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Kew Gardens – Christmas at Kew

November 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pmJanuary 5, 2020 @ 10:00 pm GMT

Now in its seventh year, the 2019 winter trail takes a magical new route and includes a host of all-new installations. Framed by glittering spiral trees, dynamic laser projections will illuminate the iconic Temperate House. A dazzling arch leads to a cascade of glowing silvery shards at the Treetop Walkway. Walk amongst immersive vines as they surprise with changing ribbons of light, and wander beneath the branches where mysterious fairy-fire known as Will-o’the Wisp softly glows. For ticket information, click here.

Visit Chiswick House & Gardens

December 13
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Chiswick House is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. Built by Lord Burlington as an extravagant party venue, the neo-Palladian villa was famous in its heyday during the 18th and 19th centuries for some of the most sumptuous entertainments ever held in Britain. The rich decoration and many paintings are well worth the entrance fee. The house is open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm at weekends in 2018 from Saturday 24 February until Easter weekend (Friday 31 March – Monday…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

December 13
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A green oasis created by intersecting railway lines, saved from development in the 1980s and managed by the London Wildlife Trust for wildlife and people. This wet woodland nature reserve is a haven for birds and small mammals, which take advantage of the sheltered birch and willow. Walkways and footpaths help guide visitors around the ponds and acid grassland areas through this wild oasis in Chiswick. You can just wander round and enjoy the peace and beauty of it or…

Visit Syon Park, Brentford

December 13
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The Park and Gardens are beautiful to walk around. The Great Conservatory has been used as a location for music videos and film shoots, including the 1967 Dudley Moore – Peter Cook version of Bedazzled and John Boorman’s first feature film Catch Us If You Can. The House & Gardens are open from March until the end of October and close for the winter, except for the Enchanted Woodland event in November, when the Gardens are lit by night. Throughout…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

December 13
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Winter opening: 1 November until February 28 (or 29 when relevant), opening times 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (last admission 3.30pm). Summer opening: 1 March until October 31, opening times 9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). An urban oasis for wildlife, with wading birds, ducks and otters. A lovely place to go, with or without kids. Find out about WWT’s conservation work and the birds they are helping to save from extinction. Walks and talks on wild animals, plants and…

Arts & Crafts Trail, Hammersmith

December 13
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This is a walk that you can do at your leisure. You just need to download the map, or pick it up from the William Morris Society Museum in Hammersmith, open Thursday and Saturday, 2.00 – 5.00pm. Start at Hammersmith Bridge and make your way along the river to Hammersmith Terrace, reading about some of the interesting Victorians as you go. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement, home to several of its…

Visit Osterley Park & House

December 13
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Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as 'the palace of palaces', Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. Today the house is presented as it would have looked in the 1780s: ‘Enter the house as the family's guests would have via the impressive stone steps leading up…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

December 13
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The park is open daily from 8.00am – dusk. The museum is open Tuesday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 10.00am – 4.30pm. The original Gunnersbury House was built by Sir John Maynard, a lawyer and politician during the time of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th century Princess Amelia, daughter of George II, used it as her summer home. After her death the original house was pulled down and replaced by two mansions. Both were bought by the Rothschild family in…

Gunnersbury Park, parkrun, all ages

December 14 @ 9:00 am GMT
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A 5km timed run - you against the clock. Free event. All ages and abilities welcome. You can run, jog or walk the course. Everyone runs for their own enjoyment. You are invited to join in whatever your pace. parkrun started back in 2004 when 13 runners got together on a blustery day in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK. They’re now an international family of two million registered runners and volunteers (and counting). Held in pleasant parkland on weekend mornings, their…

Birds swimming at London Wetland Centre

London Wetland Centre – Bird Feed With a Warden

December 14 @ 3:00 pm GMT
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 31, 2019

Join London Wetland Centre's wardens as they feed the beautiful water birds from around the globe. Discover more about WWT's conservation work and the birds they are helping to save from extinction. For entrance ticket details and prices click here.

Christmas Food Market

December 15 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm GMT

The Food Market Chiswick, held every Sunday morning at Dukes Meadows, will be a full on Christmas market on Sunday 15 December. Among the regular stall holders are a cheese stall and an olives stall as well as a fishmonger, two farmers selling meat direct from their farms, and a couple of vegetable stalls, offering the basic ingredients for a great Christmas dinner. On 15 December you will also find some lost elves and their reindeer and a Christmas 'boogie bear',…

Salopian Garden, Isleworth

December 18
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The Salopian Garden in Isleworth is open to the public on Wednesdays from 1.00-3.00pm and Thursdays from 10.00am-3.00pm The Salopian Garden is a community garden and a horticultural training resource run by the social enterprise Cultivate London, which trains unemployed young people in landscaping and horticulture, and works to engage the local community in food growing. The National Trust leased the land to Cultivate London and during 2016 it was transformed from a neglected wilderness into a lovely garden with…

The Food Market Chiswick

December 22 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm GMT
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The market is behind the flats on the A316, opposite Chiswick School. You can reach it from either Edensor Road or Riverside Drive (and then left onto Alexandra Gardens). Just follow the signs. The Food Market Chiswick is a collection of stalls where the stallholders are also the producers of the food, so the food is fresh and seasonal. There are stallholders offering prepared food: a selection of street food, handmade bread, cakes and pastries, and those offering the ingredients:…

Chiswick House & Gardens – Lightopia

January 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm9:00 pm GMT
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Lightopia is a new winter light trail that aims to revive and reinterpret the classics, transporting the audience into a very different world of expression and raw emotion with the light designs and interactive pieces. The designs are the timeless units of nature. The interaction between space and form is made possible by Lightopia, a spiritual society that exists only in the works and ideas of its creation. The event will run Wednesday – Sunday between the 22nd January and…

Kew Gardens Scenery

Kew Gardens – Monthly British Sign Language Tours

February 2, 2020 @ 11:30 am1:00 pm GMT
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For visitors who use British Sign Language, these monthly walking tours led by Kew's specially trained tour guides offer an overview of the Gardens, its history and scientific work. Tours take place on the first Sunday of each month (except December and January) at 11.30am and last about 90 minutes. Tours start from Victoria Gate. These tours are free, and free entry to the Gardens is included. They are limited to 15 people per tour, so registering is essential. Please register in…

Bedford Park Festival – Green Days

June 13, 2020June 14, 2020

Green Days is huge fete over two days on Acton Green with a fun fair, live music stage, beer tent, craft village and all manner of food and drink on sale from wonderful cakes baked by the congregation of St Michael & All Angels Church and supplemented by the American Chiswick High Rd bakers Outsider Tart, to the produce of the local distillery Sipsmith and local brewery Fuller’s. There’s all that you would expect of a village fete – fancy…

Visit Kew Gardens, Richmond

July 12, 2020
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The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. In winter the Palm House welcomes you in to the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the world’s climatic zones and the Waterlily House shows off its amazing, giant lily pads. In spring and summer you can enjoy the long vistas of snowdrops…

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