Wembley is famous as being the home of the great Wembley Stadium, but did you know that there is also so much for children and families at Wembley Park? It is easy to get to, has lots of year round activities and attractions (many of them free). It has pedestrianised boulevards and is a lovely safe environment for a family day out. Read on to find out everything you need to know about a day out at Wembley Park for kids.
How to get to Wembley Park
Wembley Park is really easy to get to by public transport and car.
If you are travelling on London Underground you can get to Wembley Park tube station via the Jubilee, Metropolitan lines and access the Bakerloo line from Wembley Park Central. Wembley Park is in Zone 4.
If you are travelling by train, London Overground trains run to Wembley Park Central.
If you are travelling by car you will be pleased to know that Wembley Park has over 3,000 secure parking spaces starting at just £2. If you're visiting Wembley Park for an event at Wembley Stadium or OVO Arena Wembley it is recommended to book a space in one of the car parks in advance. You can book here.
For more information on how to get to Wembley Park there is a comprehensive guide on their site.
Fun things to do in Wembley Park, London
There is honestly so much to do you could easily spend a whole day there.
Fountains and splash pad
In the hotter summer weather, children love to splash in the fountains of Arena Square. You’ll find the fountains outside the OVO Arena Wembley - one London’s most popular music and entertainment venues. This is a great place to stop and relax while the children cool off in the water. Afterwards you can walk the footsteps of famous musicians who have their names and handprints imprinted in bronze plaques. You will see Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Dolly Parton, George Michael, Westlife, Lionel Richie, Bryan Adams and Status Quo.
Playparks and gardens
There is a lovely all weather playpark for children under 12 featuring a slide, shoot, roundabout, iconic twin-towers and a climbing frame.
There is also the gorgeous Union Park, with wildflowers, lawns, new trees and refreshing fountains. It is a great place to have a picnic, hang out with friends and play with the kids. It is a fantastic urban green space designed with community at heart. The southern section has an outdoor gym and children’s paddling pool and also a multi-use games court for tennis (and netball and basketball in the near future).
Leisure attractions at BOXPARK
Art and Culture
There is a fantastic art trail at Wembley Park. You can wander around and discover interactive artworks and photo-worthy murals by leading artists and community contributors and highlights Wembley Park as a diverse, distinctive and vibrant neighbourhood.
Wembley Park’s free art trail is definitely worth a visit. Wembley Park’s focus is on art with which families can interact and it is a brilliant way to get young people into art. There is the fascinating Shadow Wall, designed by world famous Jason Bruges Studio. The Shadow Wall, which was named in the CODAwards Top 100 and runner up in the Core77 Design Awards 2020, uses a system of infrared light sensors to create a ‘digital shadow’ made of light as people move through Wembley Park’s Royal Route underpass. Passers-by love interacting with their shadows, dancing, posing and overlaying figures to make imaginative creations.
Children also love running up and down the Spanish Steps at the end of the iconic Olympic Way, against the backdrop of the stadium arch.
There is also the Troubadour Theatre which seats 1,000 to 2,000 people and also has a lively bar and restaurant if you prefer some sit-down entertainment.
OVO Arena – formerly The SSE Arena, Wembley, this has been a live music and entertainment space for over 80 years. Holding over 100 events each year this is the place to be!
Wemba’s Dream. On the 10th September 2022 you can get a free ticket to see the second instalment of Wemba’s Dream. This is a free performance of music, dance, poetry and carnival arts that celebrates the unique and diverse communities of Brent.
Shopping at Wembley Park
If shopping is your thing you won’t be disappointed. Teenagers and parents alike will love shopping at the London Designer Outlet where you can bag a bargain in the shops and also grab a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants. What I love the most is that they operate a drop your shopping to your home service. Download the Dropit app and you can leave your purchases in each store and at the end of the day they will be gathered up and sent onto you – anywhere in mainland UK.
Best places to eat and drink at Wembley Park
There are lots of family friendly places to eat at London Designer Outlet and BOXPARK Wembley, from chains that you will know and love to independents. Try Spice Shack if you are looking for an Indian and Bryons Burgers if you fancy a burger and chips. Mitsuryu is a Japanese restaurant and Mama Jaq’s serves Caribbean food. You have Haute Dolchi for luxury desserts, Costa Coffee for your caffeine fix and I’m loving the look of The Clean Kitchen – a plant based fast food takeaway. There is definitely something for everyone that’s for sure.
Don’t forget that there is also a Cineworld Cinema on site if you need to take a rest after all that shopping, eating and drinking!
Hotels in Wembley Park
If you are looking to stay the night to make the most out of your trip to Wembley Park then the Hilton Hotel is highly recommended. With Hilton Hotels you know that you are getting a great quality hotel and this is perfectly located to enjoy all that Wembley Park has to offer.
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