This is a lovely park with lots to do for all members of the family, young and old. There is a newly refurbished play area that includes a tepee in a sandpit, a zip wire, swings (for both little and big kids) and a splash fountain thingy. The main park space is surrounded by a fence and no dogs are allowed in, which means children can run free without worrying about stepping in dog poo!
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
The park is great for picnics, with several picnic tables and benches. For older children, there is a multi-sports area with a table tennis table, goalposts and basketball hoops. And for dog lovers, there is a specific area for letting your dogs off the lead for a run. There is also a small forest school / wildlife area as well as a Trim Trail and an outside gym. Unfortunately, there are no toilets or café, but there is a local parade of shops close by which can easily be accessed.
Address: Baring Road, Lee, London SE12.
Playground: Yes, it’s great for younger and older kids alike. It features a clean sandpit with tepee for hiding in, toddler-friendly equipment and lots to keep the older ones amused, including a tyre swing, death slide and large climbing web.
Cafe: Sadly not, although the excellent Cafe Lokum is just a few doors down.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, there are lovely wide paths suitable for all types of wheels, from skates to prams to wheelchairs.
Parking: There is plenty of free on-street parking right outside on Baring Road.
Train: Lee / Grove Park – both a good 20-minute walk away.
Bus: The 261 stops right outside.
Phone: 020 8318 3986.
Email: [email protected].
The site of Northbrook Park was a field known as the Ten-Acre Field, although in fact it was nearer nine acres. The field formed part of the Baring Estates in Lee, and in 1898 Lord Northbrook offered to present it for public use in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. A sundial marks Lord Northbrook’s gift. The park is located within the borough of Lewisham and is managed by Glendale. There is a very active users group that has successfully improved the park’s facilities over the past five years.
Review by Claire Carter