Horse drawn carriage rides in Richmond Park
You can now explore the Park after dark in your own private carriage, complete with horse in costume and chauffer in character. This hour-long tour will not only provide you with a colourful and thorough history of the park, but you’ll also be taught a thing or two about the various ghostly figures and ghouls that are said to haunt this historic hunting ground. Happily, you’ll be offered a glass of sloe gin already paid for in the price of your ticket, which you can enjoy while soaking up such spooky sights as the Shrew Ash Tree. This famous tree is coming on to 1000 years of age, and has been plucked and poked by some of history’s most famous druids, witches and fortune tellers. Some truly fascinating true stories will ensue…
Where: Sheen Gate, Richmond Park
When: 30th, 31st October and 1st November. Click here to book!
Mexico’s Day of the Dead Festival
Mexico has a 3,000 year old tradition that is little known in British culture as an actual event that really does occur every year. La Dia de los Muertos is something we’d usually associate with films, fiction, music or legend, but actually, this event is a major part of Mexican culture and has been since before Christ was even born. The day is a chance to celebrate, pray to and remember loved ones who have passed on, and this year, a taste of this ancient and beautiful tradition is coming to London! An exhibition of modern art pieces inspired by the men lost in World War I will be the main attraction, and there will also be screenings of ‘Under the Volcano’, as well as the standard mass consumption of some seriously good quality tequila. Just a reminder – pour the salt on your hand, lick it off, do your shot, THEN squeeze the lemon juice into your mouth. You will feel mightily silly if you get that wrong among such stern and long-standing authenticity!
Where: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf
30th October to 2nd November
Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Festival
Over 4,000 enthusiastic London-based party-goers attended this outdoor party in 2013, and this year, the organisers have made even more effort to ensure that a huge crowd is not only drawn in, but well looked after. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm, and the ceremony is then followed by a stunning and lively Rock Opera named ‘A Tale to Raise the Spirits’. Pyrotechnics, fireworks, performance art and light shows are just a few of the jaw-dropping features of this unusual and utterly thrilling show, and there will be food, ale and mulled wine stalls providing all sorts of tasty treats throughout the evening. This is a fantastic opportunity to attend what is, in essence, a free mini wintertime city centre festival – and if last year was anything to go on, 2014 in Vauxhall is set to be a smasher.
Where: Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
When: 31st October