We are working hard to make sure that the children of Islington still get access to excellent play opportunities during this stage of the pandemic. IPA Adventure playgrounds only use our outdoor spaces for play, children can only use our buildings to use the toilets.
To keep the children safe we have reduced the number of children on site at any one time. All food and drink are banned on site and we are asking that all parents remind children that they must keep their distance from others whilst on the playground. Please also make sure your children are dressed for playing outside – it is still cold. The playground operates on a one in/ one out basis and we are very sorry that we cannot allow more children in. We hope you understand the restrictions imposed by the government and will abide by the lockdown rules. Covid Safety: Info for Parents and carers, 2021 Adventure Playgrounds
Crumbles Castle is overlooks Bingfield Park. as you enter the playground you will find yourself transported out of the city and into a nature-filled wonderland with hidden swings and secret places to climb and explore.
Crumbles Castle provides an exciting and safe space for children to jump, climb, run and enjoy playing out, meet neighbours and friends and explore the world of their imagination.
Islington Play Association has worked closely with Islington Council to extend the playground and to adapt an empty building on the park into a welcoming space for young people that now houses offices and a play space.
The Crumbles’ was the name given to the local Beaconsfield Buildings which were regarded as the worst slums in Islington and demolished in 1971. Soon after, the Bemerton Adventure Playground Committee asked architecture students from Regent Street Polytechnic to design what we know today as Crumbles Castle. Cobbles from the old buried courtyards of Crumbles’ tenements and the market site on York Way can be found in the tower and walls of the castle. Local children and their parents helped build the castle between 1968 and 1971; it was recognised that ‘building’ was an extension of the children’s play throughout that time. Crumbles Castle Adventure Playground has welcomed generations of Islington’s children to play.