A fantastic cliff top garden and adventure playground with stunning views over the sea and access down to the beach.
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MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
One of the best parks we have found – enjoyed by child and parents alike. In fact our first visit was pre-children and we had great fun with the diggers (which are apparently meant for toddlers!). The adventure playground offers plenty of opportunities for climbing, sliding and swinging and the good news is that you can easily get round as an adult. There are also more sedate options for younger visitors – largely involving sand play. Once your adventures are over, it is worth heading to the Mermaid Café for a restorative ice cream or coffee! Once you tire of the coastal park, there is of course easy access to the pebble beach perfect for paddling or on a windy day, kite flying.
Address: Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone, CT20 2JP
Playground: Only the largest free adventure play area in the South East! Also an amazing toddler friendly sand play area and climbing frames.
Cafe: Yes, the lovely Mermaid Cafe, with stunning views of the sea and a friendly welcome. Gluten Free options available alongside sandwiches, cakes and drinks. Also a restaurant on certain evenings. Has indoor and outdoor seating.
Toilets: In the cafe and at the entrance to the Coastal Park.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, the coastal park has wide, smooth paths and there are accessible paths down to the beach. There is a wide promenade alongside the pebble beach meaning that everyone can enjoy the fresh sea air. The play area contains a set of wheelchair accessible equipment.
Parking: Access to the park is from Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone. Follow the signs for ‘Pleasure Beach’ (towards the harbour). There is a pay and display car park.
Nearest Station: Folkestone Central
Phone: 01303 247376
The Lower Leas Coastal Park is split into three broad recreational zones. Beginning at The Leas Lift, the formal zone comprises pine avenues and gardens, landscaped walks with educational horticultural information boards and major cycle routes. The fun zone is home to the largest free adventure play area in the south east and an amphitheatre. It boasts rocking boats, climbing walls, zip lines, tube and traditional slides, a storytelling areas plus enclosed toddler construction area also featuring sand diggers and a shipwreck play structure. There’s also a dedicated set of wheelchair accessible equipment. The wild zone is a haven for quiet recreation and the cliff top location ensures stunning views whilst walking and picnicking.
Review by Katya Wilde