Join us for an afternoon of short, inspiring and thought-provoking talks at Conway Hall in Holborn.

A month before London becomes the world’s first National Park City, let’s explore new futures for life in the capital by asking “what if….?”.

  • National Park City Talks at Conway Hall
  • Pop-Up Picnic Fair
  • Led walks

Building on the success of last year, the National Park City Talks and Pop-up Picnic Fair 2019 will take place at Conway Hall in Red Lion Square, Holborn on Saturday 29th JUNE.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the fair then let us know on our I Want To Get Involved page.


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Conway Hall & Red Lion Square • 25 Red Lion Square • London • WC1R 4RL • Saturday 29th JUNE 2019

National Park City Talks 13:00 - 17:00

Let’s dream the possible as we explore the power of asking “What if…..?”. Come to hear short, inspiring and thought-provoking talks from over 20 activists, adventurers, growers, photographers and more as they share ideas and dream the possible. After hearing the talks we’ll open the conversation into a forum for anyone to ask questions and exchange thoughts.

Speaker Matrix

We’ll adventure with Dwayne Fields and Phoebe Smith who will ask “What if... everyone believed they could be an adventurer?” as they plan their #WeTwo Antarctic Expedition in November 2019. Known for their solo escapades they have decided to team up together to show that anyone – from any background, sex or race – can make their wildest dreams come true.

“What if you are a super hero?” will ask Pernille Moeller from the Forest Recycling Project. Author Paul Wood (@theStreetTree) will take a different look at London in “What if London were a forest?”. Mar Pelaez-Muñoz of the Heston Action Group will be asking “What if we all used a network of green corridors to connect with our neighbours across London?” Josh Gaillemin of theWholeStory will take us on a journey and ask “What if we told more stories?”

We’ll think about what National Park City Rangers can bring to London with Chamu Kuppuswamy, and how London can respond to the climate emergency with climate change lawyer & Extinction Rebellion activist Farhana Yamin. Then "What if the Trafalgar Square fountains were wildlife ponds?" with Rory Harding. Karen Liebreich of Abundance London will argue for "Small acts of defiant beauty."

We’ll hear about the hidden geology all around us in pavement and buildings from Ruth Siddall, find out about what can be found in the Thames’ mud with Nicola White, and get to know the lifes of London’s amazing secret population of insects with photographer and DJ Penny MetalJasmine Kamal-Pasha will continue her investigation at the boundary of those who believe urban wildlife is a nuisance and those who believe it is a pleasure….

And even more to be announced ...

Pop-Up Picnic Fair 11:30 - 13:00

Bring some food along and join in with our Pop-Up Picnic Fair in Red Lion Square. There will be lots of groups coming along to share opportunities for helping to make London greener, healthier and wilder or to get outside and enjoy London more. Feel free to chat to people in these groups, join a led walk of the local area, enjoy some local art or simply fill yourself up ahead of the National Park City Talks. Red Lion Square is a beautiful small park, is right outside Conway Hall and has its own cafe, Pistachios in the Park, too! With the hard work of Friends of Red Lion Square and Camden Council and its new signs, new benches, and flowers it is looking great! 

If you represent a group and would like to be part of the pop-up fair, please apply for a space here.

National Park City Walks 11:30 - 12:30 and 17:00 - 18:30

There will be a small number of led walks before and after the main National Park City Talks event. We’ll be sharing more details about these shortly. You will be able to book them on the day.

National Park City Festival Preview

Organised in partnership with the Mayor of London, the first National Park City Festival takes place  between 20-28 July with lots of events happening all over the capital. We’ll help you plan for this week by sharing lots of ideas for things you can do during the Festival.

• speakersinspiration • free walkswhat if? • free National Park City Maker guidesmaps • volunteering • picnics • makers friends • connections • wilder • greener • healthier 

Awesome National Park City Makers will be on hand throughout the day handing out our free Guide to being a National Park City Maker, free giant maps of London's green and blue spaces and answering questions about the London National Park City. 

We hope you will come along for a new view of London, and to meet lots of fantastic and lovely people. And leave knowing to how to make a difference!


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[Most photos by Jasmine Kamal-Pasha and Justin McDermott]

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The 1st National Park City Fair 2018

Last year's Fair was a great success. See all the photos and read all about the speakers, the exhibitors and events over on our London National Park City Fair 2018 pages.

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