hanworth classic

Photo credit: John Alexander. 

Photo credit: John Alexander. 

Hanworth Classic. Richmond. Hampton Court Road, London TW12 2EJ. 

A free day out for all the family in Bushy Park each June. Donations to a nominated charity are invited. The event features a display of over 500 vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles. 

To go with the period of the cars, the event features 150 dancers who are encourged to dress in the style of the 1940s and 1950s. There is a large covered all-weather dance floor, with displays of jitterbug and jive dancing of the period. Also refreshments and a picnic area. 

The Hanworth Classic takes place within and around Bushy Park's magnificent Chestnut Avenue. This was conceived by Christopher Wren to provide Charles I with a grand approach to Hampton Court Palace. One of London's eight Royal Parks, Bushy Park covers an area of 1099 acres. It is the second largest, after Richmond Park, of the Royal Parks. The park was established by Henry VIII as a deer hunting ground in 1529, after he took over Hampton Court Palace from Cardinal Wolsey. 

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