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

January

Wednesday 23 January 2019

The Friends Annual Lecture 2019 - The Painted Hall at Greenwich: Conserving a Masterpiece

The Friends Annual Lecture 2019 - The Painted Hall at Greenwich: Conserving a Masterpiece

In September 2016 the Greenwich Foundation embarked on one of the most complex and challenging painting conservation projects in Europe. The aim was to clean and conserve 40,000 sq ft of Sir James Thornhill’s magnificent decorated interior of the Painted Hall, at the heart of the Old Royal Naval College. The project, due for completion early in 2019, has included an ambitious public access component, with the huge Lower Hall scaffolding open to visitors to allow a close encounter both with Thornhill’s work and with the conservators charged with rejuvenating the damaged surface. In this talk William Palin will discuss this landmark project.

William Palin is Conservation Director at the Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich. He is an architectural writer and historian, working previously as exhibitions curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum and as Director of SAVE Britain’s Heritage. He lives in London and Sheerness, Kent. He is a trustee of the Ancient Monuments Society and chair of the Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust.

The lecture is on Wednesday evening 23 January 2019, 7.30pm for 8pm, at the King William Lecture Theatre, University of Greenwich.
Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine.

Annual lecture tickets


Or send a cheque payable to Friends of Greenwich Park, with sae to:
Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, SE10 9LT. Tel: 020 8853 2150.

 



Thursday 24 January 2019 - 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.

Although the Orchard  is  closed to the public between October and Easter, it is possible to look round on Thursdays between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm when there are volunteers working. Volunteers are working on the following dates in 2019:
January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 4th and 18th.

 



Saturday 26 January 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.



Sunday 27 January 2019 - 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.

This walk will be linked in with the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.


Price: Free


February

Thursday 7 February 2019 - 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.

Although the Orchard  is  closed to the public between October and Easter, it is possible to look round on Thursdays between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm when there are volunteers working. Volunteers are working on the following dates in 2019:
January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 4th and 18th.

 



Thursday 21 February 2019 - 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.

Although the Orchard  is  closed to the public between October and Easter, it is possible to look round on Thursdays between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm when there are volunteers working. Volunteers are working on the following dates in 2019:
January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 4th and 18th.

 



Saturday 23 February 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.



March

Thursday 7 March 2019 - 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.

Although the Orchard  is  closed to the public between October and Easter, it is possible to look round on Thursdays between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm when there are volunteers working. Volunteers are working on the following dates in 2019:
January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 4th and 18th.

 



Thursday 21 March 2019 - 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.

Although the Orchard  is  closed to the public between October and Easter, it is possible to look round on Thursdays between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm when there are volunteers working. Volunteers are working on the following dates in 2019:
January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 4th and 18th.

 



Saturday 30 March 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.



April

Thursday 4 April 2019 - 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.

Although the Orchard  is  closed to the public between October and Easter, it is possible to look round on Thursdays between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm when there are volunteers working. Volunteers are working on the following dates in 2019:
January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 4th and 18th.

 



Thursday 18 April 2019 - 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.

Although the Orchard  is  closed to the public between October and Easter, it is possible to look round on Thursdays between 1.30 pm and 4.00 pm when there are volunteers working. Volunteers are working on the following dates in 2019:
January 10th and 24th; February 7th and 21st; March 7th and 21st; April 4th and 18th.

 



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.



May

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.



June

Sunday 16 June 2019 - 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Jazz in the Park

Jazz in the Park

Our renowned Midsummer Jazz Concert takes place on Sunday 16 June.

The Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band will again be bringing their brilliant New Orleans bounce to the charming and enclosed Observatory Garden. They will be supported by the talented local youngsters of the Greenwich Steel Band.     

The Garden will open at noon, with the concert beginning at 12.30pm and ending at 3.30pm. Come and enjoy the party. Our sponsors, Davy’s of Greenwich, will run a bar, and the Park’s Pavilion Cafe will have a stall providing 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.  This is an event for the whole family.

Tickets not yet available. 



Saturday 22 June 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Royal Greenwich Big Band and Greenwich Steel Band

Bandstand Concert - Royal Greenwich Big Band and Greenwich Steel 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.
More details of all these concerts will be in our spring newsletter.
 


Price: Free


Sunday 23 June 2019 - 3 pm

Bandstand Concert - Royal Greenwich Big Band and Greenwich Steel Band

Bandstand Concert - Royal Greenwich Big Band and Greenwich Steel 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.
More details of all these concerts will be in our spring newsletter.
 


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

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.



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 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

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.