Conceived to offer both pleasure and the regulation thereof in one of the capital's dodgier districts, Battersea Park was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858. It now has so much going for it that it's almost unfair. What other green space in the capital can boast Thames views, an art gallery (The Pump House) and a zoo. It's so full of variety it's impossible not to stumble upon something new each time you visit. Kids love Battersea Park: the pedalos on the charming, landscaped boating lake, the sights and smells of the walled gardens. Battersea Park’s adventure playground is superb, with plenty of original and imaginatively-built features. The climbing structures, slides and high climbing nets present unusual challenges for children aged 5+, and there’s a separate area for younger kids too. But really, it's all about the animals. An enclosure apparently containing deer (they're elusive) is fun, but Battersea Park's ace is its family-run zoo, complete with lemurs, meerkats and pygmy goats. There's the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home too.
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Ski and Snowboard Show
Battersea Park is getting a thrilling wintry makeover in order to host the Ski and Snowboard Show, a four-day festival that's bringing the excitement of the slopes to south London. A 50ft real snow kicker will be the stage for pro rider competitions and...Festivals Thursday October 29 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015Read more
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This park has EVERYTHING! A boating lake, cafes, fountains, bowling greens, cricket pitches, rugby pitches, Astro/Hockey pitches, a sports arena, tennis courts, a conference/exhibition centre, a band stand, a Pagoda (!), a zoo, a children's adventure playground, fountains and tons of beautiful open green space right on the river. Oh, and a brand new crazy golf and go ape centre for the big kids. What is not to love about London's best park!