Sun Jun 30th
Free to members and prospective members, £6 supplement for attendees from Meetup
A 7 mile walk along the Thames Path, through Hampton Court and Bushy Parks, including Hampton Court Palace, and finishing with a vintage festival around the Diana Fountain. We start from Kingston station and follow the Thames Path around Hampton Court Park. At the Palace views of the exterior, the courtyard and the public gardens are all accessible for free including the famous maze. There may be views of some of the flower displays for the Hampton Court Flower Show which starts the day after our visit. We will continue into Bushy Park which is the adjoining Royal Park with beautiful plantations in bloom plus deer herds grazing on the heathland. Will visit the little known Eisenhower memorial (Bushy Park was the HQ for Allied forces preparing for D-Day). Our walk will end at the Diana Fountain where there is a vintage music and vehicle festival (40s/50s theme) with jive and swing bands offering dance lessons and performances.
Cafes in parks, food stalls at Festival
Mainline services to Kingston from Waterloo, calling at Clapham Junction. 9:57am service from Clapham arrives Kingston 10:16am. Overground services from Harrow / Willesden Junction to Clapham. Some of us are meeting at Shepherds Bush station at 9:20am to catch Overground service to Kingston via Clapham. Regular trains back from Hampton Court station (6 minute walk from Diana Fountain). Option to walk back to Kingston station as well, or bus to Kingston or Richmond station. All stations within Oyster zone. No free parking in area.
10:30am prompt outside Kingston upon Thames station, postcode KT2 5BJ
Around 5:00pm at Diana Fountain, Bushy Park, postcode TW11 0EQ