If you are inclined to the Commonwealth of England, you will probably remember without a doubt where you were on August the 31st 1997 when the beloved Princess Diana passed. I definitely do. I was in Hollywood, California (where I was living at the time) with my ex-fiance former pro-skateboarder Jason Ellis.
We were having a drink at a bar close to our apartment on Hollywood Boulevard. It was surreal to say the least, even now for me looking back at the experience. Jason wasn’t so much effected, while I was instantly devastated.
In retrospect, it brings tears to my eyes. Princess Diana was such a wonderful Lady who did so much for so many people, and we must give credit where credit is due for that.
Her whole existence truly touched me… And, clearly millions of others!
Being in London, en route to Dubrovnik Croatia, for our 4th annual summer holiday a few days ago we stopped by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground which is located behind Diana’s former residence in the famous Kensington Gardens. We stumbled across it quite by accident, but as my almost 3-year-old was on a mission to find the newly born Prince George of Cambridge it was a fitting tribute to be able to take him to Prince George’s Paternal Grandmother’s playground.
The playground is, to date, the most beautiful I have set foot in with my Son. It is perfectly inspired by Princess Diana’s love of Children with the theme of the magical story-book character Peter Pan. There is so much to do and see with the backdrop of the greenery of Kensington Gardens. There is a fragrant garden, as well as an area for disabled and visually impaired children. Love that!
Diana’s playground is unique in a way that it encourages children to take risks by exploration & following imaginations in a safe environment. In effect, Little Ones learn while they play. For example, climbing up one of the wooden walls or exploring the different kinds of elevated cubby-houses.
There is a lot up for grabs depending on the level of adventure considering each little adventurer on site!
If I was a child again I would never want to leave!
There was a huge line out the front with security at the gate letting children and parents in, as the same left. From what I heard from other parents in line, this playground is always busy, and no wonder! We waited on-line, and were through the gate within 20 minutes but we were also visiting late afternoon. I imagine during the morning it may take a lot longer to enter the park.
We spent most of our time in the area for under 3’s playground, however if you have older children there is the most amazing huge wooden pirate ship you have ever seen to play on, among other things.
There is something here for everybody!
A FEW NOTES
- Free Entry
- 750,000 children visit the playground a year
- No child over 12 years of age is permitted and all must be accompanied by a parent/carer
- This playground is completely enclosed by a fence
- There are toilets with a baby change area as well as a Cafe inside the playground
- Adults without children may view the park between 9.30AM – 10.00AM only on each day of the week
- Always attended while open with staff monitoring activities and providing first aid if needed
- The only day of the year that the park is closed is Christmas Day being December the 25th
- The park opens each day at 10.00AM and closes at the earliest during winter at 4.45PM, and the latest during summer at 7.45PM
- Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time
- DEFINITELY worth a visit
What about you, any other great tips while visiting London with a little one, or maybe you have visited this beautiful playground?
Princess Diana may your Beautiful Soul influence us always to be Better People – By Me, Willy B Mum!
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