Paddling pool and splash pad update

The paddling pool at Ravenscourt Park and the splash pad at Bishops Park have now closed until next summer. If you want to get in the water in the meantime, please visit one of our leisure centres.

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Making a splash in Bishops Park

The paddling pool at Ravenscourt Park and the splash pad at Bishops Park have now closed until next summer.

The splash pad in Bishops Park is located in the middle of the park between the lake and the skate bowl, and during the summer it is open from 10am to 6pm every day.

The water feature has an intriguing history. When the lake in the park was built around 1900, it was designed as an urban beach called ‘Margate Sands’. This incorporated a paddling pool on the south-eastern side of the lake and sand brought from the Kent and Essex coast.

Margate Sands is now re-imagined as a large splash pad with three sets of water jets and the long sandy beach.

Bishops Park was created in 1893 from land around Fulham Palace – a stunning green space right next to the River Thames. The park is a Grade II-listed site, protected by English Heritage on the register of parks and gardens of special historic interest.

This historic park and splash pad are the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy the summer sun.

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Image caption: Image 2: Pictured is the paddling pool in Ravenscourt Park

Ravenscourt Park paddling pool

The Ravenscourt Park paddling pool was re-opened this summer after long-running repair works to its filtration system.

Ravenscourt Park is a 13-hectare open space in Hammersmith that also features play areas, sports facilities and a nearby garden centre.

You can also find some shade thanks to the park’s 600 plus trees. To learn about some old, rare and new trees, follow the Tree Trail map created by the Friends of Ravenscourt Park and independent local estate agent Horton and Garton.

H&F’s award-winning parks

Twenty of H&F’s glorious parks, including both Ravenscourt Park and Bishops Park, have won the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Read about our newest award winner, Westcroft Square here. And if you’re keen to explore our other parks and open spaces, here’s a few of the other award winners.

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