A Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People's Institution

3.00pm Wednesday, 21st September 2016

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 industrialists, punks and model-boaters – and somewhere among it all, the common man trying to enjoy his single day of rest.

Travis Elborough is a freelance writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator, appearing on BBC Radio 4 and Five Live. Join him in the heart of Windsor’s Great Park for this joyful and loving portrait.

Duration: 1 hour

Speaker: Travis Elborough

Quirky and delightful’ - The Observer