From pond dipping, den building and tree walks to picnics, arts and crafts, and a sporting jamboree, there’s lots to do in Islington’s parks during Parks Festive Fortnight.
Islington Council has brought together a fantastic range of fun activities and events in its many parks and open spaces to celebrate Love Parks Week (13 – 20 July) and the first-ever London National Park City Week (21 – 29 July), which is part of the London Mayor’s bid to help make the city a National Park City in 2019.
Full events information for the fortnight can be found at www.islingtonlife.london/parks and some highlights include:
• Under-5s and their parents and carers can enjoy songs, stories, a nature trial and treasure hunt at Kings Square Gardens, 13 July, 9.30am-11am
• Residents are invited to join the Picnic on the Green at Newington Green on 19 July from 3.30pm and be part of the launch of London National Park City Week
• Taking a rare opportunity to visit the beautiful Barnsbury Wood, London’s smallest nature reserve on 21 July, 2-4pm
• Creating art out of grasses and leaves at the Art in the Park event in Whittington Park on 25 July, 1-3pm
Also the Go Islington Festival is back for its sixth year at Highbury Fields on 28 July where visitors can try their hands (or feet) at over 20 different sports and enjoy dance, music, community stalls and many other activities.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, executive member for environment and transport, said: “Islington’s beautiful parks and green spaces are vital places open to everyone, where we can all go to relax and play as an escape from busy city life.
“They provide great places to embrace the weather, see the sky and feel the greenery all around, this in turn does so much for our health and well being, which is why I was proud to sign the whole of Islington up to the National Park City Campaign.
“This summer we have two weeks of free events and activities in our parks and green spaces, and I welcome all of our residents to come and try everything from den-building and pond-dipping to sports.”