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Fun for young and old

The climbing boulder
Photo by Tony Mould

Perfect for summer picnics

I love Hove Park for its beautiful scenery and fantastic facilities for both younger and older children. In the summer it is perfect for picnics with family and friends, playing tag games or just kicking a football around on the grass. In the winter you can just stroll down to the café and have a hot chocolate and a delicious slice of cake.

Fantastic climbing boulder

Personally, my favourite bit of the park is the playground that is especially designed for older children. You can go on the big bird’s nest wing or get dizzy on the spinning plate. If your child is younger, then there is still a lot of fun equipment for them. There is also the fantastic climbing boulder that is really fun to scramble up and climb down.

The miniature railway

For the adults or for lessons, there are some fantastic tennis courts, and just around the corner from that is a bowling green for the senior citizens. At certain times in the year, the miniature railway is opened, and you can have a cheap ride on it around the bottom half of the park; this is great for both adults and children.

So handy for me

Hove Park is also a perfect place to learn to ride a bike. You see lots of children doing so including me, as when I was small it was where I learnt to ride a bike. Hove Park is so handy for me as I only live in Westdene. It means that my mum and me can cycle there frequently. I love Hove Park so much and that is why it is my favourite place in Brighton and Hove.   

Phoebe Owen is a pupil in Year Six at Westdene Primary School 

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  • On my 17th birthday in January 1967 my father began teaching me to drive. Being a nice quiet place in the evenings, he decided that Hove Park was the ideal place to begin getting the feel of the car – an Austin A30. For the first few days we drove around the roads inside the park, having entered through the gates at the Old Shoreham Road end, opposite Brighton & Hove Albion’s Goldstone Ground. The park’s roads of those days are now the still tarmac’d pedestrian pathways of today. We did see other learners driving around the park quite often and it helped us all learn lane discipline when we travelled in opposite directions to each other.

    By Alan Phillips (12/05/2010)

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