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Mother Fields at Highbury Fields Barbecues

Here are some tips on using barbecues safely so everyone can enjoy Highbury Fields:

  • Before starting your barbecue, make sure it is on a stand and not placed directly on the grass.
  • We advise you to use ‘kettle’ type barbecues rather than disposable foil ones – this helps reduce smoke levels.
  • Barbecue in the centre of the fields - not near homes as smoke can disrupt residents’ enjoyment at home.
  • Take some water to put out the barbecue once it’s finished.
  • Make sure barbecues are cool before putting them in the bin.
  • Dispose of all litter properly and recycle your rubbish wherever possible.
  • Keep children supervised around the barbecue at all times. Have a great day!

New adventure play structure!

We are happy to announce that the new adventure play structure is open and ready to use! After consulting with local children and families the structure has been designed to encourage children to take a more risky approach to play encouraging jumping, swinging, climbing and balancing.

Tom Harvey deadwood sculpture

Unfortunately due to a fungal disease, the fox sculpture carved into a dead Elm tree needs to be laid down as it has become unsafe. We always knew it would not last forever but hope to keep it on site for as long as possible in a horizontal position for users to keep enjoying.

Site of Local Importance to Nature Conservation

Park Keeper in children's play area 12 noon till dusk

Park Keeper at tennis courts 8am till dusk from 1 March to 31 October, and 4pm till 9pm from 1 November to 28/29 February

Park features

Highbury Fields is the largest park in Islington. Features of the park include:

  • children's playground with toilets
  • large sand pit
  • water play feature
  • sports facilities, see below
  • Bandstand One O'Clock Club
  • Oasis Cafe
  • enclosed dog-free picnic area
  • deadwood sculpture
  • avenues of plane trees
  • orchard
  • wildlife area
  • Boer war memorial
  • large grass areas
  • Highbury Pool and Fitness Centre

Sports facilities

Football: one 50m x 26m artificial turf floodlit football pitch

Netball: four netball courts

Tennis: 11 tarmac tennis courts (7 with floodlights)

Table tennis: 1 table next to tennis courts 

Sports bookings

Outdoor sports facilities at Tufnell Park are managed by the council’s leisure contractor GLL. For further information and details on how to book please visit


Highbury Crescent, N5

Highbury East Ward


11.75 hectares or 29.0 acres

Getting there

Buses: 4, 19, 30, 43, 271, 277, 393 to Highbury Corner; 4, 19, 236 to Highbury Barn
Tube: Highbury and Islington Station
Train: Highbury and Islington Station


Use Interactive Maps to identify nearest disabled parking bays and distance from public transport routes. A Disabled Access Guide is available at Disabled Go.

Getting involved

If you would like to find out about the Highbury Fields Management Group, contact the East Area Parks Manager.


Central Area Parks Manager
Public Realm Division
Telephone: 020 7527 2000
Text: 'Greenspace' + your message to 80800


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