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

April

Saturday 27 April 2019 - 1pm to 4pm

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.



Sunday 28 April 2019

London Marathon

Greenwich Park (Blackheath Avenue)

The London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – runners have raised over £500 million for good causes since the race began in 1981. Further information:  https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/

 



May

Tuesday 7 May 2019 - 7.30 for 8pm

Friends Annual General Meeting (MEMBERS ONLY)

Howe Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Building, University of Greenwich

The AGM will commence at 8pm, and finish around 9.30pm.

Wine and soft drinks will be served from 7.30pm.

(Members only)

Officers and committee members proposed and seconded for the coming year are:

Chairman: Liz Coyle

Vice-Chairman: Richard Jones

Committee Members

Clive Corlett stands for re-election. Tony Butler, Tina Challacombe, Jonathan Chandler, Lesley Jones, Sophie Spencer, Brian Starkey and Sue Yates continue to serve. The committee confirms the appointments of Christine Bevan as Secretary, Julie Punter as Treasurer and Fran Tyler as Membership Secretary.

After the AGM, Graham Dear, Park Manager, will outline some of the work undertaken in Greenwich Park and take questions on the Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

 



Sunday 19 May 2019 - 9.00 am

Guided Bird Walk

Joseph Beale will be leading a bird walk for the Friends and the London Natural History Society. There is no need to book, just turn up at the official meeting point near the Blackheath Gate. The walk is free and having binoculars will greatly add to the pleasure. 

 

 

Mistle Thrush



Saturday 25 May 2019 - 1pm to 4pm

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.



Thursday 30 May 2019 - 10.00 am

Birds in Greenwich Park

Field Studies Council

Did you know that Blackbirds only appeared in urban gardens in the 1830s?  Before then, they lived in woodland or heath.  Join us to find out more about birds: identify where they might nest, what they feed on and how their calls vary.  Using binoculars and identification charts, have a go at identifying and recording the birds you spot.

All activities are run by FSC staff.

Additional information: All children must be accompanied. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear in case the ground is muddy and plenty of enthusiasm.

Age Range: Seedlings (18 months-4 years) and Explorers (age 5-11 years)

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £6


June

Sunday 2 June 2019 - 8.15 am

London to Brighton Classic Car Run

The London to Brighton classic and kit & sports car run returns to Greenwich Park for the 2019 start location.
Over 400 vehicles will be starting from the park from 8.15am – 11.15am as they make their way on their annual visit to Brighton.
The London to Brighton Classic Car Run celebrates its 31st Anniversary with vehicles from the pre-war era sharing the trip with classics from the 1950‘s to the 90’s. The kit & sports vehicles follow their own route to Brighton and this run is for modern day sports cars, replica cars and kit cars.
Cost to join the run is £97 and details can be found on the organisers website



Saturday 8 June 2019 - 11am

The History Group Meeting

The History Group Meeting

Wildlife Centre

The group meets quarterly in the Wildlife Centre, Flower Garden, Greenwich Park and the next meeting is on Saturday 8th June. You would be very welcome if you wanted to come along and join the group. If you need a parking permit, please call at the Park Office by the Blackheath Gate and give your name to Christine Sheffield and she will give you one.

If you are interested, please contact Brian Starkey on grenparkpast@gmail.com 



Saturday 8 June 2019 - 7.00pm

Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping

Introduction to Moths and Moth Trapping

Participants will be given an introduction to moth life-cycles and lifestyles. Around dusk, you will help set up a light-trap and watch it in action, before returning the following morning to examine the catch. Advice will be given on the identification of the moths caught the previous night. (This is an evening and morning course).
Fee includes a copy of FSC foldout chart: Day flying Moths ID guide.

Tim Harris has been a keen naturalist since childhood and has written many books and articles about birds, invertebrates and bats for publishers including National Geographic, Bloomsbury, the RSPB and BBC Wildlife. Tim has a particular interests in Britain's moths and butterflies and runs several moth traps near his London home.

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £45


Sunday 16 June 2019 - 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Midsummer Jazz in the Park

Midsummer Jazz in the Park

Observatory Garden, Greenwich Park

The Friend’s annual Midsummer Jazz Concert has become one of the highlights of our year in the Park. Once again it will feature the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, who will be supported by the Crooks Saxophone Quartet. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.

Gardens open from 12.00 pm, concert starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30 pm.

Our sponsors, Davy's of Greenwich, will run a bar, and the Park's Pavilion Cafe will have a stall selling food, ice cream and soft drinks.

Just a reminder that seating is not available in the Garden, so do bring a rug or chair if you don’t want to sit directly on the grass. Please note that dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted in the Garden.

Adults £5 in advance (£7 on the gate), under 16s free.

Tickets from Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, Greenwich, SE10 9LT. Tel 020 8853 2150. Email: cnbevan@hotmail.com. Cheques payable to Friends of Greenwich Park. Please enclose a sae.

Tickets are non-refundable if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.

Midsummer Jazz Concert tickets

 



Saturday 22 June 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Greenwich Schools Bands

Bandstand Concert - Greenwich Schools Bands

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.

Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.

 


Price: Free


Saturday 22 June 2019 - 09.30 am

Discover Veteran Trees

Sharon Brown

This important historic parkland of Greenwich Park, much of it on steep slopes giving stunning views across the Thames estuary (in good weather), is also the setting for an array of veteran trees. We will survey their ecology and importance as a habitat and look at the development of the parkland within its landscape. In the morning we will look at the ecological landscape history of Greenwich Park, within its geographical setting, its early development as a Park and on through to its use and value to us today. We will then discuss the assessment of Veteran Trees for their wildlife value, before going outside and trying out our skills. During the afternoon we will go out into the Park again to assess more of the Veteran trees. Back in the classroom for our last session, we will collate the data from our different groups, creating a chart of our findings and mapping the location of our surveyed trees.
Fee includes a copy of FSC fold out chart: Tree Name Trail.

Sharon Brown is a botanist – geographer currently working as an independent ecologist with habitat assessment and management as a main area of expertise. Over time she has also worked for the Nature Conservancy Council, Scottish Rangering, Wildlife Trusts and latterly as an associate tutor for the FSC. As a naturalist she has a fascination for wild places, as well as the wild in more urban settings and an enthusiasm for passing this to others through practical application.

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £45


Sunday 23 June 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Countrypolitan Band

Bandstand Concert - Countrypolitan Band

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.

Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.

 


Price: Free


Saturday 29 June 2019 - 1pm to 4pm

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.



July

Sunday 30 June 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Here To Havana

Bandstand Concert - Here To Havana

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.


Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Sunday 7 July 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - KIX Jazz Orchestra

Bandstand Concert - KIX Jazz Orchestra

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.


Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Sunday 14 July 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Heroes Band

Bandstand Concert - Heroes Band

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.


Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Sunday 21 July 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Meantime Band

Bandstand Concert - Meantime Band

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.
Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Saturday 27 July 2019 - 1pm to 4pm

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.



Sunday 28 July 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - The South London Jazz Orchestra and Live Band Lindy

Bandstand Concert - The South London Jazz Orchestra and Live Band Lindy

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.
Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


August

Thursday 1 August 2019 - 10.00 am

Summer in Greenwich Park

Field Studies Council

The park is changing throughout the year. Families will complete activities based on summer colours, enjoying the summer warmth while exploring flowers and plants in the park. Make natural paint and create summer sculptures. Work as a team to find as many creatures as you can.
All activities are run by FSC staff.

Additional information: All children must be accompanied. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear in case the ground is muddy and plenty of enthusiasm.

Age Range: Seedlings (18 months-4 years) and Explorers (age 5-11 years)

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £6


Sunday 4 August 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Silver Ghosts

Bandstand Concert - Silver Ghosts

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.


Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Tuesday 6 August 2019 - 10.00 am

Pond Dipping in Greenwich Park

Field Studies Council

Get stuck into a survey of our pond. Use an identification key to work out which species you have caught and record them. Learn about the carnivores, herbivores and omnivores found in a pond and how they move and hunt.
All activities are run by FSC staff.

Additional information: All children must be accompanied. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear in case the ground is muddy and plenty of enthusiasm.

Age Range: Seedlings (18 months-4 years) and Explorers (age 5-11 years)

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £6


Sunday 11 August 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Shadey Scandals

Bandstand Concert - Shadey Scandals

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.


Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Wednesday 14 August 2019 - 10.00 am

Pollinators (Butterflies and other insects) in Greenwich Park

Field Studies Council

Become an insect for a morning. Learn about the jobs that an insect has to do and play games based upon pollination. Search for butterflies, beetles and bees around the park and make an insect home.
All activities are run by FSC staff.

Additional information: All children must be accompanied. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear in case the ground is muddy and plenty of enthusiasm.

Age Range: Seedlings (18 months-4 years) and Explorers (age 5-11 years)

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £6


Sunday 18 August 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - The Old Jelly Rollers

Bandstand Concert - The Old Jelly Rollers

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.


Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Thursday 22 August 2019 - 10.00 am

Flowers and Plants in Greenwich Park

Field Studies Council

Do you have a favourite colour? Can you think of a flower of that colour? A flower and leaf based session to encourage the seedlings to engage with nature around them. Use flowers and leaves to make natural paint, create sculptures, look at textures and more.
All activities are run by FSC staff.

Additional information: All children must be accompanied. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear in case the ground is muddy and plenty of enthusiasm.

Age Range: Seedlings (18 months-4 years) and Explorers (age 5-11 years)

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £6


Sunday 25 August 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Greenwich Concert Band

Bandstand Concert - Greenwich Concert Band

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.
Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


Monday 26 August 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Galaxy Big Band

Bandstand Concert - Galaxy Big Band

Greenwich Park Bandstand

We are once again staging our hugely popular series of free concerts at the Bandstand, which will take place on every Sunday from 23 June to 25 August. In addition, to start us off, there will be a Saturday concert on 22 June and, to bring the series to a close, we are repeating last year’s very successful Bank Holiday concert on Monday 26 August. Concerts normally start at 3pm and end at 5pm.
Once again, we are featuring bands covering a wide range of musical styles.


Price: Free


September

Saturday 31 August 2019 - 1pm to 4pm

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.



Saturday 14 September 2019 - 09.30 am

Introduction to Orchards

Introduction to Orchards

Leslie Williams

Traditional orchards are a cultural feature in the local landscape and a fascinating wildlife habitat. There are thousands of apple varieties, many considered local to particular areas. How can you design and create a community orchard or one in a garden? Why are rootstocks important, and how can one encourage the trees during the first few years?
Based in Greenwich Park. Fee includes a copy of the FSC fold out chart: Guide to Foraging

Leslie has restored, planted or managed traditional orchards in London; and on a project in Devon. He is particularly interested in fruit varieties, the wildlife of orchards and their community use. He is the Butterfly recorder for the London Natural History Society and is currently working on a project to map the distribution of butterfly species in London.

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £45


Saturday 28 September 2019 - 1pm to 4pm

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.



October

Wednesday 23 October 2019 - 10.00 am

Autumn in Greenwich Park

Field Studies Council

It's Autumn and the leaves are falling. Learn about the creatures that are getting ready to hide away for the winter. Make hedgehog pictures, play rabbit games and look for squirrels. Make a home for a furry friend for the winter.
All activities are run by FSC staff.

Additional information: All children must be accompanied. Make sure to bring appropriate clothing and footwear in case the ground is muddy and plenty of enthusiasm.

Age Range: Seedlings (18 months-4 years) and Explorers (age 5-11 years)

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


Price: £6


Saturday 26 October 2019 - 1pm to 4pm

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.



December

Saturday 30 November 2019 - 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.



Saturday 21 December 2019 - 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.