Kidbrooke’s Cator Park Playground
If you’ve never been to the Cator Park Adventure Playground before then it’s a park that you need to add to your little bucketlist of local places to visit with the kids. Where is Kidbrooke? It’s very close to Blackheath, Eltham, Greenwich and Lewisham – even from North Greenwich, it’s only a single bus ride away.
The park has been open for a year now and is very popular with the locals – it’s a beautiful place to visit that’s been created with sustainability in mind. I wrote a post last year about the launch of the Cator Park playground but wasn’t able to attend as I was at work and just never eally ventured out to Cator Park until last month.
We visited the park with some friends who have been to the park before and was able to explore the grounds. We got there around 11am to try and beat the family crowds which helped because by 1pm it was quite busy. Kidbrooke’s Cator Park has two giant slides, climbing frames, tyre swings, and two giant wooden ‘treehouses’ which have a giant swirly tube slide each.
Children can really jump, climb, swing and slide to their little heart’s content! 🙂
Our kids were a little apprehensive at first with playing on the slides and so we started off in the park on the smaller slides and climbing frame. The kids then progressed over to the treehouses and were climbing away. Little Miss LOVES climbing so she was really in her element. She had a brilliant time and was even happier that we had a lovely day out with her nursery pals before starting school. Younger children may find the treehouses a little scary but the trick is to go on it with them a few times encourage them to explore. Over time the children will build up the courage and confidence to do it alone.
The playground is really well-made and very sturdy. The treehouses were my favourite and I even went on the swirly slide a few times with Little Miss. In one of the treehouses, there’s a set of strings which the children can strum and the sound vibrates all the way down the slide. It’s pretty cool!
What should I bring to the Cator Park adventure playground?
- a bottle of water
- something to eat plus lots of snacks
- a picnic blanket or something to sit on
- a light buggy or stroller if you have a toddler
It’s not an extensive list but as there’s not really much around the park apart from new flat developments, you need to make sure you bring at least water and snacks with you if you’re going to be playing here for a couple of hours. We popped into our local Sainsburys and brought sandwiches, snacks, and drinks with us to munch on. Kids play is exhausting work!
Travel directions: how to get there…
Cator Park Playground address:
Kidbrooke Park Rd, London SE3 9GN
(displayed on Google as Cator Park North Playground)
If you’re lucky to live near enough to walk then yay! It’s walking distance for anyonme living in the Kidbrooke/Kidbrooke Village area. If you live in Eltham it’d be around a 15mins walk if you live near Sutcliffe Park otherwise from Eltham High street, get the bus to Sutcliffe Park and walk the rest of the way.
I think bus is the easiest, most convenient and cheapest option (apart from walking) to the park. The two buses that I’m aware of that stop closest to the park are 335 and 178. Alight at the stop ‘Cranfield Walk’ (stop M if you’re coming from North Greenwich or Woolwich direction, stop L if you’re coming from Lewisham or Blackheath Park.) If you’re coming from Greenwich you can either get the 286 to Blackheath then catch the 335 to Cator Park, OR get the 129 or 188 to North Greenwich and catch the 335 from the station. If you’re coming from Woolwich or nearby, get any bus to Woolwich town centre and catch the 178 direct to Cator Park.
You can type the address directly into your GPS navigation system and it’ll direct you to the park however there isn’t any parking nearby the playground. You’ll have to park at either Kidbrooke station and or near Sutcliffe Park using the pay & display machines and walk to the park from there.
From North Greenwich underground station, catch the 335 bus directly to Cator Park and get off at Cranfield Walk stop M. If you’re getting the train, alight at Kidbrooke station and walk to the playground which is around 7-10mins walk. Use your Maps app or Google maps for full walking directions.
P I N T H I S P O S T !