The Hidden Treasures of London’s Parks: Battersea Park
Many of us are totally unaware of the beauties and luxuries hidden right under our noses within London’s parks. From galleries and memorials to extensive sporting facilities and magical ornamental gardens, our parks have a wealth of history, nature and events in which to indulge.
The Nursery School Guide have put together a series of guides for each park, containing an up-to-date list of our favourite child-friendly activities, to get involved in this summer!
Chelsea Embankment, London SW11 4NJ
Opening Times: 6.30am-10.30pm
1. Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Park Entrance: Chelsea Gate
If you have not taken the kids to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, it is certainly worth a visit. Set in the midst of Battersea Park, it is just a stone’s throw away from Chelsea and is the ideal mid-week or weekend jaunt for young families living in London.
The Pump House Gallery plays host to a number of interesting exhibitions over the summer months and is open to the public on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. A couple of the artists conduct mini workshops for families of all ages on Sundays, free of charge, where everyone can explore their inner creativity!
T: 020 8871 7572
Opening times: 11am-5pm
3. Millennium Arena, Sports Pitches and Tennis Courts
Park Entrance: Chelsea Gate
If you are thinking about sports for your children or for yourself, Battersea Millennium Arena has much to offer. It boasts an eight-lane running track, 19 floodlit tennis courts, two multi-purpose, all weather playing surfaces, and a fitness centre. Whether you are looking for coaching, team games or personal training, it is a great facility tucked away close to the centre of Battersea Park.
4. Battersea Park Subtropical Gardens
Park Entrance: Sun Gate
The Subtropical Gardens are steeped in history dating back to 1863 and were renovated back to their original layout in 2004. The gardens include some beautiful plants and trees, including species from the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas. A fantastic place to walk around on a sunny afternoon, particularly if you’re after that holiday feeling!
5. Battersea Park’s Old English Garden
Park Entrance: Albert Gate
The Old English Garden is a suitably wild but carefully curated walled garden with beautiful flowerbeds full of pretty blooms. About eight years ago the national charity ‘Thrive’ took over the garden in a bid to transform the lives of those struggling with physical and mental disability and illness. They have done an incredible job. The garden has a wonderful scent of roses, a flower-covered pagoda and a large central water feature, which all give the garden a very peaceful atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit if you’re expecting soon or if you have a restless newborn- the calming environment is extremely soothing!
6. Boating in Battersea Park
Park Entrance: Rosary Gate
If you are feeling quite adventurous, why not make your way up to the Boating Lake and try out one of their rowing or pedal boats. It is a fun thing to do on a hot day, for all the family!
Half-hour: £5 Adults, £3 Kids (3yrs to 14yrs, under 3 free)
One hour: £7 Adults and £4 Kids (under 12 months not permitted)
Family Tickets: 2 adults and 2 kids- £13 for 30 minutes or £18 for an hour.
7. Battersea Park’s Adventure Playground and The Little Train
Park Entrance: Sun Gate (Located just to the left of entrance)
The adventure playground within Battersea Park is a free open-access playground, suitable for all ages. There is a lot of fun to be had with all the climbing frames and swings, even for the adults. Once you are finished here, why not hop on The Little Train, which picks up passengers outside the playground and takes a tour through the Tropical Garden and fountains and up to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo and Boating Lake?
8. Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Reunion and Fun Day
Area: Boules Area near the Albert Gate or Sun Gate entrance
A family fun-filled event in Battersea Park full of competitions, games, stalls, delicious food, dog displays and pet parades! The event is free and will take place on 7 September with fun things for your own dogs to participate in, such as temptation alley and canine tombola.