During half-terms, Easter and summer holidays, we tour 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 the 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.
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Take a close look at natural specimens, learn fascinating facts during interactive storytelling and make critter crafts to take home!
Budding environmentalists will discover the wonderful wildlife that can be found in London’s Royal Parks.
The Royal Parks Nature Roadshow is free thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Each event starts at 11am and finishes at 3pm and no booking is required.
Activities at nature 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:
- Discover the incredible world of invertebrates, and learn fun facts about your favourite little creatures
- Explore invertebrate 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 the invertebrate dressing up box
- Enjoy an imaginative and interactive invertebrate tale with our wonderful storytellers.
More than Bugs Trails
Wrap up warm and head to the parks to discover some of the 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.
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 the trail maps.
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 the 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 The Royal Parks learning partners.