About Walpole Park
Pitzhanger still sits in its beautifully landscaped original parkland, which became Walpole Park in 1901. In 2013 its historic features and landscapes were restored to how they had been in Soane’s time, following a major HLF-funded project. Today, Walpole Park is run by Ealing Council and is open to all.
- Accessible toilets
- Pitzhanger Pantry kiosk café
- The Rickyard learning centre
- Walled kitchen garden
- Regency-planted beds
- Historic and wildlife interpretation panels
- Fish pond with fountains
- The serpentine lake
Please note that the following activities may be unavailable due to Covid-19 restrictions
Contribute to growing and cultivating Pitzhanger’s original walled garden and Walpole Park!
If you are interested in volunteer gardening, sessions run every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am – 12pm, meeting in the Rickyard courtyard behind the kiosk café in the park. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, ability or experience.
Please see below for contact details.
- Bird walks take place on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 – 10:30am, meeting by the park’s kiosk café beforehand. No prior experience is necessary, and the free sessions include tea and a chat afterwards!
- Bat walks take place during April – October.
You can find Walpole Park on Facebook here with posts on park news and events.
Join Ealing Wildlife Group to find out more about the wildlife in your local area – join in free wildlife events.
Walpole Park Outdoor Educational Activities
The activities have been developed to make use of all the Park’s facilities and environments, including Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. The workshops are stand-alone, and schools can pick up to 2 workshops (for a class of about 30) in a day (one AM and one PM).
Schools can bring packed lunches to have in the Park. Workshops are open to SEND groups but maximum numbers per workshop may be reduced if necessary. One workshop has been designed specifically to cater for the needs of Early Years children, the remainder are for KS1/KS2 pupils.
Workshops are all approx. 1.5hrs long and accommodate up to 30 children.Email email@example.com to enquire or book.
Following the Hungry Caterpillar Trail: multi focus workshop designed for Early Years
This workshop is designed specifically for nursery and reception children, to engage with the topics of: natural habitats, growing food and eating healthily, and bugs and why we need them. Through the story of the Hungry Caterpillar, the children will gain an understanding of caterpillar preferred natural habitats (plants generally and brassicas especially), healthy eating (through the caterpillar’s diet, and by going on a treasure hunt), how different fruit and vegetables grow (those featured in the story, using our kitchen garden and sowing seeds themselves). They will finish by being bug detectives, observing as many different types of bugs as possible under magnifiers. Each group will receive a CD of songs all about fruit and vegetables to singalong to back in the classroom.
(Science, PSHE, Literacy, Understanding the World) EYFS
Brilliant Bees: let’s create a buzz
This workshop will explain the significance and fragility of bees in insect pollination, and why their populations have drastically decreased in recent years. Pupils will be introduced briefly to the diversity of bees, how to identify different species, and how their habitats differ (solitary v colony bees). The workshop will include construction of a simple bee hotel, and what practical steps children can take to help bees to survive locally (through planting/sowing wildflowers). Children may visit an observation hive and see frames and honeycomb up close, make natural beeswax candles, taste locally made honey, whilst learning about the health benefits of naturally sourced honey (and the risks of too much processed sugar) in their diet. The workshop will also test recall of key facts using a crossword completed in teams.
(Science, PSHE, Understanding the World) KS1/KS2
Forest School: learn basic survival skills
This workshop aims to introduce pupils to the way of life of our prehistoric ancestors, and to give them an experience of using some survival techniques that could still come in useful in today’s world. The class will work together in groups doing various activities which could include using basic navigation techniques, fire lighting, building a shelter, erecting a hammock, filtering water, foraging for food, wildlife educational activities and creating a natural musical instrument. The pupils will leave with a sense of achievement, with greater respect for the natural outdoor environment, and the need to preserve it through sound environmental practices. This workshop will take place in the Lammas Nature Reserve enclosure.
(Science, PSHE, History, Physical Education) KS1/KS2
Tremendous Trees: let’s learn to look up
This workshop introduces children to London’s most common trees, and the Park’s more unusual trees, from a natural classroom with logs as benches. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the anatomy of trees, and why they are so important for pollution reduction, the air we breathe, and as habitats and food sources for wildlife. The group will go on a ‘tree trail’, learning to identify a number of trees, and their uses in medicine, cooking, and jewellery making (eg. amber). The workshop may finish with an arts and craft activity using tree based natural resources (leaves, bark, branches-tree cookies/ elder beads) and/or a quiz about what the children have learnt on their trail.
(Science, PSHE, Art and Design, Literacy, Understanding the World) KS1/KS2
Let’s get physical: using park furniture (and our senses!) for fun and games
This workshop is about getting active by using the natural features of the park as far as possible! In many ways, this is a return to the playtime of a previous generation. The workshop will start with a very brief introduction about why we need to keep active, and how we can do that, and some sensible ‘rules’ about play. The group will then enjoy timed assault courses over logs, balancing games on tight ropes, a ‘trust me’ trail whilst blindfolded and swinging from and climbing trees. Team games will also be included to ensure there is individual, small group and whole group activities and the workshop may end with 15 mns free play in the refurbished Park playground.
(PSHE, Physical Education) KS1/KS2
Resilience: mindfulness and coping strategies for children in today’s world
This workshop will help children engage with nature and the natural world of the Park, through well-established mindfulness techniques. The aim of the workshop is to calm minds, relax bodies, be present and enjoy the moment and surrounding natural environment. Using the different areas in the Park, children will be guided through more energetic activities and physical challenges (games, assault courses and races, balancing), followed by more reflective activities (focused breathing: 4-6-8/ balloon tummy/ high 5, using senses to calm the mind: tree hugging, listening to sounds, feeling wind/sun, smells of nature, playing mindful games: frozen statues, and doing mindful art: hand outlines (whilst counting) and mandalas. Pupils will leave with a selection of breathing techniques and coping mechanisms that they can use during periods of stress and anxiety in their lives.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire or book.