Parks and Children's Play

Walking in Hedge End

Dowds Farm Park

Thanks to Eastleigh Borough Council's policy of devolving many items of local concern to parish and town councils, Hedge End Town Council, with its team of groundstaff, now looks after most of the public open space in Hedge End.


The most recent acquisition is the beautiful new 16-acre park at Dowds Farm, complete with its substantial lake. It has just emerged from the first growing season for many of its plants and it is already starting to look quite mature.


Nearby Grange Park has an extensive network of walks and cycleways, including one along the railway line. It also has a walk from Lakeside to the recreation ground at Woodhouse Lane.


Central Hedge End also has a network of walks. One route connects Greta Park with Turnpike Way and Bridget Mary Gardens.


In the south, there is some lovely walking to be had in the Manor Farm Country Park, which starts at the edge of town and extends along the River Hamble. We are also fortunate to have Itchen Valley Country Park and Royal Victoria Country Park only a short drive or cycle away.

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Hamble Valley and Eastleigh Heritage Walks - Northern Hedge End

A 2 hour 'dry paths' walk around northern Hedge End has been kindly created by Eric Reed. The walk begins at Hedge End Railway Station. Shamblehurst Lane, Maunsell Way, White's Way, Dowd's Farm Park. (Click image to open pdf)



For more details of Sunday Guided Walks visit:

Children's Play

Hedge End Paddling pool St Johns Recreation Ground Paddling Pool at The Recreation Ground, St Johns Road

Hedge End Town Council is extremely proud and protective of its many outdoor recreation areas and playgrounds, built with its youngest residents in mind.


Located at multiple sites across the town, we work hard to ensure the best use of this space for the community and time is spent regularly updating, maintaining and improving these sites for future generations.



Located at St John's Recreation Ground, just a five minute stroll from the village, is the children's paddling pool, opened in 2000 and now our biggest attraction during the summer months. Families come equipped to spend an afternoon or even a whole day sitting in the sunshine, reading, talking to friends and picnicking whilst their children splash about. There's even a little shop to buy refreshments and ice creams, as well as a toilet, so there really is no need to leave once you're settled!!


Opening Times 

Seasonal Opening May*- Sept. However, please check our website, social media or Gazette for exact opening date as this may vary due to climate.


Please be aware, occasional closures of the pool do occur during the season due to unforeseen circumstances and whilst we do try to keep these to a minimum, they can be unavoidable. To avoid disappointment, please check our website, social media or call us before you travel. 


Opening Hours: 10:30hrs - 17:00hrs, 7 days a week


(Please remember to come equipped with plenty of water, suntan lotion, hats and t-shirts and of course a towel to ensure your little ones are fully protected and hydrated whilst they are having fun.)

Paddling Pool Parking


Parking at the paddling pool is restricted and we would ask that you use the Town Council offices (2000 Centre) car park on St Johns Road or we have also negotiated the use of 20 free car parking spaces at Hedge End Club, Bursledon Rd, SO30 0BR (at the entrance car park only, not within their main car park).


Please be considerate to local residents if parking on the roads nearby. Do not obstruct driveways or make it dangerous for other pedestrians or road users. Where possible please walk to the site or park a short distance away to ensure the site is kept safe for children and local residents.)

Our children's outdoor play facilities are located at:

  • Aspen Close Play Area
  • Dowd's Farm Park (plus sportswall/ basketball court, youth shelter)
  • Drummond Community Centre Play Area
  • Greta Park Play Area (Newly refurbished 2016) plus skateboard half-pipe, basketball courts, youth shelter
  • Locke Road Play Area
  • Nelsons Gardens Play Area
  • Norman Rodaway (plus sportswall, youth shelter)
  • Shamblehurst Green Play Area
  • Turnpike Pavilion (plus cricket practice nets)
  • St John's Recreation Ground (plus zipwire, outdoor gym, sportswall)
  • Westward Road Play Area
  • Woodhouse Lane (playing field and Skatepark only)


All have outdoor play equipment and most have open green spaces for your little adventurers!


Renovated and extended in 2011, Woodhouse Lane skatepark site, Hedge End, now boasts a large, well designed concrete facility for our young people to really enjoy. Whether you're into skateboards, scooters, BMX's or just want to hang with your mates, this is the place to be!


This community facility has grown hugely in popularity following its extension and is enjoyed by our very youngest enthusiasts, as well as teenagers and young adults alike.  Acoustic fencing was placed at the site during 2012 to protect local residents from any noise pollution whilst the kids are having fun!


Note: A skateboard half pipe is also situated at Greta Park, behind the basketball courts.

There is No Such Thing as the Dog Poo Fairy!


We love dogs, but we hate dog mess! Please clean up after your dog...Bag It, Tie It, Bin It! All of our parks and green spaces have dog waste bins provided by Eastleigh Borough Council. Please use them and help keep Hedge End clean and tidy. 

Children's Play Gallery