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Move your dancing feet to jazz concerts, watch a movie by moonlight or embark on a bat safari - how will you celebrate summer in London's eight Royal Parks? Tweet us @theroyalparks.

With so much happening in the Royal Parks this summer, here are our top ten suggestions for things to do:

1. Jazz it up in Greenwich Park 

Throughout July and August, enjoy live jazz at the Greenwich Park bandstand every Sunday afternoon from 3pm. Organised by The Friends of Greenwich Park, the free outdoor concerts will include performances from The South London Jazz Orchestra, Belvedere Concert Band, and the Incredible Sax Band.

In addition, The Pavilion Cafe located a stone's throw from the Royal Observatory, will be hosting live music in its large garden every Friday evening, 6-8pm, until the end of August. 

2. Watch a movie this summer in the Royal Parks 

Take full advantage of the balmy evenings with al fresco cinema in one of London's Royal Parks. Back to the Future, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Birdman are just a few classics on the movie menu.

Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens, also managed by The Royal Parks, will be screening blockbusters that include Love Actually, The Dark Knight and Alien.

  • For a full list of outdoor films in Greenwich Park and Victoria Tower Gardens visit thelunacinema.com 
  • For a full list of outdoor films in Hyde Park, Brompton Cemetery and Bushy Park visit whereisthenomad.com

3. Go on a butterfly course in Bushy Park 

As well as being both beautiful and fascinating, butterflies are also good indicators of the health of the environment. 

On the 18 July, a one day course led by ecologist Martin Harvey of the Field Studies Council, will provide an introduction to butterfly natural history, identification and conservation. The course will utilise a mix of indoor activities, presentations, as well as fieldwork that observes butterflies in the varied habitats of Bushy Park. Price £35.

4. Tour the catacombs of Brompton Cemetery on 19 July

Descend underground to tour the rarely seen catacombs of Brompton Cemetery by candlelight at the annual Friends of Brompton Cemetery Open Day on Sunday 19 July. 

Above ground, between 11am-5pm, there will be birds of prey displays, cemetery tours and children's activities including face painting and Victorian hat making. In the chapel, you can view a printmaking exhibition curated by students from The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea.

5. Visit London's longest herbaceous border in Greenwich Park

Designed by celebrity TV gardener, Chris Beardshaw, the herbaceous border in Greenwich Park is one of London's most spectacular horticultural displays. Set as the backdrop to the Queen's House it is the longest border in London at 201 meters. 

6. Ride through London on closed roads

Prudential RideLondon, an annual two-day festival of cycling for riders of all ages and abilities, will take place on the 1 and 2 August. It will feature a number of cycling events, with the majority either passing through or finishing on The Mall in St James's Park.
 
To celebrate, Green Park will be hosting a Festival Zone, featuring lots of cycle themed entertainment including a 200m mountain bike course, a bling your bike zone, and the opportunity to see Andrei Burton and fellow stunt riders in action.

7. Go on a sunset safari with the children in Hyde Park

On the 20 and 27 of August, join the Royal Parks Foundation for a sunset safari in the Hyde Park. From 7.30pm, gather around the campfire at The Lookout and enjoy delicious snacks whilst learning fascinating facts about the nocturnal wildlife that call Hyde Park home. At dusk you will embark on a safari through Hyde Park and learn how to locate and identify bats with the use of bat detectors. 

Suitable for children aged seven and over accompanied by an adult. Price £12

For more information and to book your place visit the Royal Parks Foundation:

8. Celebrate harvest season in the Royal Parks 

This September, The Royal Parks will be hosting three harvest festivals in its showcase allotments. Expect pizza making and live music in The Regent's Park, children's allotment activities in Kensington Gardens and honey bee demonstrations in The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park. 

Various dates. Check our What's On events calendar for dates.

9. Go to Britain's largest outdoor classical music event in Hyde Park

Now in its 20th year, Britain's largest outdoor classical music event is a rousing finale to two months of the finest music-making at the BBC Proms. Returning to Hyde Park on 12 September Proms in the Park will feature a host of musical stars, including BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of Richard Balcombe, and special guests soprano Danielle de Niese, trumpeter Alison Balsom, People's Tenor Russell Watson and Motown and disco superstars The Jacksons. 

Early evening entertainment will be provided by a range of artists including The Mavericks, Beverley Knight, Matt Cardle and the West End cast of Memphis The Musical. 

10. Attend Richmond Park's Open Day on 13 September

The popular Richmond Park Open Day returns on Sunday 13 September, between 11am and 4pm at Holly Lodge. Activities will include Shetland pony rides, pond dipping, guided walks, a fire engine for children to explore, and minibeast hunts. 

The Shire horses will be in attendance and you can watch them have their shoes fitted, and even buy their old ones! More activities will be confirmed closer to the time.

Entry is free.



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