The Royal Parks

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Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks for free each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital. A simple walk or a picnic in the park, sport, top quality entertainment, community and education projects - all waiting for you.

If it's history and architecture you're after, the Parks have hundreds of buildings, statues, and memorials, giving a fascinating insight into London's heritage.

The Royal Parks manages these spaces and almost everything in them. We also conserve the Parks to ensure future generations can enjoy them too. We look after:

•Bushy Park
•The Green Park
•Greenwich Park
•Hyde Park
•Kensington Gardens
•The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill
•Richmond Park
•St James's Park

We look after eight of London’s largest open spaces; Hyde, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. We also manage other important open spaces in the capital including Grosvenor Square Garden, Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner.

The parks are owned by the Crown with their responsibility resting with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Royal Parks charity manages the parks on behalf of the government.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Open daily.

Admission charges

Admission free.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Models of German soldiers made by staff at the Camouflage School in Kensington Gardens

Take a trench tour at Kensington Garden's Camouflage School

  • 17 September 2017 11am-4pm

Visitors are invited to go on an immersive tour of Kensington Gardens’ very own First World War trench – a reconstruction of the one built in the park 100 years ago, which formed part of the Government’s top-secret plans to devise ways to defeat the enemy.

Every half hour a costumed soldier from the 10th Essex Living History Regiment will lead a 20-minute interactive tour round a specially-constructed open-air trench to give groups a unique glimpse of how the army slept, ate and engaged the enemy during the battle of the Somme. Events are wheelchair accessible.

The tours are part of a series of activities hosted by The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to mark the approaching centenary of the Great War.

To complement the tour an exhibition will reveal how the original Camouflage School, sited at Kensington Gardens, enabled the army to experiment with innovative tactics to confuse the enemy through disguise - from papier-mâché soldiers to ships inspired by zebras.

You can also visit Kensington Garden’s war allotments, tended to by a team of volunteers. Visitors can learn how Kensington Gardens led the way with a 'model allotment' and discover vegetables produced during that period of history that are no longer grown.

A range of other activities will be on offer including face painting and the chance for children to play a giant interactive game to bring the story of World War 1 to life.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Buckhill
Kensington Gardens
London
W2 2AR
England

Services and facilities

Additional info

Please contact ww1@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk if there is anything that would make it easier for you to come and enjoy the Camouflage School event.

Travel information can be found here: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/whats-on/upcoming-events/camouflage-school-public-open-day

A dummy tank painted with camouflage techniques in Kensington Gardens.

Take a trench tour at Kensington Garden's Camouflage School

  • 24 September 2017 11am-4pm

Visitors are invited to go on an immersive tour of Kensington Gardens’ very own First World War trench – a reconstruction of the one built in the park 100 years ago, which formed part of the Government’s top-secret plans to devise ways to defeat the enemy.

Every half hour a costumed soldier from the 10th Essex Living History Regiment will lead a 20-minute interactive tour round a specially-constructed open-air trench to give groups a unique glimpse of how the army slept, ate and engaged the enemy during the battle of the Somme. Events are wheelchair accessible.

The tours are part of a series of activities hosted by The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to mark the approaching centenary of the Great War.

To complement the tour an exhibition will reveal how the original Camouflage School, sited at Kensington Gardens, enabled the army to experiment with innovative tactics to confuse the enemy through disguise - from papier-mâché soldiers to ships inspired by zebras.

You can also visit Kensington Garden’s war allotments, tended to by a team of volunteers. Visitors can learn how Kensington Gardens led the way with a 'model allotment' and discover vegetables produced during that period of history that are no longer grown.

A range of other activities will be on offer including face painting and the chance for children to play a giant interactive game to bring the story of World War 1 to life.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Buckhill
Kensington Gardens
London
W2 2AR
England

Getting there

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here

Services and facilities

Additional info

Please contact ww1@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk if there is anything that would make it easier for you to come and enjoy the Camouflage School event.

Admission

Free

Website

https://www.royalparks.org.uk/whats-on/upcoming-events/camouflage-school-public-open-day2

The Royal Parks
The Old Police House
Hyde Park
London
Greater London
W2 2UH
England

Website

www.royalparks.org.uk

E-mail

ww1@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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