Get your fountain splashing in before the hosepipe ban – Diana Memorial Fountain

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in ...

From April 5th the hosepipe ban across southern and eastern England will mean no paddling pools in the parks and no public fountains will be filled. So with this lovely March weather we’re having I thought I’d get in while I can and took the kids on our first trip to the Diana memorial fountain in Hyde Park. I’ve not much fancied it before because I heard you couldn’t paddle in it in case you fell over and sued the Queen and I also envisaged it heaving with tourists.

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Well, a sunny March Tuesday is quite the most lovely time to visit and I would highly recommend it. You CAN paddle in the pool and there were very few tourists (or people) there at all. We picnicked and paddled and had a jolly time all round. The fountain itself is surprisingly lovely and the setting – overlooking the Serpentine – is quite special. There’s a playground nearby at the lido and Hyde Park is a good place to park your car for a visit to the Natural History Museum or Science Museum if, like us, you want some dinosaurs with your picnic.

For once I find myself wishing for rain – it would be such a shame if the parks were dry all summer.

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One response to “Get your fountain splashing in before the hosepipe ban – Diana Memorial Fountain

  1. Kim

    Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens a real treat. A sandpit with a huge wooden pirate ship in the middle, tee-pees and musical instruments as well as the usual swings. It would be worth looking into next time you visit the fountain.

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