Inspired by the lovely Mama Loves London we are just back from seeing a brilliant production of Wind in the Willows in the Walled Garden in Brockwell Park. It is just down the road from us and so when we saw it was on at lunchtime I rang to see if there were any tickets for the 2.30 production. They had sold out but put us on the waiting list. We practically ran to the park and they managed to squeeze us in.
I have to say it was brilliant. It’s put on by a company called Sixteen Feet Productions and we’ve been to see their production of Alice in Wonderland in the Walled Garden a couple of summer’s ago. I preferred this one. The characters and songs were great and kept all of us entertained and even Little T came out asking if we could see it again.
The play starts between the paddling pool and Walled Garden in Brockwell Park before they move into the Walled Garden. The cast make good use of the little paths through the garden and the children seem to enjoy moving from Badger’s House to Toad Hall and to the Jail and watching Toad zoom about in his motorcar. It was a perfect way to spend a Summer afternoon. I think we’ll be going back.
Mama from Mama Loves London liked Toad and Ratty best. I think I have to agree but 6yo liked mole the best. If you have time and it’s very hot, take a swimming costume and some suncream with you as the paddling pool has just been refurbished. We popped in after the play to have a nose around and it looks great fun and clean as well. There is a sandpit, small paddling pool and grassy area around with benches. Definitely worth a visit if you have little ones although 8yo thought she was too grown up for it!
You can book your tickets for Wind in the Willows here. The tickets cost £27 for me and 3 children.