Keynsham Memorial Park (KMP) lies along the line of the Chew River just east of Keynsham High Street and encompasses 10.7 hectares (26 and a half acres) containing wooded areas, water habitats and grassy vistas. It’s lovely. It was named to commemorate the war dead of Keynsham, and now commemorates those killed in the First and Second World Wars as well as the Falklands conflict. A memorial to these exists in the form of the gates on Bath Hill. There is pedestrian access to the park adjacent to these gates and there is a pay and display car park on Bath Hill East a couple of minutes walk away.
The southern part of the park is also known locally as Chew Park due to the role of the river as the main focus while the area close to the ecclesiastical ruins is referred to as Abbey Park by some.
KMP plays an important part in the local community. The site includes a wide variety of facilities including two children’s play areas, a skate park, picnic area, bowling green, and a superb cafe. The cafe has recently created three patio areas, bordered by large planters and featuring 4m umbrellas to provide both shade in summer and protection from the inevitable rain!
There are also public toilets and multi-sport courts, which can be booked from Keynsham Town Council, as well as a range of listed buildings and structures.
During the summer there are a variety of free events in the park, including the very popular Keynsham Music Festival and the Keynsham Youth Festival, both of which celebrate local talent. More details can be found on this website; however to make sure you don’t miss anything, please register on this website to recieve regular email bulletins with all the relevant Keynsham Memorial Park news.
Keynsham Memorial Park was awarded Green Flag for the first time in 2009 and has consistently been awarded a Green Flag again for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
As we continue to develop the park, the cafe and the events and activities here in Memorial Park, please remember to stop by this website and the cafe for updates and information.
See you in the park!