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Osterley Park and House. Copyright: National Trust Images / John Miller. Image courtesy of GLA.
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Explore the capital’s incredible outdoor spaces at the inaugural London National Park City Week, taking place at multiple locations around the city.

Celebrating London's aim of becoming the world’s first National Park City in 2019, the jam-packed week is full of ways to discover London’s footpaths, waterways and bountiful green spaces. Find walks, talks and plenty of family activities among the 280 events on offer.

A group of five paddleboarders paddle along the Thames at sunset.

Highlights of National Park City Week 2018

  • Hear talks, go on guided walks and find out more about London National Park City at the London National Park City Fair. 21 Jul
  • Observe urban flora and fauna at day or night, as you join artists for part of the 48-hour InspiralLondon Night/Day Relay. 21-22 Jul
  • Have a go at making your very own podcast while tackling three of outer London’s highest spots, in the Three Peaks Podcast Challenge. 22 July
  • Embark on a 90-minute Smell and Touch Sensory Safari, as guides help you recognise scents from wildlife and plants. 23 Jul
  • Join the Inner London Ramblers on an 11-mile (18km) walk around pretty Hampstead Heath, including Instagram hotspot Parliament Hill. 24 Jul
  • Search for clues and find out more about local wildlife on the Woodland Adventure Hunt at Woodbury Wetlands. 25 Jul
  • Examine weird and wonderful creepy crawlies during the insect-tastic Bug Day at Sydenham Hill Wood. 26 Jul
  • Enjoy a yoga session amid the tranquil setting of Ruskin Park with Mindfulness in Nature. 27 Jul
  • Take in the fresh air as you stroll along The Green Line, a railway cutting that connects four nature reserves. 28 Jul

What is a National Park City?

The UK has 15 National Parks, all working towards conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the areas. A National Park City applies these principles to an urban environment.

Londoners, organisations and politicians have committed to turning the capital into a National Park City in 2019, working together to connect more people to the many natural places already in London, in addition to creating new green spaces for everyone to enjoy.

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