London is the spiritual home of adventure play in the UK and boasts a world-beating collection of truly magnificent adventure playgrounds. Here we give you the low down on the wild gems that are tucked away in all the corners of the city and why they are such vital spaces for London’s children and young people.
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Run by the community organisation AAA, Arc in the Park offers Adventure Play, sports and youth hub running projects all year round. The Arc provides a Newham-wide delivery and resource base for young people with disabilities and/or additional needs and the playground is fully inclusive.
Originally known as COPS (named for the 4 surrounding estates) Surrey Docks currently has no outdoor play structures due to some environmental factors. But the playworkers here are passionate and enthusiastic about the kids who come here and there's a range of indoor activities on offer.
Home Park was originally built by youth workers with funding from the Big Lottery. The current structure was rebuilt and opened by the Mayor of Lewisham after it was destroyed by fire in the 2011 riots and is regularly named in the Annual Parks survey as best in the area.
100 % FREE TO CHOOSE
Dedicated to children's freely chosen play, Adventure Playgrounds belong physically, socially and culturally to the kids playing there.
100 %FREE OF CHARGE
Often located in the least affluent areas of the capital, mainstream adventure playgrounds don't charge entry fees, ensuring ALL children can access high quality play opportunities.
100 % FREE TO COME AND GO
The 'Open Access' nature of Adventure playgrounds increases children's independence, confidence and resilience - and engages children that other services sometimes struggle to.