Storybook Gardens Brings The Magic Back Into London
Some of the best memories from my childhood are from Storybook Gardens. My mom ran a daycare and would often pull me out of school for the day to go with her and the kids, and I was always grateful. I remember pretending to be a princess pirate while climbing up the side of a “ship” and feeling like I was absolutely invincible. It’s memories like these that are inspired by a place that encourages imagination and story that will last a lifetime.
The park is full of good family-friendly fun and celebrates all things fantastical and pulls you inside the stories that encapsulate childhood. As you head through the beautiful castle and tour the park to play, you’ll be passing by Humpty Dumpty and all kinds of storybook characters. The park is located inside of Springbank Park, which means that even parents get to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you watch your little ones interact, imagine, and enjoy hands-on play. The park gets around 150,000 visitors with only about half of those being actual Londoners, so it’s a great tourist attraction. If you have not yet had the pleasure of taking your kids there, here is everything that you’re missing out on.
Inside the park
This fun train ride has been part of the park for over 100 years. It’s actually outside of the Storybook Garden castle but is still part of Storybook’s enchanting experience. It goes through the idyllic Springbank park grounds and is family-friendly fun.
Go back in time to simpler days when you take your family on the fun and classic horse carousel ride.
Frog King’s Leaping Lilypad
Trampolines are fun but can be a bit of a hazard. The leaping lilypad is bouncy good fun for that is safe for the whole family.
Storybook Village Stage
From sing-a-longs, and stories, to performances and fun characters, these two stages are set up to deliver all kinds of fun entertainment for you and your whole family. Take a load off and enjoy the music and theatrics that will thrill and delight your kids.
Frog Pond Lookout
You never know what wildlife you’ll see when you go to the lookout. From frogs and turtles to heron and carp, the spot is a great one for the nature lovers in your family.
Village Square Concession
Enjoy all of the delicious meals and treats that this concession has to offer. There are shaded picnic areas close by, so grab something hot and delicious (or cold and delicious if it’s too hot of a day to think of eating anything other than ice cream), and find a beautiful spot for you and your family to take a break and enjoy the grub.
On The Riverbank Splashpad
When it’s a hot summer’s day, is there anything as wonderful as a splash pad? Let your kids run around and get sprayed, splashed, and dumped on as they cool off from the summer heat.
Pieces of Eight Concession
Hot dogs, sausages, chips, ice cream, cold drinks all wait for your enjoyment as you’ve made your way through most of the park.
Valley Villages Playhouses
A series of playhouses line this area to spark the fun of play and imagination in your kids. Let them stay and create stories and characters while you watch or join in with them! This way, they truly get engulfed in the fairy tale world.
Hands in the Sand
This giant sandbox has over 90 tonnes of quality sand for play. There are a ton of toys and two water sources for your kids to play. For adults, there is a shaded area for them to sit and watch, and enjoy the beautiful surrounding gardens. And if you’re thinking about just how dirty kids can get playing in the sand, fear not because Storybook has thought of everything. There is a cleanup area that has soft brushes and a hose.
There is a giant swing set that spins around. A spinning elephant ride for your little ones is a safe and fun ride. No place with an amusement ride section is complete without the classic Ferris wheel. Last, but not least, the carpet slide is a way to enjoy a slide like you have never experienced before.
Felix the Fox’s Archery Range
Who hasn’t wanted to feel like Robin Hood for a moment? Test your aim and your skills as you try your shot at using a bow and arrow to hit your target. Older children will love trying this out!
Pirate’s Play Zone
There is a rock climbing wall, a pirate ship to climb up and slide down, a giant net that is fun for kids to climb up and around, the giant tower slide where kids can see across the park, the toddler play zone, and finally the pirates training tower, which includes things to climb, crawl through and slide down.
Storybook Gardens has been a part of London’s great city since 1958 and it used to be focused on animals and fairy tales. It was a place to walk through with your kids and feel like you were inside of a storybook, with pieces of fairy tales coming to life right before your eyes, such as the giant shoe house that the old woman lived in. And the Storybook zoo allowed kids to see seals and animals that they wouldn’t normally get to see.
Slippery the Sea Lion is perhaps the most adorable and humorous part of Storybook’s history. A few days before it was set to open for the first time, Slippery lived up to his name and escaped the park. He was found 10 days later, swimming his way to Sandusky, Ohio and was safely returned to the park.
The Fall Season
The Winter Season
Junior Day CampThe Junior Day Camp is for 4-5-year-old and will include a bunch of fun activities as well as free-play all within the fantastical and adventurous walls of Storybook Gardens.
Senior Day Camp
The Senior Day Camp is for 6-9-year-old. The kids have fun exploring Storybook Gardens, but will also head outside of the castle and enjoy the beauty of Springbank Park. Senior campers will get to try their hands at fun activities like archery!