Half term can be a full on nightmare if you’re a parent. How do you keep your little ones amused? What do you feed them? Where can you take them for a day out in London without spending a fortune? (Have seen how much they charge for a child seat, box of popcorn and bucket of unhealthy fizzy drink at the cinema these days?)
As tempting as it might be to wrap your offspring in bubble wrap, stick them in a box and put them into storage for five days, we think we might have found a more socially acceptable solution for you.
Our King’s Cross branch on York Way is just up the road from the enormous King’s Cross re-development zone and tucked away in the middle of it, we’ve discovered a genuine urban oasis. A hidden garden no less.
As the name would suggest, Skip Garden started life as a vegetable garden built in moveable skips. But it has grown into a thriving community project featuring wild flowers, vegetables, herbs, beehives, chicken coops and a first class kitchen.
Everything has been built using recycled materials and more than a thousand pairs of hands have come together to create this special place.
Students from Bartlett School of Architecture, volunteers from the Guardian newspaper and local youngsters have all been involved. The project is run by Global Generation, a charity that gives young people ‘opportunities to create a sustainable future’. This really is a green space.
There’s more to life than phones, pads and play stations. The Skip Garden project has taught kids gardening and cookery skills, event planning, public speaking, and how to make furniture with recycled timber from The Granary Building.
They’ve learnt about beekeeping and biodiversity at The Honey Club. They’ve created their own line of jams and chutneys. They’ve even planned, designed, built and installed a water recycling system that takes dirty washing up water, filters it through marsh plants, and uses it to irrigate the garden.
While the children explore and get their hands dirty, you can sample delicious food grown and prepared in the garden at the Skip Garden Kitchen or the Skip Garden café.
And on cold, wet days the whole family can take shelter in The Hide – a cosy Moroccan yurt with a wood burning stove.
This Wednesday 25th October is hump day of the half term holidays and the perfect occasion to visit Skip Garden, Tapper Walk, King’s Cross N1C 4AQ (there, the secret’s out).
Global Generation are inviting families to spend time together in the garden enjoying lots of fun, and thankfully FREE activities.
Between 2pm and 4pm children under 12 can get themselves covered in soil, flour or paint. They can try a spot of gardening, make something delicious to eat in a cookery lesson, or get creative in an arts and crafts class.
Places are limited to 12 children on each session, so advance booking is highly recommended. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Let your kids see just how great the outdoors can be.
Autumn is here and Skip Garden is the place to enjoy a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, rather than 5 days of meltdowns and major grumpiness.
Happy half term from Attic Self Storage!