Picnic in the Park

We’re on a mission to make the Timothy James & Partners London 10 Mile the UK’s most family friendly running event.

Our ‘Picnic in the Park’ provides runners, supporters and local residents with the perfect excuse to round up their friends, pack a picnic, come along to Richmond Park and have a great time soaking up the fantastic post run atmosphere.

We’ve got a whole host of great activities on offer for the little ones, so you don’t need to worry about them getting bored! And the grown-ups? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered too! There’ll be great food, drink and entertainment.

We can guarantee it’s going to be a fantastic day out for all the family – come and join us for a lovely chilled out day in the sunshine!

Live Music Village

Our Live Music Village is the perfect place to chill out with friends and family and enjoy the brilliant music coming from our main stage. We’ve booked some fantastic acoustic bands to set the tone for a perfect summer’s day in the park, all of whom will be playing familiar tunes with their own special twist. To give you a taster of what to expect, scroll down.

Beat Banditos

Beat Banditos are a crazy trio of rock n pop – loving Mariachi musicians, who will wander amongst your guests & perform a variety of popular songs in a Mexican style! Covering music from Lady GaGa to Guns & Roses, this fun loving trio are unforgettable!

The Cotton Piccadilly’s

The Cotton Picadilly’s are an acoustic trio of musicians playing pop songs with a bluegrass & country sound. Covering artists from Pharrell to Jeff Buckley, this fun themed act will get a real foot stompin’ goin’ on.

Colicci's Food Fest

If there’s one thing that’s a given after you’ve been out for a run – you’re going to be hun-gry! That’s why we’ve teamed up with Collici’s, supplier of premium food and drink to The Royal Parks, to offer you all a delicious array of food vendors cooking up cuisine from around the world. You’re going to be spoilt for choice when it comes to re-fuelling after a hard morning’s work! Below are some of the food options that will be available on the day.

Love Churros

The tastiest Churros and melted Belgian chocolate

Elephant Juice Bar

A fresher, tastier way to a healthier lifestyle

Maize Blaze

Delicious, gluten free Columbian street food. Vegan and veggie options too

Rotisserie Chicken

London’s original and best Rotisserie Chicken. No fried stuff!

Urban Smoothie Bikes

Create your own smoothie from start to finish!

Woodward Farm

Hearty burgers using beef sourced from Cambridgeshire

Kids’ Entertainment

We’ve teamed up with Sharky & George, London’s leading kids’ entertainment company, to deliver a packed schedule of kids’ fun and games right throughout the day!

Once the running action is finished, make sure you head to the Sharky & George Kids’ Fun Zone to carry on the excitement. Their awesome team of child entertainers will be organising party games including survival skills, mini Olympics races, giant games, and of course, water bombs!

About Richmond Park

Richmond Park is a very special place; it is London’s largest Royal Park and the capital’s most diverse open space for wildlife. It is the UK’s most popular National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a European Special Area of Conservation.

Richmond Park is home to:

  • 130,000 trees (many veterans 500+ years old)
  • 30+ ponds and streams
  • 600+ wild deer
  • 700 acres of rare acid grassland
  • 130 species of birds
  • numerous rare species of wildflowers, fungi, bats, beetles, butterflies, spiders, bees and wasps

 

Richmond Park is under intense human pressure. Visitor numbers have now passed 5.5 million per year (plus through traffic).

Sir David Attenborough, Patron, Friends of Richmond Park: “Richmond Park is a very special place. It’s a miracle it’s survived. But, with nearly 5.5m visitors per year, the Park and its wildlife have never been under greater pressure.  Please help us to protect this fragile environment for future generations”
 

 
Only three major annual events are permitted in Richmond Park. You are privileged. Have a great run. Please treat Richmond Park with love and respect and help leave it in better shape.

How can you help?

 

Deer: remember they have right of way. They’re wild, and may be aggressive as it’s the rut season.

 

Litter: don’t leave any. Even the smallest thing can look attractive to deer who eat things like gel strips’ packaging, which remain in their stomachs, accumulate, and eventually some starve to death.

 

Trees: care for them. There are about 1,200 ancient veteran trees, some of which are 700 years old. Ancient trees, particularly oaks, have great historic and ecological importance.

 

Acid grassland: tread lightly. Help us protect the special habitat that acid grasslands provide for fragile wildlife communities, including butterflies and other insects, spiders, wildflowers, fungi, reptiles, birds and

mammals.

 

Dead wood: this is someone’s home. The Stag Beetle is one of 34 endangered species of beetle that have found a haven in Richmond Park. Please do not disturb the piles of dead wood where they live.

 

Dogs: keep on the lead is designated areas and controlled at all times. Uncontrolled dogs can scare, injure and even kill the wildlife in the Park.

The Friends of Richmond Park

 

The Friends of Richmond Park was founded over 50 years ago to conserve and protect Richmond Park for future generations. With patrons including Sir David Attenborough, they have 2,000 members, of which over 150 regularly do volunteer work in the Park. Thee Friends of Richmond Park fund conservation projects, organise walks, courses and events for young people, and publish The Guide to Richmond Park and Family Trails in Richmond Park, both available at local bookshops and online. Volunteer to help them continue their good work at www.frp.org.uk and follow them on Facebook.