THINGS TO DO IN KEMPTON
And surrounding areas
If you’re heading to Kempton Park Racecourse for a day at the races here are some ideas on places to visit before or after visiting the racecourse.
Wimbledon and Putney Commons are 1,140 acres of countryside in the urban surroundings of Wimbledon, Putney and Kingston-upon-Thames.
Distance from the racecourse: 7.7 miles
The London Wetland Centre is a wetland reserve where wildlife thrives in the heart of the capital.
Distance from racecourse: 8.3 miles
MORE Things to do...
Beautiful landscapes, charming market towns and only a stone’s throw away from London, make Surrey one of the most desirable places to visit in England. If you’re heading to the races at Kempton Park Racecourse, why not take advantage of being in Surrey and explore this uniquely beautiful county? From historic stately homes to theme parks with some of the UK’s most thrilling rollercoasters. Wondering what to do in Surrey? We’ve chosen some of the county’s biggest and best attractions to guide you.
Thrilling rides at Thorpe Park
30 stomach-swooping, jaw dropping rides await you at this award-winning theme park. Some of the UK’s most famous rollercoasters call Thorpe Park home, including Nemesis Inferno, Colossus, and one of Europe’s fastest rollercoasters, Stealth. Thorpe Park is guaranteed to be a fun-filled day out for thrill-seekers of all ages, but most of the more adrenaline-fuelled rides do have height restrictions in place. Don’t worry, as there are plenty of rides and attractions suitable for little ones too, from Angry Birds dodgems to firm family favourite Flying Fish.
Discover a unique piece of history
The area is history filled with Strawberry Hill House and Hampton Court Palace on your doorstep. Horace Walpole’s legacy is a uniquely enchanting Gothic castle on the bank of the Thames. For those architecture lovers wondering what to do near London, Strawberry Hills House is the place to go for architecture reminiscent of a fairy tale castle, which started the Gothic Revival movement that became so popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Famed as the seat of Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is a key historical palace with a unique past. Today it is a hugely popular destination for lovers of period architecture and history, as the expansive house and gardens are testament to Tudor and Baroque style.
Indulge in a spot of retail therapy
A busy local hub for shopping and entertainment, Two Rivers has everything you could want for an enjoyable day of retail therapy with the family, or only a short ride away are the main shopping hubs or Richmond and Kingston-on-Thames Shop till you drop at all your favourite high street retailers, then treat the family to a lovely meal at any of the tasty restaurants on offer around the different areas, before heading to the cinema to catch a movie. What more could you want?
Take a relaxing walk through the peaceful serenity of Bedfont Lakes Country Park, visit the historic Bushy Park or view the London skyline from the stunning Richmond Park. Bedfont Lakes’ nature reserve is home to ducks, geese and plenty of other bird species, as well as insects, plants and fish. . Since 1995 the park has won multiple awards and earned Local Nature Reserve status. In Bushy Park, enjoy the tranquil spots of the Woodland Gardens, sit by the lake, watch the deer graze or visit the play park located near the entrance. You can spend your time admiring the cityscape on top of the Richmond Park Hills or stop for a coffee at one of their many cafes. Wherever you visit you won’t be short of scenic views.
Sunbury Antiques Market
Held fortnightly within the grounds of Kempton Racecourse, Sunbury Antiques Market is one of the most highly regarded antiques fares in the country. Lovers of antiques, collectors, interior designers, dealers, auctioneers, homeowners and bargain hunters alike flock to the market on the second and last Tuesday of every month in search of unique and timeless pieces. From jewellery to furniture and paintings to clothing, there are over 700 indoor and outdoor stalls to pore over. If you’re wondering what to do in Kempton Park midweek, this market has it all.