Yate Play & Recreation Areas

Howard Lewis Play Area, Yate
Howard Lewis Play Area, Yate

Yate Town Council continues to give children’s play areas a high priority and in recent years has increased the number of facilities within the town as well as refurbishing play areas. 

List of Yate’s parks and open spaces

Yate Town Council maintains the following parks and open spaces in Yate.

Yate Common
The Common, Yate
  • Brinsham Fields
  • Goose Green
  • Kingsgate Park
  • Longs Drive
  • Lye Field
  • Millside Open Space
  • St. Mary`s Green
  • The Common
  • Tylers Field
  • Yate Rocks Common
  • Wellington Road

Enhancing Play Areas across Yate

In light of the success of the Witches Hat Play Area refurbishment, the Town Council undertook a project in 2005 to revamp and enhance the St Mary’s Play Area.  In 2006, we enhanced Millside Playzone. Following consultation with the users of the Playzone, we installed some new spikas (twirly sticks), a football goal and an aerial runway.  The Kingsgate Park Play area has also been upgraded and houses state of the art equipment for children up to 12 years of age. 

Play equipment is also sited at:

  • Eggshill Lane
  • Howard Lewis Park
  • St Mary’s Field
  • Tyndale Park
  • Yate West Kickabout
  • Brinsham Fields & Lake ( both senior and junior)
  • Longs Drive
  • Halifax Road Kickabout
  • Lye Field Kickabout

All Town Council play areas are revamped and enhanced on a rolling programme.   

Regular Safety Surveys

Yate Town Council regularly inspects play equipment and has annual independent safety surveys of all play equipment, in order to maintain a high standard of service provision.

Explore Yate Booklet

Thanks to a sterling effort by our retiring Deputy Town Clerk & Responsible Finance Officer, Stephanie Davies, in gathering all of the information, we have launched an Explore Yate Booklet, giving a guided tour of play areas, parks and open spaces.  This contains interesting facts about Yate that you may not have heard and there is also a quiz that you can enter.

Click here to download a copy of our Explore Yate Booklet.

Play Areas Trail Map

Do you have what it takes to crack the code? Inside our play areas the Mayor’s Bear has hidden a letter, can you collect them all to reveal the secret word?

To inspire families to explore the amazing facilities Yate Town Council has to offer we invite you to download and discover the Mayor’s Bear Trail, a map of 14 play areas, hidden within are 14 letters to collect and combine to reveal the Mayor’s Bear’s secret word! To keep up with the Mayor’s Bear adventures follow us on social media @YateTownCouncil and share photos of your outdoor expeditions by tagging #Yateisgreat – Good luck and happy hunting!

We ask that those engaging in the trail comply with current Government guidelines on Covid-19 for our area and to respect the safety of others when visiting the sites.

Photo of Mayor's Bear play area trail

Download copy of the Mayor’s Bear Map 331.43 KB


Mayor’s Bear Trail Clue’s 8.02 MB


Colour coded play area map for Mayor’s Bear Trail 485.25 KB


Check your answers here (Mayor’s Bear Map completed) 335.55 KB

Map of Play Areas

Council Sports Facilities in Yate

Howard Lewis Tennis Courts, Yate
Howard Lewis Tennis Courts, Yate

Yate Town Council has Outdoor tennis courts and a Yate bowling green, plus a football pitch and also sport pavilions. These facilities are all located at Sunnyside Playing Fields.

Our sports facilities are available for hire. Visit our book a venue or sports facility page for more details, including hire rates.

Council Sports Facilities

  • Bowling Green (Sunnyside)
  • Five-a-side Football (Howard Lewis)
  • Football Pitches (The Common)
  • Tennis Courts (Sunnyside)
  • Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC)

Bowling in Yate

Yate Bowling Green
Yate Bowling Green

Sunnyside Pavilion and the Bowling Green are facilities owned by Yate Town Council and are located at Sunnyside Playing Fields, Moorland Road, Yate. The facilities are provided for both members of the public and the Yate and District Bowling Club members to go bowling in Yate. 

Yate and District Bowling Club operate the facilities and administer the public bookings of the Bowling Green and the sports pavilion. See below for more details…

Booking a Rink at Yate Bowling Green?

Yate's Bowling Green
Yate Bowling Green

The bowling green can be hired by non members at a charge of £4 per person for 2 hours.  The green is available all  year round 7 days a week from 10am till dusk ( apart from April when the starting time is 12 noon).  There will occasionally be times when the green is booked out for club matches or special occasions – please phone the club secretary at Yate and District Bowling Club for availability or email secretary.yatebowls@gmail.com). Yate Town Council’s Sports Pavilion building is open all year round and an extensive programme of social events takes place during the winter months.

What happens throughout the year?

A full programme of fixtures takes place during the season which includes regular weekend friendly matches and participation in the Bristol & District and Cotswold Bowls League.

The Ladies section participates in two divisions of the Bristol Ladies Bowls League. Other activities such as fun days for charity are also organised on some weekends throughout the summer. Yate & District Bowling Club always retain at least one rink for public use.

Located at Sunnyside, Yate

Want to go bowling in Yate? Then we’re easily to get to, the car park is at the end of Moorland Rd, Yate. 
View Sports Facilities in Yate in a larger map

Interested in Hiring the Sunnyside Sports Pavillion?

Sunnyside Sports Pavilion - Yate Bowling
Sunnyside Sports Pavillion

The Sports Pavilion is a suitable venue for social events/meetings and is available for hire all year round, holding up to 50 people. For more information visit the Hire a Venue page.

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