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Chair’s Welcome

I am delighted as Chair of the Friends to welcome you to our website. Bushy Park and Home Park are two wonderful large green oases in the south west corner of London. Feeling wild, they are natural places with ancient histories, fascinating heritage and superb wildlife. Both are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing rare species. These are places to be enjoyed and conserved. Which is why the Friends exist, campaigning, supporting and protecting the parks, and enhancing visitors’ enjoyment with information, advice and guidance.

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Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19 March 2017

Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19 March 2017

Half Marathon at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace will be hosting ‘The Palace Half’ the official half marathon to start and finish at Hampton Court Palace on Sunday 19th March 2017.

The event starts outside the main palace entrance at 09:00 with a wave start where runners are dispersed onto the course every 5 minutes over a 25 minute period. This will enable runners to be spread out across the route and will prevent congestion along the way. The race is due to finish at 12:30 although this is dependent on the runners on the day.
The route will be marshalled with stewards and traffic management teams lining the route. A map of the route of the 13.5mile race is above.

There will be 3,500 runners taking part so vehicle access to Barge Walk will temporarily be restricted during 09:00 and 12:30 on this date. The only other vehicle restriction will be placed on Trophy Gate as access down Trophy Drive within the palace grounds is closed between 08:55 and 09:25 for the start of the race. Adams Gate and Moat Lane are still
available for accessing the site during this half an hour.

Parking for runners and spectators will be provided on Hampton Court Green in an area separate from the established car park. Stewards will be managing this car park.

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With more members our voice is stronger when we campaign to protect the Parks, and with more subscription income we can do more to provide information and education about the Parks, their wildlife and their history.

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Walks & Talks

Forthcoming event

Friday, 7th Apr 6:00 pm

The HWA and the Friends of Hampton Wick Library are proud to present an illustrated talk by Roland Wales about the fascinating life of R C Sherriff, Hampton Wick’s celebrated playwright, Hollywood screenwriter and World War One hero.

Latest report

Over 50 people took part in the Deer Walk in Bushy Park on 3rd September 2016.

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Information Point

The Information Point next to the Pheasantry Welcome Centre café is where our volunteers help visitors to find out more about the parks and where visitors can purchase souvenirs of your visit to support our work.

Click this panel to visit our Information Point section and also to find out how you can get involved as a volunteer.