FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield

A new fantastic Riverside playground has opened at Meadowhall, Sheffield and it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s completely FREE to play in as much as you like, and with FREE parking this is a great day out that shouldn’t be missed.

Meadowhall is very easy to get to by public transport, too, with its own tram stop, train station and bus station. It’s worth traveling for!

The new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall has replaced the old play area outside The Oasis food court. The equipment is clean, wooden and adventurous with sand, water play areas, climbing wall, climbing frames, swing, big slide, ropes, musical interactive features, wooden boat and much more.

FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield
FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield
FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield

We couldn’t wait to go and see what it was like… and it really did exceed our expectations. The playground is big, clean and the design is very impressive. The equipment is so well suited for a wide range of ages… attracting older children, whilst still being suitable for toddlers. For example, my small nearly 4 year old absolutely loved the big slide; he was able to climb all the way up inside it and go down himself, something with big adventure playground slides he’s not usually able to do. This playground is fantastic for a wide range of ages and this alone will attract families of all sizes.

FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield
FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield

What we liked most about the New Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield

FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield
FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield
FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield

The clean and high quality wooden equipment

Adventurous and exciting, with new features we haven’t seen before such as the wooden square climbing boxes

Lovely rocky water area for paddling and playing in

Big fast slide, with a wooden climbing frame to get to the top

The design of the playground really has parents/carers in mind… seating areas are really good. There’s some benches around the edges, plus a big wide block-type seating area in the middle. In addition, tiered steps towards the back; facing forward so when you’re sat on these steps, you can keep an eye on your child/ren playing even if there’s other people sat on the steps in front of you. A fantastic feature, and very good for when the playground is busy.

Toddler swing in the sandpit area

Open 24/7 and FREE

Suitable for public transport, free car parking, and loads of places to eat. Covered picnic areas just next to the playground itself, but loads of space inside the Oasis foodcourt to eat your own food, or buy from many of the food vendors. Lots of family friendly restaurants to choose from, with many of them on 2-4-1 Meerkat meals.


We’ve been to a lot of playgrounds over the last 3 years and this is one of the best ones, at the quality it is, that I’ve seen for free. It is worth a visit and my little one could have spent hours there. It reminded me of a small version of the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in London.

Whilst at Meadowhall, we actually went to the playground twice, and no doubt we will be back lots over the next few years. There is also a soft play inside, a climbing wall with another soft play, cinema and many places to eat and shop.


Things to do nearby in the area…

  • Carbrook for IKEA
  • Centertainment for Cineworld and IMAX, Paradise Golf adventure golf, Monkey Bizness indoor soft play, restaurants and Hollywood Bowl for bowling/arcades
  • JUMP INCflated and AirHaus Inflatable Park outside Meadowhall
  • Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham near Meadowhall
  • Fly DSA Arena
  • English Institute of Sport Sheffield
  • New Play Valley indoor soft play centre at Coleford road in Darnall

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