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

September

Wednesday 20 September 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.

Dorothy Love, the guardian of the Orchard will be in there regularly until October so you can visit every Wednesday or Saturday or Sunday as follows:
Saturday and Sundays from 9.15 am to 4.45 pm. (Closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30 pm.)
Wednesdays from 11.15 am to 4.45 pm.

 

 



Sunday 24 September 2017 - 8.30 am

Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.

Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.

Julia Holland
Blackheath Gate

The Friends are pleased to announce that Julia Holland has offered to lead the Sunday Morning Bird Walks. They will start at  8.30am and she will help the guests to identify the birds that are seen or heard.
Dates will be publicised by poster and on the Friends of Greenwich Park website.

There are no charges and booking is not required: just turn up at the Blackheath Gate. If at all possible, please bring along binoculars because this will improve your experience enormously


Price: Free


Friday 29 September 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 30 September 2017 - 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

Sunday 1 October 2017

Mission:Invertebrate

Near the Queens Orchard in Greenwich Park.

Join Mission: Invertebrate for a day of storytelling, bug trails, creative crafting and invertebrate missions galore. Look out for our Giant Snail Caravan packed with family fun! We'll be travelling around the Royal Parks to bring the learning to you. Each stop on our tour will be filled with activities for everyone!

This event is run by Field Studies Council (FSC) London, delivering Education in The Royal Parks in partnership with The Royal Parks.

Drop in any time between 11am -3pm and take part in the activities on offer.


Price: Free


Sunday 1 October 2017 - 11am to 4pm

Harvest Festival

On Sunday 1 October between 11am and 4pm, the Queen’s Orchard, in the north east corner of the Park, close to the Children’s Playground, will be having a Harvest Festival and displaying the vegetables that have been grown there. You can look round at the other areas, including the heritage fruit trees planted in the wildflower meadow.   

Visitors can enjoy talks from experts on bees – and get stuck in with some candle making and honey tasting. Children can participate in pond dipping led by experts from the Field Studies Council and get creative at the orchard themed arts and crafts stall.
Experts from The Royal Parks Guild – The Royal Parks alumni society – will be on hand to answer any questions about food growing.

 



Wednesday 4 October 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.

Dorothy Love, the guardian of the Orchard will be in there regularly until October so you can visit every Wednesday or Saturday or Sunday as follows:
Saturday and Sundays from 9.15 am to 4.45 pm. (Closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30 pm.)
Wednesdays from 11.15 am to 4.45 pm.

 

 



Wednesday 11 October 2017 - 10.30 am

Earth Science Week Geotrail around Greenwich Park

Led by members of the London Geodiversity Partnership and supported by the Friends of Greenwich Park
The walk starts from the Thames Path at Greenwich (see * below), through the Old Royal Naval College (formerly Royal Hospital) and past Queen’s House to enter Greenwich Park at Jubilee Gate. The Park is famous for the Meridian but is also interesting for its geology. Within the park four different geological strata are represented with two others underlying the area closer to the Thames. This will be explained as well as aspects of how this area has been restless in the past although all seems quiet now. The influence of the geology on some of the features seen such as the steep slope, springs and fine views will be explained. 
The trip is about 5 km long, mostly on metalled paths but there are some steep slopes. There will be a lunch stop at The Pavilion Tea House and the trip should finish by about 3pm close to Greenwich town centre and public transport.
* There is no charge but people should register by emailing info@londongeopartnership.org.uk . Confirmation will include further details such as the starting point.



Wednesday 18 October 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.

Dorothy Love, the guardian of the Orchard will be in there regularly until October so you can visit every Wednesday or Saturday or Sunday as follows:
Saturday and Sundays from 9.15 am to 4.45 pm. (Closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30 pm.)
Wednesdays from 11.15 am to 4.45 pm.

 

 



Wednesday 25 October 2017 - 11 am

Fungus Foray

Fungus Foray

Annual search for fungi in the Park with Anne Andrews. Meet at the Blackheath Gate.

Even in very dry conditions Anne Andrews finds much of interest to arouse our curiosity. Conditions this year will depend on the level of rainfall. This walk will awaken an interest in the subject and sharpen your observational skills. The Wildlife Centre has many books if you wish to consult.



Thursday 26 October 2017 - 14.30 p.m.

Outing to Greenwich Heritage Centre

Tickets available from Sue Yates, 34 Hyde Vale, SE10 8QH, 020 8692 1760, sueyates@ntlworld.com



Friday 27 October 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 28 October 2017 - 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.



Tuesday 31 October 2017 to Tuesday 7 November 2017

Woodturning pieces from Greenwich Park timber

Greenwich Gallery

There will be an exhibition and auction, in aid of charity, of woodturning pieces made from timber from felled Greenwich Park trees.  Some 15 of this country’s leading  woodturners have been invited to create and donate a piece of work while a further 15 will be donated by local turner Michael Maisey.
The exhibition will be at the Greenwich Gallery, Peyton Place, from 30 October to 7 November, with the auction taking place at The Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, SE10 9NW, at 7.30pm on 17 November.
There will be an opportunity to submit bids for the turnings in advance at the Gallery (weekdays 9.30am – 5.30pm; weekends 12pm – 4pm) and on line 
Also on display at the auction will be A2 framed photographs by Vivienne Davies of trees in Greenwich Park.



November

Thursday 2 November 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.

 

 



Thursday 16 November 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.

 

 



Saturday 25 November 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.



Sunday 26 November 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.



Thursday 30 November 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.

 

 



December

Thursday 14 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.



Saturday 30 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.



Sunday 31 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.