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Mourning the end of summer? Turn that frown upside down because the leaves changing colours is one of nature's most beautiful spectacles and where better to see it then in a Royal Park? Add to that contemporary art fairs, candlelit classical concerts, historical walks and Halloween themed activities – and you'll realise there's a lot to look forward to this autumn.

For a full list of events in the Royal Parks visit www.royalparks.org.uk/whats-on

1. Watch a documentary on the late Amy Winehouse in Hyde Park

On Wednesday, September 23, the Lido in Hyde Park will have a special screening of Amy, a British documentary about the life and death of singer–songwriter Amy Winehouse.

The following day (Thursday, September 24) 'Birdman' – the recipient of four Academy Awards, and starring Michael Keaton will be shown.

Tickets available via Where is the Nomad website.

2. Observe the different shades of autumn in a Royal Park

With over 170,000 trees across eight Royal Parks, Londoners are spoilt for choice in places to experience the changing of the seasons.

In particular, the Isabella Plantation, a 40-acre woodland garden in Richmond Park, is magical at this time of year with buttery yellow leaves and fiery hues in abundance. 

A downloadable autumn leaflet has been produced by The Royal Parks to direct visitors to locations in the plantation where the changing colours are most apparent, such as the Japanese maple tree by the Still Pond.

3. Cheer on runners at The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on  October 11

Starting and finishing at Hyde Park, 16,000 runners will take part in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon across central London, taking in world-famous landmarks on closed roads including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and four of London's eight Royal Parks.  From 10.30am - 4pm, a free Food & Event Fitness Festival will take place.

Expect tempting street food, live music and lots of free things to do including children's arts and craft activities, wall climbing and football and tennis coaching.

4. Visit Frieze London and Frieze Masters in The Regent's Park October 14-18

Visit Frieze London in The Regent's Park to see some of the best work from leading and emerging contemporary artists. The event will also feature performance-based installations, debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures.

Coinciding with Frieze London is Frieze Masters, bringing together 120 galleries specialising in pre-21st century art.

The Sculpture Park, a three-minute walk from Frieze London, returns to the beautiful English Gardens in The Regent's Park. Free to enter, the exhibition is hand selected by Director of Programmes at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Claire Lilley.

For tickets to Frieze London and Masters, and information please visit their website.

5. Warm up with a game of tennis in a Royal Park

As the nights draw in it's tempting to stay indoors, but get your blood pumping and endorphins going with a game of tennis in a Royal Park. The Regent's Park, Greenwich Park and Hyde Park all have tennis courts where you can book in advance or just turn up and pay. In addition, The Regent's Park tennis centre has table tennis and a mini court just for juniors.

6. Visit Brompton Cemetery in the London Month of the Dead

Throughout October and concluding on All Souls Day (2 November), The London Month of the Dead will investigate the capital's relationship with its deceased residents. Events in Brompton Cemetery will include a guided walk by London historian and gravestone expert, Robert Stephenson, a candlelit performance of classic string quartets, and a talk on the great plagues of London. A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to the restoration of Brompton Cemetery, a 39-acre Grade I listed burial ground managed by The Royal Parks.

On October 17 and 24 The Royal Parks Foundation has organised a guided walk in Hyde Park to explore its dark history as a former site of public execution. The tour will include a visit to the Hyde Park Pet Cemetery, rarely open to the public. 100% of ticket sales will go to the Brompton Cemetery Restoration Project.

If you would like to donate to the conservation project visit the Royal Parks Foundation website

7. Learn about creepy crawlies in Bushy Park on October 30

Visit Bushy Park in Halloween fancy dress and join in with a gruesome pond dipping session. Find out about all the creatures lurking beneath the water and then make your very own to take home!

For further information or to book your place email enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org. Places are limited.

The session is delivered by the Field Studies Council, one of The Royal Park's education providers.

Cost: £15 per family (two adults with up to three children)

8. Make a spooky mask in Victoria Tower Gardens on October 31 

Between 11am - 3pm take the children along to a Halloween themed arts and crafts day in Victoria Tower Gardens where they can create a spooky mask and hat.

Then the festivities will move to St James's Park (by Inn the Park) from 4 - 6pm  where there will be face painting and pumpkin carving.

This free event is part of a programme of activities organised by The Royal Parks' Community and Engagement Team to celebrate the recent refurbishment of Horseferry Playground in Victoria Tower Gardens.

9. Discover the truth about Guy Fawkes on a historical walk on 5 November

Every year on November 5, people throughout Britain commemorate the capture of Guy Fawkes with bonfires and fireworks, and in some cases even burning an effigy of Guy.

In a stroll through Victoria Tower Gardens, a park that lies adjacent to the Palace of Westminster, uncover the real truth about Guy Fawkes and the plot to blow up Parliament over 400 years ago.

Walks last an hour and will start at 11am and 1pm. Meeting point is Emmeline Pankhurst statue at the entrance closest to the Palace of Westminster.

10. Become a MoRunner in Greenwich Park

In November grow a moustache and show it off at the Greenwich Park  MoRunners 10k on November 28.  It's not just MoBros that can enter; MoSistas can paint or stick a moustache on and race too.

Entrance is £22 and profits go to the Movember Foundation, a global charity that raises funds and awareness for men's health.

Register via the Mo Running website.


What are your favourite things to do in the Royal Parks during autumn? Let us know!

Share your favourite things to do in the Royal Parks this season on facebook or on twitter @theroyalparks using #RoyalParksInAutumn.




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