Let’s make the borough greener, healthier and wilder! The London National Park City launches this July, and Barking and Dagenham is a part of it! Together we are celebrating the great outdoors in the borough. The aim is to turn the city into a national park by holding activities in parks and green spaces. In Barking and Dagenham every ward councillor in the borough has supported this idea.

The London National Park City, has arranged a festival week of activities in London between 20 - 28 July.What better time of year to get outside and use our parks?

Local people have planned numerous fun events, to get everyone out and about. So what’s happening near you?

There will be plenty of picnics, sports such as street ball and rounders, and wild walks where you get to discover new things about local parks. Residents have planned to make seed bombs, set up painting sessions, plant sunflowers and lots more. These activities and many more like them will be taking place in Valence Park, Barking Park, Old Dagenham and other locations in the borough.

Check out the map to see what you can get involved in this Summer!

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Longbridge Road, Barking IG11 8TA

The Secret Garden
Tuesday 23 July 3.30 - 5.00pm
Listen to this enchanting story and then plant your own sunflowers.

Rounders in the Park
Tuesday 23 July 3.30 - 5.00pm
A classic bat and ball game for people of all ages and abilities.

Fun Under The Sun
Saturday 27 July 11.00am - 3.00pm
Join us to celebrate the end of National Parks Week with a day full of activities under the sun. There will be a DIY sandwich making station, soft play and fun games all day long.

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Abbey Road, Barking, IG11 8DD

Summer Picnic
Wednesday 24 July 4.00 - 6.00pm
A Summer picnic on Abbey Green. Bring food to share.

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52 Vicarage Road Dagenham RM10 9SD

Pins & Needles In The Park
Tuesday 23 July 2.00 - 3.00pm
Bring your pins and needles to the park for a relaxed afternoon of sewing and chatting.

Games Cafe In The Park
Wednesday 24 July, 1.30 - 2.30pm
Join Dana in the park to create and play different games.

Mini Community Sings In The Park
Wednesday 24 July 3.30 - 5.00pm
Come and learn some fun and informal singing techniques from local resident Theresa.Try your hand at some singing, rapping and poetry.

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333 Ivyhouse Road, Dagenham RM9 5SA

Street Ball - Football
Saturday 20 July | 10.00am - 1.00pm
A lively session of football where you can learn a range of tricks, skills or simply how to handle a ball.

Street Ball - Rounders
Tuesday 23 July 2.00 - 4.00pm
Come along to Parsloes Park for an afternoon of rounders and other games.

Picnic and Games
Wednesday 24 July 3.00 - 6.00pm
Join us for a picnic, followed by outdoor games to make the most of the summer weather. Bring along food, drinks and snacks to share!

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170 Oval Road N, Dagenham RM10 9EH

Walk Down Memory Lane
Saturday 20 July 12.30 - 2.00pm
Join Sandra to explore the history of the borough one step at a time. All ages and friendly dogs welcome. Bring alone some food for a community picnic!


Tea and Toast in the Park
Thursday 25 July 10.30am - 12.00pm

Come and join your neighbours in the park for Tea
and Toast.

Sketching In The Park With Barking Arts Society
Thursday 25 July 12.00 - 2.00pm

Join Darren and Paul from Barking Arts Society, to sketch the beauty of the park.