Magnolia tree on The North Flower Walk
Kensington Gardens

Top things to do in the Royal Parks this spring

It’s time to turn down your thermostat and (maybe) put away your wellies – spring is here and there’s plenty to do and enjoy in the Royal Parks. 

Join us as we welcome in the first blooms of spring by talking a stroll through vibrant gardens, or by getting involved in the many exciting activities happening across the Royal Parks this spring. Get outside and celebrate Women’s History Month, Mother’s Day and Easter with your loved ones in one of London’s most treasured green spaces. 

Read on to discover our top events and activities for adults and families this spring.

Experience the parks in bloom

One of the highlights of springtime in the Royal Parks is seeing the landscapes burst into colour with flowering plants. Here are just some of the brilliant blooms you can expect to see on your visits in the coming months.  

Flowers of St. James's Park in spring
Flowers of St. James's Park in spring

Snowdrops  

A sure sign that warmer weather is on the horizon, these delicate blossoms can be spotted all over the Royal Parks.

Cherry blossoms

Every year, thousands of visitors flock to our parks to witness the spectacular pink and white cherry blossoms. Find them from April to May in Greenwich Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Bluebells

These vibrant, violet blossoms remain one of the nation's favourites. To spot them in full bloom, visit Richmond Park’s Isabella Plantation.  

Crocuses

Rich in pollen, these flowers play a vital role in sustaining our humble pollinator, the bumblebee. Find them in front of Apsley Arch in Hyde Park

Enter our 'Creating Spaces for Life' photography competition!

Spanning over 5,000 acres across the city, the Royal Parks are one of the reasons that London is one of the greenest cities in the world. That’s why we believe that the parks create spaces for life every single day. 

In our new photography competition running this spring, we want to see exactly what this means to you. For this competition, we want to see your photographs that show the life which thrives in the Royal Parks at this time of year. Open to all ages and abilities.

White tree blossom against a clear blue sky

City Nature Challenge

Join us for a gentle walk and help document the amazing biodiversity of The Regent’s Park or join us for FREE drop-in activities to learn more about the wildlife and habitats in our parks at our Nature Day in The Regent’s Park. This is to celebrate City Nature Challenge 2024 | Natural History Museum  – A global competition to get people recording and connecting with urban wildlife.

 

When: 26 & 27 April, 6 – 7:30pm & 11am – 3pm   
Where: The Regent’s Park   
Price: Free 

City Nature Challenge

Trees and Ecology Walking Tour

Join The Royal Parks tree expert Greg Packman on this guided walk exploring the amazing trees in Kensington Gardens and learn how each tree is a tower block of biodiversity.

When: 11 May, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Kensington Gardens    
Price: £12 

South Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens

Wildflower Planting Events

Join us and get involved with hands-on planting, we want to brighten up some of our grassland and would love your help planting wildflower plugs in Primrose Hill. We have a planting daytime session on 12 May, 11am - 3pm or evening session on 15 May, 5pm - 7pm.


When: 12 & 15 May, 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 7pm
Where: The Regent's Park & Primrose Hill
Price: Free 
 

Wildflowers growing in the Parks

Hidden Stories of Kensington Gardens Walking Tour

A green oasis located in the heart of the city, discover the rich history of Kensington Gardens on our walking tour. Discover hidden stories behind its famous statues, learn about how it gradually separated from Hyde Park and go behind the railings of the Albert Memorial.
 

When: 24 May, 11am – 12:30pm 
Where: Kensington Gardens    
Price: £12 

Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens in spring

Discovery Days: Time Travellers

Join us for another series of FREE Discovery Days, as we travel back in time through The Royal Park’s history! Drop in anytime between 11am-3pm at the Hyde Park Learning Centre

 

When: 28 - 30 May  
Where: Hyde Park Learning Centre
Price: Free 

Discovery days at the Hyde Park Learning Centre

Nature Roadshows

Join us in St. James's Park and Kensington Gardens this May for FREE drop-in activities perfect for families and budding environmentalists! 

 

When: 29 & 31 May
Where: St. James's Park & Kensington Gardens
Price: Free   

Nature Roadshows in the Royal Parks

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