Mo Mowlam Play Park for children
The Mo Mowlam Play Park at Stormont Estate in Belfast is an all inclusive play park. It has been specially designed so children of all abilities can play together. The park has over 40 separate pieces of equipment. Entry is free.
The Mo Mowlam Play Park has reopened. Before reopening Stormont Estate Management carried out maintenance checks and risk assessments to make sure that the play park equipment is safe to use and ready for use. Parents are asked to follow the guidance to minimise the risk of infection.
Busy play park
Judge the risk to you and your family before entering the park. If the park is busy, think about coming back at a later time. Also, let your child know that this may be a possibility to avoid disappointment. If at any time the number of visitors is deemed unsafe, the play park may need to be closed. Remember, other areas of the estate are open and are great places to play, explore, walk or have a relaxing picnic.
Hand sanitisers have been installed in the play park but visitors should take personal responsibility for their own hygiene care and follow the signage which advises on best practice for using the facilities. Wash your hands and your children’s hands before and after visiting the play park. Take hand sanitiser with you and make sure your child uses it often whilst in the play park.
Make sure to put any disposable tissues and PPE equipment in the bins on site. Consider taking your rubbish home with you for recycling.
If you use the playground you should follow social distancing guidance. Encourage and support your children to do the same and keep a safe distance from others not in your household/social bubble.
If you or anyone in your household are showing any Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, stay home and do not visit the play park.
Castle themed area
This is where many children can play at any one time, it can be a place for physical and imaginary play. Around the castle is a high level trail to improve co-ordination, strength, stamina and agility in all levels of ability.
Inclusive play area
This area has both a roundabout and a swing that can accommodate a wheelchair, low level lookout tower and trampoline.
Multi-sensory play area
Younger children and those with sensory needs will especially enjoy this area.
Twin cableway and five point swing zone
The two cableways are each 30 metres long, allowing children to race each other. The swing zone offers dynamic play for older children and has three flat swings, one trapeze seat and a spinner.
Adventure play area
This play area has a nine metres long double width wavy embankment slide. It also has two large saddle nets to climb and scramble across, a 10.6 metres high Duo Pyramid Tower with two coloured tube slides, climbing frame structures and rope end swing.
Toddler play area
This area has slides, climbing walls, fireman's poles, a variety of different swings and more.
Natural play zone
It's within a bark mulch area that has long timber balance beams, vertical stepping logs, boulders for scrambling and informal seating.
There is a coffee and refreshment dock which is open during busy periods including the weekends and school holidays.
The park also has a toilet block including a parent and baby room.
Opening times and getting there
The play park opening times change throughout the year but in general follow daylight hours, closing 30 minutes before the Estate.
Opening times are:
- 9.30 am to 7.30 pm Monday to Sunday
The 'Quiet Hour' runs every Sunday from 9.30 am to 10.30 am to help create a calmer environment for children with extra needs.
The children’s play park is close to the main entrance on the Upper Newtownards Road. Coming out of Belfast city centre, the car park is on the left about 100 metres after the main gate to Stormont Estate.
Aside from the beautiful gardens there's an outdoor gym, a variety of walks, a fitness trail, adventure trails, picnic and barbecue facilities, historic buildings and statues: