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.
Sunday morning bird walks
Usually once a month on Sunday mornings. Meet at the Blackheath Gate at 8.30am. For dates and times, check the Current Events section of this website or the notice boards in the Park office and in the Pavilion Tea House.
The Friends have organised an Annual Lecture in late winter or early spring since 1994. Topics are linked to Greenwich Park and related interests. The 2019 Annual Lecture was given by Will Palin on the recent restoration of the Painted Hall in The Old Royal naval Colege.
Past lecturers have included Loyd Grossman on the future of The Royal Parks, Greenwich-based writer Lindsey Davis, author of the ‘Falco’ Roman detective stories; historian Dr David Starkey on the Tudors in Greenwich; architect Sir Terry Farrell on the need for a new Royal Park for the Thames Gateway; naval historian Dr Colin White on the importance of Lord Nelson’s management style at the Battle of Trafalgar and, in 2006, former politician and collector of 18th century political cartoons, Lord Kenneth Baker, on George IV, Cad or Catalyst?
The Wildlife Centre
The Wildlife Centre is open regularly for a ‘Drop In’ on the last Saturday of the month from 1 pm to 3pm (4pm in the summer). Members of the Friends of Greenwich Park Wildlife Group are there to promote an interest in wildlife in the Park, to answer questions and to exchange information with visitors. Wildlife-related children’s activities are provided.
The new Nature Trail and Deer Hide overlooking the Deer Park were officially opened by Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP in March 2008. They are open for guided tours by members of the Friends of Greenwich Park Wildlife Group on Drop In days.
The Queen's Orchard
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 works with local schools on the vegetable plots
The Orchard will be open between Easter and October as follows:
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9.15 am to 4.45 pm. (Closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.30 pm.)
Wednesday to Friday from 10.45 am to 4.45 pm (Closed for lunch 1 pm to 1.30pm)
The Orchard is closed from 1st November to Easter 2020.
Sport and Fitness
For regular events, see here