Surrey's pirate-themed splash pad perfect for summer weather that 'feels like being on holiday'

Pirate ship playground in the park in Reigate
Children will love playing pirates at Priory Park -Credit:Surrey Mirror - Grahame Larter

Temperatures are rising and the sun is out, there’s no better way to pass the time than to have water fights and play pirate games at your nearest splash park. Children will love this nautical-themed playground, in the middle of a leafy park.

A huge pirate ship juts out of the tarmac, with sprinklers and jets shooting from the floor that children can try to dodge. Priory Park in Reigate offers a sand pit to play in and a sensory area for children who want a little bit of quiet time. Older kids will love the football pitch and skate parks and families can play in a game of cricket in the sunshine.


Other ball sports can be played at the park, like tennis courts, tennis tables and at the croquet park. Those who want to play games will need to bring their own equipment.

A small fitness area is also set up and available with a city bike, cross trainer and horizontal row machine. Bring a bicycle along and ride the cycle path and take in the park views of the park.

A pavilion in the park offers food, drinks and coffees, wIth floor-to-ceiling windows and mirrored glass. It’s in the centre of the park, a stone’s throw away from the picnic area, that overlooks a tranquil lake.

Incredibly, the park offers 13 species of birds including kingfishers and moorhens. There are 330 species of insects and invertebrates, with all kinds of butterflies and beetles to look out for.

Walking through the woodlands and arboretum, visitors can find grand trees. You can follow the tree trail to see how many different species of tree can be spotted along the way.

A review reads on TripAdvisor: "I love going to this park with my little boy (currently under 2 years old). Reigate is a lovely place with lots of cafés and a few nice shops. The park is clean, brill kids playground with swings and splash pad for hot days. Usually gets very busy in the park over the weekends."

Another added: "This park has every facility, the view is beautiful, the cafe and newly opened splash water park, I feel like I'm on holiday here,"

Booking the trip

  • The park is free to visit and has car parking.

  • Reigate’s Priory Park Pavilion houses the park's café, toilets and park office. The café is temporarily closed while we work on re-letting and improving the offer and facilities. The toilets remain open. There is now a temporary café in the park

  • How to get there: Priory Park, Bell Street, Reigate, RH2 7RL Google map: Priory Park, Reigate

  • Barbeques aren’t allowed

  • Dogs should be kept on a lead in formal areas like tennis courts, cafe and sunken garden

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