Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair

Saturday 28th November 2015 – 10.00am – 5.00pm

Following the success of the Love West Dulwich Spring Fair in May and Christmas Fair in 2014, plans for the Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair are in full swing. The Love West Dulwich Christmas Fair will take place on Park Hall Road, Croxted Road and Rosendale Road in West Dulwich on Saturday 28th November from 10am to 5pm and promises to be a wonderful way to support local businesses and get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up whilst enjoying a fun day out for all the family in our special area of London.

Across West Dulwich there will be:
• Special in-store activities for all the family to take part in.
• Santa’s Grotto and face painting at Wigwam Toy Shop
• A visit from Miss Christmas
• Christmas trees for sale at Alleyn Park Garden Centre – 10% off and book free delivery.
• A Find Santa treasure hunt and storytelling session at Dulwich Books
• Arts and crafts market on Rosendale Road.
• Street food market on Croxted Road.
• Entertainment tent on Croxted Road.

In addition to this many local businesses will be running unique family friendly events, experiences and promotions throughout the day.

For more information visit:


@ilovestreatham got in touch to say, now that Spring is on its way (obviously an optimist 😉) they fancied venturing a bit farther afield than the local common and asked for my thoughts on parks in south London. Turns out this is something I know a fair bit about! So I thought  I’d pop my tweets into one handy blogpost. A few are (shock horror) not in south London, but I reckon they’re worth the travel.  I’d love to hear about your recommendations and will add them to the post. Here are my thoughts in 140 characters or thereabouts:

Battersea – beautiful and vast, by river, farm, cafe. Oddly can’t remember the playgrounds. Website

Belair Park (W.Dulwich) – not huge, but ok playground, pretty space with stream. Decent local alternative. Website

Brockwell Park – fab park, great playground, lovely waterplay area, secret garden, miniature train at weekends, good cafes & a LIDO! Website

Burgess Park – cool playgrounds with huge slides, waterplay, good little scooter/bike track, nice cafe. Website

Crystal Palace – good playground, sand, dinosaur trail, mini farm, lake, nice cafe, right next to train station & parking. Website

Danson Park – good playground & fab water play in the summer. OK pub in the park near playground & kiosk & loos by playground. Website


Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is wonderful. Loads of different zones, massive pirate ship, sand & water, good cafe. Website

Dulwich Park – lovely as a local park, but prob underwhelming at the mo if you travel from afar as building works ongoing. Website

Greenwich – 💓 this park, LOADS of playground stuff, beautiful grounds, views, cafe and close to tons of ace free museums. Website

Hall Place & Gardens has loads of space to run around (free), good cafe and interesting changing exhibitions (have to pay). Website


Hampton Court – the grounds are beautiful and free to enter outside the palace walls. Website

Morden Hall Park – is National Trust but free, has a cool natural play area, beautiful grounds and lovely cafe. Website @MordenHallPkNT


Olymipc Park – another firm favourite, interesting and cool playgrounds, waterplay, cafes, travel to or park at Westfield. Website


Peckham Rye – loads of different corners to explore – arboretum, Japanese garden, wildlife garden👍, cafe and playground ok. Website


Ruskin Park – my kids love the playground and nice paddling pool in summer. Friendly little kiosk by the playground. Website

Victoria Park – several excellent playgrounds and waterplay, great cafes, lake. One of our favourites 🙂 Website

Half-term in London is simply spook-tacular!

Smiley pumpkin

London really spoils us in terms of fun stuff to do with our kids, don’t you think? If you haven’t got half-term sorted, check out Time Out’s half-term guide and MyKidsy’s ideas for half-term for inspiration.

Kew Gardens is IncrEdible!


Last week we made the most of the sunshine and spent the day at Kew. Quite possibly the loveliest botanical gardens in the world (having experienced at least TWO others 😉 ) it is particularly good at the moment because (a) the leaves are changing colour, (b) the IncrEdibles Festival is on, (c) kids under 16 go free, and (d) the cakes are pretty tasty, too!

Discover some of the many weird and wonderful species we can feast on – there’s an exciting programme of activities and artistic installations to start you on your journey, including a giant fungi fairy ring and a spectacular pumpkin parade.

Aside from the special events, Kew has put lots of thought into making it as fun for kids and easy for parents as possible:

Climbers and Creepers – explore our unique indoor play zone, where children can wiggle through tunnels and slide down our giant pitcher plant. Suitable for children aged 3 – 9, children must be accompanied by an adult

School holiday activities – click here to find out what’s happening this October half term

Xstrata Treetop Walkway – climb 18 metres high into the treetops on to this circular walkway, to learn about trees and enjoy an exciting birds-eye view over the Gardens

Stag Beetle Loggery – insect lovers should head here during May to try and spot some of these giant beetles

Aquatic Displays – as well as incredible plants, the Palm House and the Princess of Wales Conservatory also feature aquatic displays where you can see piranha, enormous catfish, freshwater stingrays and water dragons.

Treehouse Towers – Located outside Climbers and Creepers, children (from 3 – 11) can play on giant swings, zip wires, scramble nets and slides.

Glasshouse galleries – climb up high inside the Palm House or the Temperate House to tower above the palms and plants and experience the huge scale of these historic glasshouses

Evolution House – learn about the theory of evolution by travelling through time back 3,500 million years, on the way you pass a fuming volcano with glowing lava and even dinosaur footprints

Arboretum – run off some energy in amongst the trees of Kew’s arboretum; children in particular will enjoy the area around the Lake and the Sackler Crossing, where they can see duck, geese and occasional peacocks or golden pheasant

Trails – look out to see if there are any children’s trails at the time of your visit, details can be found at the gate when you arrive, there are also trails to follow in the kids’ guidebook Kids’ Kew

Guided Tours – older children can learn lots about plants on our FREE daily guided tours, which leave at 11am and 2pm daily See our Guided Tours page for more information

Garden tickets – Adults £14.50, concessions £12.50, kids 16 and under get in FREE (detailed ticket prices)
Opening times – the Gardens open daily at 9.30am (detailed opening times)
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Rd, Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 3AB (how to find them)

Monday 2 September – Sunday 3 November 2013