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Public notice: Following the advice from the Prime Minister to avoid all unnecessary social contact due to COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all Mission: Invertebrate activities across the parks until the end of the year. Please ensure you check our updates page for the very latest information about park closures and access to facilities. For any queries please feel free to email us at mission.invertebrate@royalparks.org.uk

Online storytelling took place during the Easter and May school holidays - please scroll down this page to find out more information on how to view these sessions.

Check out our new online resources to inspire and educate your family at home.


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.

Virtual Discovery Week

Hair-Raising Halloween

Explore the spookier side of the Royal Parks with a week of free virtual interactive activities brought to you at home.  Mission: Invertebrate is teaming up with the Royal Parks' Learning and Brompton teams to bring you an exciting programme of Halloween activties, some live online, and some that you can download and try at home..

There will be something for everyone in the family, from underground bug hunts and creepy crawly storytelling to live themed craft-alongs. For those who do not scare easily, we will have virtual walking tours and live expert discussions on creepy histories; from rituals and symbolism in Victorian mourning in Brompton Cemetery to our Victorian Pet Cemetery, the first public Pet Cemetery in Britain, where over 1,000 pets have been buried.

Mission: Invertebrate-led online activties

DateTimeActivityAge groups
Monday 26 October11amVirtual bug hunting for spooky critters in Brompton CemeteryAll
Tuesday 27 October11amOnline storytelling - join George as he spins a musical tale about super spidersChildren
Friday 29 October2pmFacebook Live spider web craft-alongChildren
    

More fun PDF-based activities to try at home will be available on the event webpage from Monday the 26th of October.

Visit https://www.royalparks.org.uk/whats-on/halloween-festival for more information and the full programme of events.

Roadshows

We hope to be back with our Roadshows early next year - please check back for updates as to when we resume our activties.

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

Meet our storytellers

Our storytellers bring alive the incredible world of the invertebrates that live in the Royal Parks.

Olivia Armstrong

George Hoyle

Vanessa Woolf

Olivia Armstrong

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.

George Hoyle

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 Woolf

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.

For educational activities in Bushy Park, The Regent's Park and Greenwich Park, visit the Field Studies Council. For family events in Richmond Park, visit The Holly Lodge Centre.

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.

A few minutes of your time can help us to make a huge difference for years to come.

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