Summer Holiday Dates and Times.

25th July to the 26th August.

Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 12:00pm until 6:30pm.

Easter Holiday Opening Times.

Closed. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday -25th March to 28th inclusive.

Open. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 29th, 31st March and 1st April.

Closed. Saturday and Sunday. 2nd and 3rd April.

Open. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th April.

Closed. Saturday and Sunday. 9th and 10th April.

Term time hours begin again on Monday 11th April.

Holiday hours are 12pm to 6:30pm.

Winter Break.

Well we’ve been working flat out since the summer, for the children of Shadwell and beyond, not only to give them the best play opportunties but just a wonderful place to be, including the development of our new building, which is very close to being habitable.

Now it’s time for us all to recoup so that we can return in the New Year with vigour, to offer the same high quality play environment as in 2015. So we are closing down for a few weeks over the Christmas and New Year period, from the 18th December 2015 and reopening on the 11th January 2016.

All of us at The Shadwell Community Project and Glamis Adventure Playground, wish you all the very best over the festive season, and a Happy 2016.

If you would like to contact us during the closure, please email us at

Best wishes,

Mark Halden

Senior Playworker


Back to School.

Well the summer holidays are done, and what a busy time! For us it’s back to our usual school opening times, but there is nothing usual about what happens here.

Term time open Monday (girls only), Tuesday, Friday 3:15pm to 7:00pm. Saturdays 12:00pm to 6:30pm.

If you haven’t been before, please come along with at least one child and see what we do.



Summer Playscheme Dates.

Our summer holiday programme begins on the 27th July through to the 28th August. We will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 12pm to 6:30pm.

We are not open at the weekends during school holidays and will be closed for the Bank Holiday on the 31st August, reopening on the 1st September, to our normal term time hours. 3:15 to 7pm.

New Jobs at Glamis.

See our Employment Section for details of two new posts at The Shadwell Community Project.

Shakespeare At Glamis.

For the fourth time in five years, The Shadwell Community Project is hosting theatre company Cornucopea, at Glamis Adventure Playground, for their production of Shakespeare’s, The Tempest. This is a community production, with professional actors and local children making up the cast.

The first night is Friday 22nd May and running through every weekend until the 14th June. (see poster link below)


Tempest poster

The production is free to all and no need to book, just turn up whatever the weather. Performances on Friday and Saturdays will start at 7:30pm and at 3pm on Sundays.

All donations will go directly to The Shadwell Community Project and Glamis Adventure Playground, so please give generously.

Food and drink will be available.


Half Term Holiday Opening Times.

Our holiday play-scheme begins on the Tuesday 26th May and runs until Friday 29th May, opening at 12pm and closing at 6:30pm.

Our special project this holiday will be the construction our recently started cob oven, which we hope will be ready for use in the summer, to produce wonderful breads, pizza’s and many other tasty foods. This is in addition to all of our usual activities.


Easter Holiday Opening Times.

Although we don’t offer a specific holiday programme, there are always a wide range of activities for children to choose from, including arts and crafts, den building, gardening and cooking on our open fire, plus all of our challenging play structures. All of this is free.

Opening times are listed below.

Closed Saturday     28th March*

Closed Sunday        29th March

Closed Monday       30th March             12pm to 6:30pm

Open Tuesday        31st March             12pm to 6:30pm

Open Wednesday    1st April                 12pm to 6:30pm

Open Thursday       2nd April                12pm to 6:30pm

Closed Friday        3rd April                Bank Holiday

Closed Saturday     4th April*

Closed Sunday        5th April

Closed Monday       6th April                Bank Holiday

Open Tuesday        7th April                12pm to 6:30pm

Open Wednesday    8th April               12pm to 6:30pm

Open Thursday       9th April                12pm to 6:30pm

Open Friday         10th April               12pm to 6:30pm

Closed Saturday     11th April*

Closed Sunday        12th April

Term time opening times resume on Monday 13th April.

*We are closed on the Saturdays just before, during and after school holidays.


Winter Break.

We will be closing for our annual winter break, with Friday December 19th, being our last session for 2014 and we will reopen on the 19th January 2015 with our Monday girl’s session. The team at The Shadwell Community Project and Glamis Adventure Playground, send you seasons greetings, and hope you have a wonderful 2015. Thank you for invaluable support in 2014.


October Half-Term Opening Times

Tuesday 28th Oct – 12pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday 29th Oct – 12pm to 6:30pm
Thursdays 30th Oct – 12pm to 6:30pm
Friday 31st Oct – 12pm to 6:30pm

Many and varied activities, including graffiti art, cooking and halloween costume session……..come along.


New Building Progress.

Look at our New Building page, to see the progress we are making with our Log Cabin.


Summer Playscheme.

Send your kids along to our  free summer play scheme for children aged 6 and over. All you need to do it fill out a registration form.

Although we don’t have a fixed programme of activities, we always have  a wide choice of things to do, whether it be arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, making fires, playing with water and sand, and much much more.

Our summer playscheme begins on Tuesday 29th July. We will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays from 12pm to 6.30pm, until the 29th August, when we will resume our term time opening hours.



May Half Term Playscheme. 

Our play scheme will run from Tuesday 27th May until Friday 30th May. Send the kids to Glamis Adventure Playground from 12pm until 6.30pm. Lots to do and it’s all free.

Click below for more information or email


Kids Create Art Workshops at Glamis Adventure Playground in Shadwell.

Our creative and messy art workshop for kids resume. Children  6 and above can come without an adult.

Saturday 26th April and Saturday 3rd May from 12pm – 4pm. Free.

Click below for more information or email




Easter Holidays.

Our opening times and days for the Easter holidays are as follows.

Tuesday 7th April to Friday 11th April and Tuesday 15th April to Thursday 17th April. Opening times 12pm to 6.30pm.

We return to term time opening on the 22nd April 2014 at 3.15pm.


Kids Create Art Workshops at Glamis Adventure Playground in Shadwell.

A creative and messy art workshop for kids. Those kids 6 and above can come without an adult.

29th March, 26th April and 3rd May from 12pm – 4pm. Free.

Click below for more information or email



March 2014

Windows in

New position at The Shadwell Community Project. Exciting new Community Development Worker post, working from our Glamis Adventure Playground site. At  17.5 hour per week , this job will involve you in developing our healthy eating cafe project, outreach work to connect us with kids and families, plus working in our adventure playground……. Download all the details from this website. (at the end of this section)  Closing date for applications is 2nd April 2014.


Community Development Worker required by The Shadwell Community Project to be based at Glamis Adventure Playground, Shadwell, London. E1W 3EG

The post will require the successful applicant to take a lead role in promoting the Project locally to parents, residents, young people and children and work to ensure the best possible level of engagement. This role will also take responsibility for developing our healthy eating project and children’s café. Experience working in an adventure playground, community outreach, with skills in healthy lifestyles projects essential, especially growing and cooking.

The post will be up to 17.5 hours per week. The successful candidate will be expected to work regular sessions at Glamis Adventure Playground. Weekdays 2.30pm until 7.15pm, Saturdays 11.30am to 6.45pm. Holidays 11.30am to 6.45pm, with additional time for administration.

Salary. £13772 (£27,544 pro rata)

The Shadwell Community Project will match-fund stake holder pension voluntary contributions to a fund of the employees choice, up to 5% of salary

Closing date 5th April 2014.

For a full job description, person specification, and application form, please email Mark Halden at the address below.

Applications by email to:

Applications by post to: Attn. Senior Worker, The Shadwell Community Project, Glamis Adventure Playground, 10 Glamis Road, Shadwell, London E1W 3EG.

SCPCommunity Worker JD & PS

Application form Community Dev



October 2013.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Come along to the last three performances this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30pm.

This fantastic production by The Cornucopia Theatre Company and young people of Tower Hamlets, is a must see. It’s all outdoors so dress appropriately, but there is an open fire and refreshments.

No need to book just turn up on the night. No charge but a donation to keep the playground up and running is appreciated.

For more information click on the links below or call Glamis Adventure Playground on 0207 702 8301.

August 2013.

Well we’ve been so busy with the children and young people, our web site has suffered a little from a lack of news. However there is much to report.

Firstly we are open throughout August on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week, from 12pm until 6.30pm, returning to our normal term time operation in September.

Many thanks to Glamis Residents Association for directing all of their fundraising for 2012/13 to the support of Glamis Adventure Playground.

Thanks also to East End Homes who have not only supported us financially this year, but provided us with practical support as well.

Last but not least, thanks to Gateway Housing for their financial contribution to the adventure playground.

Most importantly The Shadwell Community Project & Glamis Adventure Playground continue to offer the very best in challenging, free play activities, with a few unexpected extras thrown in. During August we will be hosting puppet workshops, pop-up cardboard workshops with our Artist in Residence Jacqui Gunn and lantern making workshops led by the Cornucopia Theatre company. We hope that these workshops will generate interest that will continue into the autumn and winter periods.

At the end of September we will be hosting an ‘open air’ community production of A Midsummers Night Dream, led by the Cornucopia Theatre Company, supported by local people and involving local youngsters in the action. Dates to follow, but will most likely be the last two weekends in September and the first weekend in October.

Our healthy eating project has moved forward somewhat, as we are now reaping some of the crops grown in our new raised beds. Our growing capacity will be considerably increased over the next year, as a result of our partnership with Glamis Place Allotments where we now have a growing plot. Finally with the development of our new building (see New Building section) we intend to develop our Children’s Healthy Easting Cafe, for which we are applying to the Lottery for funding..


The Shadwell Community Project and Glamis Adventure Playground are closed for our mid winter break.

Thank you all for your support during 2012 and we hope that support will continue into 2013.

We will reopen on Monday 7th January and our first session will be on the 7th January starting at 3.15pm. (Girl’s Club).

Happy New Year for 2013 from the staff and management committee and a big thank you to all our funders in 2012.

BBC Children in Need
Tower Hill Trust
St Katharine and Shadwell Trust
Near Neighbours
Wakefield and Tetley Trust
McPhail Trust
Team London
Lloyds TSB
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Awards for All
Help a Capital Child
Trust for London


It’s been some time since this page was last updated, so the next few paragraphs will try to bring the happenings at Glamis Adventure Playground and The Shadwell Community Project, up to date.

Summer was very busy, with numbers topping over 120 children and young people per day, with the usual and unusual activities. One of the highlights of the early summer was the Romeo and Juliet production, that proved to be very well received.

In September we had a visit from Dame Helen Mirren, who very kindly agreed to take part in a fundraising video, being made by Children and Young People. Dame Helen spent nearly an hour being interviewed and talking to children, young people and staff at the adventure playground. The video will be ready for viewing early in the new year.

Glamis Adventure Playground entered and won ‘Best London Adventure Playground Award’ for the second time on October 30th 2012.(First time was in 2007). This award highlights the commitment to Glamis from the Children and Young People, from staff, Management Committee and the unswerving support from a wide range of playwork professionals, people in our local community and not least our funders. Special thanks go to Ellie who lead on this project and to Christine and our sessional team who supported the application. The winning videos can be viewed via youtube

We were delighted to welcome Mazars who sent an intrepid team of volunteers to help us in repairing and tidying the adventure playground. Even though it rained for most of the day, much work was done and a great deal of fun had by all. Many thanks.

Glamis Adventure Playground ended the year with it’s Christmas Party, supported by ELBA, and News International.

Sad news to tell. Ellie is leaving us for a new job, having been an essential part of our team for over three years. Ellie’s new post is Play Development Manager at the Markfield Project in Haringey. We wish her every success in her new job.


Come and visit us as part of the ‘Open House’ and the ‘Open for Play’ weekend.


Have a look at this link from the Guardian newspaper from 3rd July 2012. It describes the importance of adventure playgrounds like Glamis, especially in the urban environment.


The summer is well and truly upon us, although it might not feel like it, and Glamis Adventure Playground is in full swing and full bloom, after the big revamp and planting effort carried out in November.

If you are looking for a place for your kids to play outdoors, but in an environment away from the urban hustle and bustle, where trained playworkers are always on around to lend a hand, Glamis is that place.

Our summer programme, which begins on the 24th July, includes all of our usual challenging play structures, plus a wide variety of activities, too numerous to mention. If you want to know more, give us a call, drop us a line, or just pop in.

A special addition this summer, is a community production of Romeo and Juliet at Glamis Adventure Playground, led by The Cornucopia Theatre Company and includes local children. There will be nine performances. Dates 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st and 22nd July. Performances will be outdoors, so bring an umbrella. Provisional times are 20:30 t0 22:30. Entry is free, however we would appreciate a donation to support the work of the adventure playground.

In common with most charities, The Shadwell Community Project and Glamis Adventure Playground have experienced many challenges with funding over the last two years. As a result of a sound fundraising strategy and support from a wide range of organisations, we have managed to retain a quality service for the children and community of Shadwell. We do not receive any statutory funding, either from local or central government, although last year we did receive support from the Mayor of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

We would ask all of you to help us sustain, what we believe to be an essential service in this part of Tower Hamlets. This can be by way of donations in kind, donations via our web link, or helping us access additional funding steams.

Thank you for your support.


1st March 2012
Warmer weather is on its way, the nights are drawing out, and we are now seeing children who have been hibernating over the winter. Encourage your children to come out and play.

As ever we are working hard to maintain our levels of funding, in order that we can open Glamis Adventure Playground as much as possible. Currently we are supported by a number of charities. Funders who support us at the moment include, BBC Children in Need (who have supported our work for over 2 years), LloydsTSB, Awards for All (Lottery), Garfield Weston, McPhail Trust, The Tower Trust, Near Neighbours, Help a Capital Child, Team London and some interim funding from The London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Our current levels of funding allow us to open 4 days per, but we would like to open more.

We will be working on new funding applications in the coming months, but we could use your help as well, to raise much needed income. If you know of any organisation that would like to help fund our work, or perhaps you would be prepared to raise funds on our behalf, please contact one of the team.

Easter Holidays are early this year and we will be open on the following dates:
Monday 2nd April to Thursday 5th April and Monday 10th April to Thursday 13th April, from 12pm to 6.30pm.

1st February 2012
Even though it’s freezing cold at the moment, spring is just around the corner and so is half-term. No matter what the weather we will be open Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February from 12.00 until 6.30. So get your kids out to the adventure playground and experience some of the recent changes, which have enhanced the natural environment.

As always we welcome donations of any kind, including unwanted toys, games, bikes, skate, scooters. Donations of wood and building materials are very useful. Wood for burning on our fire is especially needed at the moment, whether it be chopped down trees or old pallets.

We are a charity and as such raise all of our income ourselves, so financial donations, either through the web site or directly to the playground, help to sustain our work at the Shadwell Community Project and Glamis Adventure Playground, in what are very difficult times.


Winter is well and truly here, with rain, wind and snow. The festive season is upon us, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported The Shadwell Community Project and Glamis Adventure Playground during this financially difficult year. However, we have weathered that particular storm, but we will need to continue to work hard to maintain or even increase the level of service we provide to the children and young people of Shadwell.

We will be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period, as usual, and will be closing on the 19th December. Our first session in the New Year will be on the 6th January, although staff will be returning on the 5th January 2012.

If you wish to contact us during our winter break, please email to

Happy New year to everyone from the team.


We’re into the second half of Autumn term now, the clocks have gone back and the evenings are closing in.

So what happens on an outdoor adventure playground? That means it’s the time of year for playing in the dark, collecting wood, cooking around the fire, shelter building, being physically active… it’s a great place to be outdoors and play.

Our open access play sessions start 3:30pm on weekdays, Saturdays from 12noon. Unfortunately because of a reduction in funding we can’t be open every evening so please ring us on 020 7702 8301 to check before you come round.

Local children and parents, volunteers and Shadwell Community Project members are currently engaged helping to re-design the access, internal design (of the new building) and play features of the Glamis Road site – exactly where a children’s café will be located. We are working with an organisation to provide site develop expertise, called Play Link (see and this is being paid for out of our capital grants. The building itself is an “off the peg” – “design and build” log cabin, so not only is this very cost effective and quick to build, but it means that there is great scope for community involvement in design issues and less money spent on professional fees. These log cabins are well-tested designs, very cheap to construct compared to brick buildings, have a low carbon “footprint” and have been in use on adventure playgrounds across London and beyond for almost 40 years with great success. It is common for these buildings to have kitchens, so having a café in one is not a problem. Most significantly the “design and build” concept allows the “client” to decide where internal walls, doors, windows and fitting/facilities go – you don’t need to be an architect. Younger children have, for example, reminded us that surfaces need to be lower than adult level so they can reach everything; a wheelchair-using child has told us that they need this too (and plenty of room in the toilets of course). We will end up with a much better location for our children’s bike workshop and we will have more room for tools and bike parts and more children will end up with bikes to ride. The children are very anxious that this part of the playground work continues so we have built this into the plans.

Local people said they wanted the site to look better and that they would help in planting more trees and shrubs and generally improve the immediate environment for the children, so we built in a financial element for planting and “after-care” of trees/shrubs. The last parcel of funding to add to our capital basket was money for better access for disabled children and raised planting beds – again a response to expressed need.