Life's a beach at Brent Cross
PUBLISHED: 17:31 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:31 13 July 2015
With sand like silk underfoot, the urban beach in Brent Cross is a hint of that overseas holiday but on our doorstep.
I took my 12-year-old son to experience The Beach at Brent Cross on Friday night and what a mini pleasure park it is for people of all ages.
The sandy beach, ripe for buckets and spade, has the finest sand my feet have ever beheld as I swung them from a deckchair.
The big paddling pool will please youngsters as will a range of entertainment geared at them, like regular Punch and Judy shows, story telling and magic shows.
We were drawn to the fairground with old favourites like the helter skelter and swings. I don’t know how a pair of girls managed to see anything on their phones as the Waltzer spun us round at high speeds, pinning my cheek to the side of the carriage.
The rollercoaster is suitably terrifying but sadly the log flumes weren’t working the night we were there.
There are games galore with traditional shoot the tins or the impossible ‘get the ball in the basket’. There are rides for little ones and brave ones. I didn’t have the stomach to go on the Mach 5, some tall thing that spins you round and round and upside down for far too long.
And there’s the thing, while the rides are pricey – it’s £10 for 10 tokens and most rides three or four tokens each, you do get value for most of them. My son loved the Walk on Water balls which is sadly, not for adults.
If all that is hungry work there’s a good choice of food with fish and chips, hotdogs, burgers, burritos, baked potatoes, donuts, Spanish churros and of course, candy floss and icecream.
We went for the Chicken Tikka Masala at the Bombay Street Food which was perfect. There’s plenty to drink, hot and cold, including that summer staple, Pimms.
This park is moments away from the Brent Cross Shopping Centre so ideal over the school summer holidays.
Drag your children on a retail adventure then reward them with an afternoon at the seaside. Better still, go down with your friends. It’s £3 entry with different deals on tokens. Win win I say, especially if the sun is shining!