flower beds in park
We look after the 9 formal parks within our area. The 10 parks cover 49 hectares of space, and range from the grandeur of the Royal Victoria Park to the peace and tranquillity of Sydney Gardens.
In addition to the formal parks we maintain a number of open spaces & grounds, over 200 hectares in order to improve the quality of life for both our residents & visitors. These sites are dotted all around B&NES and vary in size from a few hundred square metres to an area in excess of 10 acres.
The parks, less formal open spaces & cemeteries are preserved to not only provide attractive places for resident & visitors to enjoy, but also, where possible, provide habitats for native flora and fauna.

BBQs are not permitted in B&NES managed parks and open spaces. The Parks Patrol will ask you to remove a BBQ. Please remember to remove all waste when you leave the park.

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Our Parks and Green Spaces in Bath
The formal parks maintained by B&NES are - 

Opening times are from 8.00 am to 6.00pm, however please note that these times will vary according to the site and time of year.

Informal Parks and Gardens: 

Our Parks and Green Spaces in North East Somerset

 Formal Parks:

 - Keynsham Music Festival (held in the Park and in venues around Keynsham)
Council Owned Woodlands:
Exploring the Countryside

Access Land
A map of these areas can be found on the countryside page
  • Breach Hill Common - Chew Valley
  • Knowle Hill - Chew Valley
  • Burledge Hill - Bishop Sutton
  • Northfield - Radstock
  • Bristol Road - Radstock
  • Southfield - Radstock
  • Waterside - Radstock
  • North of Engine Wood - Southstoke
  • Little Solsbury - Batheaston
  • Bannerdown Common - North of Bath

Places to Play:
See the leaflet for the full list of suggestions for exciting places to play in parks and green spaces, with locations throughout North East Somerset (examples below).
  • Keysham Memorial Park
  • Silver Street Local Nature Reserve 
  • Somer Valley Adventure Play and Skate Park - Midsomer Norton
  • Claverton Road - Saltford
  • Timsbury Recreation Ground - Timsbury
  • Tom Huyton Play Area - Radstock
  • Beacon Field - Peasedown St John

Batheaston Gardens
These gardens originally formed part of the garden to Batheaston House which was built in 1712. The character of the site is that of a rural garden, enclosed and "secret" and is bounded by old stone walls.
Bath Maze
Sited in Beazer’s Garden (so called as the land was donated by Beazer’s the Bath based construction company), just down the steps from Pulteney Bridge on the east side of the Weir, this paving stone maze offers fun for young children as they try to find its centre.
Georgian Garden
Accessible via the Gravel Walk and through an entrance to the rear of the Circus, the Georgian Garden was excavated in 1985/6 by Bath Archaeological Trust revealing the position of the flower beds, paths and the trees, thus enabling a faithful reinstatement of the original garden dating from c. 1770. Although the plants that grew in the garden are not recorded, species known to have been used in town gardens of the period have been planted. The Garden, which adds to the significant range of Georgian features of Bath, is open every day 9.00-5.00pm. 
Linear Park
This informal park was originally part of the Somerset and Dorset Railway Line which ran from Bath’s Green Park Station, now the site of Sainsbury’s, to Bournemouth. The line closed in 1966. After considerable construction work and the closure of the tunnel entrance, the area was laid out as a ribbon of countryside through the City and was planted with many indigenous plants.
The Linear Park has now become a very popular area for residents, especially for walking and jogging, as the park is by definition straight, with only gentle gradients. It starts in Bellotts Road in Twerton, runs through East Twerton and Moorfields as far as Bloomfield Road on the Bear Flat.
Manor Road Community Woodland
With entrances on both Manor Road and Courtney Road in Keynsham, this woodland is a hidden gem for ramblers, dog walkers and horse riders. There are 52 hectares of unspoilt woodland and meadow to explore; the south site is totally bound by fences and hedges whilst the north side has a more open aspect with views across the valley to Kelston. 
Silver Street Local Nature Reserve
A Green Flag site on a steep hillside with woodland, a pond and a meadow, all lovingly cared for by an active Friends Group. Situated adjacent to the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust's station and within walking distance of Midsomer Norton town centre. 

Floral displays

As a 13-time winner of the National Britain in Bloom competition (run by the Royal Horticultural Society), the Authority is nationally and internationally renowned for the high standard of annual spring and summer bedding displays, which attract many tourists to the area during the summer months.
The Nursery in Royal Victoria Park produces over a quarter of a million bedding plants each year to beautify the Authority's parks, streets and civic buildings. Businessess also have the opportunity to purchase displays from the Nursery to decorate their premises.  Please contact us if you require further information.

Parks Events

We run a comprehensive programme of outdoor events and band concerts in Parks and Green Spaces throughout the Authority.


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Parks and Pleasure Grounds Byelaws 

  • Vehicles must be driven at a responsible speed with consideration for public safety.

  • All vehicles, cycles and horses must be kept on the roads.

  • Dogs are banned from children’s play areas, and certain other land. Elsewhere, dogs may have to be kept on leads, or the area may be a scoop area. Look out for the signs.

  • Persons must not cause damage to any turfed areas, flower beds, trees, shrubs or ornaments, nor remove any turf or soil.

  • Persons must not climb on trees, barriers, fences, ornaments etc.

  • No persons shall skate on rollers to the danger of other persons lawfully using the footways.

  • To sell or advertise any article or commodity is strictly forbidden without permission.

  • Persons shall not erect a tent, stand or any other structure without permission.

  • Overnight stays in caravans, vans or any other vehicle are not permitted.

  • All hard ball games are not permitted except in designated areas.

  • A person shall not play any musical instrument, wireless or other audio equipment to the inconvenience of others.

  • Any person infringing any byelaw may be asked to leave the pleasure ground and if that person fails to obey, an officer of the council can remove that person from the ground or seek assistance from the police to do so. (Offenders may be liable to a fine not exceeding £50.)

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