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Children's Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

The best gardens, playgrounds and parks in south west London and Surrey

Enjoy some fresh air with the kids this bank holiday weekend, with our pick of the best gardens, playgrounds and parks in south west London and Surrey

Get the kids off their screens this bank holiday and head out to one of these great outdoor spaces in our neighbourhoods. We have a fantastic array of parks in south west London and Surrey that are perfect for families.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A new children’s garden, designed for ages 2 to 12 years old, has just opened. The size of 40 tennis courts, the garden features a range of fun attractions designed to show kids all the things plants need to grow: earth, air, sun and water. Kew, Adults from £16.50, children from £4.50, under fours: free. Families from £40. (pictured top, (c) Jeff Eden)

Wimbledon Park

There are two separate play areas with a good range of equipment for toddlers and older kids. There are tennis courts, a paddling pool and a crazy golf course, too, as well as a lovely lake. Wimbledon Park, free.

Magic Garden 

Magic Garden (c) Historic Royal Palaces

Magic Garden (c) Historic Royal Palaces

Mythical beasts, battlements, and a secret grotto feature at this brilliant garden for kids. Imaginations can run wild as they cross bridges into turrets, hide out in secret dens or tackle the sandpit guarded by dragons. Hampton Court Palace, admission included in palace ticket, or £8 adults, £6 children. Under threes free. Families £23.40.

Bushy Park playground

After a stroll around the wild and beautiful parkland, kids will love to end up at the playground where there is a good selection of play equipment, a sandpit and a large shelter should you be caught in a downpour or need a break from the sun. Bushy Park, free.

Battersea Park

Battersea Park has so much going for it, with views of the river, and fantastic walks. Children love it here – it has a zoo with an adventure playground, complete with fire engine and helicopter to play in, as well as a free playground in the wider park for all age groups. Battersea Park, free. Zoo: adults £9.95, children £7.95, families £32.50.

Petersham Gate playground, Richmond Park

A great way to spend a sunny day is to take the (steep) walk between Pembroke Lodge and Petersham Gate playground. Head for coffee and croissants at Pembroke Lodge, admiring the incredible view, before heading down to the playground where the kids can burn off steam. There’s a sandpit and waterplay, swings, and a big climbing frame. Richmond Park, free.

Cheam Park

A lovely spot for sunny days, Cheam Park has a great cafe, which serves ice cream, and there is a huge sand pit for the kids to enjoy. Cheam Park, free.

Nonsuch Park

Great park of historical interest and plenty of space for kids. The old mansion house has a tea shop and there is also a fab playground. Nonsuch Park, free.