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“Green all year”
Review of Kelsey Park

Kelsey Park
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Beckenham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Visiting the Park in February, I was surprised at just how green the park is throughout the year, with plenty of green trees, shrubs and plants. There is a small but delightful cafe selling a range of tasty hot and cold food. Toilets for the park are located directly behind the cafe, and there is a large children's play area directly in front of the cafe. As such the cafe is very busy, but copes admirably. Close to these facilities are tennis courts and a mini/crazy golf course. Further into the park there is a rose garden, and a tree trail. The park itself comprises a number of walks around the central lakes, on which more than twenty pairs of herons nest on an Island in the center. As they nest just 50-100 feet from the banks, it is possibly the easiest place to see nesting herons. There is an abundance of wildlife with many Canada geese, swans and grey squirrels all around the park. The latter are very used to being hand-fed, so are rather bold. Please note, because of the wildlife, dogs are only allowed in the park on the cafe and playground side of the lakes. Gates with notices make clear where they are and are not allowed to roam. The park is open from 7:30am mid-week and 9:30 weekends, the park closes from 4:30pm - 9:30pm depending on time of year/daylight. I highly recommend the park for families with young children and bird watchers, but for couples there aren't enough secluded spots, although there are more than enough park benches on which to sit and hold hands.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

What a beautiful park. I am very lucky to live very close! A beautiful lake, lots of wildlife, lovely trees, great for winter and summer.

Watch out for those squirrels though.

1  Thank BeckenhamChris
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

major atraction for .lots of birds aslo wildlife. Lovely lawns but watch out for the Canada greese droppings...But thats all part of being outside!
Great for families and nature walks. My daughter ,now 50 years old always loves to return to Kelsey Park which brings back great Childhood memories.

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Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

Great park to spend time with the family especially with kids. Lovely lake, gardens and children play ground. You can also stop by the cafe to eat and drink.

1  Thank harund
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

The best time to see Kelsey Park is in the Autumn, the trees are magnificent in their Autumn colours, the area is alive with birds and small mammals, it is also a good place to take toddlers as it has a well equipped playground and a reasonable tea room/café.
I have been visiting Kelsey Park since the 60s, some changes have been made, most not to the advantage of the park, re the clearing of the area around the entrance from Manor Road which used to attract many different birds for nesting sites, the removal of some large healthy trees, the installation of a footpath to the flats in Manor Way, a complete waste of ratepayers money.
Generally speaking it is kept in a good condition and is worth a visit. The toilet facilities are usually in good working order and clean.

1  Thank Peter74050139
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