Ealing Council is making sure children need not be bored this summer by hosting lots of free activities in Walpole Park and Rickyard education centre.
With everything from woodblock painting and the Big Lunch to nature walks and drawing workshops, weekends in the park will have plenty to keep the whole family entertained throughout the summer.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, said: “It’s an activity packed bonanza of free family fun for all to enjoy. This is just the beginning, with great activities taking place every weekend for the next month; we have lots more in the pipeline for the rest of the summer.”
Activities in the park include:
Saturday, 30 May 2pm to 5pm. Woodblock Painting Workshop with artist Karen Tang
Winner of Walpole Park’s summer art commission, Karen Tang will run a family workshop on woodblock print / painting using shapes and structures inspired by the botanical nature of Regency design. Her sculpture ‘Cedrus Maximus’ will be in Walpole Park from early June.
Sunday, 7 June, 11am to 4pm. The Big Lunch: Vegetable Carnival
This year’s vegetable inspired Big Lunch will encourage the diners to think about vegetables with themed activities, music and dressing up. With a Brazilian theme, samples of tasty food will be prepared by chef in residence, Roberta Siao, music will be provided by Brazilarte and storytelling by Akuba.
Saturday, 13 June 10am to 5pm. Wild about Walpole and Ealing Extra
The parks team, in association with Our Big Gig EXTRA, is organising a family-friendly one-day event with activities, music and market stalls. Our Big Gig EXTRA will be showcasing local bands, offering music workshops and performances. While the park’s team will be offering tours, wildlife activities and nature walks.
Saturday, 20 June 2pm to 5pm. Hidden worlds workshop
Karen Tang returns to the park for a drawing based workshop using a computer microscope to view small wonders of nature from material collected in the park.
Saturday, 20 June 6pm (for 6.30pm start) Cedrus Maximus Artist’s Talk
This will be followed by a special late night opening of the Rickyard with readings from George Adams’ ‘Essays on the Microscope’ (1797) by Karen Tang. She will be providing an insight into her newly commissioned work, inspired by one of the first publications on optical botany.