National Park City Week

We are really pleased to share that the first ever London National Park City Week will be taking place from 21 - 29 July 2018

Being led by the Mayor of London, National Park City Week will kick off the school summer holidays with a range of activities across the capital. We hope these include things like walks, talks, parkour, kayaking, street dance, improving places for wildlife, play streets, food growing and other things that celebrate London's great outdoors.

Working with the National Park City Foundation and other partners, the Mayor is calling on Londoners to get involved. Community groups, businesses, boroughs and local networks can all organise their own events. You can find out more and submit your event here

National Park City Week is part of our effort to get more of us enjoying London's great outdoors, connecting with nature and making the city greener. 

London National Park City Fair, 21st July
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London

To kick off the week we are launching our first London National Park City Fair during the day on Saturday 21st July 2018, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square in the centre of London.

This FREE event will consist of a Volunteering & Experiences fair, and an A-Z Field Guide to London National Park City consisting of 26 short talks introducing fascinating aspects of London and interesting Londoners.

Pop it into your diary now and then come along and be prepared to see London in a different way, and learn how to get involved and make a difference!

An Invitation: Run a Stand at the first National Park City Fair

Are you involved with a group, organisation or company that has volunteering opportunities or experiences that you can offer? Something for people to help out with to make a difference, or to try out? Then we’d love to help you showcase your offer as part of our Volunteering & Experiences fair on 21st July.

At the daytime fair we’ll have stands where you can share what you do and what people can get involved in.

Volunteering opportunities that you may offer could include removing plastic from our waterways, helping to protect an endangered place, collecting data for a mental health app, leading a youth group, or finding people with specific skills such as film-making or fund-raising.

Experiences that we may see on offer could include kayaking down the Thames, meeting an owl, trail running, taking part in street art, walking tours and mud-larking!

If you are interested in hosting a stand, you can find out more details and send in your application over on our online form. But please hurry! The deadline for applications is 31st May 2018.

Click Here to Apply to host a Stand at National Park City Fair, 21st July 2018


Interested in Helping Out?

Are you interested in getting more involved with National Park City? We’re looking for volunteers to help with the pre-planning and organisation of the Fair, and then for volunteers to help out on the day itself. If you are interested, or think you may have a particular skill or experience that may be helpful, then please do get in touch with us at


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "London boasts an incredible array of green spaces that I want to protect and improve as we aim to become the world’s first National Park City. By making our city one of the greenest on earth, we can improve air quality, conserve wildlife and develop a green infrastructure to benefit all Londoners.

"From protecting the greenbelt and taking polluting vehicles off our streets, to providing communities with money to develop new green areas, I am working hard to improve London’s environment, and I urge community groups and Londoners to help me by getting involved in National Park City Week. Host an event or get out and explore your local area – whether it be a woodland, a community garden or one of our fantastic Royal Parks, there’s something for everyone."

Judy Ling Wong CBE, National Park City Trustee and Honorary President, Black Environment Network said: "We are excited to count down to London becoming a National Park City in 2019 by working with the Mayor and others to stage the first National Park City Week in July. It is the perfect excuse to get outside and visit, try, enjoy or learn something new about what London has to offer. There will be inspiring events and activities throughout our wonderful parks, gardens, squares, streets, waterways and nature reserves for people to enjoy, but anyone can make their own National Park City Week events too, from holding a flower pot festival outside your house to putting on a performance somewhere special outdoors. This first National Park City Week is an open invitation to London’s 9 million residents to celebrate our rich urban cultural life, anchored in the nature of our great city."

Get involved by organising an event in your community. Find out more and submit your event here