Children’s playgrounds

A children’s playground has been installed on the grass in the north east corner of the park. The playground is not fenced off from the rest of the park, giving children easy access to the play equipment from the surrounding grassed areas. Dog owners are kindly requested to make sure that their dogs do  not enter the play equipment area.

The old tennis courts area at the Broadway entrance to the park couldn’t be use for the site of the play equipment due to the expense of removing asbestos from underneath the old tennis court surface.  However, this area has been sealed off with a new layer of tarmac and Friends of Spencer Park have raised funds for a range of playground markings. This latest play area is proving very popular amongst children of all ages.


If you would like join the Community Tennis Club, see the Tennis page. Membership is still only £25 per household!

The pavilion

Plans for the pavilion are progressing well, with discussions now taking place between the Council (as the owners of the pavilion) and the Friends of Spencer Park to acquire a lease on the building.  The aim is to refurbish the pavilion to provide a community-run café on the ground floor and an art gallery/community space on the first floor.  In preparation for this major development, two surveys of park users have been conducted.  A report based upon the information collected in these surveys is available here.

Together with the necessary fund-raising this will all take time.  Meanwhile, this summer the Friends of Spencer Park will open a takeaway café in the pavilion, operating at weekends and serving hot and cold drinks, packaged snacks and ice creams.

Pavilion for hire!
We have decorated one of the rooms in the pavilion so that we can host children’s parties when Covid restrictions permit.  If you’re interested in hiring our party room, please get in touch.  We can even help you arrange your catering!


If you are interesting in playing bowls on the flat green, please email Friends of Spencer Park for more information. Groups are especially welcome.

If you would like to join the Albany Bowls Club who play on the crown green, please visit the club’s website for more information.

Keep fit

The perimeter path of Spencer Park is almost exactly a quarter of a mile. So … four times around the park and you’ve done a mile! That’s equivalent to around 2000 steps.

If you fancy something a bit more challenging, check out the new 1km marker posts around the recreation ground. They are 100m apart and mark out a full 1km lap. More details are posted in the new notice board on Spencer Road.


Friends of Spencer Park – Registered Charity No.1176323