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Summer activities in Crystal Palace as Barnardo’s seeks to support more south London families

Release Date: 27 Jul 2017

Book readings by children’s authors and massages for weary mums, dads and carers are among the summer highlights at Barnardo’s The Triangle in Crystal Palace.

The centre in Coxwell Road is laying on a programme of affordable activity throughout the school summer holidays, raising funds to help Barnardo’s do more to support families in south London.

Visitors will be able to try out the building’s brand new sensory room, which was paid for in part through the efforts of the Friends of the Triangle group, who raised £500 through the community.

Triangle Sensory Room 

Stay and play sessions for children under six will continue to run every week day from July 24 to September 1, with discounted whole-day play sessions and a teddy bears’ picnic on offer each Monday.

Wednesday morning is pamper time, when parents and carers can bring their friends along to the stay and play and take turns to swap childcare duties for treatments including a head, neck and shoulder massage or a quick Pilates session.

And published authors and professional actors will bring stories to life for children on Wednesday afternoons, with a series of readings and creative workshops. Guests will include graphic designer and author Matt Carr reading from his book Superbat on August 9.

On Thursdays, visitors who buy a hot drink in the café will be given a free slice of cake, thanks to donations by local stores including Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and Londis.

Luisa Gaungoo Orjales, Play Leader at The Triangle, said:

“It can be really challenging to keep young children entertained while they’re off school, so we’ve put together a packed programme for families in Crystal Palace that won’t break the bank.

“We’re so grateful to the Friends of the Triangle group for their fantastic efforts raising funds for the new sensory room, and I hope lots of people will come and take a look at it and everything else we have to offer. Every child who pays to use our stay and play helps Barnardo’s do more to develop projects to help the most vulnerable families in south London and beyond.”

Barnardo’s The Triangle is at 2 Coxwell Road, Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, London SE19 3BG. To contact the centre please call 020 8771 0907. Visit for more information about summer activities and how to book sessions.

Notes to editors

For more information please email or call 07887 737 048.

Picture caption: Members of Barnardo’s Friends of the Triangle fundraising group at the opening of the new sensory room, which has been part-funded by the group’s fundraising activities in the community over the past year.

The Triangle summer programme will run throughout the school summer holidays as follows, from July 24 to September 1:


Whole-day play: Enjoy a full day of stay and play at a reduced price, from 9.30am to 4pm. First five children to buy a whole-day wrist band receive a free cuddly toy bear. The Triangle stays open over lunch for a teddy bears’ picnic - bring your own packed lunch or pick up a snack box from our café. £10 for first child; £7 for siblings, concessions and babies over six months; £1 for babies under six months. Morning and afternoon-only sessions are charged at the usual rate.


Stay and play: Come along for soft play and creative corner and hear play leader Luisa talk about Five to Thrive - the things you can do every day to help your child’s growing brain. Ages 0 to 6, runs 9.30am to 12pm. £5.50 for children over 1; £4 for siblings over 1; £3.50 for babies aged 6-12 months, concessions and child-minders or parents bringing three or more children.


Pamper play time morning: Weary parents can bring friends along and take it in turn to swap childcare duties for quick treats such as a head, neck and shoulder massage (£10) or a Pilates session (£5). Booking recommended. 9.30am to 12pm, usual child entry costs apply.

Storytelling afternoons: A series of one-off sessions aimed at three to six-year-olds, with guest authors and storytellers visiting The Triangle to inspire children’s imaginations and feed their creativity. Each session runs from 1.30pm to 4pm. £7.50 for first child; £5.50 for siblings, under-2s and concessions; 50p for babies under six months.

July 26: Catherine Carroll presents her book The Little Girl Who Couldn’t Sleep, with animal mask-making and book signing.

Aug 2: Professional actors from Magical Quests help children bring treasured books and stories to life, including through Makaton sign language.

Aug 9: Graphic designer and author Matt Carr reads his book Superbat, with bat-related art activities and book signing.

Aug 16: Samantha from the Book Love campaign to promote the creation of more multicultural children’s books will read and give a short talk, with an identity-related art activity.

Aug 23: Join the United Nations Board of Significant Inspiration (UNBOSI) in their search for genius ideas, encouraging budding inventors to flex their imaginations.                                                       

Aug 30: Enjoy an alien and outer space-themed shadow puppets projection and story-telling workshop, with Michelle from the Magic Book Theatre.

Thursdays & Fridays

Stay and play: Come along in the morning afternoon for soft play and creative corner. On Thursdays help play leader Luisa transform the stay and play into a storybook world, and enjoy a free slice of cake when buying a hot drink from the café. On Fridays the first five children get free entry, and Yolande will take youngsters on an orienteering adventure to seek out colours, animals, numbers and more. Ages 0 to 6. Morning session runs 9.30am to 12pm, afternoon session runs 1.30pm to 4pm. £5.50 for children over 1; £4 for siblings over 1; £3.50 for babies aged 6-12 months, concessions and child-minders or parents bringing three or more children.

Special events

Networking day

Tuesday August 1, 10.30am to 12pm

Do you run child or family-related classes or activities? Do you work in health, social or community work? Come along, have a cup of tea and connect with other professionals in the area.

Car boot sale

Sunday August 13, 10am to 1.30pm

Sell on your pre-loved items and de-clutter your home through our car boot sale, organised by the Friends of the Triangle Fundraising Group. Car pitches cost £10 and table pitches cost £5. Book directly via


Last year 272,000 children, young people and families were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, including young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, and through training and skills or parenting classes.

We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we cannot do it without you.

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