Space to play and much more!


Our Adventure Playground offers over an acre of safe, staffed space where children & young people can come to play, make new friends, develop skills & try new things.

We are open to children of every background between the ages of 6 – 16. 

We believe

  • Children thrive with positive social interactions
  • Play helps children develop responsibility through risk
  • that children who can play freely develop strong social skills and positive connections with others in their community
  • that children need space to take responsibility, to explore and challenge themselves



Who uses us?

During the holidays we average over 100 children each day.

Over the year we have well over 4,000 visits to the playground alone. While we do not target a particular ethnic group 72% of the children that use us are from ethnic minorities.

In our most recent new registration survey from July – September 2018
80% of children were aged 6 – 10 years old and 20% were aged 11+.

51% of the children were boys and 49% were girls.

Children per day

Visits per year


Ethnic minorities

Entry is free!

So much to do

There’s a big emphasis on outdoor play with gardening and the Edible Playground as well as our exciting structures and free play. You can also come inside and try arts and crafts, cookery, table tennis and much more.

Recent activities, events & projects include:

  • In partnership with Urban Growth we built a new growing area, pond and greenhouse & teach children and young people to gardening skills
  • Our new football club in partnership with FC United is up, running & scoring goals
  • Bee Urban and our thriving bee hives produced over 120kg of delicious Slade Gardens Adventure Playground Honey – come in & try some!
  • Our summer Theatre sessions were so popular that we are launching the Slade Gardens Theatre in April
  • Last year we visited Clip & Climb, Flip Out Trampoline Park, Crystal Palace, Myatts Field Water Park, went bowling, had a slime making workshop, made brilliant things out of scrap & recycling at Hannah Theodoru’s arts and crafts workshops, designed T-shirts and much more besides


Want to come along?

Just turn up! All you need to do is register and sign in.  Staff are on hand to ensure your safety and enhance everyone’s play experiences.  Parents and carers are welcome.

Childcare groups and play schemes are also welcome but we ask that you contact us to book first to avoid overcrowding.

Trustees & Staff

Robin Langton
Veronica Plowden
Jamie Bulloch
Rebecca Jarvis                                                                  Olga Muniz                                                                    Katharina Bielenberg                                                            Janis Marsh                                                                        Gilly Johnson-Hill
Crispin Royle Davis


The Charity Director Cadella Patterson works Wednesdays-Fridays and can be contacted via Email.

The Playground Manager Jamie Young works Mondays-Fridays and is first port of call for all enquires. 

Playworker Laverne David and lead in the Stay & Play also works part-time and a team of dedicated playworkers who are here to help and enhance every visit. 

Anke Zeller manages the Edible garden, gardening club and education workshops.  


Important information

View and download a copy of our safeguarding policy.

If you have any questions about our work or our plans for the future please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Sponsors, Friends and Contributors


Hindon Trust
Woodward Trust
Peter Minet
St Matthew’s church, Brixton
Children in Need
Walcott Foundation
Garfield Weston
Hedley Trust
Awards for All
Play England
The Borough of Lambeth
The Borough of Southwark
Social Investment Bank
Young Lambeth CO-OP
Lord Mayor’s Green City Fund
Revolving Dinner
SPRA Festival Fund

Volunteers & Partners

Price Waterhouse Cooper
Architectural Association
Goldsmiths College
Deutsche Bank
Bank of America
Borough of Lambeth
Max Architects
Whitby Ward
Equals Consulting
Churchman Landscape Architects
Karen Sorab, Beyond Autism
Urban Growth
Jam Jar Flowers
Bee Urban
Friends of Slade Gardens

We would like to thank every one of our supporters past and present – we wouldn’t be here or having nearly so much fun without you!


On 22 June 1944 a flying bomb hit and destroyed several houses in Stockwell. Killing 11 people, the damage led to the formation of Slade Gardens which became the site for our much loved adventure playground.

In 1999 Slade Gardens Community Play Association was formed as a charitable trust responsible for running the Adventure Playground.