Events

Coming up

Painting in the Park III: Sunday 9 October, 10.00 – 13.00

Find out more and register

History of Preston Park Walk: 6th November, 11.00 – 12.30

Sue Shepherd leads this walk around Preston Park, describing the colourful history of the park, supported by dozens of old photos. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions. Meet at the Rotunda. Register here.

Further events – details to follow

Halloween Lantern Walk: Saturday 29th October

Annual General Meeting: Thursday 17th November

Wreath Making: Saturday 10th December

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Been and gone

Rock Painting in the Rock Garden: Saturday 26th March, 11 – 2

As part of the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean, Friends of Preston Park, in association with Brighton & Hove City Council, invite you to take up the One Bag BIG Difference challenge. As well as litter picking, we will provide you with all the tools, materials, and rocks you need to design and paint your own rock to hide in the rock garden.

Register for the rock painting event

Easter Egg Hunt: Sunday 17th April, 10.30 – 14.00, near the Chalet Cafe

After two years’ absence due to COVID restrictions, we are bringing back our popular annual Easter event. Accompanied children aged 12 and under are invited to track down the answers to questions about the fauna, flora and history of Preston Park in order to earn themselves a cream egg. They can also participate in a drawing competition with the chance to win a giant egg. Face painters will also be available. The cost per child is just £1. We’re looking forward to a lovely, happy event – just what we need at the moment!

Litter Picking Event: Sunday 15th May, 14.00 – 16.00, Rockery

Want to pick up litter and do fun recycling activities with your kids? Then join us for this fun event. Feel free to invite your friends and family including your children – we have some activities for kids! Main Sponsor: B-BAG. In partnership with Friends of Preston Park and Leave No Trace.

Painting in the Park: Sunday 22nd May, 10.00 – 13.00

Over-18s are warmly invited to join us in the park to create a piece of art using a medium of your choice – pencils, coloured pencils, paint, pastels, ink, collage, mixed media or any other. It will be a great day to meet other people with an artistic temperament and to share experience and knowledge.

Meet for a short briefing near the Chalet Cafe at 10.00 am. Don’t forget to bring all your own art materials. You can then choose any location in the park to create your artwork, being considerate of other park users. Preston Park has many places where you can find interesting subject matter and work directly from life.

Meet back at Chalet Cafe at 13.00 pm to share your work with your colleagues.

Any artwork you create does remain your property but we will ask your consent to take a photograph. We hope to share these online and perhaps in an exhibition in the Park.

Tree-Sure event: 29th and 30th May, 11.00 – 15.00

Join us at the Chalet Cafe on either of these two days for the launch of Preston Park’s very own Tree-Sure Island map, which has been developed by a local teacher who is a member of our committee, to help children identify many of the different beautiful trees in our Park and learn more about the many different varieties.

The map will be on sale at only £1 and children will be able to use it to find different trees in the park with the help of ‘Goldie,’ a helpful and friendly goldfinch who will give them things to do and observe to find out more.

Several volunteer student helpers will also be available to give help to children in finding the trees and finding out more information. I’m sure many parents will enjoy this event as much as the children! We hope lots of you will come to discover Tree-Sure Island in Preston Park!

Art workshop for the velodrome mural: 25th June, 10.00 – 1400 and 28th June, 11.00 – 13.00

Here’s a call out for kids and adults to create artwork ideas for a mural at the Velodrome in Preston Park.

The mural is inspired by the life and history of the Velodrome. We will be at the Velodrome on two days in June with materials all ready to help inspire you into creating designs that might end up in the final artwork.

Painting starts in July and we’ll be using some of the ideas created to appear in the mural.

www.theamazingartcart.com / www.redherringstudios.org/rebecca-angel

Tree Walk: 10th July, 11.00 – 12.30

Peter Bourne, Brighton’s premier tree expert, will lead walks around Preston Park, discussing the amazing trees that can be found in the park. Meet at the Chalet Cafe.

Painting in the Park II: Sunday 31st July, 10.00 – 13.00

Following on from our successful event in May, those aged 16 and over are warmly invited to join us in the park to create a piece of art using a medium of your choice – pencils, coloured pencils, paint, pastels, ink, collage, mixed media or any other. It will be a great day to meet other people with an artistic temperament and to share experience and knowledge.

Meet for a short briefing at the rockery at 10.00 am. Don’t forget to bring all your own art materials. You can then choose any location in the park to create your artwork, being considerate of other park users. Preston Park has many places where you can find interesting subject matter and work directly from life.

Meet back at the rockery at 13.00 pm to share your work with your colleagues.

Any artwork you create does remain your property but we will ask your consent to take a photograph. We hope to share these online and perhaps in an exhibition in the Park.

Tree Walk: 21st August, 11.00 – 12.30

Peter Bourne, Brighton’s premier tree expert, will lead walks around Preston Park, discussing the amazing trees that can be found in the park. Meet at the Chalet Cafe.

Tree Walk: 25th September, 11.00 – 12.30

Peter Bourne, Brighton’s premier tree expert, will lead walks around Preston Park, discussing the amazing trees that can be found in the park. Meet at the Chalet Cafe.