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John Coles Park

John Coles Park is the jewel in our crown, a beautiful green space in the heart of Chippenham regularly attracting 1,500 people on a sunny, summer weekend.
The park offers a large area of open space and a circular walk through mature trees. It is maintained to its consistent high standard by our Environmental Services team.

The park is open from 8am to dusk spring and summer and from 8am to 4pm from early November to mid-January.

John Coles Park contains over 350 individual trees. From the striking foliage of Copper Beech and the sweet summer smell of Silver Lime in bloom to the towering majesty of veteran Pedunculate Oaks which pre-date the opening of the park in 1923, our trees are a delight to the senses.

John Coles is managed as an amenity park, and the trees within are a mix of native, semi-native and ornamental species, aiming to balance conservation and amenity so that there continue to be trees in the park for many future generations to enjoy.

The Bandstand

The Bandstand in John Coles Park hosts a selection of Sunday afternoon concerts that are free to attend. These popular concerts are a firm favourite in the diary and a super reason to make up a picnic and relax with some gentle toe tapping. All concerts run from May – September and start at 3pm until 5pm.

2022  Bandstand Concerts

01 May Chippenham Town Band

08 May The Cricklade Band

15 May Royal Wootton Bassett Brass Band

22 May Cirencester Band

29 May Big Brunch Band

05 June Derek Nash Aucoustic Quartet 1pm-3pm

05 June Chippenham Hospital Radio 11am-5pm

12 June Swindon Brass Band

19 June CANCELED – Dodington Parish Band

26 June Malmesbury Concert Band

03 July Chippenham Town Band

10 July City of Bath Brass Band

17 July Saxophonics

24 July Bristol East & Kingswood Band

31 July BJ Big Band

07 August Wilton Royal British legion Band

14 August Redland Windband

21 August Wroughton Silver Band

28 August North Swindon Big Band

04 September Ramsbury Silver Band

11 September Chippenham Town Council

Splash-Pad

The Splash-Pad is arguably the most popular attraction in the park. It caters for children under 12 and is open from May – September and offers a chance to cool down in the hot weather whilst having heaps of fun.

Community Garden

There is a small fenced garden within the park which historically was known as a sensory garden. We have changed this into a community garden and we are working with local community groups and charities to enable gardening sessions to take place.

Tennis Courts

The courts are available for hire at £4 an hour.

If you would like to contact Chippenham Park Tennis Club you can find out more information on their website HERE

Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

The MUGA is available for a range of sports including football and basketball.

Bowls Pavilion

The site is leased to Chippenham Park Bowls Club. The club has an active membership, if you would like to find out more information on the Bowls Club, take a look at their website HERE.

Refreshment Kiosk

Drinks and light snacks are available from the kiosk that is independently run. You’ll find it by the play area, adjacent to the Fleet Road entrance. It’s open all year round.

Parking

There is a small car park off Fleet Road but spaces are limited. Visitors are urged to walk or cycle to the park wherever possible or park in the nearby car parks, particularly on summer weekends.