Council Owned Trees and Woodlands:

Exploring the Countryside:

Access Land:

A map of these areas can be found on the countryside page
  • Breach Hill Common - Chew Valley
  • Knowle Hill - Chew Valley
  • Burledge Hill - Bishop Sutton
  • Northfield - Radstock
  • Bristol Road - Radstock
  • Southfield - Radstock
  • Waterside - Radstock
  • North of Engine Wood - Southstoke
  • Little Solsbury - Batheaston
  • Bannerdown Common - North of Bath

Places to Play:

See the leaflet for the full list of suggestions for exciting places to play in parks and green spaces, with locations throughout North East Somerset (examples below).
  • Keysham Memorial Park
  • Somer Valley Adventure Play and Skate Park - Midsomer Norton
  • Claverton Road - Saltford
  • Timsbury Recreation Ground - Timsbury
  • Tom Huyton Play Area - Radstock
  • Beacon Field - Peasedown St John

Floral Displays

As a 13-time winner of the National Britain in Bloom competition (run by the Royal Horticultural Society), the Authority is nationally and internationally renowned for the high standard of annual spring and summer bedding displays, which attract many tourists to the area during the summer months.
 
The Nursery in Royal Victoria Park produces over a quarter of a million bedding plants each year to beautify the Authority's parks, streets and civic buildings. Businessess also have the opportunity to purchase displays from the Nursery to decorate their premises.  Please contact us if you require further information.
 
Parks Events
 
We run a comprehensive programme of outdoor events and band concerts in Parks and Green Spaces across the authority. View details of parks and open spaces events.
 

Parks and Pleasure Grounds Byelaws 

  • Vehicles must be driven at a responsible speed with consideration for public safety.

  • All vehicles, cycles and horses must be kept on the roads.

  • Dogs are banned from children’s play areas, and certain other land. Elsewhere, dogs may have to be kept on leads, or the area may be a scoop area. Look out for the signs.

  • Persons must not cause damage to any turfed areas, flower beds, trees, shrubs or ornaments, nor remove any turf or soil.

  • Persons must not climb on trees, barriers, fences, ornaments etc.

  • No persons shall skate on rollers to the danger of other persons lawfully using the footways.

  • To sell or advertise any article or commodity is strictly forbidden without permission.

  • Persons shall not erect a tent, stand or any other structure without permission.

  • Overnight stays in caravans, vans or any other vehicle are not permitted.

  • All hard ball games are not permitted except in designated areas.

  • A person shall not play any musical instrument, wireless or other audio equipment to the inconvenience of others.

  • Any person infringing any byelaw may be asked to leave the pleasure ground and if that person fails to obey, an officer of the council can remove that person from the ground or seek assistance from the police to do so. (Offenders may be liable to a fine not exceeding £50.)

 Toilet Locations & Facilities

   
Batheaston Gardens
These gardens originally formed part of the garden to Batheaston House which was built in 1712. The character of the site is that of a rural garden, enclosed and "secret" and is bounded by old stone walls.
 
Bath Maze
Sited in Beazer’s Garden (so called as the land was donated by Beazer’s the Bath based construction company), just down the steps from Pulteney Bridge on the east side of the Weir, this paving stone maze offers fun for young children as they try to find its centre.
 
Georgian Garden
Accessible via the Gravel Walk and through an entrance to the rear of the Circus, the Georgian Garden was excavated in 1985/6 by Bath Archaeological Trust revealing the position of the flower beds, paths and the trees, thus enabling a faithful reinstatement of the original garden dating from c. 1770. Although the plants that grew in the garden are not recorded, species known to have been used in town gardens of the period have been planted. The Garden, which adds to the significant range of Georgian features of Bath, is open every day 9.00-5.00pm. 
 
Linear Park
This informal park was originally part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Line which ran from Bath’s Green Park Station, now the site of Sainsbury’s, to Bournemouth. The line closed in 1966. After considerable construction work and the closure of the tunnel entrance, the area was laid out as a ribbon of countryside through the City and was planted with many indigenous plants.
The Linear Park has now become a very popular area for residents, especially for walking and jogging, as the park is by definition straight, with only gentle gradients. It starts in Bellotts Road in Twerton, runs through East Twerton and Moorfields as far as Bloomfield Road on the Bear Flat.
 
Springfield Park
Springfield Park (also known as Foxhill Park) is a real asset to the local community. It encompasses a large open space and wooded areas, and offers some very pleasant views. It also features a path which links with the Two Tunnels railway path, and in turn with the city. The site boasts a range of amenities, including a children’s play area and facilities for BMX riding and basketball.
 
Queen Square

Responsible dog owners wanted for Queen Square!

B&NES Parks Team has introduced a trial period to promote responsible dog walking in Queen Square. Over the past year, several of the important trees in the square have been damaged by irresponsible dog owners and the council has considered enacting bylaws to prohibit dogs from the space entirely.
New signs in the square explain what is expected of dog walkers using the space, and the council’s dog warden will be monitoring the area closely – issuing fixed penalty notices and community protection notices to those who fail to pick up dog mess or allow their dogs to damage the trees.
The council is also asking the public to report incidences of anti-social behaviour in the square and details on who to contact can be found on signs around the entrances.
The council will review the impact of the trial in June, and will consider introducing new measures if needed.
For more information, please contact 01225 39 40 41  or email Parks_Greenspacesadmin@bathnes.gov.uk
 
Queen Square was created by John Wood the Elder between 1728 and 1736, to restore Bath to what he believed was its former ancient glory as one of the most important and significant cities in Britain. Queen Square is surrounded by a square of Grade 1 listed Georgian houses, and at its centre lies an obelisk which was erected by Beau Nash in 1738 (in honour of Frederick, Prince of Wales). The Square was rejuvinated by the Council in 2014.
  
Manor Road Community Woodland
With entrances on both Manor Road and Courtney Road in Keynsham, this woodland is a hidden gem for ramblers, dog walkers and horse riders. There are 52 hectares of unspoilt woodland and meadow to explore; the south site is totally bound by fences and hedges whilst the north side has a more open aspect with views across the valley to Kelston. 
 

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