Thousands of people turned out to mark Alexandra Park’s 150thanniversary celebration at a park-wide festival on 21 July 2013.
Spread across the Park’s 196 acres of Grade II listed park-land, the event entertained visitors with a jam-packed programme that brought back many popular activities from its rich past and showcased talent from across the borough of Haringey.
The Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Peacock, attended the event and opened the celebrations from the bandstand in the Grove.
She said: “It was an honour to be able to open such a historic event at such an important community space in Haringey.
“The park looked amazing and the day was perfect in every way. I was delighted to see so many local residents come together from across the borough to mark this special occasion.
“I was also thrilled meet so many people and to watch talented local groups and individuals perform a wonderful variety of entertainment on the day. This is testament to the wonderful diversity of talent this area has to offer and I had a lovely time.”
Visitors to the Park were spoilt for choice with a programme featuring workshops held by the Natural History Museum, nature trails, Victorian street performers, a variety of track and field community games, archery, rugby, tennis, a trackless train, a farmers market, pedalo races and a long lunch on the south terrace.
A number of stages around the Park featured a variety of live performances by dance groups and electric, brass and acoustic bands from 11:00 – 16:00 and a stage next to the Bar & Kitchen that entertained a festive crowd into the evening.
Cllr Matt Cooke, Chairman for the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust said: “It was a magical day and more than 15,000 people turned out to enjoy an action packed park full of things to do.
“I’m confident in saying we did one of the most glorious spaces in London proud on its 150th anniversary.”
“I want to pay tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who gave their time to make it happen, the Palace staff team and those who work 365 days a year to keep Ally Pally’s Park so magnificent, free and accessible for everyone all year round.”
Since the original 220 acres of landscaped parkland and pleasure grounds were opened in 1863, the Park has enchanted visitors with panoramic views of London, a miniature Japanese village, a deer park, hot air balloon rides, a frying pan shaped horse racing course, a band stand, a boating lake, a diving pavilion, a croquet court, Red Bull’s Soapbox race, a permanent Park circus and field archery just to name a few.