Following on from yesterday’s post about King’s Cross and all the fun that can be had there as a family, I couldn’t remember if I had ever done a post on this hidden treasure. Turns out I haven’t and thought no better time than the present as yet another idea of where to go if you do find yourself in the King’s Cross/ Bloomsbury area with the kids.
We love this place and often find ourselves ending up here at the end of the day after lunch to let Archie have freedom to run around and play, soaking up the late summer sun while he paddles in the water. If you have never been then make sure you put it on your list to visit this summer.
Where is it?
It can be found in the heart of London between King’s Cross and Holborn, near Great Ormand Street hospital and the British Museum.
What is it?
Coram’s Fields is a charity and as a result of kind donations and a variety of fundraising activities they can offer wonderful activities. Housed in the seven acre playground includes a youth centre, children’s centre, community nursery, sports programme, city farm and a cafe.
When is it open?
The park is open all year round from 9am until dusk and is free and open to youngsters under 16. They are very strict in that they don’t allow adults to enter without a child.
What is there to do when you visit?
1. City Farm – the farm is small and situated to the left when you enter but still plenty for the kids to see including goats, chickens, rabbits and a variety of birds. This is usually something we head to on our way out after doing everything else. There are hand washing facilities available as well as toilets.
2. Play areas – at the back of the park is a large adventure play area with a zip slide. To the right when you enter there are a mix of play equipment for all ages from toddlers to older children with two large sand pits, a large paddling pool in the centre (which is filled in the summer months) and plenty of grass for free play and picnics!
3. Cafe – I haven’t been since it has had major improvements but it is now run by Pistachios in the park and look forward to trying it out on our next visit. Has anyone been yet? As before it offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, handmade treats as well as a variety of healthier alternatives. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating it is perfect whatever the weather.
4. Children’s Centre – sadly as of this year, they lost their funding from Camden council towards their under 5 children’s centre programme. However, they have worked hard to find a way to continue to provide an invaluable service to families.In order to ensure the services are sustainable they have had to introduce a charge.The key decisions that have been made include morning only drop-in services (09:30am – 12:30pm) (£2 entry per child, £1 per sibling), terminating the Diddi-Dance programme and continuing with Little Kickers sessions on a Monday morning (£3 per child and £2 for each sibling).
There hasn’t been a summer passed us by without many happy days spent here so make sure to visit if you have never been or revisit if you have been before and support the wonderful haven that they provide.