10 of the best adventure playgrounds in Islington

A trip to the swings might well be the highlight of your child’s day, but it has an educational value too. These adventure playgrounds offer open play access, but you need to register your child

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1. Barnard Park Adventure Playground

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Suitable for children from six to 14 years, this playground located in Barnard Park , which has play facilities for younger children. It is a supervised playground with wooden climbing frames, walkways, sandpit, paddling pool and even a model dragon! Other facilities include a basketball pitch, fire pit and an amphitheatre. Arts and craft classes are on offer.

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2.  Cornwallis Adventure Playground

Designed for five to 13 year olds and besides Cornwallis Park, Cornwallis Adventure Playground has a log cabin for children to play in, safe outdoor equipment and an enclosed sports pitch. It’s the headquarters of the Cornwallis Play & Youth Project, which organises child-led play sessions indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Activities on offer are music, games, sports, cooking and arts and crafts, all facilitated by playworkers. There is even a full-day registered childcare service during the holidays for working parents and a year-round after-school club.

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3.  Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground

Aimed at children from five to 14 year old, Crumble Castle Adventure Playground won the 2001 Adventure Playground of the Year Award. It offers a funky open recreation space and a host of activities run by playworkers, including music, games, sports, cooking and arts and crafts. Child-led play sessons indoors and outdoors in all types of weather are organised year round. Children under five years are welcome accompanied by a carer.

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4. Kids, formerly Hayward Adventure Playground

This adventure playground is designed for disabled children and those with special needs. It runs after-school and Saturday clubs and also holiday play schemes. Your child needs to be referred to use these facilities. Aimed at children from Islington with special needs and aged from five to 15 years, it can also be attended by children from nearby boroughs.

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5. Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground

Open to children aged from five to 14 years, Lumpy Hill Adventure Playground runs an after-school club for children aged five to 11 years. The playground offers safe play equipment outdoors, including an amazing wooden walkway and a host of indoor activities such as music, cooking and arts and crafts – ideal for a rainy day.

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6.  Martin Luther King Adventure Playground

Designed for children and teens from five to 14 years, this playground offers exciting structures on which children can play in a safe environment. Open access play is free and indoor activities such as music, cooking, arts and crafts are organised by playworkers. There is an after School Club and homework club for children aged from five to 13 year old. It’s besides Paradise Park, which has a playground for younger children.

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7.  King Henry’s Walk Play and Youth Project

Part of a youth centre, the adventure playground is free and open to children from six to 13 years. Wooden walkway, climbing frames, slides will keep your child occupied outdoors, while indoor facilities such as music, a computer suite, cooking, gardening club, football club, table tennis, arts and crafts and various classes and courses are ideal for rainy days. The playground is close to King’s Henry Walk Garden,  a community garden that organises some children’s activities and events, such observing wildlife and pond dipping.

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8.  Toffee Park Adventure Playground

Part of a youth club, this small playground off a busy, inner city area, offers free open access play for six to 13 year olds, as well as indoor activities such as music, cooking, arts and crafts. Outdoor play facilities include a large tube slide, water play feature and a zip wire. An after-school club and holiday play schemes are on offer.

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9.  Waterside Play and Youth Project

Part of a youth project that offers an after-school club and holiday play schemes, this recently developed playground is designed for children from six to 14. Outdoor facilities include a water feature, sand pit, fire pit, an amazing multi-level climbing structure with aerial runways and bridges, underground tunnels, a mud hut and dens.

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10.  Three Corners Adventure Playground

This recently developed adventure playground is part of a new centre that provides services for children, young people and adults (classes and courses for adult learning). Offering indoor and outdoor play facilities, it is suitable from six to 13 year olds. Outdoor facilities include a five-a-side football pitch.

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