Alexandra Park was the brainchild of Victorian landscape architect Alexander McKenzie, who conceived the resplendent North London venue some 150 years ago. To this day, the park’s 196 acres of Grade II-listed parkland are frequented by tourists and locals alike – whether they’re looking to hit the boating lake, attend events at Alexandra Palace or just enjoy some of the finest panoramic views in the city.
To commemorate “150 years of the extraordinary”, then, park authorities have organised a free family community event to celebrate the park’s birthday on July 21st.
Running between 11am and 11pm, the event comprises live music, sports, a farmer’s market and funfair – all in all, there should be something to suit just about all tastes.
The park’s exquisite Victorian bandstand will be in regular use throughout the day, featuring performers and entertainers from the local community – among them the Haringey Shed Big Noise Choir and Licence to Ceilidh. Meanwhile, a specially erected Beach Stage will host acts like The Muzztones and The Jump Seven late into the night.
Those looking for sporting diversions in the sunshine have a wealth to choose from; an ‘activity zone’ offers pitch and putt workshops and organised cricket workshops, while over on the boating lake visitors will be able to participate in a thrilling pedalo race.
Younger guests to the birthday party are sure to enjoy the funfair. Furthering the event’s 19th century theme, this will be replete with Victorian-style street entertainers and classic fairground rides – not to mention face-painting.
Finally, there’ll even be a temporary ice rink. This will be used for two five-minute skating demonstrations at 12:30pm and 2pm, while those wishing to skate themselves can do so throughout the day. This costs £9 for adults and £8 for children.
Alexandra Park should prove easy to reach from most luxury London hotels. Those travelling via the London Underground should head towards the Wood Green tube stop on the Piccadilly Line.