Hampstead Heath

National Park City Week: Thursday 26 July 2018

Welcome to the sixth 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

Summer Holiday Family Fun at Rainham Marshes, 9am – 5pm
Theme: Family fun
Rainham Marshes nature reserve, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ

Drop in to Rainham Marshes during National Park City Week to take part in some fabulous family activities with the RSPB.

Pick up an adventure trail sheet at the visitor centre, play in the adventure playground, clamber on the climbing boulders, hire a bike for a cycle adventure, and stop off in the cafe for lunch. Guided activities include pond dipping and wildlife adventures.

No booking required, just turn up. Entry charge to the reserve (free for RSPB members, Havering and Thurrock residents). Find out more on the RSPB website.

Dragonfly Recording Training on Tooting Common, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
The Staff Yard, Doctor Johnson Avenue, Tooting, SW17 8JU

Join the Tooting Common Heritage Project and London Wildlife Trust for an indoor adult dragonfly identification workshop, followed by an outdoor survey on Tooting Common. This session is part of a London-wide dragonfly and damselfly survey. Spend the day learning to identify these magnificent creatures and how they help us to understand the health of our wetlands.

The training is for anyone who is interested in monthly surveys and understanding wetlands across London as part of the Water for Wildlife Project.

The event is free, but booking is essential. Email [email protected] to book your place. THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED. 
 

Gunnersbury Triangle Practical Conservation Workday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at the entrance to Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, Bollo Lane, Chiswick Park, W4 5LW

Help improve Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve by taking part in a practical conservation activity with London Wildlife Trust. Activities could include litter picking, path restoration, wildlife surveying, meadow or woodland restoration. Please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work and bring a packed lunch if you plan to stay all day.

Free event, just turn up. Drop in volunteers are welcome, please call 07734 599 729 if you can’t locate the group. Find out more on the London Wildlife Trust website.

Walk the Sites of London, 10:30am – 4pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Shakespeare’s Fountain, in the middle of Leicester Square, Westminster, WC2H 7DE

Join the Ramblers for an exploration of the sites of London. A 9-mile circular walk along the Jubilee Walkway taking in Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, Parliament Square, and the South Bank (including Borough Market for lunch), before returning across Tower Bridge, through the City and Covent Garden to end at Leicester Square tube station.

There are drop out points along the walk if you want to join for part of the route. No need to book, just turn up. More information on the Inner London Ramblers website.

Scything in Crane Park, 10:30am – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at the Mill Road entrance to Crane Park, Twickenham, TW2 5HA

It’s time to scythe! Join Richmond Biodiversity Action Team to learn an ancient tradition commonly used for maintaining grassland known as scything, and improve the biodiversity of Crane Park. Join in, feel good!

Free event, just turn up. 

For more information visit Richmond Green Gym website. 

Butterfly Survey Workshop in Regent’s Park, 10:45am – 2pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet at the Hub Café, Regent’s Park, Inner Circle, London NW1 4RU

Join Camden Green Gym to carry out butterfly surveys in Regent’s Park as part of the Big Butterfly Count 2018. The Green Gym features fun, free outdoor sessions to help keep us active, improve our health and learn about practical conservation.

Free event, booking required. Find out more and book your place on the TCV website.

Prince of Wales Wetlands – Opening Event, 11am – 2pm
Theme: Look & learn
Prince of Wales Open Space, Aldridge Avenue, Enfield EN3 6JA

Celebrate the recently transformed Prince of Wales Open Space, where a new series of wetlands have been created by Enfield Council and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to create a better space for wildlife, people and outdoor learning. Activities on offer are: pond dipping, wetland tours, biodiversity surveying and wetland planting.

Free event, just turn up. Email [email protected] for more information.

Bug Day 2018 at Sydenham Hill Wood, 11am – 2pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox’s Walk, Sydenham Hill, SE26 6LS. Meet at the big clearing along the Green Chain Walk/old railway path

A family-friendly day to celebrate the amazing invertebrates that are so vital to our world. Join London Wildlife Trust for this family event to celebrate the weird and wonderful insects that are so important to Sydenham Hill Wood. If you love bees, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, bugs and slugs, you will love Bug Day!

There will be pond dipping sessions to discover the wild world underneath the surface of the Dewy Pond, as well as a chance to search for beetles and creepy crawlies under logs and identify butterflies and bees in the wood's sunny glades.

Free event, just turn up. More details on the London Wildlife Trust website.

BeeUrban Volunteer Day, 11am – 4pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
The Hive, Kennington Park, St Agnes Place, SE11 4BE

Join BeeUrban at their apiary to take part in a range of activities including gardening, carpentry and more. Come and learn a new skill or just find out what they do. Open to all ages and abilities.

Free event, just turn up. More details on the BeeUrban Facebook page.

Discover the Walled Garden in Park Hill Park, 11am – 3pm
Theme: Look & learn
The Walled Garden, Park Hill Park, Croydon, CR0 5PB

Did you know that Croydon has its own historic walled garden in Park Hill Park? Come and discover the delights of this little gem, including medicinal and culinary herb gardens.

Have a go at gardening or enjoy a chat with volunteers from the Friends of Park Hill Park & Recreation Ground. Children welcome but must be supervised by a parent/carer.

Free event, just turn up. More details on the Friends of Park Hill Park Facebook page.

Morning events

Friends of the River Shuttle Summer Picnic, 10am – 1pm
Theme: Family fun
Meet in the Old English Garden, opposite Danson House, Danson Park, Bexley, DA6 8HL

Join Friends of the River Shuttle for ongoing garden work, to help with a river clean and join the annual summer picnic.

Free event, just turn up. More information on the Friends of the Shuttle website.

Breathing Life into Cities, 10am – 1:30pm
Theme: Look & learn
Scotscape Landscaping Ltd, Summerfield Lane, Long Ditton, KT6 5DZ

Join Scotscape Landscaping Ltd for a hands-on session and talk on how plants, living walls, green roofs and screens can future-proof our cities. Find out how they are constructed and have a go at planting yourself.

Free event, booking required through Eventbrite.

Wildlife Data Challenge, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Thames Chase Forest Centre, Broadfields, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS

Children's activities around gathering wildlife data for a BioBlitz project. The volunteers from the Challenge Network will join this day.

For more information visit Thames Chase website.

Guided Tree Walk, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at the St. Paul’s Road entrance to the New River Walk, Islington N1 2PU

Join Islington Council’s tree expert for a gentle stroll down New River Walk to discover the mysteries and folklore behind trees, and a remarkable wealth of wildlife.

No need to book, just turn up. Call Karon on 07769163340 for further information.

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 Summer Community Basket Ball Coaching, 12pm – 2pm
Theme: Health & fitness
Harrow Recreation Ground, Cunnington Park, HA1 1NS

Get outdoors and improve your game with Ball Out Community Coaching sessions. Open to players of all abilities, 10-18 years old. Just sign up and get your parent/guardian consent. All sessions are drop in.

Find out more on the Ball Out 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.

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

Come along for a 2 hour 3.5km guided tour exploring the recently restored historic vistas of Osterley House and enjoy some notable trees on the estate.

Free parking for National Trust members, non-members £7 per car. Please wear suitable footwear. Walk will go ahead in all weathers. Visit the National Trust website to find out more.

Camden Highline Walking Tours 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meet at Camden Collective, 5-7 Buck Street, London, NW1 8NJ

Come and meet the team behind the Camden Highline! Hear the latest progress and take a look at the model with Project Manager Adam Richards.

Tours will begin at the Camden Collective co-working space, 5-7 Buck Street, NW1 8NJ, and end on Camley Street. You will need to enter through the external gates on arrival by ringing the 'Collective Hub' buzzer. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if it is raining. Tours will go ahead whatever the weather conditions and tickets are non-refundable/transferable.

Book your free place for this free event on Eventbrite.

Evening events

COSMIC Duck Race and Dragon Boat Regatta, 1pm – 9pm
Theme: Family fun
Paddington Canal Basin, Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1JS

For the last ten years people from the Paddington area have come together for the Dragon Boat Regatta to help raise funds for COSMIC (Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care). The Dragon Boat Race starts at 5pm, with exciting activities throughout the day, including world class cuisine from Epicurean Gastronomy. The night ends with a Live Music Session on a Floating Pocket Park.

Free entry for spectators. For more information including how to enter a team into the Dragon Boat Race, visit the Merchant Square website.

An After-Work Walk to the Beginning of Time, 6pm – 7:30pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at street level outside the western exit of Canary Wharf Underground station, E14 4HJ (between the station and Middle Dock)

Join the Ramblers for a four-mile after-work walk from Canary Wharf to Blackheath via green and blue spaces across the Greenwich Meridian – the beginning of time! Hundreds of years of history, iconic views of London and minimal road walking. There may even be sheep!

Unless the weather is particularly unseasonal, this walk is doable in a suit and stout shoes. Ends at Blackheath Station with an option to drop out at Greenwich.

Free event, no need to book. For more information see the Inner London Ramblers website.

Parks, Pleasure, Politics – a Walk through Battersea Park, 6:15pm – 7:45pm
Theme: Day walk & talk
Meeting at the Rosery Gate, Battersea Park corner of Queenstown Road & Prince of Wales Drive, SW11 4NJ

Join the Museum of Walking for a 90 - 120-minute walk with Travis Elborough: a revealing exploration of Battersea Park, taking in its inception and radical history, and how it has become a ‘jewel’ valued by local people as well as developers.

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

Walking Among Giants: A Tall Building and Urban Climate Walking Tour of the City of London, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Theme: Evening walk & talk
Meet at Finsbury Square, Moorgate, EC2A 1AE

A walking tour led by Urban Generation that explores the dynamic relationship between tall buildings and climate on thermal comfort, health and wellbeing – and the impact of increasing urban density.

Free but registration required. Book your place on Eventbrite.

Beekeeping Taster with BeeUrban, 7pm – 8pm
Theme: Look & learn
The Hive, Kennington Park, St Agnes Place, SE11 4BU

Learn about beekeeping before considering taking a more detailed course. Two group sessions will cover the many different aspects of beekeeping, including: the beekeeping year, setting up an apiary, bee behaviour and the role of the beekeeper, and the equipment required. Honey tasting and subject to weather conditions, the chance to look inside a hive.

All protective clothing will be supplied. You will need to bring wellingtons or other boots. Pre-booking through Eventbrite is essential as places are strictly limited.

Bird Identification Evening at Stoke Newington West Reservoir, 7pm – 9pm
Theme: Wildlife activities
Meet on the New River Path by Redmond Community Centre, on the northern edge of Stoke Newington Reservoir, N4 2HF (accessible from Lordship Road or Green Lanes)

An opportunity to see the wide variety of birds in the Stoke Newington reservoir with expert advice from Hackney & Islington Swifts Group on how to identify species in this rich urban habitat. Bring binoculars or otherwise just turn up and learn!

Free event, booking required through Eventbrite.

National Park City Pub Quiz, 7pm – 11pm
Theme: Wildcard
Black Horse, 195 Evelyn Street, Deptford, SE8 5RE

A National Park City take-over of the Black Horse Pub Quiz. Join DeptfordFolk and the Black Horse SE8 for quizzing with a park theme. Have a pizza from the Sourdough Salon and churn your grey matter. No need to book, entry to quiz £1.

Visit the Blackhorse website and Deptford folk website to find out more.