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10-12 JUNE 2022

Join us for a weekend of running tours, walking tours, treasure hunts and socials with the Secret London Runs crew. Runners of all ability and walkers welcome.

Super earlybird tickets are now available following the success of our very first festival in August 2022. The line-up is not yet confirmed - so here's to getting your cheaper tickets in good faith that we'll put on another fabulous weekend. 

GALLERY

We couldn't have had more fun at the inaugural 2021 Secret London Runs Festival!

THE LINE-UP

FRIDAY

2:30PM: THE SEVEN NOSES OF SOHO WALK

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Ever heard of the 7 Noses of Soho? Find them all and, apparently, you'll enjoy eternal wealth. Together we'll track down those 7 mythical sculptures, finding out more about the noses and their environs as we go.

Distance: 3k / Time: 1.5-2hrs /Guide: Vanessa

Starts: Trafalgar Square, under George IV statue  / Ends: Seven Dials

EVENING: LIVE SECRET LONDON RUNS PODCAST

WITH VANESSA & JOSH

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We spent lockdown recording podcasts about Henry VIII's wives from the comfort of our living room, but we're coming out for one big night of live history banter. 

5pm-6pm: Drinks Reception

6pm: LIVE PODCAST: Catherine of Aragon & Prince Arthur - did they or didn't they?
Although Catherine of Aragon and Prince Arthur were married for just 5 months, what happened between the sheets of their marriage was discussed on the world stage for decades. For, if their marriage was consummated, it could be argued that Catherine’s subsequent marriage with Henry VIII (Arthur’s younger brother) was invalid. So, in this live podcast, we’ll be going back to their wedding night and discussing one of history’s greatest mysteries: Catherine of Aragon and Prince Arthur: did they or didn’t they?! How red can Josh's cheeks go?

6:45pm: Refreshment Break
7pm: Q&A and Games with the audience

8pm: Dinner and drinks

Dinner and drinks are not included in the ticket price. Example menu here.
 

The Globe, Moorgate 

SATURDAY

CHOICE OF ACTIVITIES FOR EARLY RISERS

OPTION 1: SECRET LONDON RUNS FESTIVAL PARKRUN TOURISM

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We know some of you can't resist a little Parkrun tourism, so we've put it on this year's schedule.

Fulham Palace Parkrun, Bishop's Park, nearest tube Putney Bridge, 9am start

OPTION 2: THE CHASING OF THE GUARD

THE DASH

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Run between the barracks and palaces involved in the Chasing of the Guard. We know where to be at exactly the right time - so you won't miss a thing.

This is a very gentle 5k with lots of breaks for ceremony and pomp!

9:15am meet at Hyde Park Corner station, next to the park gates and cafe. Tour ends at 11am near Westminster station.

OPTION 3: HAVE A LIE-IN. YOU'RE ON YOUR HOLIDAYS.

MID-MORNING ACTIVITIES
Starting at 11:15am

OPTION 1: WONDERFUL WOMEN OF WESTMINSTER RUNNING TOUR

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Celebrate the wonderful women of Westminster on a 5km running tour. Along the way we'll be stopping at places linked to the fabulous females from its history.

 

Starts at Westminster Station, ends in St James's Park

OPTION 2: RICHES, ROYALS & RUMOURS WALKING TOUR

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On this 3km walking tour, we'll be exploring some of the secrets that lie beneath the glittering facade of royal London.

Starts at Westminster Station, ends in St James's Park

LUNCH @ 12:45pm in St James's Park
A picnic provided by Secret London Runs

BUCKINGHAM PALACE DASH @ 2.30pm

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PARTIES, SOCIALS & A CLOSING CEREMONY

Socials on Friday night, Saturday night and a closing ceremony at the end of Sunday's activities.

NEW! ANNE BOLEYN'S CORONATION PROCESSION

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Run or walk the route of Anne Boleyn's spectacular coronation procession, hearing about all the places she passed, the pageants performed for her and what they meant along the way.


It's likely this will be a self-guided walk/run rather than a tour. So you'll be able to start when you like, following our map, go at your own pace, and receive audio history along the way. We'll organise groups of people of similar pace to run/walk together, starting at the same time. 

Standard route: Tower Bridge to Westminster Hall (7km)

Extra route: Accompany Anne from Greenwich to Tower Bridge beforehand (10km)

Penciled in for either Friday night or Sunday morning

MORE THEMED RUNNING AND WALKING TOURS OF LONDON

We'll be in touch to find out what tours you're hoping to see on the schedule: from street art to gin to sex and scandal and crime & punishment. And loads inbetween. 

CHOOSE A TICKET

Sorry, VAT will be added to your ticket at the checkout! We hate it too!  Your 3-day tickets will include:

  • 2 running or walking tours

  • Anne Boleyn's Coronation Procession

  • The Dash (team treasure hunt)

  • A picnic lunch on Saturday

  • Closing Ceremony (drinks not included)

  • 2 evening socials with quizzes/activities

  • A special cloth festival wristband 

WHERE TO STAY

Although our schedule is tentative, we do plan to base the 2022 festival around the Westminster/Hyde Park area. As well as so much fascinating history and amazing sites, there are also lots of reasonably priced hotels around the Hyde Park area.