This event has finished Took place on: Sunday, 24th Sep 2017
Visitors are invited to go on an immersive tour of Kensington Gardens’ very own First World War trench – a reconstruction of the one built in the park 100 years ago, which formed part of the Government’s top-secret plans to devise ways to defeat the enemy.
Two free public events on Sunday, September 17 and 24 invite families to discover the vital – but undercover – role played by London’s Royal Parks during wartime Britain. The tours are part of a series of activities hosted by The Royal Parks together with The Royal Parks Guild to mark the centenary of the Great War.
Visitors can go back in time to experience trench life for themselves. Every half hour a costumed soldier from the 10th Essex Living History Regiment will lead a 20-minute interactive tour around a specially-constructed open-air trench to give groups a unique glimpse of how the army slept, ate and engaged the enemy during the Battle of the Somme.
To complement the tour, an exhibition will reveal how the original Camouflage School, sited at Kensington Gardens, enabled the army to experiment with innovative tactics to confuse the enemy through disguise - from cardboard cut-outs of soldiers to ships inspired by zebras.
You can also visit Kensington Gardens' war allotments, tended to by a team of volunteers. Visitors will learn how Kensington Gardens led the way with a 'model allotment' and discover vegetables produced during that period of history that are no longer grown. A range of other activities will also be on offer including face painting and the chance for children to play a giant interactive game to bring the story of the First World War to life.
Events are wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Free of Charge
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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.Europe/London Camouflage School Open Day: Kensington Gardens in WW1 A tour of Kensington Gardens’ very own First World War trench – a reconstruction of the one built in the park 100 years ago. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2017/09/24/camouflage-school-open-day-kensington-gardens-in-ww1-152299 Kensington Gardens,Buck Hill,London,