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This Sunday, 12 May, will see a revival of Bushy Park’s famous Chestnut Sunday celebration.

The event will return to its Victorian origins when people would organise family picnics in the park.

Visitors on Sunday are invited to bring their ‘blanket picnics’ and enjoy the natural surroundings and uplifting scenery of the park. The much-loved family celebration is returning after break caused by COVID.

Fancy dress is encouraged!

There will be an exhibition of stunning photographs of life in the park and nature walks led by knowledgeable guides throughout the afternoon.

Amazing images from Bushy Park feature in the Chestnut Sunday exhibition


From 12.00 until 16.00, visitors are welcome to the grass lawn between the Children’s Playground and the shady tree-line near the Diana car park kiosk.

Climate change impact, the preservation of this Site of Special Scientific Interest, and coinciding with the start of deer-birthing season, means it is no longer appropriate to have such a traditional event of the past which featured a parade, classic vehicles, stalls, and a funfair.

Visitors are also reminded that all dogs MUST be kept on leads during this period which coincides with the deer-birthing season and are urged to take their litter home with them.

The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks  want Chestnut Sunday to remain an event in which the park, its wildlife and its history can be celebrated and shared.

“We hope you will still wish to come and enjoy this return to the roots of Chestnut Sunday,” said a spokesperson.


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