Barnsbury Wood is the capital’s smallest nature reserve, a private woodland that’s filled with charm and wonder.
It’s mystique is heightened by the fact that usually it’s only open for a couple of hours on a Tuesday afternoon. Once the weather warms up, we pack a small picnic and take the Babes for a walk in the woods.
It feels like a huge adventure for Ezra who likes to lead us on different paths through the plants and trees. Barnsbury Wood is small enough that you can complete several tours and even let the little ones roam alone without worrying they’ll go amiss.
If you’re into wildlife, there’s loads to observe such as the long-tailed tit and the sixteen spot ladybird. It’s also just a great space to chill with your baby, as it’s quiet and even on the hottest day you’ll find plenty of shade to spread your picnic blanket under.
Over the summer holidays, from July to September, the wood is also open on Saturdays from 2 to 4pm. Today (June 20) Barnsbury Wood is hosting an Open Day as part of the National Gardens Scheme, welcoming members of the public and raising a small amount for charity.
Barnsbury Wood Open Day is Sun Jun 20 from 2-6pm, adults £1.50, children free.
Barnsbury Wood is on Crescent Street, off Huntingdon Rd, N1 and opens every Tues (2-4pm) and also on Sats from July-Sep (2-4pm)