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Summer-is-a-coming and this season we have all bases covered with an eclectic mix of music, art, nature and wellbeing events in London’s eight Royal Parks.

Below is just a flavour of all the goings on in the Royal Parks. For a full list of events visit www.royalparks.org.uk/whats-on


1. Mindfulness at Brompton Cemetery

Join mindfulness teacher, Alex Newte Hardie in the serene surroundings of Brompton Cemetery to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.

Turn off your phone and open your senses to nature. It will improve your mood, reduce tension, and help you focus for the rest of your day.

When: 10.30-11.30 am on the following dates: 27 June, 11 July and 1 and 22 August.

Where: Meet outside Brompton Cemetery chapel. No need to book but email bromptonproject@royalparks.org.uk if you are planning on attending

Free

For more information click here.


2. Enjoy summer days at the Bandstand.

The bandstands of Greenwich Park and The Regent’s Park will come alive this summer with the sweet sound of music.

Each weekend both bandstands will host free performances from a variety of local concert bands, jazz big bands, small groups and choirs – entertainment perfect for your summer picnics and outings.

When: The Regent’s Park – Every Sunday from 23 June to 8 September. Concerts start at 12.30pm and finish at 5.30pm with an interval. www.regentsparkmusicfestival.org.uk

Greenwich Park – Every Sunday from 23 June. Concerts normally start at 3pm and finish at 5pm. They will also be hosting a Bank holiday Monday concert on Monday 26 August. More information can be found via http://friendsofgreenwichpark.org.uk

Free

*Hyde Park will be hosting free bandstand concerts on the first three Sundays of August from 3-5pm. The concerts are organised by The Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Find out more here.


3. Discover where all the flowers for London’s eight Royal Parks are grown

Carefully camouflaged within a copse of trees, you will find a glasshouse in Hyde Park, the size of a football pitch.

The hi-tech ‘super nursery’ supplies 450,000 flowers across London’s eight Royal Parks and on Thursday 27 June, we will be opening its doors to the public for a plant sale of our surplus summer bedding.

Buy plants fit for a Royal Park and go on a free behind-the scenes tour, led by our Nursery Manager Mike Jones.

When: Thursday 27 June, 10am-5pm

Plants can be purchased from 10am-5pm. Tours are free and will take place at 11am,1pm and 3pm but must be booked in advance by emailing kwhybrow@royalparks.org.uk

Where: Hyde Park Nursery

For more information click here.


4. Experience outdoor opera in The Regent’s Park

At the end of June, The Regent’s Park will play host to two operatic masterpieces, delivered by Opera Brava, Britain’s leading outdoor opera touring company

Experience the iconic, romantic and tragic Verdi’s La Traviata, or the timeless social comedy, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

When:

Verdi’s La Traviata – 26 June, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro – 27 June, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Where: The lawn by St John's Lodge, The Regent’s Park

Cost: Tickets start at £35


5. Explore the life of Ignatius Sancho in Greenwich Park

Discover Britain's first black British voter, Ignatius Sancho, with free performances by Tramshed that bring history to life.

Trace Sancho's life from being born on a slave ship and orphaned by the age of two, to becoming an accomplished writer, composer and influential figure in the movement to abolish slavery.

Sancho was employed as a butler by the Montagu family who lived in a house overlooking Greenwich Park. A plaque commemorating his achievements can be found on the wall in the south west corner of the park. To find out more about him, visit our blog.

These performances are part of Greenwich Park Revealed

When: Sat 29 and Sun 30 June 2019. 2pm – 2.45pm and 4.30 - 5.15pm

Where: The performances will start at the Pavilion Café

Free


6. Go on the road with Mission: Invertebrate

Discover the magnificent minibeasts that call London’s Royal Parks home. Join Mission: Invertebrate for a day of bug trails, creative crafting and invertebrate missions galore.

Until October, Mission: Invertebrate will be on the road, visiting Royal Parks from Greenwich Park in the east to Bushy Park in the west, giving you the opportunity to get close to nature and learn more about the wonderful world of invertebrates.

When: Various dates, 11am-3pm. See here.

Where: Various Parks

Free

Throughout the summer there will also be free events for adults including a invertebrate tree walk in Kensington Gardens, a solitary bee walk in Greenwich Park, and a session on how to photograph invertebrates in Richmond Park.


7. View art in an open air gallery in The Regent’s Park

Back by popular demand, Frieze Sculpture will return to The Regent’s Park this summer, creating an exceptional cultural attraction at the heart of the city, for Londoners and international visitors alike.

Visitors can meander through the English Gardens and view up to 20 sculptures from renowned artists such as Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor. The exhibition has been curated by Claire Lilley, Director of Programmes at the award winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Watch this space for more information.

When: From 3 July until 6 October

Free


8. Open House at British Summer Time Hyde Park

In-between two weekends of legendary musical line-ups, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’s Open House will return for another fabulous week of free entry to our summer activities.

On offer will be free outdoor movie nights, live music, Wimbledon screenings, mindfulness and yoga workshops, and our very own Royal Parks Showcase with flower sale, photography exhibition, and chill out area.

When: Open House is on 8 July-11 July.

Where: Hyde Park

For more information click here.


9. Learn about the ancient trees of Kensington Gardens

Discover the majestic veteran trees of Kensington Gardens in a free walk with our resident arboriculturalist.

Learn what makes a tree veteran, the important role they play in history and ecology, and find out how The Royal Parks takes special care of them.

When: Saturday 20 July. 10.30am-Noon

Where: Kensington Gardens

Free but booking essential. For more information click here.


10. Enter the London Duathlon in Richmond Park

The Descente London Duathlon, the world's biggest run-bike-run event, will take place this year on Sunday 8 September 2019 in Richmond Park.

Whether it’s your first Duathlon or you’re an experienced Duathlethe there is something for everyone with four competition distances to choose from.

When: Sunday 8 September

Where: Richmond Park

To sign up and for more information click here.



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