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Locations for kids by theme: Parks, Playgrounds, Farms

Headley Heath

Location: Headley Heath       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Headley Heath, is free to access woodland owned by the National Trust.  It has a wide network of tracks to explore, and stunning views to rival any of its neighbours - the perfect place to enjoy the countryside, whether walking, cycling or horseriding.

There's always something new to see, from fragrant, bright yellow gorse and breathtaking purple heathers, to deer, badgers and dragonflies.  During the warmer months Headley Heath is alive with bird song from rare birds like stonechats, linnets, meadow pipits and woodlarks.

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The Medicine Garden

Location: The Medicine Garden       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The Medicine Garden has a cafe, shop, treatment room, courtyard community and walled garden.  The walled garden design is based on the directions of the compass and started with the simple planting of eight trees to represent the directions, each direction holds meaning.   

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Regent's Park

Location: Regent's Park       Child: Free       Adult: Free

 

The Regent's Park is the largest grass area for sports in Central London and offers a wide variety of activities, as well as an Open Air Theatre, the London Zoo and many cafes and restaurants.

Wildlife Garden.  The garden will demonstrate how much can be done to encourage and support wildlife in your garden, even in the smallest of urban spaces, so come along to find some inspiration.

Queen Mary's Gardens.  Queen Mary’s Garden is a world-famous garden named after the wife of King George V. In 1932 when Queen Mary’s Gardens opened to the general public, the first superintendent planted a rose garden which was completed in 1934.

Regent's Park Allotment Garden.  Its open to the public Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 4:30pm.  You can it on the corner of the Inner Circle and Chester Road, next to the Park Office.

Boating Lake.  The Boathouse has rowing boats and pedalos available for hire. The boating lake is open from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm.

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Greenwich Park

Location: Greenwich Park       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Aside from the places to stop for a bite to eat shown below, Greenwich Park is home to The Old Royal Observatory, the Observatory Planetarium (by appointment), a bandstand, a children's playground and entertainment such as puppet shows and workshops (during summer school holidays, excluding Sundays).

The Roman remains site is located just past the junction of Bower Avenue and Great Cross Avenue. New signage to mark this area of historic significance was jointly funded by Friends of Greenwich Park and The Royal Parks.   On the mound stood a Roman building, thought to have been a Romano-Celtic temple.

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Richmond Park

Location: Richmond Park       Child: Free       Adult: Free

The park has a wide range of facilities on offer, including a playground at Petersham Gate  and toilets.  With the selection of food and refreshments from the places listed below, you can easily plan a full day of activities in Richmond Park.  For children under 5, try the playground at Kingston Gate.  

Richmond Park, originally a Royal deer-hunting park, still has 300 Red Deer and 350 fallow deer. The deer in the park are wild animals.

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Hyde Park

Location: Hyde Park       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Hyde Park was created to satisfy a royal passion for hunting. But over the years it became a place where people have pursued many other pleasures.    Attractions include the Serpentine,  Diana memorial Fountain, 

Boating on the Serpentine is open from Easter until October 31. Times are from 10:00 am until sundown which is around 4:00 pm in the winter and 8:00 pm in the summer.  Family ticket - £25 for 1 hour or  £20 for 30 minutes.

Diana Memorial Fountain.  The Memorial also symbolises Diana's quality and openness. There are three bridges where you can cross the water and go right to the heart of the fountain.  

7 July memorial.  This is a permanent memorial to honour the victims of the 7 July 2005 London Bombings.

The Serpentine Lido and its accompanying paddling pool are great for both adults and children. It is open on weekends throughout May (including the May Day Bank Holiday) and seven days a week from 1 June to 12 September.  Family ticket £9.

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Gatton Park

Location: Gatton Park       Child: event specific       Adult: event specific

Situated in the former rotten borough of Gatton, which has been documented since Domesday, the estate consists of 250 acres of 'Capability' Brown designed parkland with hidden Victorian and Edwardian pleasure gardens. The site is also home to the wonderful St Andrew's church.

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park            

Take the weight off your feet and let the kids enjoy the Tumbling Bay playground at the Timber Lodge located in the north of the Park.   Timber Lodge has been brilliantly designed to blend into the natural landscape and produce its own green energy from solar panels.  Inside, the Unity Kitchen Café (open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday)  offers all the facilities and refreshments you need on a day out at the Park, and its outdoor terrace is an ideal spot to sit and relax in the sun, with the chance of entertainment from the regular activities and exhibitions in the neighbouring community space.  The playground area will give children the opportunity to play in a sandpit, build a den, discover insects or roam the walkways among the treetops.

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Wandsworth Park

Location: Wandsworth Park       Child: free       Adult: free

Wandsworth Park is an urban park in the Putney district of London, England. It is one of two Grade II listed parks in London. The park is situated along the south bank of the River Thames and bordered to the south by Putney Bridge Road.  The playground has a space for teenagers, as well as younger children and is open from dawn to dusk.

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Camley Street Natural Park

Location: Camley Street Natural Park       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Camley Street Natural Park was created from an old coal yard back in 1984. It sits in the middle of King’s Cross, alongside the sparkling new Eurostar station at St Pancras. It is popular with all kinds of people seeking respite from the buzz of the city around them, as well as being a hub for London Wildlife Trust volunteers. The reserve has a visitor centre and provides natural habitat for birds, butterflies, amphibians and a rich variety of plant life. 

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Oakwood Park

Location: Oakwood Park            

Oakwood Park was named after Oak Lodge, which stood in the grounds between the late 19th century and First World War.   There is a good range of facilities on offer to visitors - a cafe, yacht pond, pitch n putt course, tennis courts as well as a large playground and wonderful open spaces to explore.

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Bruce Castle Museum

Location: Bruce Castle Museum       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th Century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. William Compton - a member of Henry VIII’s court, built the oldest surviving parts of the building.  Since then the building has been modified several times by new owners including the Coleraine family. One of the wives of the 2nd Lord Coleraine is said to haunt the building.  Sir Rowland Hill's family ran a progressive school for boys at Bruce Castle during the Victorian period. Sir Rowland reformed the British postal system and became famous for introducing the Penny Post.

Bruce Castle opened as a Museum in 1906 and now houses local history collections relating to the Borough of Haringey.  There is a Tree Trail to follow through the park.

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Coram's Fields

Location: Coram's Fields       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Coram's Fields is a unique seven acre playground and park for children and young people living in or visiting London.  The park is open all year round from 9am until dusk and is free and open to children and young people under 16. No adult can enter Coram's Fields without a child and our friendly on-site staff ensure that everyone can enjoy their visit.

It includes a Youth Centre, Children's Centre, Community Nursery, Sports Programme, a city farm and a cafe which is open from March until October.

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Tilgate Park and Nature Centre

Location: Tilgate Park and Nature Centre       Child: Free       Adult: Free

Tilgate Park has so much to offer from stunning lakes, lawns and gardens to miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks.   The Walled Garden in the park, is a fantastic leisure facility with a café, a picnic area, a maze and many themed gardens for you to enjoy

Tilgate Park has it very own Nature Centre which houses a huge variety of animals from endangered species to farmyard favourites.  From 31 March, there will be an entry charge for the Nature Centre of £2 for over 17s, £1 for 12-16 year olds and 50p for 2-11 year olds. Under twos will be free. There will be no charges in the winter months.

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Priory Park

Location: Priory Park       Child: Free       Adult: Free

A wonderful open space for all ages.   For younger children there is a children's play area with water play in summer (remember to bring a change of clothes!).  For older children there are tennis courts, ball court, croquet lawn.  For all ages - enjoy a walk around the formal gardens and lake, before taking a break at the cafe.   The cafe also houses and information centre and toilets.

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