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I am delighted as Chair of the Friends to welcome you to our website. Bushy Park and Home Park are two wonderful large green oases in the south west corner of London. Feeling wild, they are natural places with ancient histories, fascinating heritage and superb wildlife. Both are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing rare species. These are places to be enjoyed and conserved. Which is why the Friends exist, campaigning, supporting and protecting the parks, and enhancing visitors’ enjoyment with information, advice and guidance.

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Olympic Torch to begin final day's journey in Bushy Park

On the opening day of the Olympics – Friday 27th July – the Olympic Torch Relay sets out on its final leg – by river to the Opening Ceremony at the Olympics site.

And it will commence that historic journey here in Bushy Park. We understand it will enter or start Teddington Gate, proceed down Chestnut Avenue to Diana Fountain and then out to Home Park.

STOP PRESS This just in from Historic Royal Palaces

The Torch leaves Bushy Park at approx 7.00 and then makes its way through Lion Gate into Hampton Court Palace to The Wilderness, and the Maze. It then goes through the East Front Formal Gardens. All these areas are open to the public without charges and you can view anywhere along that route. We will have stewards in place on the day to help direct people to the best spots.

The torch will go through the palace and out onto our West Front but that area is closed off for TV. It should get to the Gloriana at 7.30.

The advice is either to get to the gardens and claim a spot there – if you are down towards the Privy Garden Gates you can see the torch handover twice and perhaps then head over within the Gardens to see the flame pass on the river.

You could also go to Barge Walk (you will need to walk around the perimeter of the palace to do that) and watch from there.

It isn’t our intention to open access from the gardens to Barge Walk via the Tijou screens so you can’t get through there to see the torch on the river.

In terms of following the torch we’ve not had any guidance on this, but I think the aim is for crowds to stay where they are as the torch comes past.

Hope that helps and you get to enjoy the morning!

Best Regards

David Hingley
Head of Visitor Services
Hampton Court Palace

On leaving Hampton Court, the Torch will travel on the royal barge Gloriana, rowed by ex-Olmypians, past Home Park, under Kingston Bridge and so onto London and the Opening Ceremony.

The gates to Bushy park will open at 6.30am but there is no parking on site. There will be stewards so if you do come it will all be clear where you can go when you arrive if you are unsure.

For further information visit www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route/

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