Barnet

Lying on the outer edge of north London, Barnet is the second largest of London's boroughs and has a relatively diverse population and landscape. To the north, it benefits from large swathes of countryside, whilst to the south it becomes ever more densely populated towards Hendon, Colindale and Cricklewood. Straddling the border with Brent is the Welsh Harp Nature Reserve and Reservoir, a valuable habitat for wildlife with 170 hectares of open water, marshes, trees and grassland.

One of the cultural hubs of the borough is the Arts Depot in East Finchley where kids and adults alike will love the range of theatre, music, dance and visual arts. There's also an abundance of baby and toddler groups to keep your little ones entertained and soft play centres across the borough.

Barnet is particularly known for its large minority Jewish population. This Jewish influence is much in evidence when passing the Synagogues, Jewish Museum, kosher shops and the Jewish Cultural Centre at Golders Green.

Barnet is also home to the Hendon Aerodrome - the birthplace of British aviation and now RAF Museum. Visitors can gaze at over 100 historic full-sized aircraft and there are free family events all year round.

If it's outdoor action you are looking for, Belmont Children's Farm in Mill Hill allows your kids to get up close to the animals in petting sessions. Golders Hill Park also has animal enclosures, a bandstand and café and Avenue House Historical Garden in Finchley has a lovely play area. Monken Hadley Common is now the only remaining unenclosed fragment of the former Chase and is a haven for wildlife.

Your Local editor is Jenny and you can contact her at: barnet@mumsnetlocal.com

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