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We manage 52 play areas in Horsham District and there are many more across the area managed by Parish councils and private companies.

Coronavirus guidelines when using our play areas

All our play areas are open and have been safety inspected, but cannot be guaranteed to be coronavirus (COVID -19) free.

If you are using our play areas, please take all reasonable precautions to ensure your and your family’s safety, following the guidelines below:

  • Social distancing remains in place – please be respectful of other people
  • If you or any of your party are showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), do not enter the play area. Return home and seek medical assistance
  • Only 1 adult should accompany their children into the playground
  • Equipment which can accommodate multiple children e.g. climbing frames or a basket swing should be used by one family unit at a time (For Horsham Park and Dinosaur Island, we state a maximum of 4 children per piece of play equipment).
  • If a piece of equipment or the playground is busy, please come back later.
  • Do not use any equipment marked as out of use – such as talk tubes. These have been marked out of use as there may be an increased risk to using them.
  • Adults are reminded to ensure good hygiene by providing regular hand sanitation, especially on leaving the playground.
  • Please don’t eat and drink in the playground.
  • Please place your litter in a bin, or take it home with you

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Blue swing icons depict play areas we manage Blue swing icons mark play areas we manage

Brown swing icons depict play areas managed by other authorities Brown swing icons mark play areas managed by other authorities

Open spaces are marked with a green tree icon Green tree icons mark open spaces with no play areas

Orange wheelchair icons mark play areas with accessible equipment Orange wheelchair icons mark play areas that have wheelchair-accessible equipment

View our play areas as a list

Select your local area from the list below to view the play areas we manage.

New Barn Road Recreation Ground, Amberley BN18 9LT

Cricket green and public open space.

Alban Head Playing Fields, Sandy Lane, Watersfield RH20 1NE

Play area set in large open space with public footpath access to adjacent woodland. Car park.

Brookview Play Area, Coldwaltham RH20 1LX

Spacious play area including a new spinning space net and a striking toddler unit.

Ashurst Recreation Ground, School Lane, Ashurst BN44 3AY

Recreation ground with a play area for younger children, football pitches, a car park and good wheelchair access.

Kings Field Play Area, Northcroft, Henfield BN5 9DN

Large recreation ground, featuring two play areas and a concrete skate park. Dogs welcome.

Rothery Play Area, Nep Town Road, Henfield BN5 9DN

Younger children’s play area adjoining a recreation ground.

St Peter’s Play Area, Deer Park, Henfield BN5 9HH

Adventure-style play area. Car park.

Tottington Woods, Small Dole

A local nature reserve of semi-ancient woodland. Good wheelchair access.

Woods Mill Nature Reserve, Henfield BN5 9SD

Explore this wonderful nature reserve with an all weather path and boardwalks. Car park, toilets, good wheelchair access.

Bramber Castle, Steyning BN44 3WE

Explore the ruins of this 11C motte and bailey in a wonderful setting.

Ashington Recreation Ground, Church Lane, Ashington RH20 3JX

Open grass area with a junior football goal.

Foster Lane Play Area, Ashington RH20 3PG

Two play zones, one for younger children and the other for teens. Car park.

Posthorses Play Area, Turnpike Way, Ashington RH20 3QG

Play area featuring a tyre swing, large slide and picnic benches.

Sullington Recreation Ground, Sullington RH20 3PP

An open space with football wall and basketball area.

Spierbridge Road, Sullington RH20 4PG

Large modern play area with lots of challenge and opportunity for groups to play.

Sullington Warren, Water Lane, Sullington RH20 3LZ

Explore heathland areas and pinewoods at this National Trust property.

The Glade, Storrington RH20 4GL

An area of woodland with a circular walk.

Sandgate Park, Sandgate Lane, Storrington RH20 3JH

A large wooded area with pleasant walks.

Clevelands Gardens, Cleve Way/Carpenters, Billingshurst RH14 9RA

Large area of open space with benches and pathway leading through wooded area. Good wheelchair access, parking nearby.

Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst RH14 9HZ

Large area of open space including football and cricket fields, a trim trail, benches, sports pavilion and fishing lake. Good wheelchair access, car park, toilets nearby and dogs welcome.

Lower Station Road Recreation Ground, Natts Lane, Billingshurst RH14 9EX

Large area of open space with benches, play equipment and a small trim trail. Good wheelchair access, car park nearby.

Manor Fields, Coombe Hill/Rowan Drive, Billingshurst RH14 9BU

Good wheelchair access, car park nearby.

Ostlers View, Billingshurst RH14 9LU

Undulating open space along the river featuring a play area with a zip wire.

Parbrook, Billingshurst RH14 9PQ

Undulating open space featuring a space net and large climbing unit. Dogs welcome.

The Common, Broadbridge Heath RH12 0TH

Good play area designed for young children. Car park nearby.

Charrington Way Play Area, Broadbridge Heath RH12 3TH

Small play area with adjacent field.

Village Centre Play Area, Wickhurst Lane, Broadbridge Heath RH12 3LY

Play area featuring wide range of play value for younger and older children. Dogs welcome, good wheelchair access, car park nearby.

Churchmans Meadow, Pondfield Road, Rudgwick RH12 3EN

Exciting adventure play area in rural setting.

Rudgwick Recreation Ground, RH12 3JJ

Traditional play area next to recreation ground.

KGV Field, The Grattons, Slinfold RH13 0QL

Play area designed for all ages set in a good sized open area with green space to run free.

Six Acres, Slinfold RH13 0TH

A small, modern play area designed for young children.

Cowfold Recreation Ground, Cowfold RH13 8AA

Traditional play area set in a large recreation ground. Car park.

Church Close Play Area, Lower Beeding RH13 6NS

Small play area in large recreation ground.

Amberley Close/Rowlands Road Horsham RH12 4LH

Steel and wood equipment featuring a spinning climbing net, set in parkland.

Bartholomew Way Play Area, RH12 5HG

Adventure play area in a woodland setting, featuring a zip wire. Car park.

Beech Road Open Space, RH12 4TX

Open space next to farmland and allotments, on the riverside walk. Dogs welcome.

Blackhorse Way Play Area, RH12 1SQ

Popular, modern town centre play area next to Sainsbury’s. Toilets, car park, good wheelchair access.

Bluebell Park, Jackdaw Lane/ Bluebell Close, RH12 5WB

Large landscaped play area and recreation ground, featuring mounding, a scooter roundabout and a birds nest swing. Car park nearby, good wheelchair access.

Earles Meadow Open Space

Wooded wetland with boardwalk. Dogs welcome.

Holbrook Play Area, RH12 5EZ

Well used play area in the grounds of Holbrook Tythe Barn. Play equipment for both toddlers and juniors is provided, including a zip wire. Dogs welcome, good wheelchair access, car park.

Leechpool & Owlbeech Woods, Harwood Road, RH13 6SG

Ancient woodland and heathland can be explored through self guided trails. Good wheelchair access.

North Heath Copse, Pondtail Road, RH12 5HT

Woodland with stream running through it. Dogs welcome.

Pondtail Recreation Ground, Heath Way/ Amundsen Road, RH12 5XX

Bright, modern play area set in a recreation ground. Dogs welcome, car park nearby, good wheelchair access.

South Holmes Open Space, Owlbeech Way, RH13 6AW

Large play area offering lots of adventure play in a woodland setting. Dogs welcome, car park, good wheelchair access.

Woodstock Close, RH12 5YT

Adventure trail style play area set in a large recreation ground. Car park.

Bennetts Field, Brighton Road, RH13 6EZ

Open space with views of Horsham, featuring a modern play area and ball court. Dogs welcome, car park, good wheelchair access.

Birches Road, RH12 4NH

Bright, modern play area. Good wheelchair access.

Blackhorse Way Play Area, RH12 1SQ

Popular, modern town centre play area next to Sainsbury’s. Toilets, car park and good wheelchair access.

Chesworth Farm, Queensway/Chesworth Lane, RH13 5AP

A beautiful open space just 10 minutes' walk from Horsham Town. Explore the meadows on foot or using the Pedlar's Way cycle path.

Visit Chesworth Farm

Denne Hill, Causeway, RH12 1HE

A circular five-kilometre walk from Horsham Town gives great views from the top of Denne Hill.

View the Denne Hill walking route

Fenhurst Close Community Garden, RH12 1UX

Small community garden with seating and play features. Good wheelchair access.

Groombridge Way Play Area, RH12 1XD

Large landscaped play area featuring a sand pit and large mound. Car park nearby, good wheelchair access.

Horsham Park, North Parade, RH12 2BP

Flagship park with landscaped children’s play area, children’s maze, café & duck pond. Toilets, car parks, good wheelchair access.

Visit Horsham Park

Needles Recreation Ground, Hills Farm Lane, RH12 1TZ

Open space, with seating, ball court and exciting active zone featuring a birds nest swing. Dogs welcome, car park, good wheelchair access.

Riverside Walk

Lots of fun can be had walking along the rivers which surround Horsham. Work out different sections of the route to try. Dogs welcome.

View the Riverside Walk route

St Leonards Forest, Hammerpond Road, RH13 6PG

A giant patchwork of woodlands, heathy rides and glades. The High Weald Landscape Trail runs through the forest for 11km from Horsham to Handcross. Car park.

Victory Road Recreation Ground, Victory Road, RH12 2JF

Large play area offering lots of play value, next to a large recreation ground with garden seating area. Dogs welcome, good wheelchair access.

Cedar Drive Play Area, Southwater RH13 9UH

Traditional play area located next to football field and Pondfarm Ghyll woodland and river. Dogs welcome, good wheelchair access.

Downs Link Bridleway

A level waymarked route from Guildford to Steyning, open to walkers, horse riders and cyclists.

Southwater Country Park, Cripplegate Lane, Southwater RH13 9UN

This site offers a good selection of outdoor activities and includes ‘The Quarry’, which is managed for nature conservation, and Dinosaur Island play area. Toilets, dogs welcome, car park, good wheelchair access.

Southwater Leisure Centre Play Area Pevensey Road, Southwater RH13 9XZ

Traditional play area next to recreation ground.

Read our Play Strategy

The Horsham District Play Strategy has been completed for 2017-2027. Its aim is to improve children’s opportunities and experiences in public places. The Play Strategy will ensure that wherever they spend the majority of their free time, children and young people aged 0-17 should have access to spaces and facilities for play and informal recreation.

Read the strategy

Upcoming play projects

Horsham Park Play Area, Horsham, RH12 2DF

The northern end of Horsham Park play area is due to be replaced with an exciting rope walk. This work is due to start on Monday 7 September and be completed by the end of October 2020.

Much of our play improvement programme relies on funds obtained through external grants. We can usually only access these funds through a local community group or friends group.

If you think your local play area needs renovation and you can drum up some enthusiasm from local people to get involved, get in touch and see if you could make a difference to your local play space.

If you wish to discuss any ideas or issues around children's play, please call us on 01403 215256 or email