Parks Things to do

King George’s playing fields and skate park

This Swanage park is popular with both young and older kids for its great playground, skate ramps and large playing fields

The town’s largest public park is popular with local children and teens with its skate park, graffiti wall and playground equipment.

The play equipment caters for very small children to older kids and there are also picnic benches within the playground.

There is also a small wetland area with a wooden walkway that has been created to diversify habitats for wildlife. The nearby wildflower meadow has encouraged wild orchids to grow.

The pathway behind the stream by the car park leads to a cemetery, after which there is a bridge, which is a popular place for spotting the steam train as it comes in – be aware, however, that this is a road.

The nearby pitch n’ putt Swanage Golf Games is within walking distance of the park.

King George’s park was first opened to the public in 1951, and is named after King George V.


Two small dogs running in a field

King George’s playing field is also a great way to let your dog burn off energy while the children play as it’s in view of the whole playground.

It’s a popular spot with local dog-walkers, meaning your pooch will generally tend to come across a playmate of their own here.

Note that by the entrance to the park (via the car park and the cemetery) there is a small stream.

Dog waste bins are provided.

Facilities and parking

Swanage main beach car park sign on Victoria Road

Public toilets and disabled facilities are located in the car park, just by the entrance to the park.

The car park is the town’s Main Beach car park, which is just off Victoria Avenue (SatNav: BH19 1AP).

Swanage Market is held in Main Beach car park every Friday.

Other parks and playgrounds in Swanage

  • Beach Gardens – Situated behind the beach by De Moulham Road and Northbrook Road, Beach Gardens is home to a bowls green, six tennis courts, a basketball court and an 18-hold pitch and putt course. Clubs, rackets and balls can be hired on the day. Facilities include on-site refreshments and toilets. To book a court call 01929 766018
  • Day’s Park – Located on Northbrook Road, Day’s Park has a small children’s playground, ornamental trees, a large grassed area popular with dog-walkers and a small avenue of horse chestnut trees leading to a playing field
  • The Downs – A large grassed area overlooking Swanage town with excellent sea views. Park at Broad Road car park at the southern end of town for easy access
  • Prince Albert Gardens – A hub for outdoor community events in the town, Prince Albert Gardens and its open-air amphitheatre makes for a tranquil spot for some stunning views across the bay
  • Chadwick Park – The children’s playground here overlooks the beach and has a range of fun and handy nearby facilities, including Santa Fe Fun Park, K’s Funworld, beach toilets, cafés, shops and restaurants. Mermond Place car park is adjacent to the playground

The town’s parks, playgrounds and recreation areas are managed by Swanage Town Council.