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Plotting D-Day at Bushy Park

Marking the vital role Bushy Park played in the Second World War
6 June 1944 was a momentous day in world history, marking the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny across north-western Europe during the Second World War. This day would come to be known as ‘D-Day’.

But what was D-Day, and how was this crucial world event connected to Bushy Park? On the 80th anniversary explore our digital exhibition to discover more about Bushy Park’s fascinating wartime past…
An aerial photograph of Camp Griffiss in Bushy Park during the Second World War
20 May 2024
Bushy Park

Operation Bushy Park: Plotting D-Day in a Royal Park

During the Second World War, Bushy Park was home to a sprawling military base. This is where General Eisenhower came to work on a top-secret plan...

History & heritage | Historic Moments in time | Historical figures | Second World War
Brick buildings in Camp Griffiss, Bushy Park
20 May 2024
Bushy Park

Setting up camp

When you visit Bushy Park today, nothing remains of the vast, bustling army and air force camp that used to be such a prominent feature of the park.

History & heritage | Historic Moments in time | Historical figures | Second World War
  • Hyde Park in summer
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    Greenwich Park

    Top things to do in the Royal Parks this summer

    From guided walking tours and volunteer days to shopping opportunities and music festivals, there’s plenty to do and enjoy across the Royal Parks.

    Events & celebration | History & heritage | Nature & wildlife | Pastimes & wellbeing | Shopping
  • Discovery Days storytelling
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    Hyde Park

    Top family activities in the Royal Parks

    From our Discovery Days to Nature Roadshows and our brand-new Nature Adventurer sessions, there is tonnes to keep the kids entertained.

    History & heritage | Nature & wildlife
  • Mother deer licking a newborn
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    Bushy Park

    Six things you should know about deer birthing season

    Discover when deer have babies during their birthing season. Explore their habits and the importance of respecting their privacy in Richmond and Bushy park

    Visitor education | Deer birthing | Nature & wildlife | Mammals
  • Bird watchers
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    Hyde Park

    Birding in Hyde Park

    Join our own Charlie Linton as he takes a walk in London’s Hyde Park with one of the UK’s most prominent young birdwatchers, Dr Mya-Rose Craig.

    Nature & wildlife | Birds | Pastimes & wellbeing
  • Isabella Plantation in spring
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    Richmond Park

    Spring walkthrough: Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park

    Take a mindful journey through Richmond Park's Isabella Plantation, one of the highlights of spring in London.

    Landmarks | Nature & wildlife
  • Aerial photo of the Diana Memorial Fountain, Hyde Park
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    The Royal Parks from above

    A stunning look at some of London's Royal Parks from over 750ft in the air

    Landmarks | Pastimes & wellbeing | Photography
  • Italian Gardens in spring
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    Kensington Gardens

    Spring walkthrough: Kensington Gardens

    Take a quick tour through Kensington Gardens in spring with this mapped walking route, showing some of the park's highlights including the Italian Gardens.

    Virtual tour | Landmarks
  • A black and white group image of Second World War United States airmen. Trees and huts in Bushy Park can be seen behind.
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    Bushy Park

    Bushy Park's own 'Masters of the Air'

    When you’re taking a walk through Bushy Park it can be hard to imagine that the park has a fascinating military past.

    History & heritage | Second World War
  • British Summer Time in Hyde Park
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    Hyde Park

    Parties in the Park

    In this summer special, Learning Manager and music fan Richard Pering looks at the amazing concerts which have taken place in Hyde Park over the years.

    Events & celebration | Major events | History & heritage | Historic Moments in time

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