Gloucester Park Today

Today Gloucester Park is a busy and popular 11-hectare open space located close to the city centre and is the city's premier park.  There are, alongside the historic features that have contributed to the development of Gloucester Park over the past 200 years, many more recent additions and facilities which include:

  • a community run café
  • toilets
  • children’s play area
  • outdoor gym
  • aviary
  • informal sports, (just across Trier Way)
  • surfaced footpaths and seating
  • mature trees and wildflowers

Gloucester cricket club and bowls club are located next to the park extending the area of green space and potential wildlife habitat.

Gloucester Park, Cricket Club (Spa Field) and Bowling Green situated close to the City Centre.



The Café in the Park provides a focal point for local residents and visitors alike but has previously struggled as a viable commercial venture. The café is currently operating as a community café, managed by Community Roots CIC and supported by the Open Spaces Team and a grant from Gloucester City Council. The café operates an affordable pricing scale to support local residents and promotes healthy eating, waste reduction and skill development opportunities. However, nobody is turned away as free squash and biscuits are available. 

It is supported by the communities who use the park, who are keen for it to remain open and is a focal point for community work within the park. Community Roots are currently exploring options to make the café a viable commercial venture.

The café is also the focal point for collecting free Childrens activity leaflets relating to the park such as the Tree Trail and gives people visiting the park the opportunity to voice their opinions about the development of the park.



The park aviary is a popular attraction for local children who enjoy the colourful birds and the occasional sightings of a mouse scavenging discarded bird seed.

The aviary contains a variety of birds including Cockatiels and Finches.  The birds are cared for by the park keeper and receive quarterly welfare visits by a local vet who checks on their health and wellbeing

The aviary was refurbished in 2021 with the help of Men in Sheds.  The team repainted the structure, including the addition of murals, and constructed wooden flower planters.


Play Area

The children’s play area is located in the centre of the park, close to the café.  It includes a wide variety of play equipment.


Outdoor Gym

There is an outdoor gym by the Trier Way entrance to the park which includes a variety of equipment. 



There is a toilet with baby changing facilities on the side of the café building, and there is an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities by the aviary.  The toilets are cleaned and inspected by the park warden.  There is no charge for using the toilets.


Informal and Youth Sports

There are informal and youth sport facilities just across Trier Way on the southern side of the park at Bakers Field.  The facilities include a netball Court, MUGA and skatepark.  The skatepark opened in 2007 but was extended in 2019 following receipt of a grant of £75k from the Gloucester Environment Trust.