Phew – it was boiling this weekend and I think the hot sticky weather is set to stay for a little while longer.
If like me you spend a lot of time in Victoria Park, the Olympic Park and Mile End Park, you might find the post about parks I wrote a few weeks back useful. You’ll find six alternative suggestions of places to spend a sunny day – some even have paddling pools or other water-based play.
And here’s another option.
If you’re based in East London and can access the overground line from Stratford, Highbury Fields is pretty easy to get to. There’s a lift which means there are no steps to negotiate. And once you’re out of the station, you cross the road and there it is (although you might want to pause for a few moments to pick up picnic supplies from one of the sandwich shops or the Little Waitrose).
The children’s playground is to the left, once you’ve passed Highbury Pool (there’s a map – you can’t miss it. The park isn’t that big anyway). The first thing your toddler sees is a nice big sandpit and mine didn’t go any further for some time. Sand is a big favourite at the moment…
Meanwhile, benches and sitting are a favourite of mine and the playground was handily partly shaded at the time of our visit, because it was boiling.
Eventually, my toddler was tempted away from the sand into the playground where there’s a huge slide that became her next favourite thing there.
There’s plenty to keep a toddler busy in the playground, especially if you’re combining the trip with a visit to Highbury Pool or Upper Street (where there are some lovely toy shops). But otherwise you might want to head into the park where there’s an expanse of green space and, up by the tennis courts, the oasis cafe, where you can sit out while your toddler roams and enjoys the many toddler friendly toys.
I should have taken some photos, but I didn’t get a chance. I’ll add some to this post after our next visit…
Enjoy the sunshine!
What? Highbury Fields, Highbury Crescent N5.