Victoria Park

National Park City Week: Saturday 28 July 2018

Welcome to the eighth 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

The Green Line - Nature's Railway, 10am - 3pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at various points:
New Cross Gate Cutting Reserve: jct of Vesta Road/Endwell Road, SE4 2NH
Buckthorne Cutting Reserve: Eddystone Railway bridge, Eddystone Road SE4 2DB
Garthorne Road Reserve, Beadnell Road, SE23 1AA
Devonshire Road, SE23 3SZ

Don’t miss this rare chance to walk along the Forest Hill to New Cross Gate Railway Cutting. For the first time ever, all four nature reserves it includes will be open on the same day. You can join a London Wildlife Trust walk from New Cross Gate Nature Reserve meeting at 10am, or drop in to the other sites across the day. 

The newest site, Buckthorne Road, opened in March. You can visit between 11am and 2pm, and children can join a wand-making activity (£3.50 per child). 

Free, just turn up. For more information on the reserves, visit their websites:

Garthorne Road, New Cross Gate, Devonshire Road and Buckthorne Road

Discover Green Thamesmead, 10am – 5pm various times
Theme: Day walk and talk

Join Peabody for a series of outdoor events throughout the day for people to discover Thamesmead's green spaces. This includes over 350 acres of open space, 30,000 trees and three nature reserves - not to mention the 7km of canals, six major lakes, and 5km of Thames riverfront.

See events in the full listings below or just come along. 

Food 'n' Fun in the Fields, 10am – 6pm
Theme: Family fun
Ladywell Fields (North Field), SE13 7XA

Join a family-friendly day run by local people with lovely food stalls, an under 12s funfair, displays from local artisans and artists, cake challenge, children’s art competition and nature-themed activities, guided walks and games. Free entry, just turn up.

Run by Catford Community Association

Tump 53 Open Day (Discover Green Thamesmead) 10am – 3pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Tump 53 - Bentham Road London, SE28 8AS

Come along to the Tump 53 Open Day - Thamesmead’s hidden gem. Tump 53 is a nature reserve and former munitions site set in mixed woodlands and surrounded by a reed-fringed moat. It is home to many wildlife, boasts a glade and a pond and is visited by more than 60 bird species, ranging from the kingfisher and willow warbler to the redpoll. The day will include a fun day of activities including Minibeast hunting, pond dipping and a children's trail around the site. Organised by Wide Horizons and Peadbody. 

Free, just turn up.

Bedfont Lakes Conservation Volunteers – Volunteer Day, 10am – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at the Information Centre just inside the entrance to the park off Clockhouse Lane, TW14 8QA

Come and join the Bedfont Lakes Conservation Volunteers for their volunteer day. Don't worry if you can’t stay for the whole day, just come for as long as you can.

Visit the Bedfont Lakes Conservation Volunteers website to find out more.

River Fete, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Tottenham Marshes, N17 0XD

Want to learn more about London’s rivers and local environmental issues? Attend this family-oriented fete run by local volunteers, Thames21 and Stonebridge Lock Coalition. Free event, just turn up.

For more information visit Thames21 website.

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

Go Islington!, 11am – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Highbury Fields N5 1AR

Come along to Go Islington – a family event with more than 20 different sports including: cycling, football, basketball, tennis, rugby, handball and badminton. There will be a marquee for 13-19 year olds including music and dancing and fun nature-themed activities plus lots of information about our fantastic local parks and nature reserves. Free, just turn up. All ages welcome.

Find out more on London Borough of Islington website.

Youthfest at Roof East, 11:45am – 4pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at: Roof East, Level 8, Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, E15 1XE

Come along to an event for young people, run by young people. #Youthfest aims to encourage young people to get involved with environmental issues and have their say in the environment. Expect inspiring talks from renowned environmental speakers and entertainment from local artists

Organised by Groundwork.

Free event. Book via the Facebook link or turn up on the day

Art in the Garden, 1pm – 9pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Robin Hood Community Garden, Hackney, London, E5 9HH

The Robin Hood Garden will be converted into an art exhibition space for just one day. Six local artists will exhibit sculptures, paintings, photographs and prints in this experimental exhibition that takes art off the walls and into the open air. There are plenty of benches and places so bring along a packed lunch and drinks and grab yourself a sausage from the barbecue for this amazing day out.

If you are an artist feel free to join the discussions on creating a permanent sculpture/public art piece for the garden. Organised by Robin Hood Community Gardens group

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

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.

Nursery Row Park July workday, 9:30 – 12pm
Theme: Family fun
Nursery Row Park, Southwark SE17 1PL

Bring clothes to get dirty in! Come for as little or as much time as you have – we’ll be maintaining our Community Orchard, cleaning litter and planting and pruning according to the season and we’d love your help. Just turn up.

Find out more on Friends of Nursery Row Park events website.

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. Free event, just turn up.

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

#GrowN22Walk, 10am – 12pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at the new Green Rooms Hotel: New Garden, N22 6UW

Put your best foot forwards on a tour that takes in Westbury Banks Nature Reserve, the green neighbourhoods of Noel Park and Parkside Malvern and Blue House Yard before finishing at Ally Pally station. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on GrowN22 website.

Friends of Croham Hurst Woods Volunteer Day, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Croham Hurst Woods, Croydon, CR2 7HJ

Join in the volunteers’ day in Croham Hurst Woods. Tools provided. Free, just turn up.

Find out more details on Friends of Croham Hurst Woods website.

Wildlife Walk in Sutcliffe Park, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Sutcliffe Park/ meeting by the corner of Tudway and Kidbrooke Park Road, SE3 9YF

Join London Wildlife Trust for a walk to discover the exciting species that live in Sutcliffe Park!

Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on London Wildlife Trust website.

Wembley Park - Walking tour & talk, 11am - 12;30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Brent Civic Centre, HA9 0FJ

At nearly 100 acres Wembley Park is one London’s biggest regeneration projects. Join a talk by an ecologist setting out our long term environmental vision for the neighbourhood which includes a brand new seven acre park.

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

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.

Guide to the ecology of Thamemead's Canals (Discover Green Thamesmead), 11am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet outside Morrisons in Thamesmead Town Centre, SE28 8RD

Come along for a guided walk along the Thamesmead Canals to spot some beautiful dragonflies and understand the ecology of these canals and the work being delivered to create some thriving and biodiverse spaces in Thamesmead. Organised by London Wildlife Trust. 

Book your free place by emailing: [email protected]

River Dipping in Sutcliffe Park, 11am - 1:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at the entrance to the park on the corner of Tudway and Kidbrooke Park Road SE9 6BA

Join Friends of Sutcliffe Park to discover the exciting wildlife in River Quaggy. Enjoy finding different creatures, making wildlife crafts and playing games in the park. Free but registration required.

Register your free place on the Friends of Sutcliffe Park booking form.

Crystal Palace and Capital Ring Walk, 11am – 1:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Crystal Palace Park, SE19 2AZ

A 4 mile walk following the Capital Ring footpath covering Crystal Palace Park, Westow Park, Upper Norwood Recreation Ground, Biggin, Norwood Grove and Streatham Common. Ends at Streatham Common and/or Streatham station mainline stations. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Olympia community growing project tour, 11am – 11:45am & 12pm – 12:45pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at Olympia station - Russell road, W14 8HU

A tour showcasing the history of the community growing projects beside Olympia Overground station. Meet the volunteers who manage Cultivate Kensington and Chelsea. Free but donations welcome. Just turn up.

To find out more either email [email protected] or visit Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea website.

Golf in the Park, 11am – 1pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Beddington Park, nr Pavilion Café SM6 7NN

Come play golf, have some fun and share the experience together with family or friends. All ages and abilities welcome and equipment is provided. Free, just turn up. Organised by Community Golf.

For more information email: [email protected]

Carshalton Lavender Walk, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Carshalton Station, SM5 2HT

Come along for a 4-5 mile linear walk to marvel at the Carshalton Lavender 2018 Harvest at Stanley Road Allotments via Wilderness Island, Grove Park and Carshalton Park. Bring your own scissors! Free event, just turn up. 

To find out more visit Wandle Valley healthy walks website.

Afternoon events

Join #GenerationTree, 12pm start
Theme: Wildcard
Meet at Kings Cross station, N1 9AL

Trees for Cities are celebrating our city trees, and inviting you to join #GenerationTree in a fun and exciting way. They don't want to give too much away, but you'll be able to find them outside Kings Cross Station from 12pm on 28th July!

Discover the Tranquil City London, 12pm – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Christchurch Greyfriars Church Gardens, EC1A 7BA

Join a walk discovering tranquillity in the heart of the City of London and learn from expert photographers, who are growing the #tranquilcitylondon movement to capture your own take on everyday life. Free event, booking required.

Free event but registration required on the Tranquil City website.

Dr Phil Askew's Thamesmead Landscape Tour (Discover Green Thamesmead), 12 – 2pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Abbey Wood Station, SE2 9RN

Join Dr Phil Askew Green – Peabody’s Director of Landscape and Placemaking in Thamesmead - for a walking tour to explore the green spaces and waterways which are unrivalled across London. Organised by Peabody.

Free but booking required as space is limited (35 spaces). 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.

Groundwork Open Garden Community Day, 1pm – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at 6 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, E5 0PD

Join us at Groundwork's Free Range Garden for a day of fun family garden activities and a celebration of Groundwork's environmental and social regeneration projects across the capital. There will be: garden crafts; art in the tree house; meet the chickens and pond dipping. Free but registration required.

Visit Groundwork London website to find out more. 

Island Gardens Summer Birthday Party, 1pm – 5pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Saunders Ness Road London E14, 3EB

Come along for this free community event to celebrate 123 years of Island Gardens. There will be entertainment for children, food, music. The day great out will include: local London Fire Brigade with a fire engine as well as the local Safer Neighbourhood Team. Millwall Rugby Club will also be along for children to ‘try’ their hand at rugby; Poplar and Blackwall Rowing Club will be on hand with a rowing machine.  There will also be Dance Teams and Mr Magic will be entertaining children with a Punch and Judy Show.  

Free, just turn up. 

The City's Secret Gardens, a guided walk, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at: City of London Information Centre to the south side of St Paul's Cathedral, EC4M 8BX

Take a guided walk encompassing historic gardens and churchyards nestled amongst old and new City buildings; horticulture and history combined. Meet at the City of London Information Centre.

Book and pay for this event (£8.00) on City Garden Walks website to find out more.

Woodland Mindfulness, 1:45pm - 3:15pm & 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Canada Water Library SE16 7AR (close to Canada Water tube station/exit 'Shopping Centre'). SE16 7AR

Leave the chattering mind behind for a 90 minute Mindfulness ‘walkshop’ to show people Yoga principles to connect breath and body with Mel Sutton. Get skills to be mindful and calm in everyday activities and learn about the health and healing aspect of trees. Organised by the Museum of Walking.

Booking is essential. Book your free place on the Museum of Walking website for 1:45 and 4:15 sessions.

Granville Community Kitchen Urban Food Growing, 2pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at The Granville 140 Carlton Vale, NW6 5HE

You are invited to a walk with Granville Community Kitchen where you will be shown three inner city growing spaces and you can get involved in growing activities. Granville Community Kitchen is a community-led initiative for the South Kilburn community to access healthy, affordable and sustainable food.

Book your free place by emailing: [email protected]

Gurnell to Greenford Greenway guided walk, 2pm - 4pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Gurnell Leisure centre car park W13 0AL

A 3.5 km guided walk alongside the River Brent and nearby meadows, the site of the proposed new Gurnell to Greenford Greenway project funded by the Mayor's Green Capital grant fund. You can view plans and find out about the work that Thames 21 and Ealing Council are doing to improve rivers and the environment. Free just turn up.

Osterley Park to Brent Lodge Park Walk, 2pm – 4:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Osterley Underground Station TW7 4PU

Join the Ramblers for a 4 mile stroll through some of West London's most attractive green spaces including a Georgian country estate, canal Grade 1 listed railway viaduct, maze and zoo. Ends at Hanwell Railway Station. Free, just turn up.

Free, just turn up.

Visit Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Damselflies and Dragonflies Walk, 2pm – 4pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Holland Park Ecology Centre, W8 6LU

Accompany Richard Woolley, an expert in the study of dragonflies and damselflies, on a walk around Holland Park. Learn how to identify different species and find out more about their fascinating lifecycle. Organised by the Friends of Holland Park.

Book your free place by emailing: [email protected]

Cycle Adventure at Rainham Marshes, 2pm – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ RM19 1SZ

Get your family in gear for a great cycle ride along the RSPB Rainham Marshes Riverwall - discover wildlife and enjoy amazing views along the way. Suitable for all ages. If you don't want to bring your own bike you can hire one for the day.

For more details and to book and pay for this event please call RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve on 01708 899840 (£5 adult, £4 RSPB member: £2 children, £1.50 RSPB member)

Great North Wood Butterfly Walk at One Tree Hill, 2pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at One Tree Hill/ Meet at the gates of St Augustine’s Church, One Tree Hill, Honor Oak, SE23 3LE

Join the London Wildlife Trust for a guided butterfly walk around One Tree Hill which was once part of south London’s mighty Great North Wood. It also boasts a wonderful view of the city from its summit and other interesting historical features. The site is important for butterflies in the local area. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the London Wildlife Trust website to find out more.

Dollis Brook Walk, 2:15pm – 4:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Totteridge & Whetstone station, N20 9QP

Join the Ramblers for a delightful 4 mile walk, sometimes under trees, sometimes out in the open, but always following the tranquil Dollis Brook in north London. Drop out points. Ends at Henly's Corner. Free, just turn up.

Visit Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

SUP Eco Tour, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Kew Bridge, London W4 3NG

Enjoy a two-hour guided stand-up paddling tour on the Thames with a green emphasis and close encounters of the natural kind. Paid event, booking required.

Book your place at Active360.

Evening events

Pizza from a Cob Oven & Honey Beer, 7pm – 10pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at The Hive, Kennington Park, St Agnes Place, SE11 4BE

Make a pizza, savoury or sweet and bake it in a Cob Oven at BeeUrban. Try Hiver Honey Beer and listen to local musicians. 

Book and pay (£10.00) for this event on Eventbrite