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London National Park City*


The GLA are working with the National Park City Foundation, other partners, and Londoners to make London the world’s first National Park City. They will be marking this historic moment with the National Park City Festival from 20-28 July.

What is the National Park City Festival?

The festival will be London’s largest free celebration of the outdoors, aimed at people of all ages. There’ll be fun activities from culture and health and fitness to wildlife, the environment and more. We’ll also be encouraging Londoners to discover new spaces and find fresh ways to get in touch with nature. We want to give all Londoners, organisations and business the opportunity to take part. With your help, we can make our city greener, healthier and wilder.

National Park City Redbridge*

During the festival we have got a wide variety of activities taking place at the following parks and open spaces:

Barley Lane Recreation Ground

Barley Lane, Ilford IG3 8ZZ
Nearest Tube/Train  – Goodmayes station – Overground)
Nearest Bus –  86 Bus (Goodmayes retail park STOP N)

Date and time Event Booking
Sunday 21 July
12noon-5pm
Our Community Festival
Join us at the annual festival in Barley Lane for an exciting day of activities and fun for all the family.
No booking required, just turn up.

Saturday 27 July
2.30pm-5.30pm
Bowls open day at Barley Bowls Club

Want to try Bowls??
Barley Lane Bowls Club will be hosting a drop in open day. Try your hand at playing bowls in a social and welcoming environment. Please wear or bring flat shoes.

Book your place here for Barley Bowls Open Day.
Saturday 27 July Tennis (TBC)

Clayhall Park

Longwood Gardens, Ilford IG5 0EB
Nearest Tube/Train – Gants Hill – central Line
Nearest Bus – 462 Bus along Longwood Gardens (ring bell to stop)

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking
Saturday 21 July
10am
Fitness with Corinne Book your place here for Fitness with Corinne.
Enquiries: 07877779719
Thursday 25 July
3pm-late
Kwik Cricket/All Stars Festival
Redbridge Cricket Club junior and family cricket festival, come downand meet Redbridge Cricket Club and have some cricketing fun. Maybe drop kids off and come join in our Zumba session.
Thursday 25 July
3.30pm
Zumba
Come and join our fun and enjoyable exercise to music class, maybe drop your kids off at the cricket and come give us a try.
Book your place for Zumba.
Thursday 25 July
1pm-4pm
Nature Valley Great British Tennis open day
Book your place for Nature Valley Great British Open Day.

Fairlop Waters

Forest Road, Barkingside IG6 3HN
Nearest Tube/Train – Fairlop – Central Line
Nearest Bus – 462 Forest Road (Stop W Fairlop Waters) – or next stop (Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre for Paddle Boarding & Cycle rides)

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking

Saturday 20 July
1pm
Nordic Walk
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. It enhances ordinary walking through the use of poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs.
Poles provided. Meet in Boathouse Bar – Instructor called Alvyn

Book your place for Nordic Walking here.

Saturday 20 July
1pm-3pm
Family Walk and Talk
Bring your family down for a guided walk around Fairlop Waters, learn about the plants and wildlife that lives here. Meet in Boathouse Bar.



Book your place for family walk and talk here.

Monday 22 July
11am
Walking for Health and Nature Talk
Come join our social walking for health session around the beautiful Country Park and lake. Meet in Boathouse Bar.

Book your place for Walking for Health and Nature Talk here.
Monday 22 July
5pm-7pm
Junior Indoor Rowing
Fairlop Rowing Club will run a junior indoor rowing session, this will give you a taster session and can link to the clubs on-water Learn to Row summer course. This can take place outside the rowing club or indoors in weather is bad. Great views of the lake, meet outside the rowing club (behind Aquabounce).
(11-17 years)
Book your place for Junior Indoor Rowing here.
Monday 22 July
7pm-8pm
Adult Row Fitness
Come and join our social and friendly circuit based activity session using indoor rowing machines. This can take place outside the rowing club or indoors in weather is bad. great views of the lake
Meet outside the rowing club (behind Aquabounce).

Book your place for Adult Row Fitness here.
Tuesday 23 July
10.30am
Buggy Fit
Buggy Fit provides a social, fitness class for Mums and babies. It has the perfect mix of cardio vascular fat burning exercises and strengthening, toning and stretching. The Buggy fit trainers use their expertise to make use of outdoor objects such as farm gates and park benches, to instruct exercises to re-tone muscles.Meet in Boathouse Bar
Book your place for Buggy Fit here.

Tuesday 23 July
7.30pm-8.30pm
Yoga
Come and join our funfriendly yoga session with great views of Fairlop Waters Country Park and lake. Meet in Boathouse Lakeside Suite upstairs.

Book your place for Yoga here.
Wednesday 24 July
10am-11am
Boot Camp
Come and join our friendly outdoor fitness session, with great view of the lake. Meet in Boathouse Bar

Book your place for Boot Camp here.

Wednesday 24 July
12noon-1pm
Wonderful World of Bats with Jenny Clark
Join bat expert and rescuer, Jenny Clark, to hear about the great work she and local bat groups are doing to rescue and care for injured bats, what you can do to help, and an amazing opportunity to see bats currently undergoing rehabilitation! Booking essential

Book your place for Wonderful World of Bats here.
Wednesday 24 July
11am
Nordic Walk
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. It enhances ordinary walking through the useof poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs. Meet in Boathouse Bar

Book your place for Nordic Walk here.
Wednesday 24 July
11am-1pm
Junior Golf (8-15 yrs)
Come and enjoy a morning of golf. We have a 1 hour session of Learning to Swing on a Covered Golf Driving Range and then 1 hour play on Par 3 golf course. These sessions will be coached by PGA Qualified Golf Professional!
All equipment provided, Clubs, Tees, Golf Balls,
Meet in Boathouse Bar.
Book your place for Junior Golf here.
Wednesday 24 July

Stand up paddle board
If you have ever wanted to have a go at Stand Up Paddleboarding, now’s your chance. SUP offers a great total body workout, strengthening your core, challenging your balance and improving all over muscle tone. It’s also great fun, especially when done with friends! No special equipment is necessary, paddleboards and paddles are provided.
Meet at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre.


Book your place for Stand-Up Paddle Board.
Thursday 25 July
11am-1pm
Senior Golf (55yrs +)
1 hour introduction to the Game of Golf on Covered Golf Driving Range.1 hour Team Play on Par 3 Golf Course.
All equipment provided, Clubs, Tees, Golf Balls, What to wear. Trainer type foot wear, casual loose clothing, wind proof jacket, cap or hat recommended. Sessions coached by PGA Qualified Golf Professional.

Book your place for Senior Golf here.
Thursday 25 July
1pm
Family Cycle & Nature Talk
Come and join us to celebrate National Parks Week 2019 at a Family Cycling Session at a beautiful traffic free location at Fairlop Waters Country Park. The fee includes free use of bikes and helmets and two free tickets for children per paid adult ticket. Please ensure that you register all family members and note that you will be responsible for your child.
Meet at Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre

Book your place for Family Cycle & Nature Talk here.

Saturday 27 July
8.30am-9.30am
Boot Camp
Come and join our friendly outdoor fitness session, with great view of the lake.

Book your place for Boot Camp here.

Saturday 27 July
12.30pm
Nordic Walk
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. It enhances ordinary walking through the use of poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs.
Meet in Boathouse Bar.

Book your place for Nordic Walk here.
Saturday 27 July
9.30am-2.30pm
RAF Exhibition and Historian Talk
Why not visit our RAF historian and learn about the WW1 RAF History

Goodmayes Park

Goodmayes Park, Ilford IG3 9QX
Nearest Tube/Train – Goodmayes – over ground
Nearest Bus – 128 or 150 (Stop L or M Goodmayes Primary School)

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking
Monday 22 July
2pm-4pm
Tuesday 23 July
5.30pm-7.30pm
Thursday 25 July
2pm-4pm
Goodmayes Bowls Club Open Day
Goodmayes Bowls Club would like to invite people of all ages to come and try Lawn Green Bowls.
Flat shoes are required on the green.

No booking required, just pop along.

Hainault Recreation Ground

Hainault Recreation Ground, Forest Road, IG6 3ZZ
Nearest Tube/Train – Fairlop – central Line
Nearest Bus – 462 Forest Road (Stop W Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre)

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking

Saturday & Sunday 20,21, 27 & 28 July
2pm-6pm

Hainault Bowls Club
Come along and try your hand at playing bowls where a warm welcome awaits from friendly people who will help and advise on this very enjoyable game and where regular coaching is available. Please wear flat shoes.
Refreshments and a licenced bar available. All Welcome

To book your place for Hainault Bowls Club



For more information call David on 020 3560 9473.

Hainault Forest Country Park

Romford Road, Chigwell IG7 4QN
Nearest Bus – 362 Fowler Road

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking

Wednesday 24 July
10am-11.30am
Farm Tour
Come and meet the variety of animals who live at Foxburrows Farm. You will be able to help the staff with feeding and have a chance to get up close and learn more about each animal.
Please arrive on time as latecomers who miss the health and safety briefing will not be permitted access. The farm will be closed to the general public during the tour.
Meet at the farm entrance opposite the 2nd car park.

Book your tickets for Farm Tour here

Thursday 25 July
11am
Walking for Health & Mobile Visitor Centre
Come join our social walking for health session which will be combined with a Nature Talk and the chance to visit the parks mobile visitor centre to see the exciting plans for the development of Hainault Forest Country Park.

Book your tickets for Walking for Health here.
Saturday 27 July
11am
Nordic Walk with Mobile Visitor Centre
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. It enhances ordinary walking through the use of poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs. also come visit the parks mobile visitor centre to see the exciting plans for the development of Hainault Forest Country Park.
Meeting point in car park near the 2 Brewers pub – if lost call Alvyn on 07903596869

Book your place for Nordic Walk here. 

Manford Way Open Space

Manford Way, Chigwell, IG7

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking

Saturday 20 & 27 July
9am

Yoga with Ourparks

Book your place for Yoga here.

Ray Park

Ray Park 295 Snakes Lane East, Woodford, Woodford Green IG8 7JQ
Nearest Bus – 275  (Ray Lodge Primary school STOP N)
Nearest Train/Tube – Woodford – Central Line

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking
Saturday 20 July
5pm-8pm
Bush Craft Taster Session
Join bushcraft trainer, Wendy Paton, in our very own outdoor classroom at Ray Park. You’ll learn how to safely forage a range of plants, various fire lighting methods, how to make rustic bread to cook over the fire, and taste some jams made from foraged ingredients! 18 yrs+

Book your place for Bush Craft Taster Session here.
Tuesday 23 July
10am-2.30pm
Bat Box Making
Redbridge has 11 species of bat, and we need to give them all the help we can! This event will be an opportunity to learn how to make your own bat boxes, help biodiversity, and pick up useful skills in basic carpentry.
The boxes made will be used in parks and open spaces around the borough as part of our bat box monitoring scheme. Please note this event is for over 16s only.

Book your place for Bird Box Making here.
Wednesday 24 July
2pm-3pm
Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. It enhances ordinary walking through the use of poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs.

Book your place for Nordic Walking here.

Thursday 25 July
10am-2.30pm
River Roding Safari
Join us for an opportunity to explore the River Roding and develop your skills in river surveying methods. Cycle to the event along the Roding Valley Way and get your bike checked over by Dr Bike!
Please note this events is for over 16s only.

Book your tickets for River Roding Safari here.
Thursday 25 July
10am
Buggy Fit
Buggy fit provides a social, fitness class for Mums and babies. It has the perfect mix of cardio vascular fat burning exercises and strengthening, toning and stretching. The Buggy fit trainers use their expertise to make use of outdoor objects such as farm gates and park benches, to instruct exercises to re-tone muscles.
Book your place for Buggy Fit here.
Friday 26 July
11am & 1pm
BeeKeeper Tours
We’re offering members of the public the chance to meet our very own bee keepers from Black Bee Honey, and their wonderful bees at Ray Park. Find out about the skills and equipment needed to keep bees, and if you are brave, don a beekeeper suit and see them up close and personal!
Please note this event is for over 18s only.

Book a place for the 11am tour here.
Book a place for the 1pm tour here.
Sunday 28 July
11am-1pm
Wanstead Parklandsnd River Roding Heritage Walk
We’ll be joining the Friends of Wanstead Parklands and WREN group for a tour of East London’s iconic Wanstead Park and River Roding. Find out about the amazing natural and archaeological heritage of the area, and its connection to Epping Forest. This walk will last approximately 2 hours, and some paths will be unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Meeting point is the Warren Road entrance to Wanstead Park.
Please note that this event is suitable for ages 7+.

Book your place for Heritage Walk here.



Seven Kings Park

Aldborough Road South, Ilford IG3 8QP
Nearest Train/Tube –Newbury Park – Central Line

Wednesday 24 July

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking
Wednesday 24 July
2.30pm-7pm

Seven Kings Bowls Club Open Day
Seven Kings Bowls Club would like to invite people of all ages to come and try Lawn Green Bowls.

South Park

South Park Road, Ilford IG1 1XU
• Nearest Tube/Train – Seven Kings –overground
• Nearest Bus – 145, (R, G, E, H STOP, or 128, 145, 150 & 679 STOP R)

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking
Saturday 20 July
10.30am
South Park Users Littler Pick & Wildlife Exhibition
Exhibition about the history of South Park in the Wildlife Centre throughout the afternoon.
Exhibition about the History of South Park from 2.p.m. at the Wildlife Centre. Meet the Wildlife Centre.
Saturday 20 July
2.30pm-5pm
Clemenstwood BowlClub Open Day
Clemenswood Park Bowls Club will be hosting a drop in open day.
Try your hand at playing bowls in a social and welcoming environment
Please wear or bring flat shoes.

Book your place your place for the Open Day here.
Saturday 20 July
2.30pm
Nordic Walk & History Talk
Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. It enhances ordinary walking through the use of poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs.
The walk will finish off in the local bowls club for refreshments and a chance for you to try lawn green bowls.

Book your place for History Walk & Talk here


Valentines Park

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking

Saturday 20 & 27 July
9am

Parkrun
A 5km run, meet by the café near Cranbrook Road entrance it’s free! Please register before your first run. Only need to register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode, every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the Valentines Park Café, near the start/finish area – please come and join us.

Register for parkrun here.

Wednesday 23 July
3pm-4pm
Nordic Walking (50 yrs+)
Meet at café near Cranbrook/Melbourne Road entrances at 2.45pm for 3pm start.

Book your place for Nordic Walking here.

Thursday 24 July
10am
Mobility Walk
For people recovering from strokes and other mobility impairments such as MS. The walk is very gentle and at a slow pace. Walks last about 30-45 minutes depending on the individuals/groups. Meet at the Gardeners Café.
Thursday 24 July
11am

Dementia Walk & Talk
For people living with dementia, mental health ilnness and disabilities. It’s a nice gentle walk and chance for a good bit of chit chat along the way. Walks last 45min-1 hour. Meet at the Gardeners Café.

Saturday 27 July
Tennis
Cardio Tennis 11.30am-12.30pm (18 yrs+)
Adult Tennis 12.30pm-1.30pm (18 yrs+)
Kids Tennis (5-13 yrs) 2pm-3pm

Book a place for Tennis Coaching here.

Saturday 27 July
2pm-3pm
Outdoor Zumba
Come and join our fun sociable outdoor zumba session, drop your kids off at the free tennis session (7 yrs+) and join the Zumba session next to tennis courts.

Book a place for Outdoor Zumba here.
Saturday 27 July
2.30pm-3.30pm
Nordic Walking
Nordic walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world. it enhances ordinary walking through the use of poles which propel the walker along exercising the upper body muscles as well as the legs.

Book a place for Nordic Walking here.

Wanstead Park

Date and timeEvent detailsBooking

Saturday 20 & 27 July
10.30am

Walking for Health
Meet at Wanstead Place Surgery.

Enquiries 020 8708 0951.

National Park City Splash

Fairlop Waters Outdoor Activity Centre will be hosting London’s first multi-site outdoor paddle sports event on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July. All abilities will be welcome to try their hand at paddle sports such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, rowing and canoeing. Use the links below to book your session:

*The asterisk is the symbol for the National Park City related events across London.