Day out at Owls Play Centre in Fairlop Waters Country Park

Day out at Owls Play Centre in Fairlop Waters Country Park

I am a mum of 3-year old and 10-months old and I am sure you will all agree when I say that they have so much energy, which we (the parents, mainly) don’t have. Running around after them is exercise and tiring but they seem to have abundance of energy. My 10-month old started to walk (more like a drunken teenager) at 9 months so I prefer to take them out where they can just run around and fall down and use up some of the energy without getting hurt. And this is where the soft play centres, especially the Owls Play Centre in Fairlop plays a big role of a ‘lifesaver’ for me.


Owls play Centre in Fairlop is at an easy reach for me by a car either via A11 or A12. If you don’t want to drive you can always come to Fairlop or Barkingside station on central line and it’s walking distance from there.  There is a charge for the car park and you have to use the RingGo app or call the company to pay for the duration, in advance. So its useful if you have RingGo app installed in your phone in advance before you visit Fairlop Waters Country Park.


Fairlop Waters Country Park

Yep, the Owls Play centre is in Fairlop Waters Country Park in Redbridge. The park is beautifully surrounded by so much well maintained greenery and has a large lake for windsurfing, sailing and rowing or just duck watching if you have small children like me.

Fairlop Waters Country Park and lake


There are so many other outdoor activities here, such as, golfing, climbing and natural trail for relaxed walking or a bike riding.

Fairlop Waters Country Park - Rowing club

Your family could easily spend a day out at Fairlop Waters Country Park without spending a penny (other than for the car park).

Fairlop Waters Country Park - Sailing boats

But if you are peckish or want something refreshing to drink, they have a bar and a Greek restaurant in the park. I haven’t had the chance to eat at the restaurant yet but the food looks really good and the best bit is the view, it is situated right in front of the lake so it’s a great place to sit down and dine with your little ones, whilst they are excited about the ducks. The bar is situated in the main building.


Fairlop Waters Country Park - Restaurant

They also have two venues to hire out, one is situated inside the main building with the lake view and the large Marquee hire is on the ground level near the golf course.

Fairlop Waters Country Park - Main building


Owls Play Centre

OK, back to the Owls soft play centre, I was talking about earlier. It is designed for 0 – 12 years. The play centre has dedicated play zones for babies, toddlers and juniors. The centre is quite small and intimate, which I really love. I can keep an eye on both kids if they happen to be in two separate play areas.

Owls playcentre - Infant area

Owls playcentre - Infant area with me and my son

The play centre is great for young children. My 3-year daughter tend to float from 0-2 years’ area and straight to 5-12 years play area where the slide is, which is a great fun because I have been on it couple of time too :-). I don’t know any 12 years old to comment but I think this centre might be too small for them but I can be wrong.

Owls playcentre - Toddler area

It can get busy on the weekends but it’s nice and quite during the week. You will see other mums with their toddlers and babies and you can easily chat with them and find other mum friends.

Owls playcentre - Seating area

There is a canteen in the centre for buying hot and cold food and drinks. We had some warm pizzas from them and it was about average; what you can expect from a canteen style eatery.

Owls playcentre - Canteen


My Opinion

I have been to a few soft plays and I actually like the Owls Play Centre in Fairlop, especially when it delivers value for money. They charge £4.50 for 1 – 3 year olds, £6.60 for over 4 year olds and adults ONLY pay £1, YOOHOO!!!

Not only that, you can enjoy the outdoor activities the Fairlop Waters Country Park has to offer and really make a day-out with your family. We all have a good time every time we go there and there is no complain from me (which is rare).



I have put together a short video from our day out in Fairlop Waters Country Park. Hope you like it.


Have you been to the Fairlop Waters Country Park or perhaps you are thinking of going after reading this post? Let me know in the comments.(This is not a sponsored or paid post in anyway)


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