Events



The Royal Parks staff and Friends Volunteers provide a range of activities and events, some specifically for children and others directed to the general public, some of which may interest children.

Forthcoming ones are listed under Coming events. See Previous events and Regular events to get some idea of their full range.

Coming events

December

Wednesday 13 December 2017 - 1.30pm - 4.00pm

The Queens Orchard will be open to volunteers

The Queens Orchard will be open to volunteers

Located in the north eastern corner of the Park, near the Maze Hill entrance, the Queens Orchard was first open to visitors in 2013.

The aim was to create a garden with educational value, to show people how to grow a wide range of vegetables and also to grow older varieties of fruit trees to reflect the historic nature of the site. There are ornamental and wildlife ponds, a long lavender bed and a mound in the centre with an old mulberry tree.

Beehives have been added at the far end of the Orchard, with plans for beekeeping demonstrations.

The Field Studies Council will be working with local schools on the vegetable plots.

If you are interested in volunteering in the Orchard please come along when it is open. You can find dates and times on the website.



Sunday 17 December 2017 - 10.00 am

Run Through Greenwich Park

Come and join us for the Greenwich Park 10k this Christmas. At our Christmas 5k and 10k you will get a themed medal & mince pies on the day. This 10k in Greenwich Park is all on concrete paths within the park and is totally traffic free. Each KM is accurately marked out with sign posts and we have plenty of helpers to keep you on track and to encourage you on your way to the finish. Come and enjoy the day with us; we hope to see you there!

http://www.runthrough.co.uk/?event=christmas-greenwich-park-5k-10k-december-2017&event_date=2017-12-17



Friday 22 December 2017 - 9.30 am

Nature Trail Dig-In

Nature Trail Dig-In

Wildlife Centre

Over the last couple of years a group of volunteers has helped with removing unwanted invasive species in the Nature Trail and planting appropriate native specimens. This is a continuing project. They also helped planting the replacement hedge after the Leylandii along the fence in the Flower Garden had been removed.  The last Friday of the month at 9.30am has been chosen to get on with this work. If you have not been involved before, do come along. Equipment is provided as well as refreshments. We normally work until about 12.30pm, but you can arrive later or peel off early if need be. We meet up at the Wildlife Centre. If you would be interested in this activity please come along during a session and introduce yourself. You would be most welcome. See times and dates on this website.



Saturday 23 December 2017 - 1pm to 3pm

Drop In at the Wildlife Centre

Drop In at the Wildlife Centre

The Wildlife Centre is near the south end of the Lake in the Flower Gardens.

Organised by the Friends Wildlife Group on behalf of The Royal Parks, the Centre is opened regularly on the last Saturday of the month.  Watch any wildlife that is passing by. Information on wildlife in Greenwich Park and wildlife-related craft activities for youngsters. Guided tours of the Nature Trail and Deer Hide. If you would be interested in helping to run these drop-ins, please come along to the next session and speak to one of the volunteers. They can give you details and tell you all about it.



January

Sunday 7 January 2018 - 9.30 am

The Greenwich Park 10k Winter Race Series

A mixed ability three race 10km Series around the beautiful surroundings of Greenwich Park.

https://www.theraceorganiser.com/race-series/37



Tuesday 9 January 2018 - 3pm

Painted Hall Ceiling Tour

Friends will know that the ceiling of the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, the Baroque masterpiece executed by Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726, is currently undergoing a complete restoration thanks to a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund award and fundraising efforts. Tours on an observation platform 60 feet above ground to see the ongoing work up close have been taking place earlier this year. After a short closure, the next phase of this conservation work has recently resumed. We have been offered a special tour for the Friends which will be presented by lead conservator, Sophie Stewart, who will take us through the work and the discoveries made as this has progressed. This event, lasting about 50 minutes, will take place on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 3pm. The tour costs £12. Places are limited so please book early. Tickets available from Liz Coyle, 020 8852 8831.

 



Saturday 27 January 2018 - 1pm to 3pm

Drop In at the Wildlife Centre

Drop In at the Wildlife Centre

The Wildlife Centre is near the south end of the Lake in the Flower Gardens.

Organised by the Friends Wildlife Group on behalf of The Royal Parks, the Centre is opened regularly on the last Saturday of the month.  Watch any wildlife that is passing by. Information on wildlife in Greenwich Park and wildlife-related craft activities for youngsters. Guided tours of the Nature Trail and Deer Hide. If you would be interested in helping to run these drop-ins, please come along to the next session and speak to one of the volunteers. They can give you details and tell you all about it.



February

Sunday 4 February 2018 - 9.30 am

The Greenwich Park 10k Winter Race Series

A mixed ability three race 10km Series around the beautiful surroundings of Greenwich Park.

https://www.theraceorganiser.com/race-series/37



Saturday 24 February 2018 - 1pm to 3pm

Drop In at the Wildlife Centre

Drop In at the Wildlife Centre

The Wildlife Centre is near the south end of the Lake in the Flower Gardens.

Organised by the Friends Wildlife Group on behalf of The Royal Parks, the Centre is opened regularly on the last Saturday of the month.  Watch any wildlife that is passing by. Information on wildlife in Greenwich Park and wildlife-related craft activities for youngsters. Guided tours of the Nature Trail and Deer Hide. If you would be interested in helping to run these drop-ins, please come along to the next session and speak to one of the volunteers. They can give you details and tell you all about it.



March

Wednesday 7 March 2018 - 7.30pm for 8pm

The Friends Annual Lecture 2017: Our World Heritage: A UK and International Perspective

King William Building, The Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Peter Marsden, Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site Co-ordinator, will speak about World Heritage from a broad international and national perspective, what it means and why it is important for all of us, how World Heritage is managed and some of the key challenges for the future. He will also showcase Maritime Greenwich, one of the UK’s foremost World Heritage Sites.    Peter is a former Head of World Heritage at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, advising Ministers on UK policy and working closely with UNESCO. Whilst at the DCMS, Peter also worked on Free Access to the National Museums and Galleries, Historic Ships Policy for the UK and liaison with the Royal Household on ceremonial issues, Historic Royal Palaces and The Royal Parks. During a lengthy Civil Service career, Peter held posts at the Tate, the Imperial War Museum, Treasury and Customs and Excise. He is currently a Trustee of ICOMOS-UK, an independent charity with a mission to promote and support best practice in the conservation, care and understanding of cultural heritage in the UK and worldwide. Peter is also Trustee of a local community care scheme, FiSH (Friendship, Independence, Support and Help) based in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

The talk is on Wednesday 7 March 2018, 7.30pm for 8pm, at the King William Building, University of Greenwich. 

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine from:

Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, SE10 9LT. Tel: 020 8853 2150.

Cheques payable to Friends of Greenwich park, with sae, or pay using PayPal.