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National Park City Week: Saturday 21 July 2018

Welcome to the first 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.

It all begins with a 48-hour walk, starting at one minute past midnight, and includes the first London National Park City Fair.

All day events

InspiralLondon DayNight Trail Relay, 12 am – 12am
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Kings Cross Square - Spindle Sculpture by Henry Moore - Start of InspiralLondon Metropolitan Trail, N1C 4DE (at midnight or join us along the route)

Come and experience London as a National Park City day and night at this relay walk of InspiralLondon Metropolitan Trail. Join a team of artists and inspirallers as they walk non-stop for 48 hours to cover the first six parts of this 36-section walk. There are designated points where you can pick up the trail, with walks from one mile to eight miles plus. Visit InspiralLondon to find out more.

London National Park City Fair, 11am – 5pm
Theme: Look & Learn
Meet at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

Come along to this free Volunteering & Experiences Fair and meet the fantastic organisations organising events during National Park City Week and making a difference every day to our city.

26 SPEAKERS • 30 STANDS • GUIDED BUS TOURS  • FREE GUIDED WALKS • FREE GIANT MAPS • DEBATES • VOLUNTEERING • EXPERIENCES  • ART DISPLAYS • FILMS • PARK MAP DRAWING • PICNICS • MAKERS • BUSKING

Across the day the A-Z Field Guide to the London National Park City will present 26 short talks on various topics including the impact of pollution on London’s wildlife, its geological past and how community action can lead to new and exciting changes. There’s even a talk by a dog. You will also be able to join short, circular walks with experienced guides to explore the streets, parks and other spaces around Conway Hall.

Find out more on the National Park City Foundation website.

The Crofton Park Railway Garden Sensory-Learning Themed Garden, 10am- 5:30pm
Theme: Look & learn
Crofton Park Railway Garden, Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ

The railway garden opens its doors to showcase its plans for creating a 'sensory-learning' themed garden. Drop in at any time on the day to explore the garden, the landscaping plans, the various stalls or join one of the workshops. Free event, just turn up. 

Find out more on Crofton Park Railway Garden

Brockley Tree Peaks Trail, 10am - 5:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Crofton Park Railway Garden, Marnock Road, London, SE4 1AZ

Collect your map and discount voucher before heading off to explore the wider Brockley area along a five-mile circular walk. The route will take you through the valley of the River Ravensbourne at Ladywell Fields and to the peaks of Blythe Hill Fields, Hilly Fields, One Tree Hill for the best views across London!

You’ll find loads of great places to enjoy food and drink along the way and independent shops to explore (with some offering ten per cent for visitors on the day with your voucher).

Free event, join the group at any time.

Find out more on Crofton Park Railway Garden website.

Walworth Garden, 10am – 5pm
Theme: Look and learn
Meet at Walworth Garden, 206 Manor Place, Southwark, SE17 3BN

Come along to this open day and find out more about Walworth Garden. This unique charity is dedicated to changing lives through horticulture and creating a green oasis in the heart of Southwark.

Free event, just turn up. 

Heritage Horse n’ Carriage Tour, 10am – 5pm
Theme: Look & Learn
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane,Upminster, RM14 3NS

Join a free one-day horse and carriage hertiage tour around Heritage with heritage groups, Discover Me and the Land of the Fanns. Free, Find out more on the Thames Chase website.

Falconwood to Woolwich Arsenal Walk, 10:30am – 4pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Falconwood Rail Station (Zone 4), Bexley, SE9 2RN

Join the Ramblers for a ten-mile walk from Shooters Hill to the River Thames. Stride though the ancient woodlands of Oxleas Woods, Bostall Woods and Abbey Wood on to the ruins of Lesnes Abbey. There are drop-off points throughout the walk, so you can leave when you like. Ends at Woolwich Arsenal National Rail/DLR station. No booking required, just turn up. 

Visit Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Cranford Park Family Day, 11am – 4:30pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Cranford Countryside Park, Hillingdon, TW5 9RZ

Come along for an incredible day out against a backdrop of beautiful 18th century parkland. Enjoy falconry, farm animals, medieval knights, painting and river dipping. Free entry, just turn up.

Find out more on Cranford Park Friends website.

St Margaret's Community Space Open Day, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at St Margaret's Church, 1 Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7JE

Come along to this open day to explore the community space around St Margaret's Church. There’s loads of family fun activities too including history and nature trials, planting and arts and crafts. Free entry, donations welcome. Book your place at Eventbrite.

Wonderful Wildlife Weekends at Woodberry Wetlands, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Woodberry Wetlands, Education Ponds, Hackney, N4 2RH

Come and enjoy fun activities for the whole family with the London Wildlife Trust at Woodberry Wetland. There’s bug hunting, wild crafts, stories, and much more! No booking required, just turn up. All children must come with an adult.

Find out more on the London Wildlife Trust website.

Straw Bale garden open day at Beckenham Place Park, 11am – 4pm
Theme: family fun
Meet at Beckenham Place Park (tennis courts), Lewisham, BR3 1SY

Come along to pick and taste fresh produce and find out how a straw bale garden works. You never know, you might even be inspired to create your own. Activities and trails for kids. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the Lewisham Council website.

Hackney Yoruba Arts Festival, 12pm – 9pm
Theme: Arts in parks
Meet at Clissold Park, Hackney, N16 9HJ

Come and celebrate the vibrant arts and culture of the Yoruba. It’ll be a great day out for the whole family with face painting, a playground, workshops, competitions, presentations, and more. There’ll also be live music performances, African food and an arts and crafts market. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the Yoruba Arts Festival website.

Lambeth Country Show, 12pm – 8pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Brockwell Park, Brixton/Herne Hill, SE24 9BJ

Come to one of the biggest free family festivals in the UK. The unique line-up celebrates the best of traditional countryside shows and great music. There’ll also be a children’s funfair and bouncy castle rides. This event gets busy so come early and be prepared to queue. Last entry is at 6.30pm.

Free event, just turn up. Please note, you will be searched on entry. For more information visit the Lambeth Country Show website.

Morning events

Finsbury parkrun: 8.50am - 10am
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Finsbury Park Cafe, Finsbury Park, Hornsey Gate, Endymion Road, London, N4 2NQ.

Enjoy a free 5km run in Finsbury Park. Run, jog or walk, you are welcome to enjoy parkrun at your own pace. Why not join us in the cafe afterwards for a coffee and a catch up? 

Free - just turn up. To receive a time for your run, please register in advance on their website and bring a printed copy of your barcode with you.

Back to Nature Bootcamp, 10am – 11am
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ

Get fit in the great outdoors at Rainham Marshes Nature Bootcamp sessions. Come along and improve your fitness, meet new friends and have fun.

Costs: £6.50 (£5 for RSPB members) per session or book five sessions for £25 (£20 RSPB members)!

To book your place, call RSPB Marshes Nature Reserve on 01708 899840. More information on the RSPB website.

Discover the unexpected natural treasures in Kingston Cemetery, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Look and learn
Meet at Kingston Cemetery, Bonner Hill Rd, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 3EZ

Discover the surprising flora and fauna at Kingston Cemetery’s conservation area with guided tours by volunteers. Free event, just turn up.

Visit Kingston Biodiversity Network to find out more.

Ealing to Richmond Walk, 10am - 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet outside Ealing Broadway Tube/rail station, W5 2NU

Join the Ramblers for a five-mile walk. Take in Ealing's delightful smaller parks - Walpole, Lammas, Blondin, Boston Manor – and then enjoy the Grand Union Canal to Brentford Lock. Ends at Richmond tube/ National Rail Station.

Free event, just turn up.

Visit Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

World Kitchen at the Mulberry Centre, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Mulberry Centre, 12a Calais Street, Myatt's Fields Park, Lambeth, SE5 9LP

Cook and eat together with your kids (under fours) at World Kitchen at the Mulberry Centre. There’ll also be crafts and outdoor play. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more about events at Myatt's Fields Park.

A Walk through the Parks of Three London Boroughs, 10am – 2:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Wandle Park Tram stop, Croydon, CR0 4JS

Join the Croydon Ramblers for a seven-mile linear stroll through the parks of three south London boroughs - Croydon, Sutton and Merton. Finish at Morden Road Tram stop. Bring a packed lunch. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the Croydon Ramblers website.

Tots’ Tales, 10:30am – 11:30am
Theme: Family fun
Meet at bottom playground, Wells Park, Sydenham, SE26 6JQ

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. Cost £5 per person with a concession of £3 for siblings.

Book on TotsTales website. Siblings get a discount. 

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.

Workshop for kids: Making Fairy Dust Pouches 11am-1pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Crofton Park Railway Garden, Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ

Kids will create Fairy Dust Pouches to take away with them. Children must be accompanied by parents and guardians. Join any time between 11am and 1pm (Last chance to drop in to art session at 12:30pm). Cost £3.50 per child.

Find out more on Crofton Park Railway Garden website.

Exploring the Canons, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at The Dovecote, Canons House & Landscape, Mitcham, CR4 4HD

Come along for inspiring children’s activities in the stunning surrounds of the historic Canons House.

Free event, just turn up. Organised by The Canons 'Parks for People Project'.

The Challenge of Creating and Maintaining Wildlife Friendly Inner City Parks, 11am – 12pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, 39 Tottenham Street, Westminster, W1T 4RX

This guided walk led by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association explores two open spaces and talks about their opportunities and threats. Free event, just turn up.

More info on the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association website.

Wandle Nature Walk, 11am – 12pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club, Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road, Morden SM4 6BF

Discover riverside wildlife on this walk starting at Tooting and Mitcham Football Club. On to Ravensbury Park and finally Morden Hall Park. Free event, just turn up. Organised by the National Trust and Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club.

Junior Explorers, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at New River Walk - St. Paul's Road Gate, Islington, N1 2PU

Explore the New River Walk with pond dipping, storytelling, den building, wildlife watching and nature art. Children come with an adult. Organised by Islington Council. 

Book your free place at Eventbrite.

Workshop for kids: Making Fairy Dust Pouches 11am-1pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Crofton Park Railway Garden, Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ

Kids will create Fairy Dust Pouches to take away with them. Children must be accompanied by parents and guardians. Join any time between 11am and 1pm (Last chance to drop in to art session at 12:30pm). Cost £3.50 per child.

Find out more on Crofton Park Railway Garden website.

Nature Walk at Oak Hill Wood, 11am – 1:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Oak Hill Park (car park - close to café and playground), Barnet, EN4 8JP

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided wildlife walk through ancient Oak Hill Wood. This ten-acre nature reserve is home to lots of birdlife like the lesser spotted woodpecker, treecreeper, sparrowhawk and tawny owl. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the London Wildlife Trust website.

Haggerston Park Urban Bat Workshop, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Haggerston Park Community Orchard, Hackney, E2 8NH

Join us for a bat box building workshop in Haggerston Park. Learn about the ecological importance of this site and how we can enhance green spaces and gardens to support these amazing mammals. Find out how to join our bat monitoring programme.

Organised by Haggerston Park Community Orchard. Book your free place on email: [email protected]

Afternoon events

Friends of Millers Pond Summer Fayre, Croydon, 12pm – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Millers Pond, Croydon CR0 8DS

Join the Friends of Millers Pond Summer Fayre. Just turn up.

Official Opening of Berrylands Nature Reserve, 12pm – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at the Berrylands Nature Reserve (known as Raeburn Open Space Local Nature Reserve). It’s on the field to the rear of the Berrylands Scouts Hut, Surbiton KT5 9HY.

Join in the nature-themed fun at the reopening of this recently restored reserve. There’ll be loads of great activities for the family. Free event, donations welcome, just turn up.

Read more on the Environment Trust website.

Friends of Friendly Gardens Big Picnic, 12pm – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Friendly Gardens Park, Lewisham, SE8 4QH

Enjoy a fun, friendly afternoon out at this community event. There’ll be a teddy bears picnic, BYO picnic, cake sale, plant swap, bike repairs, face painting and more. Free event, just turn up.

Email [email protected] to find out more.

Elephant and Castle Community Day, 12pm – 6pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at Lamlash Garden, Elephant and Castle, SE11 4SU

Explore the rich environmental, historical and creative heritage of Elephant and Castle at this community day run by Lamlash Garden Association. Free entry, just turn up.

More info on the Castle Place website.

Storytelling Workshop for Kids: Wild about Oak, 1pm-2pm
Theme: Family fun
Crofton Park Railway Garden, Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ

Bring along the kids to hear the story of Grand Oak tree and its purple butterfly friend, the Favonius Quercus. Cost £3.50 per child.

Find out more on Crofton Park Railway Garden 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.

Daubeney Fields Community Planting and Picnic, 1pm -3 pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet on the corner of Redwald Road and Daubeney Road, Hackney, E5 0EF

The Daubeney Fields user group would like to invite you to a community picnic with a purpose. Bring sandwiches, fruit and cakes, and any games you'd like to play and find out and tell us your views on how to make Daubeney 10xGreener. Organised by Daubeney Fields user group.

Free but registration on Eventbrite preferred. Otherwise just turn up on the day!

A Sensory Journey of Food, 2pm - 3pm & 3pm-4pm
Theme: Look & learn
Crofton Park Railway Garden, Marnock Road, SE4 1AZ

Enjoy a sensory tour with a difference – use your senses to see, smell, hear, touch and especially taste the garden. Discover how different sounds affect taste and touch. Find out which is the ‘happiest fruit; and what shape is sour.

Come and experiment, have great fun and learn lots. Suitable for any age. Please ask on the day for any food allergy information.

Two workshops 2-3pm and 3-4pm. Book your place (£5) on Eventbrite.

Find out more on Crofton Park Railway Garden website.

The City's Secret Gardens, a Guided Walk, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at City of London Information Centre, EC4M 8BX

Join City Garden Walks for a guided trail of horticulture and heritage. Take in historic gardens and churchyards nestled amongst old and new City buildings.

£8 per person (under 15s free). Book your place and pay for this event on City Garden Walks website.

Walking for Health, Jubilee Country Park, Bromley, 2pm - 3pm (approx.)
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Tent Peg Lane car park, off Crest View Drive, Petts Wood, Bromley BR5 1BY

A relaxed stroll around Jubilee Country Park (and sometimes beyond). Organised by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. No booking required.

Free event, just turn up. Find out more on Jubilee Country Park website. 

Family Woodland Fun, 2pm – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Barnsbury Wood, Crescent Street, Islington, N1 1BW

Enjoy a wonderful summer afternoon in the woods at London’s smallest nature reserve. There’ll be lots of nature themed activities for the whole family. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the Islington Council website.

Exploring Hanworth Park’s Hidden Past, 2pm – 5pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Hanworth Air Parks Leisure Centre, Feltham, Hounslow, TW13 5EG

Join the Friends of Hanworth Park House on a special tour of Hanworth Park, with the opportunity to explore the history through interactive experiences at different locations. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on Friends of Hanworth Park House Facebook page.

Walking in the Footsteps of Mr Bowles, 2pm – 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Myddelton House Gardens, Bulls Cross, Enfield, EN2 9HG

Join a historian gardener for an informative tour highlighting the history of the remarkable Mr Bowles and his gardens. £5 per person, booking required.

Visit the Lee Valley Leisure Trust website to find out more.

Wild Wandsworth, 2pm - 4:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Wandsworth Nature Centre, Wandsworth Common (off Dorlcote Road), SW18 3RT

Get the family out for an afternoon of adventure at Wandsworth Nature Centre. There’ll be pond dipping, minibeast hunts and a nature trail. Free, booking required. 

Book your free place on the Groundwork website.

The Canons and Cricket Green Greenspace, 2:30pm – 4pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Starts Mitcham Junction station, CR4 4HN Ends Park Place, CR4 4HB

Enjoy a gentle stroll (3-4 miles) around Mitcham Common and the CanonsAll ages welcome, free - just turn up.

Organised by The Canons 'Parks for People Project' & Friends of Mitcham Common

Chi Kung in the Park/Picnic, 3pm – 5pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Front of Dartmouth Park, N19 5JS

Enjoy a gentle form of Chinese exercise in a beautiful leafy park. For adults of all ages and fitness levels. Organised by the Friends of Dartmouth Park. Free event, just turn up.

Evening events

As You Like It in Burgess Park, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Burgess Park, Chumleigh Gardens, Albany Road, SE5 0PX

Enjoy the Bard in Burgess Park with this open air performance of As You Like It by the People's Theatre Company. Organised by the Friends of Burgess Park.

Tickets £7 (£5 unwaged). Book your place on Eventbrite.

Bat walk and detecting in Haggerston Park, 8:30pm – 10pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Haggerston Park Community Orchard, Hackney, E2 8NH

Join us for a bat walk around Haggerston Park Community Orchard. Learn about the ecological importance of these amazing mammals. Listen to bats using detectors as they emerge at dusk. Find out how to join our bat monitoring programme.

Organised by Haggerston Park Community Orchard. Book your free place on email: [email protected]