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PARKS AND GREEN SPACES

We're lucky to have so many lovely parks and green spaces surrounding us in Barnet. Here are some of our favourite places to go, and we'll be adding to the list in future!

Parkside Pick Your Own Farm

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Parkside Farm has been growing strawberries as a Pick Your Own crop since 1979. Currently, you can choose from around 20 different crops to harvest from around 50 acres of land. Plenty of free parking available.

Find out the latest opening times and view the crop calendar on their website: http://www.parksidefarmpyo.co.uk/

Address: Hadley Road, Enfield EN2 8LA

Telephone: 020 8367 2035 (message line only)

Email: parksidefarm@googlemail.com

Oakmere Park

We’ve only been to Oakmere a handful of times and haven’t been around the whole site, but the toddler play area is good – spacious, secure and with a variety of equipment. The lake is pretty too and there are plenty of places to sit and watch wildlife. Lots of parking (Pay and Display) just off the High Street with easy access to the park. There are toilets here, but we haven’t used them so I can’t say if they are child-friendly or not!

Address: 82 Highview Gardens, Potters Bar

Trent Country Park

Trent Park is always one of our go-to places to visit, and it has lots to offer all year round.

The Water Garden (best accessed from the Hadley Road car parks, around a 15 minute walk with young children) is at its best in spring, when there is so much colour from daffodils, crocuses and rhododendrons.

The meadow that is left to grow wild in summer is a great place to spot butterflies.

There are two playgrounds. The playground behind the cafe has two baby swings and a small slide/bridge/climbing frame suitable for younger children. There’s also some climbing equipment for older children. This entire area is securely fenced, so a good place to go if you need to keep your eyes on more than one toddler!

The other play area is just by Go Ape and is generally suited to older kids.

There is a cafe and toilets in the main car park.

Address: Cockfosters Rd, Enfield, Barnet EN4 0PS

 

Lewis of London

Lewis of London

A great place to while away a few hours in summer. Bring a picnic and enjoy a delicious ice cream for afters!

Address: Galley Lane, Barnet EN5 4AL

Admission: Free entry to farm, Maize Maze extra

Parking: On site (free)

Opening times: 10am-5pm daily

Toilets and baby change area available

For photos and more info, check out our blog post here

Oak Hill Park

Two Little Misters in the Park

Oak Hill Park in East Barnet is lovely for little ones. It’s great for a stroll by the brook and if you take a circuit through the middle, it’s mostly flat, so great for scooters and bikes. There are two playgrounds and two cafes. Oak Hill Park Café has seating inside and outside, toilets and a soft play area (read more on our Soft Play section). In summer there is often a bouncy castle outside too. (Tickets are £1.50 for 15 minutes). A smaller café by the golf course (adjacent to the car park) has recently opened up and has a children’s table and a selection of toys inside.

Address: Church Hill Road, London EN4 8JP

Parking: On site (free)

Broxbourne Wood Sculpture Trail

If your kids like exploring in the woods, have you tried Broxbourne Wood Sculpture Trail?

Walk around the trail to discover life-size wooden sculptures depicting 2000 years of local history. For example, there is a Roman legionnaire, a coal burner and a herdsman. (We like the wild boar family best!)

The circuit is around one kilometre and took us around 30-45 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace. The paths are wide and accessible.

The downside is that there are no toilets. However, I think as it’s somewhere for an hour or two, it’s more likely that you’d combine it with another venue, perhaps a pub lunch out, or on your way to/from nearby Paradise Wildlife Park.

Address: Pembridge Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 7QR

Parking: On site (free)

more coming soon!