Posted by Michelle Casey on 22 Jul 2021

Need to take the kids out somewhere to burn off some energy? But also fancy a coffee with a cheeky slice of cake? Perhaps you have an elderly friend or relative and you’d like to take them out for the day? Or maybe a coffee after a run or an outdoor workout is just the motivation you need to get moving. Parks with cafes are good for this and we have plenty not too far away. Read on for a round up…

Priory Park, Reigate
Among its offerings, Priory Park has lots of green space, a lovely walk circumnavigating the lake, formal gardens, a skatepark, a playground and Priory Park Café which has a paddling pool just in front of it. Sit inside or outside the café located next to the playground.

Also located in Priory Park, you will find Pistachios in the Park offering a range of food including freshly made pizza.

Banstead Woods, Banstead
Known fondly for its Narnia Trail, this space is popular for families to explore. After you have explored the trail and built a den, it will be time to fuel up at Pistachios in the Park. These guys have joined forces with Nat’s Kitchen to serve up delicious coffee, homemade cakes and mouth-watering bacon butties.

Cheam Park, Cheam
Cheam Park has lots of open space, work out equipment and a great playground with a sandpit. You will also find Café in the Park with lots of delicious offerings. (I wholeheartedly recommend the cannoli from here!). The café is a short walk up the path from the playground and has indoor and outdoor seating.

Nonsuch Park, Sutton
Nonsuch Park has lots of green space in which to ramble and explore. There is lots of scope for climbing trees and building dens! When you need a break head to Nonsuch Pantry for fresh coffee, cakes and other treats. Seating available inside and outside.

Alexandra Recreation Ground, Epsom
This Park has lots of facilities including a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts and a bowling green. The recently opened Park View Café serves fresh cakes, pastry and home- made soups.

Nork Park, Banstead
A popular dog walking spot, this park is characterised by its wonderful views, as well as the rare plants and flowers that grow there. It has a playground and football pitch as well as an arboretum (a collection of trees prized for their scientific value). If you fancy something to eat here, head to family owned The Lodge Café next to the playground serving breakfast, lunch and hot drinks.

Box Hill, Tadworth
If you have walked up Box Hill, treat yourself to something delicious from Box Hill café at the top. Freshly baked scones are among the offerings at this spot- enjoy your food at the tables inside or outside.

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham
This is the perfect space for running, chasing, picnics, wildlife spotting and more. When you need a break, pop to Granary café, Polesden Lacey Coffee Shop or the kiosk which is located next to a small play area. You can choose from hot meals to a classic cream tea. The menu is seasonal, and the produce is sustainable (where possible)- grown and harvested on site.

RHS Wisley, Wisley
The gardens are a sight to behold- brimming with colour and beauty. They can be the perfect spot to get lost in a little tranquillity…unless of course you have brought your children! With a playground, sandpit and den building area, it is also great for kids. After some time exploring the gardens, relax at one of the cafes or snack vans conveniently dispersed throughout the venue.

Oaks Park, Carshalton
A mixture of landscape including natural chalk meadows, woodlands, parkland and natural play features. To set you up for your adventures here, stop at Oaks Park Café for some refreshments.

Beddington Park and The Grange, Wallington
Originally a deer park in the 14th century, this park boasts meadows, a lake, gardens, chalk streams and a fairy tale bridge. It also has a playground and an outdoor gym. Visit Pavilion Café for something delicious while you are there.

Stoke Park, Guildford
Enjoy some time in the recently restored Japanese garden, a play in the playground and a paddle in the paddling pool. They even have miniature golf and a miniature boating pond here! Round it off with a treat from one of the two Stoke Park Kiosks serving a range of refreshing food, drinks and ice cream.

Alice Holt Forest, Hampshire
Whether you have had a tranquil amble through the leafy forest or been discovering the Gruffalo, the mouse, the snake and the fox on the Gruffalo trail, you’re probably in need of some refreshment. Relax at the cafe’s indoor or outdoor seating which serves up a range of hot meals and hot and cold snacks. The playground is located close by.

So, there you have it, there are lots of locations locally and a little further afield, where you can enjoy fresh air and green space. And while you’re there you can enjoy something delicious to fuel you for your adventures!

Happy exploring and discovering.


Michelle Casey
Michelle is a newcomer to the borough (since summer 2019) and lives in West Ewell with her husband and two children. She is a part-time primary school teacher and works in various schools in the area. When not teaching, writing, walking or attempting yoga, she is likely to be found at a playground or soft play with her littlies-preferably one that serves good coffee…

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