Autumn might mean shorter and colder days, but that’s no excuse not to get out and about! In fact, autumn in Richmond is great, the park gets even more stunning with its new colours and there are a whole host of events and entertainment. We’ve handpicked our favourites here...
Chihuly nights until 27th October
This is your last chance to discover the Chihuly Nights exhibition in Kew Gardens as it ends on 27th October. Discover the work of contemporary artist Dave Chihuly in the wonderful setting of Kew Gardens, where by night, Chichuly’s artwork is illuminated and is paired with beautiful music. For more information click here: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/chihuly-nights
Gothic stories for Grown-Ups at Strawberry Hill House on 31st October and 1st November
For Halloween, take a tour around Horace Walpole’s Gothic Castle at twilight, enjoy a glass of fizz upon arrival, and join your guide for a 60 minute visit surrounded by an eerie atmosphere. Beware if you are of a nervous disposition as there will be a few surprises along the visit! More information here: https://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/gothic-stories/
Ghost tour in Ham House from 21st October to 8th November
If you are a fan of Ghost Tours, why not celebrate Halloween with one in Ham House. This is one of the most haunted houses in Great Britain, it is said that the former mistress of the house, Duchess of Lauderdale still stalks the corridors of Ham House.
Join the National Trust guides for an hour of spooky stories about this mysterious place. You will be rewarded for you bravery at the end with drinks and canapés! Discover more here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house-and-garden/features/evening-ghost-tours-at-ham
Christmas in Kew Gardens from 20th November until 5th January
It’s time to start planning your visit for Christmas at Kew Gardens! For its seven edition, Kew Gardens proposes a new route, with lots of new installations. Think glittering trees, a cascade of glowing shards, and laser projections, which will be illuminating the Temperate House from the end of November.
The Holly Bushes, the Tunnel of Light and the flickering Fire Garden will be back for another year too. And to top it off, you can walk the gardens with some mulled wine or hot chocolate! Click here for more info: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas
Christmas lights on 21st November
You know Christmas is close when the Christmas lights go on. In Richmond this will take place on 21st November at 5pm. This is a great opportunity for locals and businesses to gather together but also to discover there is something for everyone in Richmond, and it looks even more beautiful during the festive season - this is one not to be missed.
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