Child in tree

National Park City Week: Sunday 22 July 2018

Welcome to the second 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

InspiralLondon DayNight Trail Relay, 12am – 11pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at various points according to the time of night or day.

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 (which started midnight on 21 July). This is day two 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. Free.

BioBlitz, 10am – 3pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS

Get the kids along to a BioBlitz on the Broadfields site. There’ll be a minibeast safari, nature trail, bumblebee walk, river survey, microscope discovery, crafts, face-painting, badge-making, ID training, stalls and much more! Organised by Thames Chase. Register for free here.

Park City Celebration, 11am – 9:30pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Netil Market, 13- 23 Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL

The market will turn into a wild London celebration space – a village fete with nature at its heart. All day long, nature experts will be on hand to help you explore the pocket parks, secret gardens, canal paths and forgotten corners of this urban environment. There’ll be workshops on Netil Market’s roof terrace, including miniature boat building, spoon-carving and nature-crown making. You can also enjoy games, share skills, relax in a hammock and socialise in the market yard area. Free event, just turn up (except to join the Wild Walks). Find out more on the Outdoor People website.

Wild Cricket in Deptford Park, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Deptford Park, Deptford, SE8 5AE

Join in the annual Deptford Folk ‘Wild Cricket’ match celebrating local legend Colin Blythe. Perfect for those who’ve never tried cricket before. Bring a picnic and learn to bat. A coach will support everyone (especially children). Free event, just turn up.

See Deptford Folk website to find out more.

Trains and Boats and Graves (Walk) 11am – 3pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at Highgate Tube station, by the ticket barriers, N6 5UA

Join the Ramblers for a 5.5 mile walk following Section 12 of the Capital Ring, around some of north London's less familiar green and blue spaces. Drop-out points throughout. Ends at Stoke Newington National Rail station. No need to book, just turn up.

Visit Inner London Ramblers to find out more.

Colne Valley Festival, 11am – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Denham Country Park, Hillingdon, UB9 5PG

Enjoy a great family day out with live music, stalls, local food, crafts and community organisations. There’ll be nature activities too including river dipping, bug hotel making and even an Eco Pod ice cream kiosk. Free entry, just turn up. 

See Colne Valley Park Facebook page for more info.

Wandle Park Garden Party, 12pm – 5pm
Theme: Family fun
Wandle Park, Croydon, CR0 3RD

Join the Friends of Wandle Park for their annual garden party with live music, good food, stalls to browse and more. Great family day out. Free event, just turn up. Visit Wandle Park website to find out more.

Hackney Yoruba Arts Festival, 12pm – 8pm
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. Today is Roots Reggae day on the main stage, while the Village Green stage will showcase local musical talent. This event gets busy so come early and be prepared to queue. There’ll also be a children’s funfair and bouncy castle rides. Last entry is at 6.30pm on both days.

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

Morning events

SUP Eco Tour, 10 am – 12pm
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.

Rainham Harriers Social Run, 9:30am -10:30 am
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ

A weekly run in a natural environment, with birds of prey and stunning scenery. Distances range from 5km to 12km depending on demand. All abilities welcome. Free, but suggested £1 donation, booking required.

Find out more on the RSPB Rainham Marshes website.

Family Conservation Day, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Stambourne Woodland Walk, Upper Norwood, Croydon, SE19 2PS

Family conservation day in beautiful Stambourne Woods, a five-acre gem! Tools provided and kids activities on offer. Free event, just turn up.

See the Friends of Stambourne Woods Facebook page for more. 

Three Peaks (Podcast) Challenge, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Wimbledon train station, Merton, SW19 7NL

Learn all about podcasting at this interactive workshop on foot to the summits of three adjoining boroughs. Podcasters Andrew Stuck and journalist Rick Pearson will teach you interview techniques and editorial production. By the end you’ll be a roving National Park City reporter, ready to apply your new skills to an end of week podcast. Bring a smartphone or digital sound / voice recorder.

Booking essential. To book your free place, visit the Museum of Walking website  

The St. Alfege Trail Walk, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Lewisham DLR, SE13 7SN

Join a fast-paced seven-mile walk which takes you through a thousand years of history and past some stunning and varied cityscapes. Ends at Southwark Cathedral. Drop-out points throughout. No need to book, just turn up.

See Inner London Ramblers website for more.

The Westbury, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at Westbury Avenue, Haringey, N22 6BS

Celebrate the first anniversary of Westbury Banks Nature Reserve. Come and learn more about nature, wildlife and making your corner of the world a little greener! Free event, just turn up.

Visit the GrowN22 website for more info.

Banstead Woods - A Beautiful Woodland with Historic Connections adjacent to the London Borough of Croydon, 10:30am – 1pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet Banstead Woods Car Park, Banstead, CR5 3NR.

Join Croydon Ramblers for a five-mile circular walk around Banstead Woods – a beautiful woodland with historic connections. Free event, just turn up.

Visit Croydon Ramblers website to find out more.

Tots’ Tales, 10:30am – 11:30am
Theme: Family fun
Meet by Peckham Rye Park Café, Southwark, SE15 3UA

'Story Time in the Park' is 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 your place on Totstales website.

Pymmes Brook Trail Walk, 10:30am – 1:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Cockfosters station, Enfield, EN4 0DZ

Join a six mile walk along The Pymmes Brook Trail, a surprisingly green route through north-east London, that links woodland, parks and open spaces. Drop-out points. Ends at Palmers Green National Rail station. No need to book, just turn up. 

See Inner London Ramblers for details.

Mindfulness in Nature - Springfield Park, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Meet at Meet outside the White Lodge Mansion, Springfield Park, E5 9EF

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.

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.

Living Waterway, 11:15am – 1:15pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet: Bike park on Regent's Canal towpath, east of the Whitmore Road bridge, Hackney, N1 5SB

Get on board a narrow boat and see how the Regent’s Canal is being transformed into a nature reserve. Enjoy the wildlife along the along the towpath and learn about the native species being planted. 

Booking essential via Eventbrite

Afternoon events

Music in the Park, 12pm onwards
Theme: Family fun
Harrow Weald Recreation Ground, Harrow, HA3 6HW

Enjoy live bands and a DJ, bring your own picnic and chill out in a festival atmosphere. Lots of stalls, face painting and much more!

Free entry, just turn up. Find out more on the Friends of Harrow Weald website.

Beam Engine 130th Anniversary Year - Beam Engine & Museum Steaming Day,12:30pm – 4:15pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at Markfield Park, Tottenham, N15 6UL

Come along to the Beam Engine 130th Anniversary Year – Beam Engine and Museum Steaming Day Sunday
Engine Steaming times: 12:30pm to 1:15pm, 2pm to 2:45pm, 3:30 pm to 4.15pm.

Free event, no booking required. Find out more on Friends of Markfield Park 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.

Art in Park, Downhills Park, Haringey, 1pm – 5pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at the area of Downhills Park next to the café and the tennis courts, Haringey, N17 6PR

Come and enjoy a range of arts and crafts activities in the beautiful surrounds of Downhills Park, next to the café and the tennis courts. All ages welcome. Free event, just turn up. To find out more, download the poster. Organised by the Friends of Downhills Park.

Community Picnic and Music with the Friends of Bruce Castle Park, 1pm – 5pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Bruce Castle Park, Haringey N17 8NU

Come with family and food for a community picnic and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the ancient oak tree with music. Organised by the Friends of Bruce Castle Park. Free, just turn up.

See Friends of Bruce Castle Park for details. 

A Garden Foray East, a Guided Walk in the City of London, 1:30pm – 3:30 pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at City of London Information Centre, EC4M 8BX

Join a guided walk heading east from St Paul’s Cathedral. Take in little-known gardens and the riverside with lots of places of interest and historic and modern architecture. 

Tickets £8 (under 15s free). Book your place on City Garden Walks website.

Butterfly Walk at Sydenham Hill Wood, 2pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet inside the Crescent Wood Road gate at the London Wildlife Trust noticeboard, Sydenham Hill Wood, Southwark, SE26 6LS

Join London Wildlife Trust for a guided walk looking at the range of butterflies and birds that can be found in this ancient woodland.

Book your free place on London Wildlife Trust website.

Soaking up the hidden Effra! 2pm – 3pm
Theme: Look & learn
Meet at Oborne Close, Herne Hill, SE24 0HB

Join the London Wildlife Trust to find out about the hidden River Effra and how it’s used today to reduce flood risk and make homes for wildlife. Help tidy up and prune! Free event, just turn up.

Visit London Wildlife Trust website to find out more.

Victoria Park Bandstand Season - Ukelele Ska Collective, 2pm onwards.
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Victoria Park Bandstand, Victoria Park, Bow E3 5TB

Come along for the great outdoors and sounds of The Ukulele Ska Collective United Colours Of Comedy.

Free event. Just turn up.

Find out more on Victoria Park Friends Group website.

Hackney Marshes Discovery Walk, 2pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Hackney Marshes Centre, Hackney Marsh, Homerton Road, Hackney, E9 5PF

Come along for a walk in East London's famous Hackney Marshes. Wander through time through the woods, hearing about highwayman legends, industrial firsts and biodiversity. Free tea and coffee at the end. Please complete an outdoor questionnaire first. Arrive five mins early and bring water.

Book your place via Eventbrite, email [email protected] or call 020 8356 7459.

Clissold Park Picnic and Park Founder Commemoration, 2pm - 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Clissold Park, dog free area opposite the playground, Hackney, N16 9HJ

The Clissold Park User Group invite you to a picnic. Bring some sandwiches and maybe even cake. Come and meet local historian Amir Dotan, who is campaigning to commemorate the park’s creator Joseph Beck.

Please register via Eventbrite

Greenwich Park Bandstand Concerts, 2pm – 5pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Greenwich Park bandstand, SE10 8XH

Come along for these hugely popular free concerts at the Bandstand (every Sunday from 24 June to 26 August) and enjoy the sounds of the Lewisham concert band. Free event, just turn up. See the Friends of Greenwich Park for more.

Music in the Park, 2:30pm – 5pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Alexandra Recreation Ground, Penge, SE26 5ND

Bring a picnic for the family and enjoy the sounds of the Beckenham Brass Band. There’s also a cake and refreshment stall and raffle run by the Friends committee.

Free event, just turn up.

Summer Music in the Park at Regent’s Park Bandstand, 3pm – 5pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Regent's Park Bandstand NW1 4NT

Enjoy the outdoors and the summer sounds of the South London Jazz Orchestra at Regent’s Park Bandstand. Free event, just turn up.

HARTGGERSTON for the canal, 5pm – 7pm
Theme: Arts in the Parks
Meet at The Bargehouse, N1 5RY

Come join us at "hARTggerston for the canal", a community art exhibition in Haggerston where proceeds from the sale of art work will support the regeneration of a wilder and greener canal. Enjoy live performances including a day-time DJ surrounded by art with a view of the canal.

Organised by hARTggerston, a social enterprise with the purpose of raising funds and enriching the local community and area’s natural beauty. Find out more on their facebook page..