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.
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.