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National Park City Week: Friday 27 July 2018

Welcome to the seventh day of London’s first National Park City Week, with a great variety of walks, talks, explorations, fun days and wildlife activities to celebrate our green spaces and waterways.

All day events

Summer Holiday Family Fun at Rainham Marshes, 9:30am – 5pm
Theme: Family fun
Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

Get active in nature with the family. Pick up an adventure trail sheet and explore the reserve with your family. Play in the adventure playground, clamber on the climbing boulders, hire a bike for your own cycle adventure, and stop off in the cafe for lunch! 

For more details and full times please see the RSPB website.

Linear Walk – Three Croydon Commons – Riddlesdown, Kenley Common and Farthing Downs, 10am – 3pm
Meet at Car park on Riddlesdown Common, CR8 1EE
Theme: Day walk & talk

Join the Croydon Ramblers for a 9.5 mile linear walk along three Croydon Commons – Riddlesdown, Kenley Common and Farthing Downs. Free event, just turn up.

Visit Croydon Ramblers website for more info.

Wanstead Flats and Park Walk, 10:35am – 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Forest Gate station E7 0NF

Join the Ramblers for a six-mile circular walk across part of Epping Forest and Wanstead Flats. This haven for skylarks has lakes and views aplenty. Drop-out points throughout. Ends at Forest Gate station. Free event, just turn up.

An alternative route is available on the road should Wanstead Flats not be accessible on the day due to the recent fire.  

See the Inner London Ramblers website for more info.

House of Wayward Plants, 11am-4pm
Theme: Wildcard
Morden Hall Park, Morden Hall Road, Morden, London SM4 5JD

The National Trust, Wayward Plants and the Royal Horticultural Society have teamed up to rehome thousands of plants from the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The National Trust’s Morden Hall Park will host a pop-up plant adoption space where members of the public can come and adopt a plant for free.

For more details visit the National Trust webpage. 

Morning events

Harrow Tai Chi for Health, 9:30am – 10:30am
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Harrow Recreation Ground, on the basket ball court, HA1 1PB

Enjoy health and wellbeing for free on Fridays in the park with Tai Chi, teacher Mr Zhijun Wang.

Find out more on True Health Taiji’s Facebook page and the Harrow Recreation events page.

Informal birdwatching walk at Richmond Park, 9:30am
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Richmond Park, TW10 5HS

Join an informal birdwatching walk every Friday with Friends of Richmond Park. No booking, just turn up.

Visit Friends of Richmond Park website to find out more.

Tots' Tales Story Time in the Park, 10am – 10:30am
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Wandle Park bandstand, CR0 4WL

Come along to 'Story Time in the Park' - a nature-themed sensory story, with props, activities, parachute play, bubbles and lots of singing! The session will have limited 'drop-in' places and is for under 5s. £5 per person. £3 concession for siblings.

Pay and book your event on Tots’ Tales website.

Beddington Park Walk, 10am – 11am
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at St Mary's Church, Wallington (Beddington Park), Sutton, SM6 7NJ

A friendly walk around Beddington Park or Waddon Ponds. Free but donations welcome. Just turn up.

Find out more about Wandle Valley Park healthy walks.

Guided walk to Thorndon Country Park, 10am – 12:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Thorndon Country Park North off The Avenue, outside visitor’s centre, CM13 3RZ

Join this five-mile circular walk from the north to the south side of the park. It’s a chance to enjoy a wide variety of flora and fauna across the woodland and meadow. You’ll also see some interesting old trees including the Crinoline Lady (an old oak pollard), learn about its historical past and take in great views to QE2 Bridge and Canary Wharf.

Free. Find out more on the Thames Chase website. 

Breathing Life into Cities, 10am – 1:30pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at Summerfield Lane, KT6 5DZ

A talk on how plants, living walls, green roofs and screens can futureproof our cities, and how they reduce air pollution and boost biodiversity. You’ll also get a chance to build and plant your own living wall.

Book your free place at Scotscape Landscaping Ltd.

Nature Walk, 10:30am start
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet outside Rayners Lane Tube station, HA5 5EG

Join a three-mile walk to learn about the natural history and wildlife of Rayners Lane. Please bring water and sunhat, dogs welcome. A Harrow Nature Conservation Forum event.

To find out more, email: [email protected]

River Roding Dragonfly Walk, 11am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Redbridge Underground Station, IG4 5DQ (drop off at South Woodford Tube station, IG4 5DQ)

Join London Wildlife Trust on a walk along the River Roding to spot dragonflies and damselflies and enjoy the scenery. It’s also a chance to help collect data for the London Wildlife Trust’s London wide dragonfly survey. Free event, just turn up.

Book your free place on London Wildlife Trust website.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Guided Tours, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Day Walk and Talk
Meet at Park Information Point, Westfield Avenue Entrance, Stratford E20 1JN

Come and explore one of London’s newest Parks with an expert guide, who will bring its iconic landmarks and secrets to life! Join us for a specially created walk being held twice a day, every day of London’s first National Park City Week. It’s been six years since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games – how has Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park changed since then, and what does the future hold?

These tours are sure to be popular so book your place today by calling the Information Point between 10am - 3pm on 02085362716 - pay by cash on the day. Maximum of 20 people. Tours cost £8 per adult, £6 concession and £3 per child (3-16). Find out more on their website.

Woodberry’s Wondrous Workshops: Dragonfly Willow Weaving, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Woodberry Wetlands/ Coal House Café, N16 5HQ

Join the Wildlife Trust for a fun-filled, creative day learning how to make your very own model dragonfly, using freshly harvested, bendy willow sticks. We’ll also learn about the amazing dragonflies that call Woodberry Wetlands home! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the London Wildlife Trust website.

Gardens of the Inns of Court, a guided walk, 11am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Chancery Lane Tube station exit 3, WC1V 6DR

Join City Garden Walks for a stroll through London's historic legal quarter, exploring the glorious gardens and distinguished buildings.

Book via City Garden Walks website.

Afternoon events

Free Summer Community Basket Ball Coaching, 12 – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Harrow Recreation Ground, Cunnington Park, HA1 1NS

Get outdoors and improve your game with Ball Out Community Coaching sessions. Open to players of all abilities, aged 10-18. Just sign up and get your parent/guardian consent. All sessions are drop in.

Find out more on Ball out website.

Go Jauntly Picnic in Hilly Fields, 12:30pm – 7pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Hilly Fields Park, SE4 1LD

Join the Go Jauntly gang with locals in Hilly Fields, Brockley. Bring your own picnic, blanket, the kids and help them explore Hilly Fields hidden nature trail and enjoy some chilled out fun. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Go Jauntly Facebook page to find out more.

Mindfulness in Nature - Ruskin Park, 12:45 - 2.15pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Ruskin Park, London SE5 8EL (inside the park at Denmark Hill pedestrian gate)

Enjoy a mindfulness taster session in the natural setting of Ruskin Park. Learn how to guide your thinking to experience freedom and self-awareness through yoga. Led by Mel Sutton.

£5 per place. Book on the Woodland Trust website.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Guided Tours, 1pm – 2:30pm
Theme: Day Walk and Talk
Meet at Park Information Point, Westfield Avenue Entrance, Stratford E20 1JN

Come and explore one of London’s newest Parks with an expert guide, who will bring its iconic landmarks and secrets to life! Join us for a specially created walk being held twice a day, every day of London’s first National Park City Week. It’s been six years since the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games – how has Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park changed since then, and what does the future hold?

These tours are sure to be popular so book your place today by calling the Information Point between 10am - 3pm on 02085362716 - pay by cash on the day. Maximum of 20 people. Tours cost £8 per adult, £6 concession and £3 per child (3-16). Find out more on their website.

Historic Views and trees Ranger-led walk, 1pm – 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Osterley Park and House stables courtyard, TW7 4RB

Join a two-hour 3.5k guided tour exploring the recently restored historic vistas of Osterley House and enjoy some notable trees on the estate.

Please wear suitable footwear. Walk will go ahead in all weathers. More info on the National Trust website.

Walking for Health, Jubilee Country Park, Bromley, 2pm - 3pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at Tent Peg Lane car park, off Crest View Drive, Petts Wood BR5 1BY

Join the Friends of Jubilee Country Park for a stroll around the park (and sometimes beyond). Organised by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Friends of Jubilee Country Park to find out more. 

Regent's Canal Regenerated, 2pm – 4pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Angel Tube station N1 9LQ

Come and hear the history of Regent’s Canal from its 19th century heyday, 1960s decline to its resurgence today. See and hear stories of the canal past, present and future. Organised by Footprints of London.

Book your ticket on Eventbrite.

Nordic Walking 2:30pm – 4pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Beckenham Place Park - behind the mansion BR3 1SY

Join Nordic Walker instructor Sonya Brennan for a 90-minute taster session designed to inspire novices – and enjoy the beautiful setting of Beckenham Place Park. Organised by the Museum of Walking

Booking is essential. Book your free place on the Museum of Walking website.

Nature Walk at Oak Hill Wood, 2:30pm – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Oak Hill Park, near the playground, EN4 8JS

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided wildlife walk in the delightful Oak Hill Wood Nature Reserve. There are many breeding birds such as lesser spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, sparrowhawk and tawny owl.

Book your free place via London Wildlife Trust website.

Clapham Common Meadow - Colour Your Common, 4pm – 8pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet beside Windmill opposite The Spinney and Bandstand Beds SW4 7AJ

Come along for a picnic to celebrate the creation of a new meadow on Clapham Common - funded by the Mayor’s Greener City Fund. All welcome. Free event, just turn up.

Evening events

Art, walking, national parks & an urban forest (walk) 7pm – 9pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet outside the National Gallery WC2N 5DN

Join the Ramblers for a three-mile walk starting outside the National Gallery with an exhibition of Thomas Cole, early US conservationist. You’ll stroll over Millennium Bridge to London's Urban Forest. Walk ends at Waterloo. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Peckham Coal Line Walk, 7pm – 9pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Honor Oak Park, SE23 1EB

Join the Ramblers for a three-mile post-work walk taking in the splendid views from One Tree Hill, Camberwell Old Cemetery and Peckham Rye Common and the proposed route of Peckham Coal Line "high line" path. Ends at Queens Road Peckham station. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Tottenham Trees - An Old Oak, a New Oak and Exotic Trees, 7pm – 8:15 pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet in front of Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU

Walk with the Tottenham Trees group in Bruce Castle Park for encounters with the Antarctic Beech, Nettle Tree, Tulip Tree and Tottenham’s oldest Oak. Finish at community-owned pub, The Antwerp Arms.

Find out more on the Tottenham Trees website.