Waterside Adventure Playground

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.

Family play session- Term time only 11:30am-13:30pm

Check website for seasonal closures.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kit O'Neill
Contact Position
Playwork Coordinator
020 7359 6200 020 7359 6200
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Name of venue
Waterside Adventure Playground
50, Dame Street
N1 7FR

Welcome to Waterside! We are located next to a glimmering tranquil part of the Regent’s Canal on the eastern edge of Islington. Our bespoke, fully-accessible building includes a spacious, bright main hall, an art room, quiet room, kitchen and toilets.

Waterside is an ideal venue to hold your event, whether it’s a training day, band practice, community meeting, workshop, fitness class or children’s party.

Contact us for more information or to request a booking.

Waterside welcomes guide dogs at the venue and we have a number of portable induction loops that can be transferred between spaces. There are no steps and the building is on one level. For dropping off in vehicles, there is space on a public walkway directly outside our main gate with five metres to the main entrance. For further information on venue accessibility please get in touch.

Time / date details

Opening times/date
School Term time: Tuesday to Friday, 3.30-6.30pm. Saturday, 11.30am to 4:30pm. School Holidays and Half Term: Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 1.30pm, and 2.30-5.30pm; Lunch 1.30-2.30pm.

Other Details

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?
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 parents guide for information on attending any of the six adventure playgrounds we manage. 


Additional Languages
All staff trained in BSL basic sign language
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Childcare Information

Tax-free childcare

Local Offer

How will you support my child?

Inclusion is one of the core values of our Adventure Playgrounds. We work with children, parents/ carers and professionals to assess the individual needs of each child (EHC plan) and work together to ensure every child can access the adventure playgrounds we manage. All activities and play opportunities are inclusive and adapted to suit a child’s needs if necessary. Depending on their needs, we work with parents/carers and professionals to explore how we can access specialist support workers to work 1:1 or 1:4 if needed.

Ofsted Information

Inspection Outcome
Inspection Outcome
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
23/07/2018Inspection (Childcare Register)Met
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 

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