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Adventure playgrounds in London
Time Out suggests great playgrounds all over London
Many of London’s parks have fantastically imaginative adventure playgrounds that will keep the brood happy for a whole day. Time Out picks the best ones in each area of the city. Think we've missed a great adventure playground? Tell us in the comments below
Adventure playgrounds in north London
Parliament Hill sports a state-of-the-art adventure playground, still looking spanking new after its award-winning refurb. The imaginative equipment is designed to challenge children rather than keep them boringly safe, and there's also a huge and popular paddling pool.
- Hampstead Heath, East Heath Rd, NW3 2SY
Highgate Wood has an excellent and well-equipped playground, complete with sandpits, climbing equipment of various levels of difficulty and a zip wire that gets very busy at peak times. Great thought has gone into providing fun and challenges for the various age groups, and there's a separate area for the under-fives to call their own.
- Muswell Hill Rd, N6 5UG
The children's playground here will keep kids amused for hours. There are fast slides going into the sandpit and really tricky climbing equipment to challenge older children, plus lots for toddlers to enjoy. Kids of all ages also love the enormous wooden structure adjacent to the playground.
- Seven Sisters Rd, N4 2NQ
The children's playground at Highbury Fields in Islington is popular, combining old-fashioned thrills (such as a circular train requiring Flintstones-style propulsion, and an excitingly long, steep slide) with more recent additions, such as the flying fox and giant, web-like climbing frames.
- Highbury Place, N5 1QP
Clissold Park opened a new wheels park, all-weather table tennis table and basketball area early in 2011 - the surrounding landscaped hillocks making a great viewing platform from where families crowd around to watch the stunts on sunny days.
- Stoke Newington Church St, N16 5HJ
There are in fact around 80 staffed adventure playgrounds in London, and a number which cater specifically for children with disabilities and special needs. These include the excellent Oasis Children's Venture and Charlie Chaplin playgrounds in Lambeth, and KIDS in Hackney. Visit www.londonplay.org.uk and click on 'Find a place to play' to see a map of adventure playgrounds or 'Find local play organisations' to search by key word.
There are accessible swings and a roundabout at Priory Park in Crouch End. There are accessible swings in Finsbury Park, Hampstead Heath (Gospel Oak playground). This Timeout list of 'adventure' playgrounds is completely shocking - only three in the whole of London. I could do better in about 5 seconds! My favourites: amazing adventure play in Trent Park petting zoo, fantastic open outdoor play in Stoke Newington playground plus a small animal enclosure and paddling pool in summer. Priory Park also has an ace paddling pool.
Queens Park playground in NW6 is a great place to go with your little and big kids. There is a massive sandpit, paddling pool and a great climbing wall with a big slide. The park is a treat itself.
Coram's fields. in my opinion no great, rather shabby. Though my god daughter quite enjoyed herself on the slides, climbing frames and rather dubious paddling pool. It was a very chilled out relaxed place. Lots of tree cover so good on a sunny day. The petting zoo didn't seem to be open when we went, though it was nice to look at the animals. As parks go, rather average. But I did have a nice day at the same time. Mostly because of the company.
There is a big (relatively) new one just behind the London Eye. Smaller play areas in town include one between St Giles in the Fields & Phoenix Gardens (off Tottenham court road south of Oxford St) and Whitfield Street (between Charlotte St & Tottenham Court Road)
Coram fields is not worth the travel was hugely disappointed no fields in sight in fact not even a piece of grass. More like a concrete jungle in need of desperate repair and up dating. Hardly anything there for the children to play on and they were bored within 20 mins of getting there.
Further to Hayley's comment, I have to agree why no information on those playgrounds that cater for children with additional needs/mobility access. I lived in London for 15 years but now wish to visit with my learning and mobility impaired son. There is a shocking lack of information in the city that claims to have it all! Hayley, be sure visit us at The Yard in that other capital city, Edinburgh. Its an adventure playground in the heart of our capital city specially designed for children with additional needs. Looks like London hasn't got there yet.
There's something seriously wrong with your idea of adventure playgrounds; most listed are not apg's. How you can only list 3 staffed sites is beyond me. contact London Play for a full list & information. There are also several sites that cater specifically for children with special needs / disabilities.
There is another Adventure Playground in Richmond - Upon - Thames called Marble Hill Playcentres, We are an inclusive facility which has an informal family drop in centre for 0 - 5 year olds, a Toy Library and an Award winning Adventure Playground for 5 - 15 year olds. Please see www.marblehillplaycentres.com for more details. Thanks
There is never any info about places to go with disabled children, something where they too can join in and interact. And we need playgrounds with wheelchair accessible swings, roundabouts etc. Please help disabled children feel included too!
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