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Holly Lodge, Richmond Park - March 2015

Holly Lodge Centre


The Holly Lodge Centre provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn from a series of hands-on experiences focusing on the rich natural environment in the unique setting of Richmond Park. These activities range from art, gardening and photography to environmental and historical interpretation programmes that are linked to the National Curriculum for schools. All kinds of groups are catered for and have included special schools, day centres, mainstream schools, holiday clubs, hospitals and many other kinds of organisations. Activities are adapted to help visitors gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from the Park.


In addition to outdoor activities, groups can also experience and learn about life and society in Victorian times by visiting 'Mrs. Sawyer's Kitchen' - an old farm building that has been transformed to provide an authentic glimpse of the Victorian age. There is also a kitchen garden planted with old varieties of vegetables, and our replica Victorian Pharmacy.

The Centre is located at Holly Lodge, the Park's administrative headquarters and base for the Metropolitan Police. This is a secure site. It is run as a charity (charity no 1076741) in collaboration with the Royal Parks.

Spring lunch to feature “Calendar Girls” Creator, Tricia Stewart Mark 

On Wednesday, 18 March, the Centre’s annual spring lunch will feature Tricia Stewart, creator of the fabulously successful “Calendar Girls” calendars. Tricia will speak about how her “crazy idea” for an alternative calendar for the Women’s Institute has, over 15 years, become a phenomenon, inspiring the blockbuster film, “Calendar Girls”, the long-running West End stage version of the story and Tricia’s own book, “The Calendar Girl”.

The luncheon will be in the Belvedere at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park. 12:30 for 1:00.

Doors will open at 11:30 giving everyone the opportunity to browse the fashion stalls.

In addition to Tricia’s talk which promises to be amusing and inspirational, guests will receive a welcome drink and a three course lunch with half a bottle of wine per person. There will be a raffle with a variety of prizes.

Tricia is a much sought after speaker with in excess of 100 speaking engagements each year. And the calendars themselves continue to be a huge world-wide success that has raised £4 million for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research.

One person who recently heard Tricia speak said that she “told the story of the Calendar Girls with so much humour, honesty and energy she well deserved the standing ovation she received. She made us realise that with some out-of-the-box thinking, you can achieve great things if you just go ahead and do it.”

Tickets: £45

Telephone: 020 8940 8730 

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