Haringey

From the woods in the west, with their bug hunts, nature trails <br />and storytelling trees, to the miles and miles of cycle lanes at <br />Tottenham marshes in the east, Haringey is wonderfully green, <br />allowing London families to enjoy outdoor life without leaving <br />the city and the many theatres, galleries and restaurants that <br />urban life has to offer. <br /> <br />Historical attractions include Alexandra Palace, built in 1873 <br />&ndash; the perfect place for a picnic, thanks to its hilltop, panoramic <br />view of London. Designed as a leisure centre to rival the south's <br />Crystal Palace, it now houses an ice rink, concert hall and <br />exhibition space. Bruce Castle Museum, is another must-visit <br />&ndash; a grade 1 listed, 16th-century manor house set in 20 acres of <br />parkland, with a tree trail that will lead you round the park <br />and the museum. And there's the Markfield Beam Engine <br />and Museum that shelters the impressive 1886 Beam Steam <br />Pumping engine. <br /> <br />Haringey has long been known as a creative hub, with more <br />than its fair share of artists, actors, musicians and directors&hellip; so <br />it's no wonder it has a healthy crop of prestigious local theatres: <br />Highgate's Jackson's Lane, Lauderdale House and Upstairs at <br />the Gatehouse; Tottenham's Bernie Grant Arts Centre, as well <br />as Finsbury Park's Park Theatre. Shows, workshops and classes <br />for both children and adults means there's always something <br />arty to see or do. <br /> <br />With segway racing, soft play centres, archery, countless <br />boutiques, restaurants and the garden pubs of Highgate Village <br />&ndash; bringing village life to north London - it's hardly surprising <br />Haringey is seen as such a great place to live and bring up a family. <br /> <br />Your Local editors are Emma and Kate and you can contact them at: haringey@mumsnetlocal.com

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