Best parks for… keeping active

A group of people doing lunges in Caledonian Park, with the Clock Tower in the background

Winter may not be a time you’d naturally associate with parks, but it can be so refreshing to get out and about, go for a walk or take part in a free activity on a crisp winter’s day. It’s also great for your physical and mental wellbeing – so we say wrap up warm, enjoy the fresh air and make the most of Islington’s green spaces. Here are three of our top things to do in Islington parks, to get you started

Climb the Cally Clock Tower

You’ll need some stamina to climb the 170-plus steps up to the top – but the incredible views across London make all the effort worthwhile. Doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? How about a gardening session, have a ‘park cuppa’ with Age UK Islington, or sing your heart out with the Cally Park Choir.

Visit the Cally Park website for the full range of events


Our park rangers are busy year-round, keeping our parks in good shape – and help is always welcome. Activities include pruning, planting, weeding, or building bug hotels. No need to book, just turn up in some outdoor clothes, gloves, and sturdy shoes or boots. Community ranger volunteering sessions happen at Cally Park, Whittington Park, New River Walk and Rosemary Gardens.

Check the council website for dates and times

Join the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

January is when the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch takes place – the world’s largest garden wildlife survey. This annual bird count provides essential information for the RSPB on bird populations and is a great way to relax outside in nature. The good news is, you don’t need a garden to take part – you just need an hour, your local park and, if you’re organised, a hot drink in a flask to keep those fingers warm!

To find out more about what’s happening in Islington’s parks and get involved, visit the parks page of the Islington Council website

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