With spring well and truly underway, London’s parks are looking a lot greener and full of blossoms, daffodils and dog walkers and Waltham Forest has more than most boroughs.
So, whether you are a sun-searching Londoner looking to soak up the rays, or just seeking a quick stroll away from the hustle and bustle of city life, here are five parks in Waltham Forest to visit this spring.
This stunning gem, just a 15 minute walk from Walthamstow Central tube station, was formed in the Middle Ages as part of the grounds of a moated house known as the Cricklewoods.
Lloyd Park opened in the Victorian Era and is home to the William Morris Gallery and Garden with original terraced gardens.
There is an array of activities for families to enjoy at the park, from a lovely stroll around the moat and its island, to a selection of outdoor sports courts, a bowling green and an outdoor gym.
The park also has a children’s play area and a dog friendly café with indoor and outdoor seating to a bask in the sunlight of spring.
Address: Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP
A popular city farm based in Jack Cornwell Park in Leyton, Brooks Farm has been running for over 20 years.
Located just a stones through away from Leyton Midland overground station, the park is a perfect place for children to meet a selection of furry friends including donkeys, goats, ponies and hens.
The park is completely free to visit, however they do take donations to help the upkeep of the farm.
There is also a farm café which is open from 10:00am – 4:30pm and sells a variety of Fairtrade and organic drinks and several outdoor play areas suitable for children aged up to 13.
Brooks Farm is the perfect spot to experience spring in full flow and align with nature.
Address: Jack Cornwell Park, Skelton Lane, Leyton, E10 5B
Coronation Gardens opened over one hundred years ago and is located in the heart of Leyton, just a 10 minute walk from Leyton station.
The park is home to the borough’s last surviving bandstand at which local music, theatre and dance groups are encouraged to perform.
The gardens also include a stunning ornamental fountain and pond, as well as an elegant maze adding a sense of mystery for the children.
Dogs are welcome in the gardens but must be kept on a lead, and there are toilets on site including baby changing facilities.
Coronation Gardens is a stunning location to visit this spring, which will make for a good day out with the family.
Address: Coronation Gardens, Oliver Road, Leyton, E10
Leyton Jubilee Park
Leyton Jubilee Park is Waltham Forest’s just a 15 minute walk from the Central Line, Leyton tube station.
The park has a number of exciting amenities and attractions including, a fantastic play area, outdoor gym and a MUGA.
The park also has over 1,000 trees, some of which are over 100 years old, and stunning nature areas such as Jubilee Wood and Dagenham Brook.
The park is also home to the KuKooLaLa café which is located in The Cottage, Marsh Lane entrance and offers a selection of healthy and balanced meals.
There are a number of free nature activities which take place at Leyton Jubilee Park such as the option to volunteer with tree planting and wildflower meadow maintenance, the perfect activity to kickstart your spring feeling (for more information click here).
Address: Leyton Jubilee Park, Seymour Road, London E10 7BL
Langthorne Park, which opened in June 2000, is a public park rich with history and named after Stratford-Langthorne Abbey which once owned 1,500 acres of land in the area.
Dotted around the park there are public art features which accentuate the history and background of the site.
There is also a selection of sport and activity areas including floodlit courts, a tennis wall, a traversing climbing wall and an outdoor gym.
The park is also home to an outdoor amphitheatre which hosts local events.
Visitors of the park will also have the opportunity to absorb the natural sounds of spring in the park’s quiet garden or ecology area.
A picnic area is available for those that wish to start their summer activities early, or just enjoy a quick snack in the comfort of nature.
Address: Langthorne Park, Birch Grove, E11 4YG
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