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

Monday 5 December 2016 - 11am

The History Group Meeting

The History Group Meeting

Wildlife Centre

The group will meet quarterly in the Wildlife Centre, Flower Garden, Greenwich Park and the next meeting is on Monday 5th December. 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 



Wednesday 7 December 2016 - 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.

Soon four beehives will be 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 whilst anyone who would like to volunteer to work on the plots should contact Sue Yates on sueyates@ntlworld.com

 

 



Wednesday 7 December 2016 - 2pm

A Quieter Visit to the Queen's Orchard

A Quieter Visit to the Queen's Orchard

If you missed the Harvest Festival or would just like to look round in a more peaceful environment, please come along at 3pm on Wednesday 7 December. The volunteers have offered to show visitors round the plot and afterwards there will be a small tea. Facilities are limited. It is not quite the Ritz but very jolly.   

Numbers are limited to 20 but it is interesting to see the area as it dies back for winter. We hope to have a similar opportunity next year when the Orchard is in full production, but all seasons have their charms.    

Contact Sue Yates on sueyates@ntlworld.com Phone 020 8692 1760. First come, first served, Free.



Friday 9 December 2016 - 9.30 am

The Big Hedge Planting

The Big Hedge Planting

Entrance to the Works' Yard

Four years ago a group of volunteers planted a hedge between the Blackheath Lodge and the Wildlife Centre and later along the length of the Centre itself. This replaced a long line of Lleylandii, which were dark and dull, in order to provide more native species, to provide food for insects and bugs and thus indirectly for birds. We plan another hedge planting session this autumn, this time to make an attractive but also useful camouflage for the work’s yard. You may have noticed that from the deer viewing point nearest to the Vanbrugh Gate you currently get rather too clear a view of the yard and all the vehicles and buildings within it. The new hedge will span that side of the Wilderness and in time will shield the view. Running a length equivalent to that from the War memorial at the corner of the Park to the Vanbrugh gate, it will be quite a task, but many hands etc. As before, it will be a good mixed hedge of hawthorn, blackthorn, dog rose and other native species and will be planted in the space between the double fences edging the deer enclosure. You will not be mingling with the deer!   

The date has been pushed back so we can be sure that the ‘whips’, as these young plants are called, have arrived. Whips are cheap but root very well and will outgrow larger plants within a few years. They are easy to plant and don’t need staking. The suppliers lift them at different times dependent on the weather and they can’t be precise about the delivery times, so we have erred on the side of caution.

The new date is Friday 9 December at 9.30am. Meet at the entrance to the works’ yard inside the Park, close to the Vanbrugh Gate. All equipment will be provided. If you come along you will always feel this is your hedge. We hope to see you then.

 

 



Saturday 10 December 2016 - 9.30 am

The Greenwich Park 10k Winter Race Series

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

http://www.theraceorganiser.com/greenwich-park-winter-10km-series.html



Friday 16 December 2016 - 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 have not done this before and want to know more, please contact Sue Yates on 020 8692 1760.  



Saturday 17 December 2016 - 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.



Sunday 18 December 2016 - 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!

https://www.runthrough.co.uk/?event=christmas-greenwich-park-5k-10k



January

Sunday 8 January 2017 - 9.30 am

The Greenwich Park 10k Winter Race Series

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

http://www.theraceorganiser.com/greenwich-park-winter-10km-series.html



Saturday 28 January 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.



February

Thursday 9 February 2017 - 7.30pm for 8pm

The Friends Annual Lecture 2016: The Royal Parks: Looking Ahead

The Friends Annual Lecture 2016: The Royal Parks: Looking Ahead

King William Building, The Royal Naval College, Greenwich

Readers will now be well aware of the change in the Royal Parks’ structure and management which takes place next year, with Loyd Grossman as its new board chairman.    

His lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in many organisations. He has served on the boards of English Heritage and the Museums and Galleries Commission and is also the chairman of the Heritage Alliance. These, and his other commitments to public life, have been recognised with Honorary Doctorates from three universities and in 2015 he was appointed CBE for his services to Heritage. Loyd is, of course, very well known as a journalist and TV presenter.   

His talk will introduce us to the new Royal Parks organisation, with his vision for the future.

The talk is on Thursday 9 February 2017, 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.

Do book early.

 



Sunday 12 February 2017 - 9.30 am

The Greenwich Park 10k Winter Race Series

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

http://www.theraceorganiser.com/greenwich-park-winter-10km-series.html



Saturday 25 February 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.



June

Sunday 18 June 2017 - 1pm to 3.30pm

Jazz in the 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. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.

 



Sunday 25 June 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


July

Sunday 2 July 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 9 July 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 16 July 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 23 July 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 30 July 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


August

Sunday 6 August 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 13 August 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 20 August 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 27 August 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Monday 28 August 2017 - 3 pm

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

The Friends' Festival of Music in the Park

Greenwich Park Bandstand

Following on from our successful Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts over the summer, which we organise and fund, we are planning another terrific programme of concerts for Summer 2017.

In 2016 we extended our programme, holding eleven concerts in all, attracting even larger audiences. We were remarkably lucky with the weather, with all the Sundays turning out fine, even when surrounded by days of rain, especially in June and July.   

in 2017, we start with our traditional Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 18 June, featuring the ever-popular Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band. From then until the end of August, there will be concerts at the Bandstand every Sunday. And this year we are reviving an old tradition, by adding a further concert on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.    More details of all these concerts, including how to book tickets for the Midsummer Jazz, will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free