Oaklands Park




Blue Badge Parking
Floodlit Tennis/Netball Courts
Free Parking
Play Area

Postcode CM2 9AQ

Oaklands is an established award winning park. It covers approximately five hectares (12 acres) of grounds within the historic quarter of Chelmsford City. It was first opened as a public park in 1930. Today it boasts both Green Flag and Green Heritage status.

Park facilities include:


  • Chelmsford and Essex Regiment Museums (free entry)
  • sports pitches
  • tennis courts
  • two new play areas:

    Up to 8 years old: Located alongside Princes Road the play area has a whizzy zip wire, tunnel, look out towers and a closely guarded dungeon so lots of imaginative play and plenty of space to run wild.

    Up to 12 years old: Located on the back lawn among the treescape the area has a climbing rope walk for more challenging play experiences


The general layout of the park has not changed greatly in the last 100 plus years. A proportion of the park’s treescape can be traced back to Victorian and Edwardian times.

Over 130,000 visitors enjoy organised events and attractions each year, we hope to see you soon.   


Access is from Moulsham Street or Vicarage Road.


Opening times

Maximum stay at car park - three hours

Car park gates open at 7.30am and close at the following times

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
5.30pm 6pm 6pm 8pm 9pm 10pm 10pm 9pm 8pm 7pm 5.30pm 5.30pm


Opening times

See below



In Spring and Summer, see the blue Meconopsis (Himalayan blue poppy) flowering in front of the old part of the house. 


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