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Lockleaze Adventure Playground Bristol

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Lockleaze Youth and Play Space

Affectionately known as the Vench (Ad-vench-ure), is a great place for young people aged 8 -19 to have the freedom to play in a stimulating environment. We have exciting outdoor playground structures, which includes a climbing wall, zip wire, drop slide, sports pitch, rope balances and a clatter bridge, as well as an inside games room and an area for arts and craft.

Lockleaze Girl on Zip txt bnr SouthOur Adventure Playground provides an exciting and safe environment for children to meet, play and learn. All sessions are run by Learning Partnership West who offers a wide variety of activities and experiences, which include sports, structured games, bike maintenance, carpentry and cooking workshops.

The site is open access, which means that children are not restricted and can come and go as they wish. Sessions are managed and supervised by a team of qualified staff and provide a secure and stimulating environment for all children. There is no charge to use the adventure playground, please see below for opening times and activities.

Lockleaze 3 on swing txt bnr southBuilt on waste ground at the end of Romney Avenue in the late 1960’s. A local couple helped children to build dens and swings – later two teachers and pupils from the local Lockleaze Senior School took a petition to Bristol City Council for support and in 1972, John Cleese officially opened the playground known locally as The Vench.

The centre is managed by Groundwork South whose work focuses on three key themes of Greener Living and Working, Parks and Open Spaces and Young People and Employment.

In July 2016, major redevelopment work began on the much loved local landmark which included new climbing walls, a rope balance, a trampoline, a clatter bridge and an expanded outdoor stage. A joint collaboration between Groundwork South and Learning Partnership West (LPW), the actual work itself was then carried out by Splash Projects a charity led by former members of the British Armed Forces and was also supported financially and with volunteers by BAe and a group of their apprentices.  New fruit trees, herbs and a range of native wild flowers and plants were planted in the improved kitchen garden which will be used to deliver food growing projects in the future. A brand new open workshop was also installed complete with benches which is run by local charity Life Cyle who run a weekly bike repair and cycling skills sessions on site

The Vench offers supervised play sessions on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, run by Learning Partnerships West (LPW) and  Creative Youth Network (CYN)

Need a Venue? The playground, meeting rooms, art room and the kitchen, are all available to hire at very reasonable rates through Groundwork South. Ideal for birthday parties, fun days, and Schools outdoor education programmes as very soon we will also have direct access into Stoke Park.

Lockleaze Play and Stay is changing and needs your help – please contact us to find out more about Volunteering opportunities, Fundraising or making a Donation

Contact Us
Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, BS7 9TD 
Tel: 0117 910 3930       

Click the links below to find out more about the different activities and programmes we offer:

Lockleaze Playground Visitor Information

Visitor information and contact details for Lockleaze Play & Stay Space. Includes NEW term time opening hours. Come and visit us soon!

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Lockleaze Playground Children's Parties

Lockleaze Play and Stay. Looking for a birthday party venue? Lockleaze is ideal for children ages 7 until 12 years. Self hosted or birthday party packages available. For more information on our party packages call 0117 910 3930 or email

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Lockleaze Playground Venue Hire

Lockleaze Playground Venue Hire. The 'Vench' is an adventure playground in Bristol with meeting, art, kitchen space for hire. Ideal for parties, youth groups, to hire all or some of the space. Contact us at or on 0117 910 3930 for more information on what space is available to hire.

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