London’s largest Royal Park will be a hive of free activities for families this weekend.

Among the fun for children at Richmond Park’s Open Day, from 11am to 4pm on Sunday (September 13), is the chance to peer into a bug hotel using a fibreoptic camera, make pills in a restored Victorian pharmacy and create dragonflies from pipe cleaners.

The Holly Lodge Centre, usually used to teach people about the park, will be opened with attractions such as a nature trail and its Victorian chemist while Richmond Park Golf Course will help youngster perfect their swing in a chipping game.

Other attractions include visits from shire horses, pony rides, vintage car displays, free bike checks and a World War One re-enactment that pays homage to the park being used as a training ground for soldiers.

A guided walk by The Friends of Richmond Park will introduce visitors to different species of birds and teach them about the park’s origins.

Assistant Park Manager, Adam Curtis said: “The open day is a popular day out for the whole family and really brings the local community together.

“Aside from being lots of fun, the day also enables people to learn more about Richmond Park and the organisations and people involved in protecting and improving this National Nature Reserve.”

Entrance is free but parking costs £5 per car.