Outdoor Activities

Our vegetable growing and photography groups have adapted to the current situation by continuing to meet online. Two of our walking groups have also decided to resume operations in May 2021.

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Leader: Eric Hess

Vegetable plot with greenhouse

Join Eric online for advice on how to get the best out of your vegetable garden or allotment. Eric has a background working in agriculture abroad. After he returned to the UK he established a Horticultural Project for Adults with Learning Difficulties, focusing on growing and selling vegetables.

Learn about growing winter vegetables, preparing for the spring, dealing with pests, and sowing. Although the main focus is on vegetables, Eric will also try to answer other questions you might have related to gardening.

Eric also maintains a blog dedicated to vegetable growing.

  • Online via Zoom
  • When: 5.00–6.00 pm Thursday
  • Frequency: 2nd Thursday of each month

Photography in London

Leaders: Michael Jacobs & Roger Cookson

Members of the group on a shoot in the Hill Garden

During the pandemic, we can’t go out as a group to shoot on location; but we’re still very active online. Each fortnight, members show a selection of photos on an agreed theme, with alternate sessions dedicated to a technical discussion.

It’s intended to be a fun-oriented group rather than a technocratic, competitive society.

  • Group shootings suspended until further notice, but members meet online using Zoom to share photos, usually on an agreed theme.
  • When: Wednesday 10.30 am – 12 noon
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 15

Walking Groups

We have three walking groups, two of which are active:

  • Historical London Walks (currently paused)
  • Short Sunday Walks
  • Thames Path in London & Other Walks

Short Sunday Walks

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Autumn leaves in Waterlow Park, north London
Waterlow Park, photo by Yvonne Oliver

For members who want to walk more locally than further afield, once a month on a Sunday morning, ending at a café for refreshments.

Thames Path in London & Other Walks

Leader: David Powers

Members of the group at Dr Salter’s Daydream in Rotherhithe (photo: Alan Judes)

Walking is an excellent way to get and keep fit. We try to get into the fresh air away from busy roads, exploring not only the Thames, but London’s canals, waterways, and green spaces. The length of each walk varies, but is generally 4–4½ miles, sometimes longer. We walk at a moderately brisk pace, but not so fast that it’s impossible to talk. In fact, good conversation is one of the many pleasures of this group.

Walks take place on the second and fourth Friday of each month.

Groups Currently Paused

The following outdoor activities are currently suspended:

Days Out

Leader: Barbara Bliss

Organised visits to places of interest, travelling by coach or other transport. Trip duration varies depending on venue.

Lawn Bowls

Leader: Patricia Taylor, assisted by Phyllis Ellis

Seven-week course: coaching and introduction to lawn bowls. Learn the rules of the game and how to play lawn bowls. You will be able to enjoy informal games with other members, and gain confidence in delivering all types of shots.  You learn how to score, deliver the small jack on the rink to start play, and which shots to choose to play.

  • Start dates: Depends on government measures on social distancing
  • When: Mondays 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Location: Temple Fortune Club, 122 Bridge Lane, NW11 9JS
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: £3.00 per session (includes tea and biscuits) to club payable through coach
  • Number of places: 15
  • Notes: All equipment provided. Just wear comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes
  • Booking: Necessary

Theatre

See Music & Theatre

The Historic London Walks tend to make frequent stops to look at landmarks en route, whereas the Thames Path in London group focuses more on walking.  Short Sunday Walks are closer to home and less demanding.

All walking groups are currently paused; but we hope to revive them as soon as government advice permits.

Historical London Walks

Leader: Simon Sackman and Philip Tobin

Books about LondonGet to know London better! These are walks in inner and outer London that explore new places and look more closely at more familiar ones to find out about their history, buildings and the people who lived there. Areas walked in 2018/2019 included Enfield, Hackney, Marylebone, Roman London and the Inns of Court.

Walks start from a station within the Freedom Pass area and end at the same or different station. Walks are led by members of the group; new members willing to lead occasional walks are particularly welcome! Notes on the historical background together with a description of the proposed route are circulated in advance. The length of walks varies but participants can expect to walk with some standing for 2 hours. There will be a short coffee/comfort stop along the way. Walks normally finish around 1 pm, but a few may offer the option of a lunch and early afternoon extension.