As is the habit of the borough of Richmond Upon Thames, there are plenty of events and activities celebrating Halloween and bonfire night this season in 2010, with fireworks aplenty, spooky ghost hunts and Halloween howlers. Take a look through thebestof Richmond Events pages for more information:
Listen to mysterious tales of Kew this Halloween
Special Spooky tours
Fri 29 - Sun 31 Oct 2010
Tours run hourly between 11:30am - 3:30pm
Take a trip on the Haloween Kew Explorer and listen to mysterious tales of Kew. Tour starts from Stop 1 near Victoria Gate
Adults: £4, Child (Under 17): £1
Tel: 020 8332 5655
Discover the centuries old ghosts of Ham House
Halloween Ghost Tours
Sat 30, Sun 31 Oct 2010
6pm - 8pm and 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Discover the centuries old ghosts of Ham House in a special after dark visit on the spookiest nights of the year. One hour tour followed by canapes and drinks in the 17th century Orangery
Tel: 020 8940 1950
Syon House ghostly tour
Is Syon House Haunted?
Sun 31 Oct 2010
Come along and take a tour at Syon. Hear the terrible tales of horrible history and decided for yourself. Tel: 020 8560 0882
Barnes Sports Club annual Big Bonfire and Fireworks evening
Guy Fawkes will give everyone the chance of a fun family night out, and on Saturday November 6th Barnes will go off with a bang and the skies will rain colour when the Sports Club holds its annual Big Bonfire and Fireworks evening on its cricket ground on Lonsdale Road (www.barnessportsclub.org).
For children under 13 there is another Make-a-Guy competition. The creator of this year's Best Guy can help light the Big Bonfire as well as receiving a voucher donated again by Les Petits. Guys assemble in the street-front clubhouse at around 6:30pm where the Masked Judge will choose the winner at 6:55pm before leading all the entrants in a torch-lit procession to the Bonfire, which will be lit just after 7:00pm.
Then boys from St Paul's School will provide some jazz before the firework display starts at 7:55pm. There are stalls with hamburgers and hotdogs and other food and drink goodies including mulled wine, plus sparklers and light sticks and more fun frippery both glittery and ghoulish.
Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children and Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are £20. Under 5's are free. You could save yourself some queuing by buying your tickets in advance from Seals, Two Peas in a Pod, Focalpoint, Les Petits, Charles Banks Ray, Giuliano, The Tree House as well as the Sports Club's clubhouse after October 22nd. Barnes Montessori Nursery parents can buy directly from the School.
Fireworks and fundraising for local charities
Kempton Park Racecourse fireworks
Sat 6 Nov 2010
Kempton Fireworks is a fund-raising event organised by a number of local Round Tables, aiming to distribute proceeds to local causes and charities
Gates Open at 6pm, the fireworks begin at 7.45pm.
£8 on the night, £6 if purchased before at www.kemptonfireworks.org.uk
Tel: 01932 782 292
Bonfire night at Imber Court!
Imber Court Sports Club Fireworks
Fri 5 Nov 2010
The gates will open at 5pm were there will be refreshments available and a fun fair for over 14years of age.
The Bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks will follow shortly after.
Tel: 020 8398 1267
Annual Fireworks Spectacular at Richmond Athletic Ground
Richmond Annual Fireworks Spectacular
7th November 2010
A spectacular evening of family fun with a choreographed fireworks display, bonfire, fairground rides, hog roast and mulled wine to list but a few attractions. Main grandstand, provides shelter against any bad weather.
Advanced tickets: Adults £8, Children £5, Family £25, Under 5s Free.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Richmond Visitor Information Centre (020 8734 3360)
Pumpkin themed fun in the Walled Garden
Halloween Pumpkin Festival
Sat 30, Sun 31 Oct 2010 1:00 - 4:00pm Pumpkin themed fun in the Walled Garden including cooking demonstrations, tastings, carving and games
Garden admission charge applies
Osterley Park House
Tel: 020 8232 5050
Silas Van Der Bas
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