Timbuktu Adventure Playground - Girl with facepaint

Welcome to our adventurous and exciting playground!

Timbuktu Adventure Playground

We are happy to be able to welcome children back to their playgrounds on 20th of July, in line with government guidelines.

To keep children and families as safe as we can, families must book children in for two week slots. Children will be in social bubbles of 15 and will be supported in their play by the same 3 playworkers throughout the two week slot. Parents must register their children to take part, Register Your Child. When the registration is complete you can book your child for one of these slots.

1st slot: 20th to 31st of July
2nd slot:3rd to 14th August
3rd slot: 17th to 28th August

To Book email: Kira@islingtonplay.org.uk
Telephone: 07930 444 248

Telephone booking is between 9.30am and 11.30am
Lines open on Wednesday 15th of July

Timbuktu is a safe haven – the garden that everyone wants to play in. Come make new friends, paint your portrait, climb on the rope bridge, hide in the treehouse, build a den, plant a seed or take a risk on the thrilling drop slide. The playground is hidden in plain site with wooden fences shielding a fun filled play space for all ages. There is an enormous sand pit and a pond with frogs and apple trees. Timbuktu provides an exciting and safe space for children to jump, climb, run and enjoy playing out, to meet neighbours and friends and explore the world of their imagination.


When it first started, Timbuktu was known as Hanley Crouch Adventure Playground. It was set up by local residents and originally was sited just around the corner next to the Laundry. In its early years the playground was quite anarchic and political. Initially, with no building, the winter months were hard, until refuge was found through taking over the Laundry. This became the playground’s building and was originally run on a local neighbour’s electricity. Hanley Crouch Adventure Playground included a double decker bus which took children on trips out of the area. The playground moved to its current site in the mid 1980’s and changed its name to Timbuktu not long after. The Adventure Playground has since welcomed generations of Islington’s children to play.

Find Timbuktu Adventure Playground

Address: Grenville Road, London, N19 4EJ
Telephone: 020 7272 2183
Email: timbuktu@islingtonplay.org.uk

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Timbuktu adventure Playground map

Hire Timbuktu

Timbuktu is available for parties on Sundays and Mondays during term-time and on Saturdays and Sundays during the school holidays. It provides a lovely private space for you and your guests to enjoy the equipment and structures and to play hide and seek or other games. You can use the kitchen and the hall to create your own party environment.

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Timbuktu Adventure Playground structure
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