Parklife! 7 Reasons Why You Should Head To Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford makes for a great day out for the whole family, with many activities to cater for all ages and interests. From a relaxed picnic in the park, to a swim in the London Aquatics Centre, you can be sure to have tons of fun.

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Get your adrenaline pumping on the world's longest and tallest tunnel slide

Not for the faint hearted, the ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide at Queen Elizabeth Park will see you twist and turn your way down at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour during this 40-second ride. Artist Anish Kapoor worked in collaboration with Carsten Höller to create the world's long and tallest tunnel slide, which comes at an impressive 76 metres high, and 178 metres long. Children aged 8 and above can go down the slide.

Take a slide down the Arcelor Mittal orbit

Grab a cuppa at the Timber Lodge Café

This café and community centre provides families with a relaxing space to sit and chat over a drink and something to eat. The café has been designed to blend into the natural landscape and produces its own green energy using solar panels. And what's more, there are regular dance classes such as kids' zumba organised in the community centre.

Take a tour of the park on a swan pedalo

To explore the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in a fun and unique way, try out a super cute swan pedalo, which can be booked from the pontoon next to the London Aquatics centre. Relax and unwind on your pedalo along the river that runs through the park. This activity is available for children from 3 and above.

Family days out at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Swim in the world class Aquatics centre

The spectacular London Aquatics Centre was designed by architect Zaha Hadid for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Now you and your little ones can also feel the thrill of swimming in that world class centre and enjoy some of the best community swimming facilities in the country, for the same price as local swimming pools. The London Aquatics centre is also Olympian Tom Daley's training ground!

Start your child's cycling journey at the Lee Valley VeloPark

Children aged 2 and above can try a taster session at the infamous Lee Valley VeloPark. These taster sessions are organised to facilitate children's cycling development, building confidence in scooting on a balance bike, and progressing to riding without stabilisers. An instructor will be on hand to assistant with fun games and activities. Bikes and helmets are supplied.   

Follow a trail to take in the many sights and sounds of the Olympic Park

There's so much to explore at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which has a whooping 560 acres of parklands. Choose from one of the four designed trails, including the 'children's adventures in the park' trail and discover areas of interest such as art and wildlife.

Sliding fun at Queen Elizaebeth Olympic Park

Bring your little ones to the Tumbling Bay playground

Located at the north the of park, the Tumbling Bay playground features rock pools, sand pits, tall treehouses, and wobbly bridges, as well as slides, swings and plenty of space to run about. It even features a piece of modern art – Heather and Ivan Morison’s Cross and Cave sculpture.

Henrietta Richman
Mum of 2 boys, North London

Henrietta Richman, Kidadl's Head of Content, is a north Londoner & mum who loves to explore the world with her family. Her favourite adventures include spending time outdoors with her family and discovering new things to do and see in London - she loves letting her children choose a station on the Tube map and exploring a new area.

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