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
Lead your band of adventurers through the forest, across aerial runways and swings, back to your treehouse hideaway. If you suspect danger might be on its way make a secret call to your friends in the sandpit and willow igloo below. They can alert any adventurers in the underground tunnels.
But if forest life gets a bit much, you can always take refuge indoors or at another part of Waterside. You can run your own tuck shop, dance, play football, climb, cook and so much more. Rain or shine, there’s plenty for any adventurer to do at Waterside.
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 treasure found but drop back soon as the pirates are looking
“I get to play with my friends”
Tuesday to Friday: 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Saturday: 11.30am – 4.30pm
Family play sessions: Temporarily suspended
Sunday and Monday closed for private hire
Monday to Friday: 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday closed for private hire
End of year closure from 23rd December 2020 to 5th January 2021
Tel: 0207 359 6200
Address: 50 Dame Street N1 7FR
Where is it: In the south east of the borough off Essex Road
Nearest tube: Angel
Nearest bus: 38, 56, 73
Meet Waterside Adventure Playground’s awesome playworkers
The Lumberjack kid
Ray Scarlet of Waterside
Waterside started its life on 24th June 1972 when a group of local residents and children, supported by workers from the National Children’s Bureau, cleared a disused factory site on Baldwin Terrace to make space for children to play. Islington Council then allocated the land, which sat on the edge of the Packington Estate, for use as an adventure playground. With support from play leaders, children began building their own adventure playground which was originally called Baldwin. In 2009 the playground was rebuilt from scratch with the help of local children, and the redevelopment provided a lovely new building and several awards for innovation! And where did the new name come from? Being situated next to the canal, it was renamed Waterside.
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