Chestnut Sunday in Bushy Park
As part of the Royal Parks in the Great Wat project we were invited to take part in the annual Chestnut Sunday parade in Bushy Park, London.
Chestnut Sunday is the biggest day in Bushy Park’s calendar. Each year, on the Sunday closest to 11th May, people come from all over London and the South East to join in our local tradition of celebrating the blossom on the magnificent horse chestnut trees in the park.
The event has evolved throughout 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!
This event attracts over 10,000 people who turn out on the second Sunday of May.
We were certainly one of the main attractions with two vintage army bicycles and showing the equipment that a solider would have to carry. There were lots of questions especially from the children who wanted to look at the rifle. To our amazement was the knowledge some of the children and adults had about the Great War and the informative questions that were asked.
Would we go back, the answer is a solid yes but with a bigger and better presentation. So come along next year to see what we have planned.