A Walk in the Park with Travis Elborough 23rd June

Not an actual walk in the park, though that's always an option afterwards. Join us on 23rd June at 18:00 to elebrate Travis' new book A Walk in The Park, a brilliantly entertaining walk through the history of the park with one of of Britain's finest pop culture historians.

Parks are such a familiar part of everyday life. You might be forgiven for thinking they have always been there – and that they always will. 

In fact, the roots of even the most humble neighbourhood park lie in age-old battles over land and liberty. From their medieval life as private royal hunting grounds to their modern incarnation as public spaces teeming with activity, theirs is a story of land-grabbing monarchs and Restoration fops, great Victorian industrialist, punks and model-boaters – and somewhere among it all, the common man trying to enjoy his single day of rest. It’s a story best told by way of the Epic of Gilgamesh and Gary Numan LPs, with trips into the lives of celebrated engineers and artists, and the occasional hop across the Atlantic and the Channel.

Along the way, parks have proved themselves to be shape-shifters, transforming according to their public’s need – they’ve been converted into wartime farms; by night, they’ve provided some with the perfect location for illicit rendezvous. But right now, in an era of cuts, British parks are under threat. As such, Travis Elborough’s joyful and loving portrait is a timely celebration of a small wonder that we may on occasion take for granted. It will have your next trip to the park brimming with history, anecdote and new meaning.


Travis Elborough is the author of four acclaimed books, The Bus We Loved; a history of the routemaster bus, The Long Player Goddbye, which lamented the passing of vinyl, Wish you Were Here: a history of the British beside the seaside, and London Bridge in America, which tells the transatlantic story of the sale of the worlds largest antique. Travis regularly appears on Radio 4 and writed for the Guardian.

Tickets cost £5 and include a glass of wine and £5 off the book! Book them here