Picnic & Play This Summer in Cumbria


In this edition of Playdale’s Picnic & Play series, we’re back in Cumbria in the glorious North West, showcasing four fantastic playgrounds in the area.

While the summer weather has been hard to find of late, the clouds are clearing and there is plenty of the summer holiday left to go at. If you live in the area or are just visiting, Cumbria has loads for the family with its fantastic National Park and beautiful coastline. Let us show you two great places to relax with a picnic, and let your whole family let off some steam on an off day.

Hammond’s Pond, Carlisle

Hammond’s Pond, Upperby, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 4PS

Sited in a former brickworks, Hammond’s Pond is now a fantastic public park, with walks, playing fields, a miniature railway, and of course a fantastic play area. On the Southern edge of the county town of Carlisle, there is plenty to do on your visit.

The playground at Hammond’s pond is a focal point for your kids, featuring equipment for all ages and abilities, including our best-selling Inclusive Orbit and the Melbourne Plus multi-play unit. The park is easily accessible from the centre of Carlisle by car, and even has a café to help while away some quality time, while the younger members of your family burn off some energy!

Millom Park

Millom Park, 9 St George’s Road, Millom, Cumbria, LA18 4JA

We are delighted to provide this exciting play area in Millom, a historic coastal town in South-Western Cumbria. The playground has some incredible features that really set it apart.

The park features a vibrantly colourful poured surface, which looks stunning against the landscape, and the whole playground is themed according to the heritage of the town. With nods to the town’s mining and seafaring heritage, the playground provides a great place for kids to stretch their bodies and their imaginations.

The installation features a huge selection of fun and challenging equipment. A Play Galleon Plus sits as a centerpiece for the toddler playground, with a nod to the town’s maritime tradition, and the whole site features lots of design-inclusive elements providing access for all abilities.

If you’re heading to the gorgeous and lesser-discovered West Cumbrian coast, this is the perfect stop-off to keep your whole family entertained and to relax on the long drive out there.

The Lake District Visitors Centre, Brockhole

Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ

A perfect family day out! The Lake District Visitor Centre provides a variety of outdoor activities. These include a cafe and gardens, bike hire, mini-golf and the free adventure playground, which is a long-standing feature on the grounds.

Updated in 2018, the playground is home to a vast range of play equipment for children of all ages, including a customised Mountain Tower Plus with nine towers and five slides, an inclusive Team Swing, a Play Galleon Plus, a Play Ship, items from our timber Adventure Trail range, an Activity Net, an Aerial Runway, an inclusive Gravity Bowl, a Playhouse, a Twirly from our Caterpillar range, Toddler SwingsPlay Panels and the Shelters & Shades.

Ford Park, Ulverston

Ford Park Crescent, Ulverston LA12 7JP

Ford Park in Cumbria’s beautiful market town of Ulverston is the beating heart of the community. Set on nine acres of green space, the playground blends in perfectly with the natural surroundings of the park and offers plenty of space to picnic and play for all ages.

The park has recently received the coveted Green Flag Award as it is officially recognised as one of the country’s best parks and the project includes a kitchen garden community project and a restaurant that serves homemade and locally sourced produce from the on-site kitchen garden.

If you’re visiting Cumbria or just passing through, pack a picnic and don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit these fantastic playgrounds for an unforgettable day out!

Wishing you all a happy and fun-filled summer…. why not tag us on social media and use the hashtag #PlaydaleParkPic for your chance to WIN!


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