Toddler's Cove

Toddler’s Cove Play Area

Toddler's Cove in Westgate Parks has been enjoyed by families since the last century. It was transformed in 2014 into a wonderful children’s adventure park, this make over was financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The park boasts a fantastic roman themed climbing frame, slides swings and even a zipwire. It is used all year round, there are picnic tables, a toilet block and parking on site.

Having fun in Toddlers Cove

Originally the site of roman occupation it changed significantly over the years. This site was transformed into an open-air swimming pool in 1876, when numerous Roman artefacts were unearthed. The pool immediately became very popular and remained popular until well into the 20th century.

Older members of the community may remember how Toddlers Cove provided the city with its own ‘riviera’, with boating lakes and a paddling pool as well as the swimming pool. There were also donkey rides and sand pits. It is now a starting, or finishing point for the Great Stour Way: A surfaced multi-user path for use by walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users, alongside the Great Stour between Canterbury and Godmersham.

Westgate Parks map

To download the Westgate Parks map (PDF 1.7 MB), follow the link below:

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Frost in Toddlers Cove

To view or download the Great Stour Way leaflet (PDF 1.7MB), follow the link below:

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The Great Stour Way
The Great Stour Way Leaflet

Education programs

Available related education programs include river and bat walks, archaeological digs, and forest school activities for children and adults.

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Canterbury Festival

This year's Canterbury Festival runs from 26th September to 4th November 2023. There's walks, talks, art, performance, music & much more.

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Help the Westgate Friends

We urgently need new volunteers to help maintain the physic garden, assist with collecting litter and also need new trustees – and funds to keep up our activities.

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