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Spring has sprung, and to celebrate we have hand picked ten things for you do in the Royal Parks this season. From listening to jazz musicians in Greenwich Park,watching theatre in Regent's Park, to discovering different species of bats in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, there is something to cater to every taste.

1

Row row row your boat

Hire a rowing boat or a pedalo and glide through the picturesque surroundings of Greenwich Park, Hyde Park or Regent's Park.

In Hyde Park jump on the sun powered 'Solarshuttle' which will take you from the boathouse to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.

Dates vary, check locally with parks.

Boating on the serpentine

2

Guided walk of Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

This Spring, come along to one of the free guided walks of Isabella Plantation, as it bursts with colour from the exotic rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom. Dates of walks are listed on our events calendar.

Every Wednesday from 23 April catch a free return minibus service to the Plantation. Stopping at all gates in Richmond Park the service will give the public, especially those without cars, a greater opportunity to visit this 40 acre woodland garden. Minibus service will operate every Wednesday, from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm in forty minute intervals, 23 April through to 26 August.

Isabella Plantation

3

Enjoy an evening of live jazz in Greenwich Park

Following a refurbishment, the popular Pavilion Cafe will reopen on the afternoon of 13 April.

Located a stone's throw from the Royal Observatory, the cafe will be hosting an evening of jazz with musicians from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, every Friday from May 9 until the end of August. Kids welcome.

Drinks at the Pavilion Cafe

4

Watch theatre in Regent's Park

Grab a glass of Pimms from the bar and take your seat in the award winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

Opening on 15 May, Arthur Miller classic 'All My Sons' will be the first production of the season.

Open Air Theatre during the day

5

Play cricket in Greenwich Park

From the 1 May until 30 September play cricket in the Grade 1 listed Greenwich Park, which offers unparalleled views across the River Thames to St Pauls Cathedral and beyond.

Included in the price is use of the changing facilities in the Pavilion.

To enquire or book the pitch contact Christine Sheffield on 0300 061 2380.

Cricket

6

Become a bat detective

On 16 May, a bat expert will lead you through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park as you discover several different bat species - including common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles, and noctules.

Learn how they hunt and separate bat facts from bat fiction. Bat detectors are used so that bat echo-location calls are audible to the human ear.

Children over eight, accompanied by an adult, are welcome 8.30pm-10pm. Entry £5. Book in advance.

Common Pipistrelle

7

Spend the day at Richmond Park Golf Course

Following a multi million pound refurbishment by Glendale Golf, play in the glorious surroundings of Richmond Park from 1 June. A new eco-friendly clubhouse will offer refreshment opportunities in the form of a coffee shop, bar and restaurant. Membership not required.

Richmond Park Golf Course

8

Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens

Inspired by J.M. Barrie's stories of Peter Pan the commemorative Diana Memorial Playground, will fire up the imagination of any child as they navigate their way through a wooden pirate ship moored on a beach, share stories in real tepees, and explore the sensory trail. Time left? Seek out the bronze statue of Peter Pan on the stump of a tree blowing his pipe.

Pirate Ship in the Diana Memorial Playground

9

Experience Trooping the Colour on June 14

Once a year, to mark the Sovereign's official birthday, a military parade and march-past takes place in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on Horse Guards Parade Ground in St James's Park from 10am.

On the same day at 12.52pm, spectators can watch the magnificent 41-Gun Royal Salute in The Green Park followed by a flypast over Buckingham Palace at 1pm.

Trooping the Colour

10

Enjoy a bike ride through Richmond Park

Soak up the sunshine and increase your fitness by hiring a bike from Parkcycle in Richmond Park.

Located at the Roehampton Car Park, both adult and children's bikes are available for hire by the hour.

Plan your cycle route in Richmond Park.

Parkcycle cycling in Richmond Park



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