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kensington diana memorial playground

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bruffin Sat 17-Nov-12 13:19:50

To think it's sad that a adult can't go in the playground without a child.
I have a few hours to spare so have been wandering round.hyde park.
Have always wanted to see the playground but never got round to it while dcs were young.
I had a look at the elfin oak then went through the gate to see the playground. A security guard came rushing out and asked me if I had a child with me. I said no, and he told me I had to leave. He was apologetic and just doing his job. But it has upset me. That an adult can't be trusted around children.

OpheliaPayneAgain Sat 17-Nov-12 13:22:47

The opening times of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground are:

May - August: 10.00 - 19.45
April and September: 10.00 - 18.45
March & early October: 10.00 - 17.45
February & late October: 10.00 - 16.45
November - January: 10.00 - 15.45
Last entry 15 minutes prior to closing time. The playground is closed on the 25th December.

Children up to the age of 12 are allowed in the playground.

Please note: unaccompanied adults may only enter the playground between 9.30 and 10.00.

it's to stop the place being full of tourists when it's a childrens play area

Nancy66 Sat 17-Nov-12 13:24:19

Maybe it's more to do with keeping tourists at bay so that kids can play there?

Have you seen the new (ish) RAF memorial at Green Park - that's really impressive and not far from where you are

ecclesvet Sat 17-Nov-12 13:28:39

Their website says that unaccompanied adults can visit the playground between 9:30 and 10:00, if you really want to see it. Ridiculous hysteria, I agree.

Nancy66 Sat 17-Nov-12 13:30:11

...oh and the Albert Memorial is looking pretty splendid since it was restored - maybe go and have a look at that

OpheliaPayneAgain Sat 17-Nov-12 13:31:09

You'd have sightseers cluttering up the place that was specifically designed as a sensory centre for children just because of the name 'diana'. It's not hysterical - it's to stop coah loads of Americans wanting to be photographed and getting underfoot grin

InNeedOfBrandy Sat 17-Nov-12 13:32:06

It is a lovely playground but it's not amazing or that different then any other nice playground.

bruffin Sat 17-Nov-12 13:46:46

I didn't set out to there is morning. I dropped my Dd off at Hyde park at 12 and had a few hours to spare so started walking, came across the fountain, then decided to find the playground. Just thought it was a open playground like any other and the gates were to keep the children from running off.
It was the fact that I was seen on ctv and a guard was sent out to tell me to leave that was upsetting.
I didn't come up to see it, just that I was killing time in the area.
Thanks for replies I am to find some lunch.

SoleSource Sat 17-Nov-12 14:20:42


threesocksmorgan Sat 17-Nov-12 14:21:34

wow that is crazy

mumsfretter Sat 17-Nov-12 14:39:19

I actually think it's a great thing that adults are not allowed in without children. It's a playground for children not a tourist attraction.

I am very impressed that someone was actually watching on CCTV as it makes it feel very safe.

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