An action-packed summer holiday is planned for Westminster children thanks to two playground projects.

The new playground on the Churchill Gardens Estate in Lupus Street, Pimlico, was unveiled on Thursday following a £70,000 makeover.

Westminster Council's cabinet member for children's services Cllr Sarah Richardson officially opened the play space, which includes new swings, slides, roundabouts, climbing frames and a special teacup roundabout.

Children from the estate picked the design themselves, choosing between three different options at an event held in February.

The refurbishment was funded by £30,000 from the National Lottery and £40,000 from Westminster Council's housing arm CityWest Homes.

Chief executive of CityWest Homes Brian Johnson said: "It looks fantastic and we're looking forward to seeing the children making full use of the new equipment."

Young people visiting the St John's Wood Adventure Playground in St John's Wood Terrace, St John's Wood, will also benefit from the National Lottery funding.

The playground picked up £8,330 towards its 'Action Play' programme, an after-school workshop that aims get children off their sofas.

Youngsters will be offered the chance to take part in a skipping course, dance exercise programme, kite flying, and gardening classes.

Project coordinator Steve Derby said: "There are concerns at the moment that children are becoming too sedentary, so we're trying to get them motivated. We'll be using traditional play activities, as well as more unusual ones like kick rounders - a game which combines football and rounders, to try and promote a healthier lifestyle to them.

"The award will go towards paying for equipment and supervisors for each of the sessions.

"Initially we'll be running the programme for a year,but we're hoping we'll be able to carry on after that."

The sessions are open to all members of the adventure playground, made up of children aged between five and 11.

* For more information call the adventure playground on 020 7586 1884 or email