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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 June. 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 school holiday - please scroll down this page to find out more information on how to view these sessions. There are more terrific tales to come during the May Half Term school holiday so watch this space...

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.

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.

Our activities

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

We are closely monitoring government advice on COVID-19 and are following the advice of Public Health England.

Please note that our school holiday roadshow dates have been cancelled until the end of June, when we will review the situation.

Although we can't be with you in the parks this May half term, families can still tune into our free storytelling sessions online. Head over to The Royal Parks' Facebook page for some marvellous minibeast adventures told by the wonderful George Hoyle.

Online storytelling

DateTimeStorytellerOnline Location
Tuesday 26 May           11am           George Hoyle  The Royal Parks Facebook page
Thursday 28 May11amGeorge HoyleThe Royal Parks Facebook page

Roadshow dates

DateTimeParkLocation
Tuesday 28 July*11am - 2pmRichmond ParkIsabella Plantation
Wednesday 29 July*11am - 2pmRichmond ParkIsabella Plantation
Thursday 30 July*11am - 2pmRichmond ParkRoehampton Gate Gardens
Tuesday 4 August11am - 3pmHyde ParkThe LookOut Discovery Centre
Wednesday 5 August11am - 3pmHyde ParkThe LookOut Discovery Centre
Thursday 6 August11am - 3pmHyde ParkThe LookOut Discovery Centre
Tuesday 11 August11am - 3pmBushy ParkThe Pheasantry Café
Thursday 13 August11am - 3pmGreenwich ParkBandstand
Tuesday 18 August11am - 3pmKensington GardensBuckhill Playground
Thursday 20 August11am - 3pmSt James's ParkMarlborough Gate
Tuesday 25 August11am - 3pmGreen ParkSheep Pen
Thursday 27 August11am - 3pmGreen ParkSheep Pen
Tuesday 27 October11am - 3pmBrompton CemeteryCafé North Lodge
Thursday 29 October11am - 3pmBrompton CemeteryCafé 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 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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