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.