Wimbledon offers some of the best parks in South West London, whether you’re on a mission to tire out the kids or find a quiet picnic spot away from the crowds. Here’s our hit-list of must-visit parks in and around Wimbledon for adults and children.
With one of the largest lakes in south London, and located right by the All England Lawn Tennis Club where the Wimbledon Championships take place, Wimbledon Park tops our list. Children will enjoy feeding the beautiful swans and ducks that float across the lake, as well as the many activities available.
With a play area, climbing frames, swings and sporting facilities such as volleyball courts, football pitches, crazy golf and exciting water sports, there’s always something to do here when you’re at a loose end. Adults can relax in the cafe where refreshments and food are available, or enjoy a little gentle distraction on the bowling green.
A less well-known park, even among Wimbledon folk, Holland Garden is a wonderful secluded place to go for some peace and quiet. Bring the family and have fun playing outdoor table-tennis or get a few rallies going on the tennis courts. You can also get the kids doing laps on their bikes using the pathway that goes around the garden.
The Dundonald Recreation Ground is one of the most fun parks for children. The playground is a vibrant place full of laughter and excitement due to the climbing frames, slides, swings and the sandpit for the younger ones.
The field next to it is great for picnics and bike rides using the pathway that goes around the green. It is also used as a football pitch and cricket pitch for those who are into sports. And of course like most parks around Wimbledon, there are tennis courts available.
What’s more is that aside from the play area and sporting grounds, there is a beautiful rose garden on the other side of the park, perfect for a relaxing walk with your loved ones or for some alone time.
Similar to Dundonald Park, Cottenham Park also offers a playground catering to younger children, with smaller climbing frames and a large sandpit. The field of green beside it is also great for picnics, bike rides or walking your dog; there are also sport activities available for booking, such as the rose-lined tennis courts.
There are also benches around the field for those who want to open up a book and get lost in their imagination on a relaxing sunny day!
Cannizaro Park, adjacent to Wimbledon Common, is part of the stunning grounds behind Hotel du Vin. This secluded yet popular place of tranquility is perfect for everything from peaceful meditation and taking long walks in the woods and floral plantation gardens, to picnics in the front green field and playing a round of frisbee!
The pond allows for one to connect with nature, while there is also a variety of majestic trees of all kinds in the park. Your children will enjoy learning about them as well as having a climb – something all children should do before growing up!
Immerse yourself in nature and have a peaceful sleep on the open grass within the woods. You’ll feel as though you’ve escaped the busy pace of Wimbledon life!
With this list of the best parks in SW19, you should be all set for some fun in the sun or to relax and take your mind off of the daily stresses of life. These parks will ensure that your children will also look back into their childhood with nothing but fond memories!
Written By: Eyes of Lady Wimbledon | Editor