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.
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.
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.
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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Hivemind are coming to the Hen and Chickens Theatre this Summer with a cracker of an innovative show. Three directors try to win over the audience with improvised stories acted out by the rest of the Hivemind cast on the spur of the moment. As each scene ends you decide whether to “stick” and see where the story goes or “twist” and let the next director take over. The director who ends up with the least scenes acted out has to pay a ‘terrible forfeit’. Told you it was harsh.
We have been wondering whether or not to share this secret gem with you for a while now. Having walked past Cazenove Road on many a drunken occasion, we’d spotted The Lacy Nook A Board luring us inwards with a siren’s call of cocktails and beer garden. But unfortunately we’d get the timing all wrong and they’d rarely be open. “Closed at 4am! How ludicrous?” we’d holler, slurring and swaying up the road. Until now. Opening last year, The Lacy Nook is a collaboration between two friends who turned to Kickstarter to help them achieve this culinary dream . Think small and large plates of fusion Balkan BBQ, salads and carpaccio alongside
This year, Playing Up have commissioned a new play by Sophie Ellerby (HighTide First Commissions Writer and NYT REP Company 2013), Three, which will be staged at the Arcola Theatre from 20th to 22nd July. The urban and domestic drama, directed by NYT Associate Director Anna Niland follows three sisters who fight to keep track of reality as their world is turned upside down.
Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
Next Sunday it’s the Cally Road Jumble Trail, run by the community. Think a car boot sale but on the street with vintage clothing, accessories, toys, original creations and cakes if you’re lucky. The whole of the trail is set up online over at jumbletrail.com where visitors get a colour coded map to explore and discover all the hidden treasures on offer from your neighbourhood.
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