Your local Play Areas in Hitchin

Find a play area in Hitchin

We have lots of fantastic play areas in Hitchin with a range of play surfaces and equipment meaning there is somewhere for all ages and all weathers!

Here is a handy Google Map of our local parks – a perfect free day out with the kids!

A brief description and images of the parks are below too – where will you visit first?

Play Area Information

Bancroft Play Area

Bancroft Recreation Ground, Bancroft, Hitchin

Baby and junior swings, pirate-ship themed climbing and slide. In May – September there is also a splash park. Lots of paths for scooters and bikes and a bandstand. Tennis courts can also be booked for public use.

Surface is tarmac so suitable for all weathers. No refreshments or changing facilities but various cafes and supermarkets nearby. Car park next door to park (fees payable).

Broadmead Play Area

Broadmead, Hitchin SG4 9XL


Play equipment including slides, swings and climbing apparatus.

Grass so can get muddy in wet weather. No refreshments or changing facilities available. Free on street parking.

Brook View Play Area

Brook View, Hitchin

brook view

Play area suitable for younger children with swings, small climbing frame and slide and mini assault course.

Grass so can get muddy in wet weather. No refreshments or changing facilities available. On street parking nearby on Ninesprings Way.

Chaucer Way Play Area

Chaucer Way, Hitchin SG4 0NX

Play area suitable for under 5s with baby swings, small climbing frame and slide, and balancing equipment.

Mostly tarmac so fine in most weather. No refreshments or changing facilities available.

John Barker Place Play Area

 John Barker Place, Hitchin SG5 2PD

John Barker

Large space with some slides, swings and rocking toys. Multi use games area. Part of planned regeneration project and in need of some improvements.

Tarmac around equipment so usable in most weather. No changing facilities or refreshments available. On street parking available.

King George V Play Area

Old Hale Way, Hitchin SG5 1XL


Great space next to Hitchin Rugby Club. Play equipment  for all ages including climbing, slides, swings and roundabout. There are also floodlit tennis courts and multi use games facilities plus outdoor gym equipment. Skate Park on opposite side of field too.

Grass surface so not great in the wet. Free parking but busy when there are training sessions or matches, otherwise on street parking available. No facilities or refreshments available but short walk into town centre for cafes and shops.

Kipling Close Play Area

 Kipling Close, Hitchin SG4 0NY


Small play area at the top of Chaucer Way / off Kipling Close. Baby swings, small climbing frame/slide and rockers.

Tarmac surface for all weather playing. No refreshments or facilities available. On street parking.

Purwell Recreation Ground

Purwell Lane, Hitchin SG4 0NF


Fenced in play area for younger children including climbing frame with wobbly bridge, slide and swings. Play area for older children including assault course, large swing, swings, zip wire and climbing frame and slide.

Also two large football pitches, basketball court and outdoor gym equipment.

Here’s my video tour:

Ransoms Recreation Ground

Grove Road, Hitchin SG5 1SG

Ransoms Rec

Swings, slides and climbing frame plus rocking toys and large swing. Home to Triangle Community Garden. The Triangle Garden has a lots of natural play/discovery elements including a living willow maze, grassy mound, bug hotel, pollinators’ garden and wildlife pond (fenced for safety).

Basketball Court, 5-a-Side Football pitch, Football Pitch and Pavilion.

On street parking nearby.

Rosehill Play Area

Off Millard Way, Hitchin SG4 0QE

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A hidden and enclosed treasure for children and families – with entrances just off Millard Way and Harkness Way. The park is safely nestled from roads and pavements and offers a great site for children to run free, play and have fun.

Currently up for closure by NHDC.

The park offers assorted playground equipment – from baby swings, full size swings, rockers, roundabout, see saw, toddler climbing frame and children’s curly wurly slide and climbing frame. There is of course the historic rocking horse too! The park is well used for picnics and gatherings – offering open grass space too.

Offering mostly grass surfacing with some areas of rubber mat flooring around roundabout and climbing frame bases.

No amenities on site, shops on Cambridge Road within easy walking distance.
Free parking on the streets adjacent to the park’s two entrances.

Smithsons Play Area 

Upper Tilehouse Street, Hitchin SG5 2EE


Climbing frame and slide, swings and balancing equipment.

Tarmac surface so suitable for all weather. No refreshment or facilities but close to Hitchin library, Waitrose and town centre.

St John’s Road Play Area

 St Johns Playing Field, St Johns Road, Hitchin SG4 9JP

St John's Road Play Area Hitchin

Slide and climbing frame, see-saw, roundabout and baby swings for younger children. Large climbing frame and swings for older children. Also outdoor gym equipment.

Mostly grass so can get muddy in wet weather. No refreshments or changing facilities available. Free on street parking.

Symonds Road

 Symonds Road, Hitchin SG5 2JL

Symonds Road

Small play area with play equipment for younger children including slide, climbing frame and rocking toys.

Grassed so not suitable for wet weather. On street parking only. No facilities or refreshments.

Walsworth Common

 Walsworth Common, Woolgrove Road, Hitchin SG4 0AT

Walsworth Common

Play area for younger chidren on sand, slide, zip wire, climbing wall and swings. Basketball Court and football pitches.

Grassed park area so not suitable for wet weather. On street parking available nearby. No facilities or refreshments but near to Millstream Pub and short walk into Hitchin town centre.