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Sun, 10 May


Teddington Gate

Chestnut Sunday

Chestnut Sunday is the biggest day in Bushy Park’s calendar. Each year, people come from all over London and the South East to join in the local tradition of celebrating the blossom on the magnificent horse chestnut trees in the park.

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Chestnut Sunday

Time & Location

10 May 2020, 12:00

Teddington Gate, Teddington TW11 0JE, UK

About The Event

Chestnut Sunday has evolved through its long history but the central feature is a parade down Chestnut Avenue, leaving from Teddington Gate and arriving at Diana Fountain. These days the parade features vintage bicycles, WWII military vehicles, horse rangers, marching bands and Harley Davidson motorcyclists so there’s something for everyone!

Once the parade reaches Diana Fountain there’s a traditional fairground with a galloping horse carousel and plenty of other rides and stalls. In recent years, historical re-enactment groups have put on dramatic displays including the Ancient Greeks, Elizabethan England, the American Civil War and a musket firing battle between Roundheads and Cavaliers.

There’s a strong tradition of live jazz music being provided by local school jazz bands, and there are lots of interesting stands provided by local groups including the RSPB, the park’s gamekeeper and tree surgeons, local bee-keepers, local history groups and, of course, the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks.

Timings may vary from year to year, but in general the Parade leaves Teddington Gate at 12.00pm and the event continues throughout the afternoon. Refreshments are available from a variety of stalls, but many people continue the tradition of bringing picnics to share with friends and family.

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