Coram’s Fields and Harmsworth Memorial Playground is a children’s charity that serves as a safe place for all children to come and play. As well as a seven-acre park and playground situated in Bloomsbury, London it also has an after school and holiday programme and a sports programme for children up to 16 years, a youth centre for 13-19 year olds and an Early Years programme which includes a Nursery and Under 5s Drop In.
Around 1000 children arrive to Coram’s Fields every day in the summer, especially from local Camden residents. The charity is dedicated to providing a safe and secure space for children to play in.
No unaccompanied adults are allowed into the park at the very least.
Captain Thomas Coram (1668-1751) was a philanthropist who created London Foundling Hospital to look after unwanted children in Lamb’s Conduit Fields in Bloomsbury. It is named as the world’s first incorporated charity.
Coram was concerned about the abundance of abandoned and homeless children living on the streets of London. George 11 granted him in 1739, a Royal Charter to establish a “hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children”.
In the 1920’s it was relocated outside London and the land sold to be demolished by a developer, leaving only a single storey.
After lengthy campaigning the land was turned into London’s first playground.
The Foundling Site Appeal Council preserved the site for the use and welfare of children in Central London. Enthusiastic donors contributed money to save these 7 acres, now known as Coram’s Fields.
In the City farm you can meet freely roaming goats, chickens and rabbits as well as an aviary.
The adventure playground has one of the longest slides in London and a zipwire to enjoy.
There is a wildlife garden also to wander around and chance on some insects buzzing around.
The Park continues to celebrate diversity and promote a safe and stimulating environment for London’s children to enjoy,