Top Six "Oh, I Haven't Tried That Yet" In Finsbury Park

Written by: Sophie Taylor

There’s a reason our glorious Finsbury Park was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2007 and has retained it ever since. The grade II listed Park was officially opened in 1869 as a People’s Park and still is just as… blah blah we all know this already. So that’s why we’ve put together a convenient to do list for you to peruse and say OH I’VE DONE THAT or OH YEAH SURE I’VE SEEN THAT TOO. 

1. Get pissed up with your dog

At the pub that sells dog beer. Yes, just over the road from Finsbury Park, Brownswood Pub sells DOG BEER. It’s non-alcoholic chicken flavoured water though so don’t go trying to steal your pooch’s pint when you’ve finished yours alright? You won’t enjoy it and neither will they. Paws off greedy. 

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2. Get to know the birds and the bees

In a slightly different park. Just opposite Finsbury Park Station on Seven Sister’s Road, a mosaic plaque marks the entrance to local nature reserve and ‘Site of Metropolitan Importance’ Gillespie Park, hidden behind towering brick walls. 

Follow the path by the railway and find a gate to the left, at the top of the steps. You’ll find yourself wandering down shaded pathways to a chilled out nature reserve with meadows, lily ponds and the home to over 200 plant species, almost 100 different birds and a whole load of butterflies amongst other insect children partying on down.

You’ve basically crashed the Ugly Bug Ball you lucky little grasshopper.

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3. Try a drumming circle 

On a Sunday evening at the bottom of the garden in the Art Hut, you might hear the sound of West African and Middle Eastern rhythms played on African drums, congitas and bongos. It’s the Djam drumming circle, one of the Finsbury Park Art Club activities that started 10 years ago.

Free to try and open to anyone, why not give into the beats. Better than batting away your hangover with yet more fried chicken buckets and Irn Bru.

4. Become an amateur arborist (tree surgeon)

Yes, we had to look that one up.

Teach yourself about the tree life with the Finsbury Park Tree Trail. The trail starts outside the café next to the boating lake. It is about a mile in length and can be walked in 20-25 minutes, which includes time for stopping and going, ‘ooh yes the handsome Hornbeam. Apparently, the bark is used for piano keys’ before waddling off to the next poor, unsuspecting tree. 

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5. Pretend you’re on Crufts

Have you spied the dog training corner of Finsbury Park? This fenced off area is decked out with dog-sized walkways, hurdles and tunnels ready for some serious dog play. So obviously that means pretending you’re on Crufts and trotting round the obstacle course shouting, ‘Heel Archibald!’ with or without a Schnauzer bouncing at your heels. It’s Finsbury Park, no-one will mind. 

6. Get even More Fit

Opposite the American Garden in the north-east of the park you’ll find the outdoor gym baring its naked muscles with 14 pieces of equipment and 20 exercise stations. Again it’s free, with no need for an induction for all aged 12 and over, oh and it’s open all hours of daylight God gave ya. There’s also the Finsbury Park Running Club, the Better Haringey Walking Trail, various Yoga in the park groups and Tennis Courts for you all. NO EXCUSES LEFT.

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