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Things to do

You may come to Waterlow Park for a walk, to enjoy the wildlife and ponds, or to visit Lauderdale House and the Cafe. If you are with family and friends we also have a range of enjoyable ideas for things to do >

Play areas and Sports 

As well as the café in Lauderdale House and the nature reserve by the upper pond, there are two playgrounds towards the southern end of the park.  One is an enclosed area for children under 5 and the other has equipment for older children and is near the lower Swains Lane entrance.  The Park also offers tennis courts which are bookable here for both tennis and netball.  New from 2019 is a petanque – or boules – pitch:  just turn up and play – you can bring your own set or borrow one from the Lauderdale House café.

Starting in summer 2021, there are regular Sunday morning yoga sessions [details here]

For more ideas on activities for children and adults in the park – nature hunt, trails, guide – please see the publications page.  [These were added in March 2020 when the playgrounds were closed.]


Might you be able to give some of your time to join other volunteers in an activity that enhances Waterlow Park for everyone? From gardening to nature to sports and much more, there are many opportunities and your  participation makes a big difference.  Find out more >



The Park has remained open throughout the pandemic thanks to the hard work of Camden, the idverde gardeners, and the active community of Friends. This is your park and your considerate use of the space and respect for others are more important now than ever. Please, if you have not already joined us, become a Friend. Your support is vital.