Playground garden transformed by returning children

Neglected over the long covid winter, with the playground closed, staff furloughed and children forced to stay at home, the garden area at Lollard Street Adventure Playground had become wild and overgrown.

But now, in a burst of activity over the Easter holidays, when the playground was able to finally reopen its gates for the first time since before Christmas, the garden has been embraced by children long deprived of contact with the natural world.

The project’s enthusiastic young gardeners have transformed the area: grass has been cut, weeds uprooted, fresh seedlings sown and bulbs planted. The fruit tree has been adorned with sun catchers: symbolising, perhaps, children’s growing hope for a brighter summer, without restrictions, and a return to the kind of childhood we all want for them.

We will use these pages over the coming weeks and months to monitor the garden’s progress – and our children’s enjoyment of a Lollard Street summer.

Playground to reopen for school holidays

Lollard Street will open its gates again after school on 31 March.

New government guidance, after the current Covid lockdown, allows out-of-school settings to reopen for children to play outside during the Easter school holidays, with a revised Covid risk management policy. The playground’s new rules can be found here and a full timetable for the Easter holidays here.

The guidance also says that, after the school holidays: ‘the government’s intention is then for out-of-school settings and wraparound childcare providers to be able to offer provision as normal, to all children, from the start of the school summer term. This will be no earlier than 12 April, and will be confirmed as part of step 2 of the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021‘.

The playground’s plans for the summer term will be published here when this guidance is confirmed.

Playground to reopen 3 December with new Covid rules

Children playing on zip wireLollard Street will reopen on 3 December with a new policy to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the risk of infection to staff, children and families.

Following government guidance, we will now be open in term-time as follows:

Monday: Closed

Tues and Weds: 3.30-7.00, primary school children only.

Thurs and Fri: 3.30-7.00, secondary school children only.

On each day, numbers will be restricted to 15 children only.

Please do not send or bring your child to the playground other than on these allocated days. And please familiarise yourself and your children with our covid safety rules here.

Thank you!


Opening times for the Christmas period will be published here soon.

Adventure playgrounds await clarification on new lockdown rules

Adventure playgrounds in England, including here at Lollard Street, were today awaiting clarification about how the new Covid restrictions announced at the weekend are to be applied.

Government guidance says that playgrounds and some childcare provision can remain open but that youth groups and sports facilities should close. Adventure playgrounds, which contain elements of each, are not specifically identified in the measures.

We are seeking urgent clarification as to how the guidance should be interpreted for our kind of service and will make a further announcement as soon as this is received.

In the meantime, Lollard Street Adventure Playground remains open, Wednesday – Friday, 3.30 – 7.00 pm, until further notice.