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News items include the latest news from the Friends and news items relating to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, which may be of interest to Friends. The biannual newsletters provides further news on developments within the Parks and Friends events.

  • All Change for the Hyde Park Manager

    Rob Dowling

    We will be very sorry indeed to say goodbye to Robert Dowling at the end of January. After 13 amazing years in Hyde Park he has been enticed away to set up and run Al Bidda Park, an exciting project in Doha, Qater.

  • A Very Special Visitor

    Black Redstart (Female)

    Amongst the millions of human visitors to Winter Wonderland there was another very rare small feathered visitor.

  • Winter Wonderland

    Rides at Winter Wonderland

    Hot off the press…
    We congratulate all of the team at IMG for winning the contract to stage Winter Wonderland for the next six years.

  • Friends Visit to Winter Wonderland 2017

    Ice Kingdom, Winter Wonderland

    The Friends had a generous invitation to Winter Wonderland thanks to Suzy Griffiths, who is Head of hospitality at this event. A group of 28 Friends met at the Crystal Lounge (the V.I.P entertaining area) for mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. This was followed by a tour, some rides, a visit to the Ice Kingdom and finished up with the Cinderella Ice Ballet. Cathy I’Anson, a member of FriendsHPKG describes the eventful afternoon ….

  • Security Update for Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2017

    Winter Wonderland

    The Royal Parks has informed us that additional security measures will be put in place during this year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.

    In light of events across the U.K. and the world, the Metropolitan Police Service have reviewed and requested that hostile vehicle mitigation measures are put in place across the Park to protect those attending Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. It is important to stress that there is no change to the current security threat, but it was felt that additional mitigation is important to reduce all possible risks at this time.

  • Theft! Hyde Park Loses Plants

    Autumn bedding planting was completed on Thursday 26th October and the Rose Garden at the Hyde Park Corner end looked magnificent. Only two days later on Saturday morning 28th Oct it was obvious that about 40 plants had been stolen from that area, some time either during the night or very early in the morning, leaving large gaps.

  • Visit to Old Police House Stables

    At the Stables

    A beautiful warm and sunny summer’s day in mid-July, the scent of hay, the sounds of horses’ hooves on cobbles coupled with the odd contented whinny, followed by refreshments in a country-style garden with an abundance of beautiful wild flowers. Where were 12 lucky Friends on 18 July?

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