Now that blossom is appearing, the birds are singing and the sun is out, it’s time to get the kids out and about in the fresh air. We have therefore decided to compile a list of our favourite adventure playgrounds in London. Keep the brood happy for a few hours by taking them to these weird and wonderful adventure playgrounds with fantastically imaginative structures and designs.
Coram’s Fields tops our list for adventure playgrounds in London. Located on the original site of Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital in Central London, this safe and secluded walled garden site is a sanctuary for kids to enjoy the summer sun. The park provides a cornucopia of children’s play facilities from climbing frames and slides to seesaws and farm animals.
The playground is open all year round from 9am until dusk and is free entry to all. As a charity, the park relies on donations and fundraising activities.
This tropical paradise is set right in central London next to Kensington Palace, as a tribute to Princess Diana. With over a million visitors every year, the centrepiece of a Peter Pan-inspired huge pirate ship is surrounded by a medley of toys and play sculptures, including a tepee and a beach. Let the kids’ imaginations run wild whilst parents can relax against a backdrop of trees and greenery.
Open all year round from 10am, closing mid-late afternoon based on the light. As a memorial to the Princess of Wales, it is free entry, admitting only children under 12.
Proud to be one of London’s first adventure playgrounds, this 50-year-old playground goes to no ends to entertain the kids. The adventure goers can choose between games and crafts within the portacabin or out and about playing in the sandpit, gardening, building camps or making bonfires. There is one rule to which each and every visitor must abide: Anything you do must not hinder another’s entertainment. This one rule has lead Glamis to become one of the most creative playgrounds around, enabling children to push beyond the boundaries of their imaginations and enjoy the park to its full.
Glamis is free of charge and open to 3-18 year olds.
Term time opening times: 3:15pm to 7pm
School Holidays and weekends: 10am to 4pm
Toffee Park is the ultimate playground to let your kids explore to their hearts’ content and decide for themselves what they wish to do, both indoors and out. This park provides the means for kids to leave behind technology and immerse themselves in the natural elements, which make up the world, giving them a true insight into the environment around them. Toffee Park is staffed by an experienced team of play workers, who are dedicated to delivering a constant stream of activities for the kids whilst at all times staying safe.
Open after school, on Saturdays or in School Holidays and is open access to those visiting.
Oasis Adventure Playground pushes the boundaries with what it has to offer. Not only do you have the classic climbing frames and play areas but also a variety of structures such as a climbing rock, football pitch, tyre and rope swings, BMX track and forest garden. The karting track is also open to the slightly older kids aged eight years and older, as well as the nature garden where kids can explore and join in with a wide range of environmental arts and crafts activities, den building, gardening and many more outdoors based projects.
Oasis is open for free during the term time from Tuesday to Friday, 3:30pm to 6pm and from 10:30am until 4pm on Saturdays.
Group visits, workshops and private site hire are available throughout the year.
Hobbledown is a hobbit themed adventure park that immerses you into a world of fantasy and wonder. There are simply so many fantastic activities to choose from, the kids will never get bored! This mystical adventure playground consists of sandpits, slides, climbing frames, swings and even a high ropes course, alongside Hobbledown’s very own farm and play barn, comprising a selection of the usual farmyard animals such as cattle, donkeys, pigs, geese and sheep. The farm also boasts more unconventional animals such as a chinchilla, meerkats and even a peacock. Hobbledown hosts birthday parties and school visits so book ahead to avoid disappointment.
The gates are open Monday to Thursday from 10am until 7pm, with an hour longer each side on the weekends.
Prices: Dependent on the day and date of visit.
Children under 2 – Free
Children 2+ - £7.50 to £13.50
Adults – £6.50 to £12.50
Annual passes from £3.50 per month
Holland Park is dubbed by many mothers as the best park in London. This is due to the fantastic greenery, flora and fauna, water bodies and to top it off, one of the most creative and entertaining adventure playgrounds in London. Not only is there a medley of activities in the park such as tennis courts, cycle paths and the Kyoto Garden, but also the adventure playground comprises a huge variety of swings, rope courses, climbing frames and slides.
Open access all year round and suitable for all ages.
Having been open for nearly 20 years, Bramley’s Big Adventure continues to provide ample entertainment for children at its indoor play centre. This play zone is a three level play frame with slides, ball ponds, climbing frames and swings. Whilst open to anyone, Bramley’s also offers the opportunity to hold birthday parties, providing different package deals based on the family’s needs. Bronze, Silver and Gold packages are available, as well as private hire.
Open Monday to Friday, weekends and holidays from 10am to 6pm/6:30pm respectively.
Prices: Admission ranges from £2.00 to £9.25 based on age during schooldays and £2.50 to £10.25 during weekends and holidays.
Monthly and annual passes are also available from £75.00
The KAZ is North London’s ultimate indoor adventure playground, taking indoor fun to a new level. It is a complex of thrilling slides and structures packed full of challenges, with a separate baby and toddler area for safety. KAZ also offers a medley of fun and entertaining activities for the young, including board games, outdoor play, painting, cookery, reading, model making, dressing up, jigsaw making, singing, watching TV, computer games and many more activities. Spaces are limited so entry is based on a first-come-first-served basis.
Prices: Admissions range from £1.00 for under 1’s to £4.95 for ages 4 and over. Session times are restricted to 2 hours during busy periods.
Gambado is a chain of premier play centres across London, offering a wealth of activities and opportunities for children to play, learn, explore and party in a fun, healthy and safe environment. There are centres in Chelsea, Watford, Eastleigh and Beckenham, where each individual centre boasts its own pièce de résistance. The Chelsea centre is home to one of the largest climbing frames in London, including laser play and a dodgem track, and the Eastleigh center has its own climbing wall and teacup ride. The centres are available for parties all year round and a quick registration enables you to beat the queues upon each visit.
Prices: Entry fee is around £12.00 and annual membership gives you free admission. Party booking fees are available on the site depending on criteria.