During half-terms, Easter and summer holidays, Mission: Invertebrate tours the Royal Parks, offering a selection of free activities designed to get you and your children up close and hands on with the tiny creatures that live in our city.
Join us to unearth the wonderful world of invertebrates as we discover their habitats, the vital jobs they do and what we can all do to help invertebrates thrive.
With critter crafts, bug hunting and invertebrate missions galore, as well as interactive storytelling from one of our professional storytellers, there’s fun activities for everyone to enjoy.
Look out for when we will be in a park near you. Sessions run from 11am-3pm and there’s no need to book – just turn up and get involved. Sessions are ideal for children aged 3 to 11.
Activities at Mission: Invertebrate roadshows vary from event to event, but you can always expect professional storytelling, fun craft activities and a chance to uncover the Royal Parks’ tiniest inhabitants.
You may have a chance to:
- Jump aboard our Bugmobile and discover a colourful world of insects, bug spotting as you go
- Explore insect habitats in the park around you; you might log roll in woodlands or net sweep in the Royal Parks’ meadows and will learn how to identify what you find.
- Take a trip to our bug box and have a go at gently handling some of the parks’ tiny residents
- Plant up your own pollinator-friendly plant to take home and give bees, butterflies, and hoverflies a helping hand
- Transform yourself into a butterfly, spider – or worm! – at our invertebrate dressing up box
- Celebrate your favourite mini creature by designing your own invertebrate badge
2020 roadshow dates
|Tuesday 7 April||11am - 3pm||Brompton Cemetery||Café North Lodge|
|Thursday 9 April||11am - 3pm||Greenwich Park||Bandstand|
|Tuesday 14 April||11am - 3pm||Bushy Park||Playground|
|Thursday 16 April||11am - 3pm||Richmond Park||Pen Ponds Car Park|
|Tuesday 26 May||TBD||Hyde Park||Playground|
|Thursday 28 May||11am - 3pm||Kensington Gardens||Buckhill Playground|
|Tuesday 28 July*||11am - 2pm||Richmond Park||Isabella Plantation|
|Wednesday 29 July*||11am - 2pm||Richmond Park||Isabella Plantation|
|Thursday 30 July*||11am - 2pm||Richmond Park||Roehampton Gate Gardens|
|Tuesday 4 August||11am - 3pm||Hyde Park||The LookOut Discovery Centre|
|Wednesday 5 August||11am - 3pm||Hyde Park||The LookOut Discovery Centre|
|Thursday 6 August||11am - 3pm||Hyde Park||The LookOut Discovery Centre|
|Tuesday 11 August||11am - 3pm||Bushy Park||The Pheasantry Café|
|Thursday 13 August||11am - 3pm||Greenwich Park||Bandstand|
|Tuesday 18 August||11am - 3pm||Kensington Gardens||Buckhill Playground|
|Thursday 20 August||11am - 3pm||St James's Park||Marlborough Gate|
|Tuesday 25 August||11am - 3pm||Green Park||Sheep Pen|
|Thursday 27 August||11am - 3pm||Green Park||Sheep Pen|
|Tuesday 27 October||11am - 3pm||Brompton Cemetery||Café North Lodge|
|Thursday 29 October||11am - 3pm||Brompton Cemetery||Café North Lodge|
*Please note that the July dates in Richmond Park are a collaboration between Mission: Invertebrate and The Holly Lodge Centre and run from 10am - 2pm. The dates at the Isabella Plantation Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 July are aimed at children with SEND and their siblings.
Meet our storytellers
Our storytellers bring alive the incredible world of the invertebrates that live in the Royal Parks.
Olivia spins tales of wonder and magic for listeners of all ages. She has worked with some of London’s best-known museums, art galleries and gardens, telling myths, legends, historical tales and stories.
An experienced composer and teller of musical tales, George has performed at the Southbank Centre, the Garden Museum, Southwark Cathedral and the London Eye. He has worked with schools across London.
Vanessa often uses props and music to tell her stories, working with organisations such as the Royal Academy of Arts, Kew Gardens, the V&A and the Unicorn Theatre. She has created literary festival storytelling workshops and curated an afternoon of family stories for the Southbank’s Meltdown Festival.
What else is on for families in the Royal Parks?
The Royal Parks has lots going on throughout the year, view our What's On events calendar to find out what's happening across London's eight Royal Parks.
Both the Field Studies Council and The Holly Lodge Centre are Mission: Invertebrate’s learning partners.
For a taste of what's to come, take a look at this video of our adventures in 2017.