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News

Jazz in the Park
24 May 2018
The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park is now open.
30 April 2018
Tennis for all in the heart of Greenwich
29 April 2018
English Gardens Lectures at The Queen’s House
18 April 2018
The 26th AGM takes place on 23 April 2018
31 March 2018

Jazz in the Park

24 May 2018

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 talented local youngsters of the Greenwich Steel Band. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.

Gardens open from 12.00 pm on Sunday 17 June, 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.  This is an event for the whole family.

Tickets on the gate will be £7, with under-16s free.

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


The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park is now open.

30 April 2018

The Orchard has been lovingly restored with the inclusion of heritage fruit trees, new gates, pathways and ponds.

Opening Times

On Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10.30 am to 4.45 pm, closed for lunch between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm. Last entry at 4.20 pm.

On Wednesday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 4.45 pm. Last entry 4.20 pm.

 Thanks to the help of local volunteers, schools and members of the Friends of Greenwich Park, the Orchard - which dates back to the 17th century - features a whole host of attractions for park visitors to enjoy. Managed by The Royal Parks, the restoration work to the Orchard contains local influences throughout, with local artist Heather Burrell, along with pupils from The John Roan Secondary and Meridian Primary Schools and the Friends of Greenwich Park designing the single metal decorative gate, which contains the name of the Orchard, and the well covering found just inside the entrance. Dating back to the 1500's the heritage fruit trees, which were planted by volunteers in 2011 and 2013, include: apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, apricot, nectarine, medlar and quince. Pathways have been restored, raised planting beds using timber and brick have been installed, plus two ponds, a formal pond at the centre of the vegetable area and an informal pond by the fruit tree meadow. The Queen's Orchard volunteers working with The Royal Parks, have cultivated the beds, planted and tended a variety of vegetable and flowers. The Orchard's name was found on records dating back 1693 and has been incorporated into the new decorative gate.


Tennis for all in the heart of Greenwich

29 April 2018

Community tennis centre in Greenwich Park. Enjoy quality playing opportunities year round. 6 newly furbished courts. No membership required. Free courts for kids. Coaching all levels - adults and juniors. Drop In Sessions for all. Courses and camps.
Online bookings. Free trial coaching sessions for kids.
Email: greenwich@willtowin.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7486 4216

Also there is the annual Great British Tennis Weekend on Saturday 12 May, 14:00 - 16:00 
A fun day of tennis to be enjoyed by the whole family - adult and junior sessions. Simply sign up for your preferred session or alternatively turn up on the day, however this is dependent on availability. All equipment and balls are provided. Giveaways to be given to all children that participate.
At our event, please look out for the programme offer that will be available on the day.


English Gardens Lectures at The Queen’s House

18 April 2018

Cultivating Taste: The Art of the English Garden, Greenwich and Beyond.

Royal Museums Greenwich May/June lecture series at The Queen’s House is titled Cultivated Taste: the Art of the English Garden, Greenwich and Beyond and concludes on 14 June with a tour of the Park with Park manager Graham Dear.

The four lectures are from 10.30 to 12.30 on Thursday 24 and 31 May and Thursday 7 and 14 June and cost £8/£6 concessions.

Book online at www.rmg.co.uk or phone 020 8312 6608 (Mon-Fri 9.00 -16.00).

 


The 26th AGM takes place on 23 April 2018

31 March 2018

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.

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: 

Lesley Jones stands for election. Jonathan Chandler stands for re-election. Tony Butler, Tina Challacombe, Clive Corlett, 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.