With summer here and the weather heating up, now is the perfect opportunity to get out and about and visit some of the wonderful places in Thames Ditton. If you’re looking for some inspiration for planning a day out with the family, This Is Our Town has put together a guide to making the most of the sunshine and enjoying the fantastic attractions in the local area.
How about starting with a trip to the Thames Ditton Miniature Steam Railway? Railway enthusiasts will love this family friendly attraction where they can take a ride on the miniature railway train before enjoying a picnic or stopping by the station tea rooms for lunch. The railway is only open on certain days so make sure you call ahead and confirm admission prices. For further information visit www.malden-dsme.co.uk#sthash.MqAg4rTz.dpuf
Take a step back in time with a visit to the visually stunning Hampton Court Palace this summer. The former home of Henry VIII is full of exciting corridors and courtyards to explore as you fill your brain with fascinating knowledge of Britain’s rich past. Wander through the Royal Chapel, stroll around the beautiful gardens and gaze upon the magnificent ceiling of the Great Hall in one of the world’s most famous, historic palaces. Visit http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/ for full details on planning your visit.
No day out in Thames Ditton is complete without a trip to St Nicholas Church, which boasts one of the finest fonts in Surrey with unique sculptures depicting an Agnus Dei, a goat, a star and an unusual cross. The Church of St. Nicholas also contains a fine stone monument and brass sculpture dedicated to Erasmus Forde, a prominent Thames Ditton resident in the 16th Century, with two bays designed to hold two kneeling effigies. Make sure you spare an hour or so to drop by this historic church.
As you can see, Thames Ditton has some fantastic attractions open to the public this summer!
Written by Michael Hill
Image by Steve Cadman