National Park City Week

National Park City Week: Sunday 29 July 2018

Welcome to the final 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

Community Day at Tritton Vale Pocket Garden, 10am – 2pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Tritton Vale Pocket Garden, West Dulwich, SE21 8DE

A community day in West Dulwich’s Tritton Vale Pocket Garden – to sow and harvest plants, get gardening tips and make friends. Free event, just turn up. 

Find out more on Tritton Vale Pocket Garden website.

The Crane Valley Walk, 11am – 2pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Twickenham station, TW1 1DS

Join the Ramblers for a 5 mile easy walk. As the River Crane winds its way down to the Thames at Isleworth it links a series of green and open spaces steeped in both history and wildlife. Ends at Whitton station. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Cally Park Dog Show and Fete, 12 – 4pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Caledonian Park, N7 9PL

Fun for all the family at this canine-lovers event. There will be a dog show and traditional games including splat the rat and find the treasure, as well as ice cream and refreshments. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the Caledonian Park Friends Group website.

Morning events

Tots' Tales Story Time in the Park, 10am – 10:30am
Theme: Family fun
Meet outside the cafe at Park Hill park CR0 1NX

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. 

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

Come and join us for a free and friendly hour's walk around Beddington Park or Waddon Ponds. Refreshments available at church after walk. Voluntary contribution to church funds. Tour of church possible. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on Wandle Valley Park website.

Cut to the Past, 10am – 12pm
Theme: Look and learn
Meet by the White Bridge in Morden Hall Park, SM4 5JD

Come along to this event to learn more about wildflower meadows, why they are an important habitat, and how you can get involved in improving the condition of the wildflower meadow at Morden Hall Park. This event is being run by the Morden Hall Park Urban Rangers, a team of 11-24 year olds who take on conservation projects throughout the park. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the National Trust website.

Litter Pick at Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets, 10am – 12pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet by the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, E3 4QY

Litter Pick. Just turn up. Organised by Friends of Mile End Park.

Find out more on the Friends of Mile End Park website.

Litter Pick Canon's Park, 10am – 12pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Canon's Park, Harrow HA8 6QT

Litter Pick to clear the park up before the 15th annual Kids' Fun Fair Day in the park on Sunday 5 August. Stay on to enjoy acres of open spaces, a stunning walled garden, an adventure playground, a basketball hoop, climbing boulder and green gym, as well as woodland walks and lots of birdlife. No booking, just turn up.

For more information visit Friends of Canon's Park website.

Hackney Central to Dalston Curve Garden Tree Walk, 10am – 12:30pm
Theme: Look and learn
Meet at Hackney Central, E8 1LL

Join the Wildlife Trust for a 2.5 to 3 mile walk over two and a half hours from Hackney Central to Dalston Curve Garden. The route will follow the back streets looking at Hackney’s interesting street trees. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on London Wildlife Trust website.

Pockets of Green in Peckham Walk, 10:30am – 12:45pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at Peckham Rye station, SE15 5DQ

Join the Ramblers for a 3.5 mile walk following the former Surrey Canal path up to Burgess Park (taking in Chumleigh Gardens and mosaic of the Camberwell Beauty) and return to Peckham via a series of small parks and gardens. There are drop-out points throughout the walk. Ends at Peckham Rye (National Rail/Overground) station. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Mill Hill and Totteridge Walk, 10:40am – 5pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at Mill Hill East, NW7 1BS

Join the Ramblers for a 13 mile walk exploring a rural area of North London, covering Totteridge Fields, Darlands Lake nature reserves, and Dollis Valley Green Walk. Please bring a packed lunch. There will be optional pub stops en route and at the end. Free event, just turn up.

Visit the Inner London Ramblers website to find out more.

Mindfulness in Nature - Victoria Park, 11am – 12:30pm
Theme: Health and fitness
Meet at Burdett-Coutts Memorial Drinking Fountain Victoria Park Grove Road, Bow, London, E3 5TB

Learn how to guide your thinking to experience freedom and self-awareness. Experience how the mind and breath are closely entwined and how with simple yoga breath and movement and being amongst trees, we can explore ways to mindfulness. Led by Mel Sutton, Yoga and mindfulness teacher with a background in natural health and wellbeing.

Book and pay (£5.00) for your place on this event on the Woodland Trust website.

Golf in the Park, 11am – 1pm
Theme: Health and fitness
Meet at Wandle Park, near  cafe. CR0 4XT

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.

Visit more on the Community Golf 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.

Afternoon events

Free Guided Wildflower Walk and Summer BBQ, 12 – 2pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Blondin Park Community Orchard, W5 4UL

 

Join a free guided walk around the Blondin Park Community Orchard. You can enjoy the orchard and surrounding nature reserve and learn to identify the flowers and plants growing there. This will be followed by a BBQ and cider tasting amongst the apple trees.

 

Meet at 12pm in Blondin Park Orchard – the west side of Blondin Park at the Boston Manor Road entrance.

Please register for this event on The Orchard Project 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.

Family Bug Hunt, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Alexandra Park, N22 7AY

Bring your children and discover some of the wee beasties living in Alexandra Park. You might be surprised by what they find. There will be nets, pots and magnifying lenses to borrow to help identify what you find. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult; if it is wet we will have to re-schedule for later in the summer. Booking will be open about a week before the event when a precise meeting point will be given.

To book your free place visit Friends of Alexandra Park website.

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

Join a walk heading east from the Cathedral visiting little-known gardens and the riverside with plenty of colour, sites of interest and architecture.

Book and pay for your place (£8.00) on City Garden Walks website.

Victoria Park Bandstand Season - Corsican Brass, 2pm start
Theme: Arts in Park
Meet at Victoria Park E3 5TB

Come along to listen to the music of the Corsican Brass Band at the Victoria Park Bandstand. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on the Victoria Park Friends Group website.

London's Waterways, 2pm - 4pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Springfield Park – Horse Shoe Bridge, E5 9HQ

Join a guided tour about the past, present and future of London's waterways and how they relate to us as citizens of this incredible city. Conducted by Eva Köhle, a Thames21 Ambassador.

Book your place on Event brite.  

Summer Band Concerts in the Park, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Pinner Memorial Park, Near Chapel Lane Car Park, Pinner, HA5 1AE

Enjoy music in a park setting with the Whitmore High School Steel Band. Free event, just turn up. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and bring a chair as only a limited number will be available for hire. Organised and sponsored by The Pinner Association.

Find out more on the Pinner Association website.

Climb St. Augustine's Tower and Churchyard tours, 11am – 5pm
Theme: Look and learn
Meet at St Augustine's Tower, E8 1HT

Climb up a winding staircase for amazing rooftop views or go on a guided tour. Book guided 45 minute tours of the Churchyard (2pm and 3.30pm).

Come along for an open day at St Augustine’s Tower, Hackney’s oldest building. Climb 135 steps up a winding staircase for amazing rooftop views. Guided 45 minute tours of the Churchyard are on offer at 2pm and 3:30pm, giving a fascinating introduction to the people connected to the place spanning shoemakers, Lord Mayors of London and world explorers. Organised by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust and Walk Hackney.

Book your free place for the tours on Eventbrite.

Tots' Tales Story Time in the Park, 3pm – 3:30pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet at Haling Grove Park, CR2 6BR

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. 

Trees of Clissold Park, 3pm – 5pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at Clissold Park (in front of Clissold House), N16 9HJ

Join this guided walk looking at the old and unusual trees of Clissold Park with Russell Miller, a professional arboriculturalist and ecologist. He is chair of the Ancient Tree Forum and activities coordinator for Tree Musketeers. Organised by the Tree Musketeers.

Register your free place through Evenbrite.

Summer music at the Bandstand at Ruskin Park, 3pm – 5pm
Theme: Arts in Parks
Ruskin Park bandstand, SE5 8EL

Enjoy music in the beautiful setting of Ruskin Park for free and listen to The Trouser band. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on Friends of Ruskin Park website.

London's Mulberry Heritage - Belair, Brockwell and Myatt’s Fields, 3pm – 5pm
Theme: Day walk and talk
Meet at West Dulwich rail station/ P13 bus, SE12 8HN

Come along for a photography workshop-on-foot that takes place on the historic grounds of three south London grand estates, all linked by an intriguing mulberry heritage: Belair, Brockwell and Myatt’s Fields. You’ll be in the company of Peter Coles, creator of Morus Londinium. Participants to bring their own cameras. Organised by the Museum of Walking.

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

Greenwich Park Bandstand Concerts – 3pm onwards
Theme: Arts in Parks
Meet at Greenwich Park bandstand, SE10 8XH

Enjoy music in the beautiful setting of Greenwich Park for free and listen to the Belvedere concert band. Free event, just turn up.

Find out more on Friends of Greenwich Park website.