Exploring The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Two years ago the Olympics hit London and what a Summer it was! Living so close to the Olympic park meant that we felt that we were among all of the action and even got to watch a couple of the events. As I walked through the Olympic park back then I felt the electric vibe, the atmosphere was amazing and everyone was smiling and in such a happy mood So when i heard that The Olympic was opening up a play area I couldn’t wait to go back to Stratford an explore it with the boys.

Living just over 9 miles away from it means that it is easily accessible for us, just only 34 minutes away in the car or a 25 minutes train journey it’s not long before we reach the park.

Although the Olympic park has been open to the public to walk through and enjoy the surroundings for the past year, last month they opened up a play area in the North Park near the Copper Box called Tumbling bay. The playground features rock pools, sand pits, wobbly bridges, slides, swings, tall tree houses all made from twisting logs and timber. The boys and I decided to pay it a visit yesterday and i must say that we will definitely be back again especially with our bikes and a picnic.

When we first arrived at the Olympic park we walked in through the entrance that was just in front of the stadium and we came across a small play area with sand, a slide, a swing and a rope bridge, the children quickly ran off to explore. Oliver loved balancing across the rope bridge and the children had lots of fun running up and down some moulds on the ground.


Just near to the play area we saw some ladders that went down to the river, we went over to explore and found out that there was a climbing wall down there.



Although it is advised that no one under the age of 10 should be using the climbing wall, I think if your supervising your children and know there limits then it should be fine. Oliver really enjoyed climbing but i made sure that he didn’t go far up.

We decided to make a move on and explore more of the park, as we walked away from the stadium towards the copper box there was an outdoor gym to try and lots of little walkways to go off and explore, the pavements are very big and wide so perfect for a family bike ride.

We found the tumbling bay playground in the North park and at first we thought it was quite small, the boys played in the sand and walked over the wobbly bridge

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As we was walking around behind the wobbly bridge we saw the water pumps and thought that it would be best to keep the children away from them as i didn’t have any spare clothes incase they got soaked, I saw some wobbly logs to balance on and we followed around the back and found the real Tumbling bay playground, the boys couldn’t believe their eyes!

It was timber galore! Swings, slides, rope bridges, treehouses and rope ladders, the boys ran off to explore and have fun.

Coming down the pole
Climbing on the tumbling, twisting treetrunks

I didn’t see Joseph, my middle boy at all once we got in there, but I did catch a glimpse of him high up in the tree house walking along the rope bridge


Jak is within there, I promise!

There is one thing that Oliver loves and that is a swing and there are plenty of them hanging from the bottom of the rope ladders


There is only one way to come down a slide and that’s backwards



There is lots to do at the Olympic park, all set within pretty landscaped gardens amongst the winding riverways of the river lea. We can’t wait to get back with our bikes and to spend the day cycling around the park enjoying the surroundings and resting up within in the pretty gardens.


Goodbye Olympic Park until next time :-)
Goodbye Olympic Park until next time 🙂

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A Garden In Progress

Our garden has been in need of a good clean up for a long time but due to having three young children and holding down jobs, it was finding the time to do the huge task of tidying it up and actually making it back into a garden again but this time a fun and esciting garden that the boys would enjoy being in.

The jobs that needed to be done were colossal which was what probably out us off in the first place

  • The back of the garden Ivy had grown so much that it had attacked what was left of the fence and grew very high, it had actually taken up a good 2ft of our garden
  • New fence panels needed to be fitted at the back and also at the side of the garden
  • The shed at the back of the garden needed to be removed and replaced with possibly a bigger one that would also replace the smaller shed at the front of the garden
  • Trees needed to be cut down
  • Grass mowed and edges cut back
  • Concrete that gathered behind the shed needed to be removed
  • Garden needed to be leveled

My idea of a garden isn’t a flowery one but just one that the children can enjoy and have fun in but one that i could relax in too. I’m not very green fingered and find it hard to make the time to keep it pristine, so the less maintenance the better!

After much discussion with the other half we decided to buy the boys a play area, I had been on at Paul to buy them a play house but on a recent trip into Costco we found the perfect play area for them. It has 2 swings, a slide, a fort, a climbing wall, a house, a sandpit and a gymnastic bar, we took down the measurements and once at home we got the measuring tape out and took down some figures. It would just about fit in but we had the swimming pool up for the summer and that takes pretty much up our whole garden. We decided to go with it and just hope that our measurements were right. We thought that the ideal place would be at the bottom of the garden

The whole family have mucked in to clear up the garden including the little one who loved helping Daddy move all of the concrete and stones to the wheel barrow, he is a right grafter that one. We have worked until daylight has disappeared, we have made umpteen trips from the front of the house to the back with a wheelbarrow full of woodchip and we have all worked together to create a garden of fun!


It has taken us over a week to get where we are and there is still so much to do, daddy didn’t buy enough fence panels and wood chip for the ground, so we need to sort that out, the ground still isn’t quite level but there isn’t much you can do when you have a whacking great big pool in it and the play area still has the odd decoration to be added to it.

I sat back and watched the boys play on the play area this evening, there little faces lit up with excitement, they was having so much fun playing together, laughing and enjoying themselves, my eyes welled up seeing such a sight.




Bounce bounce baby #365

The rain was pouring today so our planned day out at the promenade park in Maldon was cancelled, I trawled the Internet looking for something to do that was fun and indoors out of the rain.
Country park was out, farm visit was out, seaside was out so it had to be an indoor play area!

We found one that was pretty local and we had no idea that it was there, we must have driven passed it many times before.

The boys had lots of fun, we must have been in there for about 3 hours, Oliver’s favourite activity in there was the trampoline.
He loves to bounce and is pretty nifty on the trampoline, he does go a bit mad on there though and likes to run around in circles until he goes dizzy.