We’re working with the Mayor of London on the first National Park City Festival. The festival runs from 20-28 July 2019 and will mark London becoming a National Park City and celebrate London’s amazing outdoors.  

Working with major partners, including the National Theatre and Open City, the free festival will celebrate London's green spaces, wildlife, green rooftops and waterways, and aims to help a wide range of Londoners discover new environmental, cultural, sporting and community activities. 

The week of events aims to help more people get in tune with nature and the outdoors – improving health, well-being and social cohesion.

Key events taking place during the National Park City Festival include:

  • National Park City Stage - For the opening weekend of the festival, City Hall will host a spectacular free cultural programme in partnership with the National Theatre, on its outdoor River Stage on the Southbank. Performances will celebrate everything green and wild about the city. There will be a mix of dance, theatre and music, with a range of performances for all ages. 
  • National Park City Rooftops - In partnership with Open City, organisers of Open House, we are offering free access to some of London’s most dynamic and beautiful rooftop gardens and natural spaces. The full programme will be announced later in the year.
  • National Park City Splash - London’s first multi-site outdoor swimming and paddle sports event will see everybody – whatever level their ability – able to try their hand at activities such as stand-up paddle boarding and open water swimming.

Organise your own Event and we will Promote it for you

Organisations and businesses are also encouraged to participate by running their own activities or events, covering cultural, health and fitness, wildlife and the environment. A printed programme* will be distributed as well as an online activity listing to reach as many Londoners as possible.

Submit your activity or event today via the form that you can find on www.london.gov.uk/national-park-city 

(* To be included in the printed programme you will need to submit before Friday 26 April)


National Park City Festival: Community Activity Grants 

Applications are now closed for National Park City Festival community activity grants. Thank you for all your applications!

The Mayor of London is working with the National Park City Foundation, other partners, and Londoners to make London the world’s first National Park City this year. We’ll be marking this moment with the National Park City Festival in July. Now we’d like you to help make it happen.

The Mayor is offering community activity grants of £200-2000 to support organisations that want to hold festival activities in their local area. We particularly want to reach out to broader networks and attract audiences who traditionally under-use outdoor space.

For more information visit http://www.london.gov.uk/national-park-city-festival-grants.


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