We went to Marlow to visit friends and they recommended Higginson Park to burn off some high kid energy. Wow!! is all I can say to this park, which has a pretty impressive children’s playground and skate park.
The playground is not huge but is fenced and crammed with a lot of unique equipment. It was a cold chilly day, yet it was full of children. I can only imagine what it is like in summer!
There are so many different boat themed climbing frames!! The centre piece is shaped like a huge cruise ship with two wavy slides and lots of different playing/climbing ways. It was literally full of children of different ages. There was another climbing equipment shaped like a pirate boat for older children. It had a climbing ladder, chain ladder, fireman pole, wobbly bridge and viewing platform. In addition, there was another climbing spiral/pyramid, boat for imaginative play, revolving disc, swings and a pretty cool obstacle course.
We loved walking to the beautiful white bridge (twinned with the much larger Széchenyi Chain Bridge across the River Danube in Budapest), strolled close to the river, watching the boats and feeding the swans. The frontage on to the River Thames has mooring for pleasure craft and boating for hire, as well as river cruises to Windsor and Henley. A statue to Sir Steve Redgrave, the five gold medal winning Olympic rowing hero, stands proudly looking out to the river.
I have included the map of Higginson Park here. The paths are well suited for scottie-ing. There is a cricket pitch on the western side, run by Marlow Park Cricket Club and plenty of green space for ball games, running, kite flying etc. There are many fine trees within the large expanses of lawn with formal flowerbeds and a brick in grass maze, created by Adrian Fisher to mark the Millennium. The Thames Path passes through the Park and there is an area of protected wetland with kingfishers and a variety of swans, ducks and other waterfowl.
We did not walk the whole length but BerkshireMummies have some nice pictures from their family walk.
Update: I hear from the locals that the park equipment is due to be replaced soon, as some parts of it have become tired. A local consultation is underway at present (April 2023)
🗺 Address: Higginson Park, High St, Marlow SL7 1AW, United Kingdom
🚘 Free timed off street parking on high street but I think the other car parks are P&D
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Cafe on site
🦽 Buggy accessible
🧺 Picnic allowed
🐕 Dogs not allowed in the play area but plenty of dog walkers around
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