Have you ever been to Alexandra Palace in the damp and dreary weather and NOT gone ice skating?
Then you’re missing out.
There are so many lovely things to do no matter what the weather is like… honest. I couldn’t believe it either, but if you like adventures and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then this is a great trip for you.
Alexandra Palace is on a huge hill, so if you’re fit and eager you might enjoy a leisurely stroll to the top. Having just feasted on Spanish street chicken at a gorgeous restaurant not too far away from Ally Pally, we decided to drive instead. Which was just as well, as Little Button was able to get a fabulous eye full of the views across London. ‘Look looook! There’s big Ben’ she pointed out. Not quite, but even in the fog we could easily make out the Shard and BT tower.
We ended up parking on a side road as the main parking areas were full because of an event. But… I am so glad that we did, as just through the side entrance we were rewarded with a large deer enclosure to investigate.
‘Look, Santa’s reindeer!’ said Little Button running closer to get a better look at the young (baby?) deer. ‘But where’s Santa?’ she pondered, before deciding that if he wasn’t in their house area, then he must be planning to pick them up before delivering toys on Christmas Eve.
I am thrilled we got a chance to see them as I have just found out that they are moving to a larger Deer park in Devon shortly. If you are hoping to catch a glimpse before they go do check out the main website to avoid disappointment.
After the excitement of Santa’s reindeer, rosy cheeked, we raced up the slope towards the boating lake. When I say raced… Little Button raced, Daddy ambled and I… well…. I tried my hardest not to slide back down the hill whilst inching my way up like a caterpillar.
I thought it would be great to have a walk round the lake for fun and hadn’t expected to find it full of ducks and geese at this time of year. But there they were, honking and swimming right towards us in hope of some treats (which we didn’t have!). Opps.
Little Button spend ages cooing at them and watching them diving under the water and popping up again.
There’s nothing like whiling away the hours by duck watching! We also spotted a lovely and very much open lakeside cafe and did you know that you can hire out peddle boats in the summer to cruise around the boating lake! We will definitely be coming back to try those out.
Sandpits and slides
Our final stop off for the day was to the playgrounds. Little Button made a bee line for the sandpits and happily re-enacted ‘stick man’ whilst we had a moment to just sit and enjoy our well deserved family time.
Top 10 things to do at Ally Pally
1) Take in the views.
2) See the deer.
3) Feed the ducks.
4) Go boating (summer months).
5) Enjoy some fabulous refreshments overlooking the boating lake.
6) Have fun in the playgrounds.
7) Visit the Little Dinosaurs soft play.
8) Enjoy the weekly farmers market.
9) Explore the grounds.
10) Go ice skating of course!
Do you love exploring like us? What has been your favourite place to visit so far?