Although it might be getting cooler outside, London’s Royal Parks are always an exceptional place to visit. With 5,000 acres of space across eight beautiful park spaces, they are the perfect opportunity to escape the busy pace of life in the city and enjoy some refreshing outdoor time.
With lots of fantastic London Hotel Offers available right now, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a winter escape in the city. Read on to find out more about what’s on in the capital’s parks this season and plan ahead for your next visit.
Hyde Park – Winter Wonderland
Every winter, Hyde Park is transformed into a spectacular space, with Winter Wonderland. A celebration of all things festive, you can look forward to stunning lights, exciting fairground rides, wonderful festive markets, and a brilliant ice rink to skate beneath the stars on. You’ll find something in here for all ages, from the fun-filled Mr Men and Little Miss show for little ones to thrilling rides and circus shows for older visitors.
Winter Wonderland is located within Hyde Park so it is a perfect place to head to if you’re staying in the London Hyde Park International Hotel as it is in easy walking distance. The area is free to enter, providing a great spot for an affordable day out, although you will need to pay or book ahead for rides or performances taking place within.
Winter Wonderland is on every day until January 5, open from 10 am to 10 pm.
Brompton Cemetery – Blithe Spirit
Brompton Cemetery is one of London’s most serene and charming Royal Parks, home to the Grade I listed Cemetery building, as well as being a haven for wildlife amongst its greenery. While it’s always a wonderful place to enjoy a calming walk or a little quiet time, the Chapel within is also a fantastic spot to catch live shows and special performances.
Blithe Spirit is one of the popular playwright, Noel Coward’s funniest plays, following the adventures of a writer who invites an eccentric medium to his home, in the hope of getting fresh material for a new book.
The performance will be raising funds for local charities, so it’s a great way to give back to others during the festive period while having a lovely night out. Blithe Spirit is on at Brompton Cemetery on December 6, and tickets can be booked online.
Hyde Park – Festive Wreath Making
If you fancy getting crafty this festive season, head to Hyde Park for a relaxing wreath making session on December 7. It’s a lovely way to enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, and make a lovely decorative piece in the run up to Christmas. You’ll be guided on how to collect and use natural materials from the park and weave them together to create a unique and charming item that you can take home.
There will also be plenty of festive nibbles and drinks, as well as great music to enjoy too, making it an ideal way to spend a laid back morning with friends. If you’re staying in Accommodation in Bayswater, book ahead on the website to save your spot for the class.
Richmond Park and Bushy Park – Santa Fun Run
Escape the madness of Christmas shopping, and enjoy a breath of fresh air instead in two of London’s most beautiful Royal Parks. The annual Santa Fun Run is a great way to contribute towards a positive cause, all while having a fun day out.
The fun run takes place across the park and is open to all ages, making it a great family activity to enjoy together. You can run, jog, or walk across the route – the most important part is making sure you dress up in your best festive gear, so get your Santa hats and festive jumpers at the ready!
The Fun Run takes place in Richmond Park on December 14, and in Bushy Park on December 8 and 15. You’ll need to register for the run, and all participants get a Santa outfit.
Kensington Gardens – Christmas with Victoria and Albert
If you have ever wondered why we have Christmas trees or a traditional Christmas roast, then this might be the perfect event to visit. For a fascinating festive experience, step back in time into the Victorian era, with a walking tour across the historic Kensington Gardens. Close to the London Hyde Park International Hotel, Kensington Gardens is a scenic and charming Royal Park, close to the grounds of the stunning Kensington Palace, which was home to Queen Victoria for much of her life.
This walking tour takes you on an insightful stroll through the park as you learn more about the festive traditions established during the Victorian era, by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. You’ll also find out more about the history of popular Christmas symbols such as robins, and discover where the palace Christmas traditions took place.
The walking tour takes place on December 14, and tickets can be booked online.
Hyde Park – Serpentine 5K Race
Every last Friday of the month, hundreds of keen runners gather in Hyde Park for the lunchtime tradition of a 5K race. With the last Friday of 2019, this is sure to be a popular event and a refreshing way to enjoy the scenic sights of the park. It’s a great way of keeping on top of your fitness, setting yourself a new challenge as the year comes to an end, or working off the excesses of the holiday period.
With some great London Hotel Offers to choose from, it’s a perfect time of year to visit the capital and dive into its fun and diverse events.
The race costs £3 for members of a running club, and £6 for non-members with tickets are available online. It takes place at 12.30 and is open to all levels. While it can be a competitive event, with several runners participating, it’s also simply a great way to enjoy a little extra activity outdoors.