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Public notice: Following Government advice 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. During this time why not check out our selection of 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.

More than Bugs Trails

Wrap up warm and head to the parks to discover some of our habitat creation and conservation projects in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as finding out more about some of the rare and important invertebrates that call the Royal Parks home.

Our More than Bugs Trails are self-led walks suitable for all ages - and can be completed on pathways for those with reduced mobility.  Water Beetle Walk is a short amble (approx 35 minutes) around the Long Water in Kensington Gardens, and Dragonfly Trail is a longer-ranging journey through Hyde Park.

Visit More than Bugs trails - The Royal Parks for more information and to download our trail maps.

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.

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