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Published July 29th 2020
Alice Park (A Wonderland)
This place is often described as 'a haven' or 'a gem', and it is easy to see why. Tucked into the edge of the city of Bath, this small but beautifully formed park offers ideal socially distanced outdoor enjoyment. Alice Park is situated in the leafy suburb area of Larkhall, which can be found at the end of London road. It is very close to a major road junction and accessible from the M4 Motorway or M32, so you don't have to drive through Bath traffic if you choose not to.
The open lawns at the centre of the park
The entire park is gated, with iron railings and established hedges creating a safe and secure space. There is also a smooth tarmac 'racecourse' that is ideal for scooters, bikes and skateboards. The grass is largely flat and so is an ideal place to learn to ride a bike. I think this is the most child-friendly park in Bath because it has everything you could want for a day out. Just set up a base and off you go!
A popular, bouncy attraction
Throughout the Summer months, there are often several bouncy castles and bungee games on offer, at a reasonable price. These are usually next to the cafe, which is at the main entrance to the park.
Safe and sturdy play equipment for the discerning parkgoer
For younger folks, there is a very fun adventure playground setup. In two zones, for younger and older children respectively, the little ones can blow off steam. There is also a pond to enjoy, along with bookable tennis courts and a basketball area.
Tony's cafe- friendly purveyor of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals
Tony's cafe is a well established, and very well respected part of the park. Fully open, it offers all manner of tasty treats. You can grab takeaway tea and coffee and cake, or order lunchtime meals and pizzas. The cafe is licenced, so you can have a cold one or a glass of wine should you wish. Toileting facilities are located here as well and are coin-operated (with 20p).
Full of goodies. Especially the homemade cakes
I really rate this cafe highly. The staff are very friendly and there is plenty of comfortable seating adjacent, which allows you to find a cosy reading spot, or set up a parent base whilst the kiddies play.
Plenty of seating by the cafe
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a place to settle. You can set up by the cafe, which is the hub of the place, or spread out along the outer edges of the park if you fancy a bit of quiet.
On road parking, along the road
There is a very small car park next to the cafe and the main entrance, but parking is sparse here. Nevertheless, there is all manner of on-road parking along the streets around the park. I have never failed to find a spot, within three or four streets of the park. So, be like Alice and find your own wonderland at Alice Park!