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Peer into a bug hotel, make pills in a restored Victorian pharmacy and create dragonflies from pipe cleaners at the Richmond Park Open Day.

Taking place on Sunday, September 13 from 11am - 4pm at Holly Lodge, the open day will be a fun-filled day out for the whole family, and provide an opportunity to learn more about London's largest Royal Park. .

Children will be spoilt for choice for things to do, with arts and crafts activities, a visit from the shire horses, pony rides and the chance to help build hedgehog surveying tunnels. Budding young golfers can perfect their swing in a chipping game organised by Richmond Park Golf Course.

The Holly Lodge Centre, normally used by schools and learning groups, will open its doors to the general public. Children can explore the newly revitalised nature trail, use a fibre optic camera to peer into a bug hotel, have a go at Victorian servants' chores and make pills the Victorian way in Mr Palmer's chemist.

On a guided walk led by The Friends of Richmond Park, visitors can spot different types of species of birds and learn about the park's origins.  There will also be vintage car displays, free bike checks and minor repairs, and a World War One re-enactment that pays homage to Richmond Park being used as a training ground for soldiers.

Adam Curtis, Assistant Park Manager, said: "The open day is a popular day out for the whole family and really brings the local community together. Aside from being lots of fun, the day also enables people to learn more about Richmond Park and the organisations and people involved in protecting and improving this National Nature Reserve."

Members of the park management team will be on hand to answer questions and hear any suggestions.

The Royal Parks will be operating a free minibus shuttle service that will collect visitors from bus stops located at Richmond Gate and Roehampton Gate Car Park, and transport them directly to Holly Lodge. The service will run approximately every 20 minutes from 10.45am - 4.30pm.

Entrance is free but parking at Holly Lodge is charged at £5 per car.


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