What is happening at the park

Kids' Fun Fair Day

Our 20th annual event will take place on SUNDAY 4 AUGUST from 11am to 6pm and we have lots of fun activities in store including our wonderful kids-only fun fair, inflatables and stalls, face painting, glitter art and bobble hair braiding, free kids’ art activity, ecology discover desk, RSPB stall and other community stalls.  There will be music from the Grimsdyke Brass Band, 60s hits from solo guitarist Adam Garmin, and gorgeous sounds from the Sunny Steel Band. 

Our ‘fun’ dog contest is always a crowd pleaser and for those who are feeling a little peckish Liam’s Coffee House at the Good Friends Cafe will be there all day serving wonderful coffee and other hot drinks, soft drinks, ices, home-made cakes, panini and speciality croissants.

The Shaw Trust horticultural charity will also be open on the day, selling competitively priced plants from their base next to the cafe and Dotty’s Sweets will be returning to satisfy everyone’s need for a delicious sugar rush!

Entrance to the event is free but there are fees for the fairground stalls and activities as well as the catering outlets, face painting/glitter art and hair braiding.  

Please note that we do not require further commercial stalls but are happy to consider approaches from local community groups that can provide a free activity for the kids.

Gardening Club

Sessions every other Sunday morning from 31 March 2024.

We would love to hear from any keen gardeners who would like to work in or around the George V Memorial Garden at the centre of the park, to help restore it to its former glory.  In 2018 we formed a small but very effective gardening club that now meets every other Sunday morning, from early spring to late autumn, working from around 10am to 1pm –  although everyone is welcome for whatever amount of time they can spare.  The Gardening Club sessions are very rewarding.  So far the group have cleared many of the overgrown flower beds and planted bulbs, bedding and perennial plants. Why not join them and make a real difference to the garden?  All tools and equipment, including gardening gloves, are provided – or you can bring your own if you prefer. 

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact our gardening volunteer coordinator, Tony Bennett, via our Contact Us page.

Bird Watching Walks

Cancelled until further notice – but we hope to re-introduce them again one day.

In the meantime here is a list of birds that can be seen in Canons Park at various times of the year.

​7 Black-headed Gull
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull
Wood Pigeon – several
Stock Dove – singing & at nest hole
Ring-necked Parakeet – common
Great Spotted Woodpecker – drumming
Green Woodpecker – calling
3 Magpie
Carrion Crows
2 Long-tailed Tit
Blue Tit – singing
Great Tit – singing
2 Coal Tit – singing
Eurasian Nuthatch 3 singing / calling
1 Dunnock – briefly singing
REDWING Only 1 (48 on 2 February 2020)
2 Mistle Thrush feeding in the open grass
Robin – 3 singing
Wren – 2 singing
2 Starling – calling near Donnefield gate
Chaffinch – singing. Male feeding under trees
2 Goldfinch
Greenfinch trilling near Donnefield gate

Litter Pick

Our next litter pick will take place on a Sunday at the start of the summer, from 10am to 11.30am. Please look out for posters in our notice boards or around the park for the date, which should be available by May. We meet opposite the Good Friends Cafe at the centre of the park.

All equipment, including gloves, is provided, as well as refreshments at the end of the session. Families are welcome but children under 14 must be supervised at all times please.

Healthy Activities

he activities below are FREE but donations are very welcome. All proceeds to the Friends of Canons Park ​to help buy plants and bulbs for the George V Memorial Garden.


Please follow them on facebook for details: canonsparkparkrun

The Canons Park parkrun is held every Saturday at 9am throughout the year and regularly attracts around 200 runners
and walkers of all abilities. There is no entry fee. Meet at the Temple building just before the starting time.

HEALTH WALKS – 8am – 9am
Join the group for health walks and stretching exercises four times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 8am – 9am. Meet at the Howberry Road entrance gates. Contact: Herbalist, Varsha on 07730 979400 for further details

TAI CHI – 10am – 11am every Thursday throughout the year.
At the Temple building in the Pleasure Garden or under the shelter in the George V Memorial Garden,
depending on weather conditions
For further information, text the organiser on 07462 181878