Grovelands Park: “the jewel in the crown of the parks”
With over a century of history and many attractions for all members of the family, the Grovelands Park in Southgate and Winchmore Hill has lots to explore. From tennis to bird spotting, there is something for every interest, and you can even check out the Grovelands House on the west side of the park.
Originally, the mansion that exists in the park grounds was built at the turn of the 18th century and was called Southgate Grove. It had gardens that were designed by Humphry Repton, and the house itself was designed by John Nash. In 1913, the Municipal Borough of Southgate bought part of the grounds to create a public park, which is what we now know as Grovelands Park. Now, the house is part of the Priory Hospital Group. This dog-friendly park is one of the best parks in Southgate to bring your four-legged friend and is also the perfect location to bring the kids for a runaround. The woodland adventure playground is a favourite with families and was funded by the Friends of Grovelands Park. However, this isn’t the only playground on site; there is another play area for younger children located near the cafe, with colourful equipment including swings, slides and climbing frames. For the sport-lover, Grovelands Park is a dream destination. Head to the tennis court to brush up on your racquet skills, or check out the Bowls Club, which is open to members of all ages. There is also a miniature golf course that can be used for a small charge, and is a great low-pressure environment for beginners, or perfect for a little competition. You’ll also find two basketball courts on site, as well as free gym equipment. For those who prefer fishing as a hobby, there are lots of fishing spots by the lake, where you can catch pike. Due to the new reed beds, the quality of the water in the lake has improved, making it a great place to fish. There is also a nice cafe selling special bird food to feed the birds and ducks with, as bread can be damaging for them as it provides little nutritional value. For something to eat, Grovelands Park Cafe, as well as supplying bird food, also provides some tasty human options. Here, you can enjoy some tea, coffee, sandwiches or cake, and even get some ice cream on a hot day. If you prefer, Grovelands Park is also an amazing picnic destination, so feel free to bring your own food if you wish.
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