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Upper Holloway

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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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Three adventurers swinging

Welcome to Cornwallis Adventure Playground – where we have our very own pirate ship. Are you ready to take charge at the helm of the ship or will you make a treacherous landlubber walk the plank? Swing, crawl and climb through the rigging with your fellow pirates, as you steer your ship to safety.

Feeling a bit peckish after that? Sit by the campfire, sing a few sea shanties, and make pirate pizza or jungle toast. And remember, if you find yourself stranded on a desert island, there are plenty of places at the playground to grow your own fruit and vegetables.

Don’t worry if you’re not the seafaring type. There’s lots more to do; from games on our multi-sports pitch to climbing walls. And if you’d prefer to hang out indoors, there’s a whole range of materials that you can make, build and experiment with.

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. No matter what you enjoy doing, there are plenty of fun things for every adventurer to do at Cornwallis Adventure Playground.

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Kaycey Hughes

“I love everything about Cornwallis!”

Kaycey Hughes, Age 8

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Opening times

Term time
Tuesday to Friday: 3:30- 18:30pm

Family play sessions:  Saturday 11:30-13:30(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

Please contact the playground for more information

Sunday closed for private hire

Planned Closures

  • Bank Holiday closures
  • 1st April 2024
  • 27th May 2024
  • 6th June 2024
  • 11th July 2024
  • 26th August 2024
  • Inset Day
  • 6th June 2024
  • 1st October 2024
  • 4th February 2025
  • 25th March 2025
  • Annual closures
  • 2nd May 2024 – for Polling Station
  • 4th July 2024 – for Polling Station (National General Election)
  • End of summer closure:  3rd – 7th September 2024
  • End of year closure:  23rd December 2024 – 7th January 2025


Parents Guide

Contact Us

Tel: 020 7281 0094


How to find us

Address: 44 Cornwallis Road, N19 4LT
Where it is: In the north of the borough between Holloway Road and Hornsey Road
Nearest tube: Upper Holloway
Nearest bus: 91, Tollington Park, Holloway, Stop L


Meet Cornwallis Adventure Playground’s awesome playworkers

Adventure Playground Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead



John Silver

Did you know?

Old photograph of Cornwallis

The 1980s saw lots of child-centred projects emerge from Cornwallis Adventure Playground. A building was created from two seagoing cargo containers which were welded together with doors and windows cut out. It was adapted by Islington Building Works and children visiting the site, including local girls and young women, who were taught to weld. In 1984, Cornwallis played host to children and their mothers from the Blackwood colliery in Wales. They stayed at the playground for the whole summer while the fathers were on strike, which sparked a lifelong friendship between the two communities.

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