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New arrangements for Chestnut Sunday on Sunday May 12


Musical performances and an exhibition marking Bushy Park’s vital role in World War Two will no longer form part of this year’s revived Chestnut Sunday celebrations, it was announced by the Friends of Bushy and Home Parks today (thursday)

The reason for the scaled back event comes after extensive discussions with officials of the Royal Parks and The Friends feel unable to arrange the numbers of volunteers to safely manage the stewarding.

“We are disappointed but safety is paramount,” said a spokesperson.

Visitors on Sunday, May 12th will be encouraged to enjoy a family picnic in the park and there will be a gallery of stunning photographs celebrating the wide range of wildlife which inhabits the Park.

Guided nature walks will be available throughout the afternoon, for all ages, led by Park Rangers and Friends’ volunteers.

Children (and others) are encouraged to wear fancy dress to add to the fun.

Visitors can make tasty additions to your own home-made picnics from kiosks in the park and the Pheasantry café, and ice cream van.

The fun happens between 12.00 and 16.00  in the large lawn area between the Diana car park and the children’s playground.

Chestnut Sunday remains an important part of this park’s history. Come and enjoy it the way the Victorians did. Leave your car at home, come on the omnibus, on your bone-shaking bicycle, or by Shanks’s pony.

The exhibition about WWII, Camp Griffiss, and Eisenhower’s planning of D-Day here in the park will now be held on the weekend of 8/9 June.


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