Couch PotatoDon’t be a couch potato – there’s so much on that you should never be at a loss for something to do locally. Take the bus, use your bike or just walk. Everything is so close.

Brentford FC – Your local football club

The Bees play at Griffin Park, Braemar Road, Brentford in the Football League. They are a friendly community club that offers excellent value for money, with cheap children’s tickets and exciting football. The club also has a stellar Football in the Community programme in partnership with Ealing and Hounslow Councils.

Brentford Football in the Community offers:
* Free tickets for community groups at League matches, with free face painting and other children’s activities * After-school clubs, birthday parties * Chairobics * Women’s & girls’ football * Saturday Club (all abilities, various ages, bring your own kit) * One 2 One Ability Counts coaching for people with disabilities. For further details, click on website link or call 0844 247 1889.

Watermans Art Centre   020 8232 1019. 40 High Street  Brentford, TW8 0DS

The Watermans is Brentford’s arts centre and has a theatre, cinema and exhibition space to rival those of any city venue.  What’s more, its bar and restaurant offer one of the area’s best river views.

Osterley House & Park  – 020 8232 5050. Jersey Road, Isleworth TW7 4RB
A Tudor mansion turned into a neoclassical palace for the banker Robert Child, Osterley House was recently renovated by the V&A Museum. A huge 258-acre park and many events throughout the year make it worth a visit.

Hanwell Flight & Brunel’s Three Bridges  – Windmill Lane, Hanwell.
This flight of six locks raises the Grand Union Canal out of the Thames Valley more than 16 metres. Nearby, the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel accomplished a remarkable feat of engineering in 1859: a railway line crossed over by the Grand Union Canal, topped by the Windmill Road bridge.

Brentford Walks  – 020 8560 3718
Hounslow Heritage guides you through historic Brentford every Sunday from June to October. Meet at Goddards Corner on the High Street.

Kew Bridge Water and Steam Museum  – 020 8568 4757. Green Dragon Lane  Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0EN (near Kew Bridge).

Housed in a Victorian waterworks (with its landmark tower), the museum has the oldest working beam engine. Steam days at weekends and Bank Holidays.

Musical Museum  – 020 8560 8108
Regular demonstrations bring to life this fascinating collection of instruments, including a full-size Wurlitzer theatre organ. Regular Saturday concerts throughout the summer.

Boston Manor House & Park   
With an original Jacobean manor house as its centrepiece, the park has much to offer: bowling greens and tennis courts, a cricket pitch and a lake with ducks and squirrels eager to be fed.

Gunnersbury House Museum & Park  – 020 3961 0280.
Once the ‘country’ home of the Rothschilds, the famous banking family, it is now a museum holding local artefacts. It is a ‘must see’ for finding out more about local history. It boasts a large open park.

Syon House & Park   020 8560 0882. Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford TW8 8JF

The London residence of the Duke of Northumberland, this stately home has many attractions, including a large garden centre.

BRAG TIP: Staying in? Turn the heating down by a degree to save money and energy. Fit aluminium foil behind radiators to reflect heat back into the room.

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