Central Park

Central Park, Dartford: Hours, Address, Central Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Central Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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4.5
122 reviews
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Stuart H
Banbury, UK40 contributions
Aug 2020
I have known this park for over sixty years and it is little changed! Many towns up and down the country would dearly love to have this beautiful and mature park within its centre. Blessed by having green, leafy backdrops of other adjacent wooded areas, the park is immaculately kept. Most buses stop opposite the main entrance and car parking is close too.
Written November 2, 2020
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emrussell2710
Berkhamsted, UK5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
What a great find this was!lively park, walked round. Good signage, found the lake which was nice. River being renovated but not intrusive. Skate park highly recommend by a 9 year old boy!
Written January 8, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK7,729 contributions
May 2020
We had to come into the town for a takeaway during lockdown and while waiting for the food we visited the park. We were pleasantly surprised at how well maintained it was and how clean, in contrast to the rest of the town. There was a nice formal area with flower beds and benches as well as a kids play area and a playing field. A real asset to the town.
Written May 28, 2020
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Jake Sims
4 contributions
May 2020
The council do a good job in the maintenance of the park and I have always enjoyed waking through it.
However, the last time I did so was during lockdown when there were a number of men sitting around the worse for the cans of drink they had with them.
Most appeared to be Eastern Europeans, but I could also see a few local faces (old enough to know better) getting lairy while drinking their cans of Kronenberg.
Written October 14, 2020
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Mark B
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
Dartford park, was the best thing in Dartford. Still a great park, but what a shame. Did it really need to be that close and that tall.How imposing. I am all up for regeneration, but that is greed. Not a concern for the people using the park or the park. Don't think the park has gained anything from this. Love the cafe, running track and other areas and how it links in with the lakes and other places.
Written January 9, 2022
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steve
2 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
I regularly visit the park and find it a friendly busy place. The planting is always lovely and the park is well tended. In a normal summer there is a bandstand season with deckchairs that are free to use so you can while away a sunny afternoon. That cafe in the park is great as are the play facilities. There is a well used skate park. A great place to visit.
Written October 27, 2020
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Reviewsfroman11yold
Dartford, UK19 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
From taking a stroll around to appreciating the wonderful nature this park has got to offer. This park is great for all ages. There are swings, a rock climbing area, trampoline, slides, baby area etc. In the summer or warm times, there is a mini water park for everyone to have fun in. There is something to do for everyone. If you want a free gym, there is a working out area perfect for anyone wanting to workout. There is such big fields of greenery. Perfect for picnics, sports etc. Many of the sport events are held in the Central park mini 'stadium'.
Written October 30, 2018
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David F
Dartford, UK89 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Took my 2 daughters with their friends to see Paddington on the outdoor cinema.
This was a free event and they do 2 or 3 films every August and I can’t find any fault with it, it was great.
Everyone was bringing in their food from local takeaways and thy had an ice cream van and toilets on site.
The atmosphere was one of fun and laughter, definitely a must for a nice summers evening out for anyone.
Written August 23, 2018
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Clive B
Dartford, UK1,351 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Located in the very heart of Dartford Town, this 26 acre public park is a blessing for visitors with young children, although there is something here for everyone if you time it correctly. Each summer at least 45,000 plants are used to create colourful bedding displays along the entrance paths and around the war memorial, and this is reflected in the parks appearance. There is also a delightful rose garden, with is both splendid and fragrant when in bloom, but kept a good distance from the children's play areas and hidden by hedges, so that parents may enjoy some respite. Inside the park there is a traditional bandstand, where, from 2pm until 4pm every Sunday throughout Summer, a range of concerts can be enjoyed free of charge. There are many events held in the Park, and you therefore need to time your visit wisely, to either miss the crowd or enjoy the activities. In May the park hosts the annual Steam Rally, where a wide range of steam engines, stationary engines and vintage vehicles can be seen and enjoyed. Whilst in July the park becomes the venue for the free two-day Dartford Festival. In addition to its many football pitches, there is also a popular skate park, where young skateboarders and stunt scooter riders can be seen perfecting their moves. There are also two play areas for children, one specifically for toddlers and another for older children, with a zip-wire, climbing wall, cycle track and usual assortment of playground equipment . Next to this is the basketball court, and behind that the seaside themed splash play area, where children can enjoy wet play. Just remember to ALWAYS pack a swimming costume and towel, or at least a change of clothes for any children visiting, as they will get wet! The wet play area is overlooked by a cafe, which serves a range of hot and cold foods and refreshments, but please note that the cafe is only open on weekends and school holidays during the Winter months. You don't have to eat here, picnics are permitted in the Park itself, just don't light a barbecue (no fires permitted). There is even a free open air cinema in the park during the Summer, but this is a ticketed event, so apply quickly if you wish to attend. This is actually one of only two negatives to Central Park, firstly despite some amazing events, these are rarely promoted in the town or outside of the council's own website, so even locals often miss some fantastic events held throughout the year, especially as free tickets are often snapped up quickly in advance. Thankfully most events do not have restrictions on numbers, so don't feel too bad if you do miss something that is, there is usually something else coming that isn't. Secondly the park is very popular with young children in the Summer months, particularly during the school holiday period and as such can become rather noisy, especially around the splash play area, however if you are willing to walk a little, it won't take you long to find a quieter spot. All in all I believe Central Park is THE top attraction of the Town Centre and is highly recommended for young families. Being so close to the Town's museum and shops, it is a must visit location especially in the warm Summer Months, just remember to check the official website to ensure you don't miss anything extra special!
Written July 30, 2014
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Samuel H
London, UK50 contributions
Sep 2019
I didn't stay in Dartford for long, but the park was a really nice way to start of the day for my long hike.
Written February 11, 2020
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