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National Park City Week: Monday 23 July 2018

Welcome to the third 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.

Morning events

Tots' Tales Story Time in the Park, 10am – 10:30am  
Theme: Family fun
Meet on the lawn outside Mother Kitty's Cafe, Rickman Hill Recreation Ground, Croydon CR5 3DU

Bring the kids for 'Story Time in the Park' - a nature-themed sensory story, using props, activities and parachute play, bubbles and lots of singing! Suitable for under-5s.

Book on TotsTales website. Siblings get a discount. 

Morning Circular - A Green Walk through Three Coulsdon Commons with some Local History, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at The Fox Public House, Coulsdon Common, CR3 5QS

Join the Croydon Ramblers for a five-mile green walk with some local history.. Free event, just turn up

Visit Croydon Ramblers for more info.

Volunteer day at Thornet Wood, Bromley, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Thornet Wood, Bromley, BR5 1BL

Join volunteers who meet every Monday to manage the park grounds under the guidance of Andrew Harby, Local Community Manager for Bromley Council. Come and cut and clear wood along an accessible path. Just turn up. 

See the Friends of  Jubilee Country Park website to find out more.

Smell & Touch Sensory Safari - Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Gardens, 10am – 11:30am
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet under the guns in front of Imperial War Museum, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Gardens, SE1 6HZ

A 90-minute workshop-on-foot for all the family. Discover how to use your senses to discern and capture the scents and smells of urban nature and green spaces. Organised by the Museum of Walking

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

History Walk along the River Crane, 10:45am – 2pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at the entrance to Pevensey Road Nature Reserve, Hanworth, Hounslow, TW13 5JH

Join a fun morning with the Conservation Volunteers to learn about the River Crane, its history and how local people are working to conserve it. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on Pevensey Road Green Gym 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.

Sunnyside Green Gym, 11am – 2pm
Theme: Wildlife activities meet at Sunnyside Community Garden office, Hazelville Rd, Islington, N19 3LX

Get fit and enhance the beauty and wildlife of Sunnyside Community Garden. Free event, booking required. No experience necessary! Organised by TCV.

Free but please register on the TCV website.

Northern Heights Walk, 11am – 3:30 pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Cockfosters Tube Station, Enfield, EN4 0DZ

Join the Ramblers for a five-mile walk through green spaces including Beech Hill Park, Hadley Woods and the Dollis Valley. Drop off points throughout. Ends at Totteridge & Whetstone tube station. Free, just turn up.

See the Inner London Ramblers website for more info.

Afternoon events

Free Summer Community Basket Ball Coaching, 12pm – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Harrow Recreation Ground, Cunnington Park, Harrow, 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 the Ball Out website.

#Better Air Sensory Connections, 12:30 – 2pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Outside gates of refectory courtyard, Southwark Cathedral, SE1 9DA

Join a curated lunch time ‘walk-shop’ along Bankside and London Bridge with the Museum of Walking. Record and discover hidden and peaceful ways through photography, drawing and poetry. 

Find out more on the Museum of Walking website.

To book simply RSVP Email: [email protected]

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.

Three East London Parks Walk, 1pm – 4pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Barking Underground / Mainline station, Barking, IG11 8TU

Join the Ramblers for a six-mile stroll through three lesser known London parks with attractive lakes and avenues of plane trees. Drop out points throughout. Ends at Gants Hill tube station. Free event, just turn up.

See Inner London Ramblers website for more info.

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

Come along for a two-hour 3.5k guided tour of the recently restored historic vistas of Osterley House and enjoy some notable trees on the estate. Please wear suitable footwear as the walk will go ahead in all weathers. The walk is free but doesn’t include admission to house and gardens.

More info on the National Trust website.

Evening events

Sunset Social Gardening, 6pm – 9pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Edible Yard, St Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1V 8AJ

Enjoy the summer evening and boost your wellbeing with some relaxed twilight gardening. It’s a great opportunity to chill after a working day and meet new people. Herbal cocktails and nibbles provided. Free event, booking required. Organised by St Luke's Community Centre

For more info and to book, email: [email protected]

Yeading Brook Meadows Wildflower Walk, 6pm – 8:30pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Yeading Brook Meadows/ Junction of Kingshill Avenue and Attlee Road Hayes, Hillingdon, UB4 9JB

Be amazed by London Wildlife Trust's largest grassland reserve which has a huge variety of wildflowers, grasses and trees. Free event, just turn up.

See the London Wildlife Trust website for more detail.

Mindfulness in Nature - Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Gardens, 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet beneath the guns in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Gardens London (nearest Tube Elephant & Castle) SE1 6HZ

Join Mel Sutton for a mindfulness taster session in nature. Learn how to guide your thinking to experience freedom and self-awareness through yoga.

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

From Hackney to the Thames, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Hackney Wick Station, E9 5ER

Come along for an evening stroll along the Lea Valley Walk to the Thames, returning from Limehouse Station. Around 4.75 miles. There’ll also be a chance to have a drink at The Grapes, Ian McKellen's riverside pub afterwards. Free event, just turn up.

See West Essex Ramblers website for more info.

Let's Get Lost Mile End Walk, 7pm – 9pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Mile End Tube, Tower Hamlets, E3 4PH

Join the Ramblers for a three-mile walk after work through Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park and Mile End Park, including the Regents Canal. Ends at Mile End tube station. Download the Let's Get Lost app for soundscapes. Free, just turn up.

Visit Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.