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Dragons at the ready!

Get messy, climb, create a superhero lair, try indoor arts and crafts and junk modelling, paint masterpieces, collect minibeasts, play sports and games or simply read a book and chill out

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Playing at our adventure playgrounds is free. All you need to do is register.

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Barnard Adventure Playground isn’t just home to a dragon – we’ve got jaw-dropping canyon cliff rope swings too. Come and jump from a platform across a swamp of hungry crocodiles. Let your imagination loose!

Feeling bold? You can put on the performance of a lifetime to a crowd of adoring fans in our amphitheatre, or swing out of the limelight and onto a rope bridge if you want to test your strength and agility. Climbing tunnel I hear you say? Yes, we’ve got one of those. Climbing wall? Yes, we’ve got that too. A zip wire? Well of course we have a zip wire.

Perhaps you fancy a spot of cooking using our outdoor pizza oven, toasting marshmallows on an open fire, or growing some fruit and veg. Or maybe cooking up some old-fashioned mud pies is more your style.

And after all that, if you’ve still not had your fill, come and kick a ball or shoot some hoops in our sports area.

Play is free for six to thirteen-year-olds and supervised by our Awesome playworkers – all you have to do is register and have fun. Oh, and Barnard Adventure Playground isn’t just for dragon fans – we have plenty of budding scientists, explorers, writers, artists, footballers and paleontologists too!

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“I really like the workers here”


Information Boring bits!

Opening times

Term time

Tuesday to Friday: 3:30-6:30 pm

Saturday: 11:30- 4:30pm

Family play sessions:  Saturday 11:30-1:30pm(Term Time only)

Sunday and Monday closed for private hire

School holidays
Monday to Friday:

Session 1 – 10:30-13:30

Stay and Eat- 1:30-2:30pm

Session 2 – 2:30-17:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: Private hire

  • Planned Closures

    • Bank Holiday closures
    • 1st April 2024
    • 6th May 2024
    • 27th May 2024
    • 26th August 2024
    • Inset Day
    • 6th June 2024
    • 11th July 2024
    • 1st October 2024
    • 4th February 2025
    • 25th March 2025
    • Annual closures
    • End of summer closure:  3rd – 7th September 2024
    • End of year closure:  23rd December 2024 – 7th January 2025


Parents Guide

Contact us

Tel: 020 7278 6635


How to find us

Address: Copenhagen Street N1 0FB
Where is it: In the west of the borough between Caledonian Road and Liverpool Road
Nearest Tube: Angel or Caledonian Road and Barnsbury (Overground)
Nearest bus route: 17, 274, 153, 91, 259

Knights and dragon-slayers

Meet Barnard Adventure Playground’s awesome playworkers

Adventure Playground Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lady Dragon Slayer


Sir Baptiste


Sir Walker

Did you know?

Children painting the walls of Barnard

Barnard Adventure Playground is thought to be the oldest adventure playground in the borough. There was a time when it was located further down the hill and called Barnsbury, with the old glass factory as the playground’s first building. Back then, everything at the playground was built by the children, apart from the zoo and the dog’s kennel. Lots of animals lived on the site: guinea pigs, sheep, and even a monkey called Pinky! The playground later became famed for hosting its annual ‘Sun Splash’ festival.

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Stuff for grown-ups

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