Waterside Adventure Playground

6-13 Years. 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.

Parents/carers must pre register their children with Awesome to attend one of the playgrounds they manage (Register Now). 

The playground has an afternoon session please enquire at the playground for more information. The Playground closes for 1hr between 13:30-14:30 each day.

Opening times: 

10:30-13:30 14:30-17.30

Islington's HAF programme provides free healthy holiday activities with a meal for Islington resident children and young people from 4 years to 16 years who: 

  • receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM) 
  • have an allocated Social Worker or Family Support Practitioner 
  • have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) 
  • are referred to a holiday activity provider by a professional working with the family to offer early help and support services

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kit O'Neill
Contact Position
Playwork Coordinator
020 7359 6200 020 7359 6200
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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
Other notes



Childcare Information

3 & 4 year old funding (30 hours)
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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