Bow Beasties

Bow Beasties is our monthly wildlife club for families!

It will restart on the 18th Feb 2024

Join Ken for an exciting range of environmental and outdoor activities that celebrate the seasons and the wildlife that can be found here within London’s most urban woodland. Bow Beasties takes place within the Cemetery Park.

It’s FREE!

Bow Beasties happens every 3rd Sunday of the month (except for August) and is most suitable for children aged 3 to 12. It’s led by experienced and DBS checked staff and volunteers.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential. For further details and booking follow the link here:

  • Time: ‘Doors’ open at 10:15am for a prompt start at 10.30am. The session will finish at approx. 12.30pm.
  • Ages: activities are suitable for children aged 3 to 12. Parents/carers must accompany all their children for the duration: maximum 4 children per adult.
  • Clothing: Please remember to dress for the weather as we will be outside come rain or shine.
  • Meeting point: The Cemetery Park Lodge, Southern Grove E3 4PX
  • Booking: We offer this free activity on a first come first served basis with a maximum number of places dependent on a safe limit for the activity. Places are booked via our Box Office on Ticket Tailor.

Please call us on 020 3982 8670 if you have any questions.

2024 Programme


This is a guide and activities may change on the day.

18th Feb – Egg box hunt (please bring your own eggbox) and making plaster casts of animal prints

17th March – Campfire and toasting marshmallows – making charcoal to make a pencil

21st April – Wild food walk – make a mighty wild green smoothie

19th May – Bird watching/bird bingo/best nest competition

16th June – Bug Safari

21st July – Pond dipping

15th September – Spring bulb planting

20th October – Pumpkin carving – please bring your own pumpkin, we supply the cutting tools.

17th November – Make a bird feeder

15th December – Festive wreath making

19th January 2025 – signs of spring walk

Here’s what one family thought of their Bow Beasties experience….

Yesterday we attended ‘Bow Beasties’ again with our two Grandsons Sam and Jack. We have become regulars there since our son and his family discovered the fabulous nature reserve.

Bow Beasties is a must do for us. Run and organised by Ken and Zoe it is fun, informative and very educational for young and old.

Yesterday we collected wild salad plants and vegetables which we were able to take home and eat. We collect nettles and the children made a delicious nettle pesto of which we all got a pot to take home.

Ken is a wonder. He knows all the wild plants, beasts and bugs that inhabit the park. Add to this his warmth and friendliness and willingness to chat, encourage, help and answer questions from all ages and you have the perfect guide. My grandchildren think he is wonderful. Sam took some fossils in to show him that he had been given. Ken then went rummaging in his office to find some that he had found in Dorset. Such enthusiasm for the park and promoting the cemetery.

If you have children or grandchildren I would encourage you to book in for Bow Beasties. It’s such fun for all. Well done Ken.

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