Bring the family and find out what makes learning at The Holly Lodge Centre so special.

 The Open Day is designed to give everyone in the community a fascinating insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes at Richmond Park.

There will be talks, demonstrations and activities for all the family, hosted by The Royal Parks and linked organisations and charities.

The Holly Lodge Centre will be right at the heart of the action, as our charity was created to teach people of all ages about the natural history and heritage of the Park.

Here, we offer the perfect environment to make learning a happy, hands-on, multi-sensory experience for everyone, including those with disabilities.

We have some wonderful facilities to explore and from 11 am – 4pm we’ll be running our usual busy timetable of activities, all delivered by people with a wealth of experience, who are passionate about teaching.

There will be lots to see and do, whether you want to come for a couple of hours or stay all day. There will be a burger van serving lunch and The Russell School will be brewing up tea and coffee in our picnic garden.

We very much hope you will be able to join us.


Victorian Pharmacy –Learn about 19th century lotions and potions and take part in our herb game, soap making and pill rolling

Main Classroom – Help us commemorate the hundredth anniversary of The First World War, by making poppies and WW1 Peg People

Garden - have your photo taken with Florence and Tommy, our WW1 scarecrow people, then be a Paper Potter – make your own pots, plant pea seeds and take them home

Victorian School Room – guess the mystery objects and help Miss Mary wash clothes the Victorian way, using a dolly and mangle. You can also try your hand at writing in a Victorian school book, using dipping pens

Nature Trail –Take your map and explore our award-winning nature trail, with a quiz along the way and the opportunity to make your own spider and fun ‘frog spawn’