Our recently renovated park is a hub of community activity.
William Morris Gallery and Aveling Centre
The award-winning William Morris Gallery occupies the mansion house at the entrance to the park. In addition to its recently refurbished galleries and workshop spaces, it has a popular tea room and gift shop. Directly behind the gallery are the restored terraced gardens and a new William Morris-inspired formal garden.
Waltham Forest College runs the Café in the Park and The Winns Gallery. The artist studios in the park will shortly be available for hire via the college.
For young people
The Lloyd Park Centre is a Children’s Centre and provides numerous services for young children and their parents including the Grow Wild natural play area behind the centre. In addition to the children’s playground, with a range of equipment for all ages, there is a natural play area alongside the path to Brettenham Road and plenty of open space for games and picnics. There is also a popular skatepark.
Hillyfield Academy opened in Lloyd Park, on the site of the former Aveling Park secondary school, in September 2013. The Lloyd Park Young Champions are a group of 13-19 year-olds who meet regularly to develop park events for young people and get skills and experience for their CVs. They plan sports, music, arts activities and more, and welcome new members.
For active park users, there is an outdoor gym next to the basketball practice courts on Aveling Fields, with a range of equipment that is free to use. Visitors can play tennis for free on the three available courts, with no booking required. There are exercise classes held in the park too. The outdoor table tennis next to the skatepark is also free (bring your own bats and balls). There are regular Tai Chi, running and gardening groups and other activities in the park – see the council’s what’s on listing for more details. The park has two bowling clubs: Walthamstow Borough Bowls Club (020 8531 2200) has a synthetic outdoor six rink green in the park, which is suitable for all abilities and ages. Beginners are very welcome, and bowls and tuition are available. Aveling Park Bowling Club (020 8527 1431) play on turf and also welcome new members.
The Conservation Volunteers are based in the Lloyd Park during 2013, getting volunteers involved in a range of practical nature conservation projects through their Green Gym – a way to get physically active and make a difference to your local environment. Activities in the coming months will include creation of a wetland area, woodland bulb planting and seeding of a wildflower meadow on the island.
For more information
Lloyd Park is managed by Waltham Forest Council. For opening times, transport advice and a full list of facilities, refer to the council website and events leaflet. Contacts for booking the Aveling Centre’s community room, the community bowls pavilion and hiring the park for events can also be found on the council website.