Boy on rope swing waving

Upper Holloway

Ahoy me hearties!

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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Lots of fun, games and spooks at Cornwallis this week! we cant wait to see you

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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: 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Saturday: 11.30pm – 4.30pm
Family play sessions: Temporarily suspended
Sunday and Monday closed for private hire

School holidays
Monday to Friday: 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday closed for private hire

Planned closures
End of year closure from 23rd December 2020 to 5th January 2021 

Parents Guide

Contact Us

Tel: 020 7281 0094


How to find us

Address: Cornwallis Road, N19 4LP
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

Playwork Coordinator & Designated Safeguarding Lead

King Floss


Glitter Pirate


Little John

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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