This huge park lies between Brixton, Dulwich and Herne Hill and fills its many acres with a BMX track, playground with zip wire, sand, climbing frames for varying ages and a climbing wall. As of that wasn’t enough, there are also tennis and basket ball courts, ornamental gardens, an outdoor lido and a duck pond.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
I have been going to this park for 30 years! It has recently had lots of funding to improve the playground and Lido facilities and WOW what an improvement. The playground is BRILLIANT- so much to do for all ages. The spash park (grass area gets packed in summer) is fantastic – great for kids to run under the fountains and a huge sand pit. There are many annual events at the park. A ‘must do’ is the Lambeth Country Show: a free festival which celebrates diversity, food, culture and music. www.lambethcountryshow.co.uk.
Address: Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PA.
Playground: Yes, Brockwell playground is suitable for all ages. The wooden climbing frames and slides are designed in sections for a variety of ages which includes smaller, easy to climb on bridges, a playhouse, ‘baby’ swings and a ship for toddlers, the ‘intermediate’ area includes a climbing wall, see-saw, bigger slide area then there is equipment for older children (or parents!) Such as a zip-wire and large swing. There is also tonnes of play sand, so make sure you pack a bucket and spade! It’s all enclosed with plenty of grassy space to sit for picnics etc.
Cafe: Yes, two! There is a cafe in the centre of the park which is handy as the lido, splash park, pond and playground are spread around the perimeter of the park. The downside (with tired, hungry toddlers) is that it is up quite a steep hill so bear this in mind!! The cafe sells homemade foods, breakfasts, ice cream, crisps, cakes, coffee etc. There is picnic bench seating outside and plenty of variety for children to eat.
For a more adventurous lunch, the Lido Cafe in Brockwell park serves breakfast, lunch and dinner…. With an alcohol option!! You don’t have to enter via the Lido, there is a separate entrance to access the restaurant only. Dishes include halloumi or beetroot burger, smoked haddock fish cakes. Check out their offers. They regularly offer discounts via the website for certain days/ Leisure centre members etc…
It’s not uncommon to see parents with babies in tow, making the most of the restaurant’s terrace with a Gin in their hand.
Toilets: Yes, toilet/ baby change facility within the playground enclosure.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes.
Parking: Limited in car park. Street pay and display or limited free parking in some resedential streets.
Train: Herne Hill.
Bus: Buses 3, 68, 196, 201, 322 and 468 all stop right outside the park. More info can be found here: www.tfl.gov.uk/bus/stop/490004403N/brockwell-park?lineId=68.
Phone: 020 7926 1000 (Lambeth Council).
Email: [email protected] (Lambeth Council).
A splash park opens in the warmer months which has fountains and a ‘beach’ area with sand pit. Saturday mornings welcomes the Park Run UK. Rockwell Park also houses a Fusion Gym with outdoor lido, restaurant and summer BBQ. In the Summer months a miniature train opens for £1 rides.
Right next to the playground is the ‘One O’Clock club’ which is open on several days of the week and is free. I’ve never been so best to check before turning up. This is what they say….
Lambeth one o’clock clubs offer Stay and Play sessions for children under five and their parents and carers. The sessions are free of charge and include indoor and outdoor play activities. Everyone is welcome, so come along and play! Managed by Effra Early Years Centre – 02086714883.
Review by Anna Townsend