1. Cosy up for free ‘Winter Warmer’ talks
We are delighted to bring you a series of live stories to snuggle up to, inspiring discussions and, best of all, conversations that will bring a little light, community and learning to you during those long, cold winter nights!
Join one of our live talks and explore a variety of topics with some of The Royal Park’s greatest minds as they discuss a range of fascinating subjects, from the secret parts of the parks to the stunning wildlife found within.
November 2021 - March 2022
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2. Join us on the hunt for bats in the heart of London
This hour and a half tour take place at dusk, as London's bats are coming out to play. Be guided through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park at night to search for bat species such as common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles and noctules.
Play a fun quiz to separate bat facts from bat fiction and enjoy using bat detectors that make the bats' echolocation calls audible to the human ear. Bats are not the only creatures out at night - owl calls may add to the evening's atmosphere and perhaps a curious fox will cross our path as well!
Thursday 31st March 2022
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3. Tackle your first 10k run of the year
Run a 10K in the famous Greenwich Park, overlooking the River Thames and home to one of London’s most iconic views.
With its spectacular tree-lined avenues, gardens, and super-smooth pathways, you’ll find yourself captivated by the sights as you fly downhill and conquer the climb.
Always attracting a range of runners, you’ll find yourself amongst those of a similar pace to help drive you to a brilliant race result and an unbeatable finish line feeling.
Sunday 16th January 2022
4. Take on the ghosts of Christmas Past with a magical yet haunted night walk
Join us to celebrate National Storytelling Week and some of the most beautiful (yet most terrifying) gardens in London with a queen's gardens ghost walk.
This magical yet eerie night walk will bring to life enchanting stories of walking statues, sentient trees, secret tunnels, headless women, shapeshifting rats and more.
Thursday 3rd February 2022
5. Enjoy some downtime with the family on a guided winter walk
Discover what makes each of London’s historic green spaces so special on a guided walking tour that lets you delve into the hidden history and nature of the Royal Parks. Unearth fascinating facts about underground rivers, native bats and secret pet cemeteries.
Whether you join us and go behind the railings of the Albert Memorial or explore the folklore and mythology of trees, you will experience the parks from a whole new perspective.
Walking tours take place all year round
6. Join us for our family Discovery Days
Join us for another FREE Discovery Day this Spring half-term at The LookOut, Hyde Park.
As we all emerge out of winter and the days get longer, you will find that birdsong increases and preparation for the nesting season begins.
Shake off any winter blues and register your interest for our free bird-inspired interactive activities that will have you and the family enjoying the fresh air.
Drop-in any time between 11am and 3pm to take part in a host of exciting activities including:
- Building a tasty bird feeder to take home with you
- Following a discovery trail to learn fascinating facts about our feathered friends
- Bird Watching in our gardens with a pair of our binoculars
- Crafting an intricate birds nest
- Listening to a springtastic interactive story
Tuesday 15th February - Thursday 17th February 2022
7. Learn about the wonderful trees of Hyde Park
Explore the stark beauty of Hyde Park's trees this winter with arboriculturist Greg Packman. Learn to identify winter trees through barks and buds.
Nature doesn't disappear during winter, you just need to know where to look. Without their leaves, identifying trees can seem challenging.
Arboriculturist, Greg Packman, will teach you how to identify trees through bark and buds using examples from the beautiful Royal Parks. If you want to better understand how to appreciate winter's beauty, join fellow nature lovers for this fascinating walking tour.
Saturday 15th January 2022
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8. Tackle some team sport at The Hub, Regent's Park
The Regent's Park is the biggest outdoor sports area in central London. We operate a seasonal sports programme with football, rugby and lacrosse in winter and cricket, softball and touch rugby during the summer.
All year round (Winter pitches available to 23rd March 2022 / Summer pitches available from April 2022)
9. Think outside the box with unique gift ideas and cards
Spoil your loved ones with an array of calendars, cards, decorations, books, puzzles, tea towels and even honey collected by bees situated within Richmond Park!
Each gift provides a snapshot of what makes these two parks so special, and every image has been sourced by local photographers and artists. All proceeds will go towards maintaining and managing 5,000 acres of historic parkland in London.
10. Escape the crowds and get to know the 178-year-old Brompton Cemetery
Did you know that there are around 205,000 people buried in the cemetery – including Sir Henry Cole, who is believed to have invented the Christmas card?
Whether you would like a guided tour of this historic setting, or you simply fancy a warming latte with a view, why not pay a visit to beautiful Brompton Cemetery?
Find out more from the Friends of Brompton Cemetery.
Welcome in the new year with the Royal Parks
We hope that this has given you a taste of what the next few months have in store for the Royal Parks this year.
We are committed to caring for each of London's Royal Parks whilst ensuring that they provide hours of fun, relaxation and exploration for everyone all year round. Find out more about who we are and what we do today, and keep up to date with our upcoming events.