EXPLORE the historic secrets of CRYSTAL PALACE PARK.

  • September 28, 2013 · 2:30 PM
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Explore London! Get out and see your City in the company of great friends!

Perhaps you have never been to this part of South London before? Although you have probably heard much about Crystal Palace Park. Now see a new part of London....now is your opportunity to check it out!

Join us for a Saturday afternoon stroll through history, from prehistoric times, Egyptian, Victorian right up to modern sporting times.  Today we take an insightful stroll around CRYSTAL PALACE PARK.

Travel to Crystal Palace (Zone 3) on the London Overground Line to Crystal Palace station.  Alternatively travel by British Rail mainline to Crystal Palace Station, or local buses.

Walking and talking are two of of life's free social activities. From Crystal Palace station we will take a leisurely freestyle Saturday afternoon stroll through time and history in Crystal Palace Park, before retiring to a local hostelry to reflect on what you have seen.


Walking is along paths only. No special shoes or walking gear required. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions.


PLAN B - Walking events should always be fun and have a Plan B - If the weather is wet, walking in the rain is no fun, therefore we may reschedule this walk. Check the event on Sunday morning for the latest weather update. Final decision on the weather will be taken at 12 noon.


More info:

Crystal Palace Park was a Victorian pleasure ground used for many cultural, patriotic and sporting events. The Park is most famous for the the reconstructed Crystal Palace containing the Great Exhibition which had been originally located in Hyde Park before it closed in 1851, After more than 80 years at its new location at Crystal Palace Park the famous glass and iron Palace was ultimately destroyed by fire 1936.

Also of interest is the work of the sculptor Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins who erected the first lifesized models of the (then) newly-discovered dinosaurs and other extinct animals in the park.

The park once housed a football ground, which hosted the FA Cup finals from 1895 to 1914.

The extensive grounds were also used in pre-war days for motorcycle and, after the 1950s, for motorcar racing; this was known as the Crystal Palace circuit. Parts of the track layout remain in 2005 as access roads. The track itself fell into disuse after 1972, although it has been digitally recreated in the Grand Prix Legends racing simulation and 2010 sees the 10 years of campaigning work to reopen the track culminating in The return of Motor racing to Crystal Palace

The park also housed one of the pioneer speedway tracks, opening for business in 1928. The Glaziers raced in the Southern and National Leagues up to 1933 before moving on to a track in New Cross.

The Park is home to the famous athletics track where many international events have been held.












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  • Nkem

    Met some good people. Crystal Palace is an amazing place with lots of history

    September 29, 2013

  • Sophia

    Ken, thanks for a great walk, met some good people and so looking forward to the next one.

    September 28, 2013

  • Ricky

    Had a nice walk today with this but didn't realise the time and had to shoot off early and never got to say goodbye to a few people, sorry about that. Time flies when you're having fun.
    Thanks Ken for sorting these out, I'll definitely be coming to more and at only £2 a pop its a bargain. Might have to get a £11 membership ;) See you guys soon

    September 28, 2013

  • Layla

    Apologies, i won't be able to make it after all - waiting for a delivery which is late. Grr. Hope you all have a good time.

    September 28, 2013

  • Mas

    Running late guys, sorry.

    September 28, 2013

  • Paloma

    Sorry unable to get there on time. :-)

    September 28, 2013

  • Maysoun

    Apologies all but I am no longer able to join on this occasion. I was looking forward to this and I hope to meet you on the next one!

    September 28, 2013

  • Layla

    Ken!! Are you OK?! I'm wondering if you are, as there's been no word about Sat or Sun. Hope you're well?

    September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Layla, Everything is fine. I have just been having a few problems with my PC. Seems to be working better now.Sorry for the confusion about the day. All systems are ready to go for this afternoon. See you at Crystal Palace station today at 2.30pm. Weather is looking good. We have another event on Ken's Events http://www.kensevents...­ later this evening at 9pm back in town at Madison's for rooftop cocktails, with great views over St. Pauls, if you are interested. Cheers, Ken.

      4 · September 28, 2013

  • Alessandro

    Got to cancel...i was waiting for it but issues needs my attention.
    I wish all of you a great walk!

    September 28, 2013

  • Sonya

    sorry for cancelling last minute..i've come down with a bad cold and gaven't got the energy to go walking...was looking forward

    September 28, 2013


    Sorry, I will be unable to attend this Saturday

    September 27, 2013

  • Mia K.

    I am also confused text says Sun and the event calendar Saturday.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love walking around and understand deep cultural context. please provide location etc.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it on Saturday or Sunday? I'm confused.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was looking forward to going tomorrow, it would have been the first time in a few months since I've been on a walk, but sadly, I've now come down with a bad cold, so can't make it. Shame.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi will not be able to make it Saturday maybee next time toby

    September 27, 2013

  • Amy B.

    Sorry, not around sadly.

    September 24, 2013

  • Laurent F.

    I've double booked myself, silly sausage!

    September 23, 2013

  • Sonya

    hi, am a little confused..is the walk saturday or sunday please? i can make the saturday..thank you

    September 22, 2013

  • Eden C.

    Hi, I needed an outlet such as this. Thanks for organizing and bringing friends across the board to explore together. Its very meaningful.

    September 13, 2013

  • Eden C.

    Hi, I needed an outlet such as this. Thanks for organizing and bringing friends across the board to explore together. Its very meaningful.

    September 13, 2013

  • Sandra m.

    Looking forward too meeting new friends

    September 13, 2013

  • omair

    Hey .. Sounds fun

    September 1, 2013

  • Rachel B.

    Looking forward to it!

    August 27, 2013

  • Clare

    Hi, I'm Clare, live in Beckenham and regularly run round this lovely park so will make a nice change to walk round (!) and hear about its history, looking forward to meeting others too.

    August 11, 2013

  • Assunta. (.

    Hi Ken , is this event on Saturday or Sunday.it says Saturday but then mentions a Sunday stroll. Thanks

    August 2, 2013

  • terence f.

    Don't get bitten by the concrete dinosaurs.

    August 1, 2013

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