Ware boasts many wonderful parks, the largest of which is located in the grounds of The Priory. This park has a children's play area with equipment for all ages, a refreshment kiosk (from May to August inc.) an abundance of waterfowl on the river for the children to feed and admire not to mention a putting green and basketball court - all within a minute walk of the High Street.

Other parks include King George Playing Field, The Bourne Park with Adventure Playground and football goalposts, Wodson Park with a large assortment of play equipment and Lower Bourne Gardens which has a small enclosed play area with swings, slide and climbing apparatus.

Swimming Pools

Fanshawe Pool & Gym, Park Road, is a 25m indoor tank pool. It is open evenings and weekends during the school term and all day every day in the school holidays. It has regular fun sessions with play equipment and a large inflatable.  Website

Ware Priory Lido is situated in the grounds of The Priory, adjacent to The Priory Park. It comprises a 30m tank pool and 10m constant depth teaching pool. Both pools are outdoor and heated to at least 80°F.

OPEN 11th July to 6th September 2009. Website

Wodson Park Sports & Recreation Centre

This superb Sports and recreation centre is located in the North of Ware. Recently extended with National Lottery funding it hosts a variety of sports, courses and clubs. Large multi-purpose halls cater for badminton, basketball and fitness classes including "Action Tots" for the young. Set in 25 acres of land the outdoor facilities include an 8 lane athletics track, Astro Turf hockey and 5-a-side football, rugby and American Football pitches.

There are extensive activities for children from 2 - 14 years during the school holidays. Website

Van Hage Garden Centre

A treat for the whole family. This Garden Centre offers much more than plants and is located in Great Amwell 1 mile South of Ware. There is an Animal Farm and a Miniature Railway. A Christmas visit is a must as the children will adore the beautiful, magical displays and Father Christmas is a regular visitor!

Cafe Van Hage offers children's lunch boxes, baby food, children's portions, high chairs and baby changing facilities. Website

Scott’s Grotto

Located in Scott’s Road in the south of Ware, Scott’s Grotto is a network of subterranean tunnels decorated with flints, shells and fossils. You’ll all need torches, and the children will have fun looking for the word  “FROG” hidden somewhere inside.

OPEN: Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from the beginning of April to the end of September 2pm – 4.30pm, or by special arrangement.

Tel: 01920 464131 Website

Ware Library

The Library is open Monday and Wednesday 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm,

Tuesday and Friday 9.00 am - 6.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm.

‘Story & Rhyme’ for children.  See Website  for details.

Ware Museum

An independent museum, run by volunteers. There is a permanent display featuring the “Story of Ware”, including fossils, and changing exhibitions on topics of local interest. The museum offers lots of ideas for younger visitors: a children’s corner for tinies, an archaeological “dig”, interactive displays, and a well you can walk on. Craft activities are available during school holidays. Level access.

Ware’s Tourist Information Point can be found in the museum.

See Website for opening times.

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