Barnard Adventure Playground
The adventure playground is taking part in healthy activities and food programmes (HAF). This Easter we will be creating exciting varied menus and preparing and cooking food together. Children with unique codes should present this; however this service is open to all children who live in Islington. Parents/carers must pre register their children with Awesome to attend one of the playgrounds they manage (Register Now). Children will have the opportunity to take part in budgeting, preparing lunch menus and the fun part of preparing the lunch supported by a HAF Playworker. Lunch will then be provided from 12.30pm - 1.30pm each day of the Easter Holidays. Our opening times are 10.30am - 1.30pm and 2.30pm -5.30pm. We offer a service during our hour closure for working parents called "stay and Eat" which supports children to stay the full day (10.30am - 5.30pm) . Please contact your local playground for more information.
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 6 to 13 year olds and supervised by our Awesome playworkers – all you have to do is register and book to 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.
Our fantastic family play sessions are packed with fun things for the whole family to do. Supported by qualified playworkers, you’ll be introduced to new and exciting play experiences. All sessions are free and open to all families in Islington every Saturday from 11.30am to 1.30pm during school term time at Barnard, Cornwallis, King Henry’s Walk, Three Corners and Waterside Adventure Playgrounds. There’s no age restriction for children, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult – just be prepared to get messy! #FunComesFirst
Come along to our family play sessions in term time - Saturday 11:30am-13:30pm
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Sarah Dolan
- Contact Position
- Playwork Coordinator
- 020 7278 6635 020 7278 6635
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Junction with Copenhagen Street
- N1 0FB
Barnard Adventure Playground is a short walk from Angel or King’s Cross station situated in the west corner next to Barnard Park, with views reaching over King’s Cross to the West End. The building at Barnard is light and airy, with skylights offering natural light, in a flexible and comfortable space. The ground floor hosts the main hall that overlooks the outside play space and amphitheatre. In addition to the main hall, there’s dual access to a basement with a small open space and kitchen. The kitchen has a serving hatch that opens out into the small open space. If you fancy yourself as an entertainer, our outdoor amphitheatre is the perfect place to showcase your talent.
Barnard is an ideal venue to hold your event, whether it’s a training day, band practice, a community meeting, workshop, fitness class, children’s party or outdoor performance.
Contact us for more information or to request a booking.
Time / date details
- Opening times/date
- School Term time: Tuesday to Friday, 3.30-6.30pm. Saturday, 11.30am to 4pm. School Holidays and Half Term: Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 1.30pm, and 2.30-5.30pm; Lunch 1.30-2.30pm.
- Time of day
- Cost Details
- Our service is free however there is a small charge of £5 to stay for our stay and Eat service during half term between 13:30-14:30, please contact the playground to find out more
- Who is this service for?
- For children and young people aged 6 to 13 years.
- Can I refer myself?
- Referral not required
- Referral Details
Please visit our website to register your child and see the parent's guide for information on attending any of the six adventure playgrounds we manage.
- Additional Languages
- All staff trained in BSL basic sign language
- Other notes
- 3 & 4 year old funding (30 hours)
- Tax-free childcare
- Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 17/07/2018 Inspection (Childcare Register) Met
- Link to latest Ofsted inspection report