November Listings for Gunnersbury Park & Museum

Three exhibitions at the museum - Wild, Escaping Reality and Citizen UK: Ealing Rises Up

Free exhibition Wild continues until December

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There’s plenty to enjoy in and around Gunnersbury Park through to the end of the year.

Free Special Exhibitions


Thursday 7 October – Sunday 12 December , 12-4.30pm with late opening until 8pm on Fridays

Free entry

This autumn at Gunnersbury experience Britain’s wildlife as never before in a family-friendly exhibition Wild.

Get up close to a gannet in full dive as it plummets towards the sea to catch fish, catch a glimpse of the elusive red squirrel and discover more about the lives of the animals on our doorstep and beyond.

Escaping Reality

Monday 25 October – Sunday 28 November, 7am - dusk

Free entry

Public parks were created to offer healthy recreation for all, and Gunnersbury is no different. When the then-Minister for Health, Neville Chamberlain opened the park in 1926 it was as a place of wellbeing, a green lung for west London's communities.

Gunnersbury has been a lifeline for many during the Coronavirus pandemic, and in this photography exhibition local people share what this park has meant to them during these unprecedented times.

Citizen UK: Ealing Rises Up

Monday 29 November – Thursday 31 March 2022, 7am - dusk

Free entry

Hear the stories of those who stood up and resisted racism

Citizen UK: Ealing Rises Up is an exhibition by The National Portrait Gallery in partnership with Ealing Local History Centre Archives, artists Asia Ahmed and Narvir Singh, and local volunteer Citizen Researchers.

This exhibition investigates stories of people who stood up and resisted racism and recognises some of the lesser-known figures involved. Using archive material, spoken word and film, we'll tell the stories of Ealing activists and the movements they were part of.

Visit the outdoor exhibition to see portraits, photographs and research, access interviews from Gunnersbury Park Museum’s Archive and watch the newly commissioned films.

Talks and Tours

Discover a Muslim History of Acton

Saturday, 6 November, 11am – 1pm


Join a circular tour exploring 300 years of Muslim connections to Acton. From early Muslim prayer places to such famous individuals as the traveller Lady Montagu, the boxer Muhammad Ali, and the Quran translator Abdullah Yusuf Ali, a convert to the Islamic faith who challenged Ealing council for recognition and won. The tour includes an optional visit to a Mosque.

St Lawrence’s Church, New Brentford, and its burial grounds

Wednesday, 10 November, 6 – 7pm


Join an online talk exploring St Lawrence’s Church in New Brentford.

Records show that a religious building has stood on the site since the 12th century Local Brentford historians Jim Storrar and David Shailes will explore the history of this 15th-century church and the communities it has served.

West London Rocks! A Musical Tour of Chiswick

Sunday, 21 November, 11am – 12.30pm


Join a circular tour exploring Chiswick's musical connections. On this musical history tour you ’ll pass the studios where the Rolling Stones and The Who recorded their last albums, visit the place where many a pop artist has their tracks mastered, find the headquarters of Island Records and see the home of the writer of A Hard Days Night. Not forgetting Liberace!

Museum on the streets - Discover Brentford, Old and New

Sunday, 12 December, 11am – 12.30pm

Join a walking tour delivered by Ealing and West London Tour Guides.

Explore Brentford from its medieval beginnings to the 21st century Brentford Project, one of the largest new developments in London.

Along the way, hear about Nell Gwyn’s pet Griffin, the historic Butts Estate with its 18th century houses, Brentford’s connection with the artist Turner, and see where osiers worked and ferrymen quarrelled.

The walk begins at Kew Bridge Station. Tickets cost £12.

Workshops for Adults

Mindful Gong Baths

Every Saturday in November, 11am – 12pm


Relax with Patricia Ehtemam every Saturday morning in November for a gong bath session.

Looking to destress and inject more calm and peace into your life? Then join us for our gong bath sessions.

Gong baths are an immersive sound healing experience. It is known as a ‘bath’ as the sounds ‘wash’ over you to help you feel calm, relaxed, and happy.

Patricia will guide you into a deep relaxation, followed by playing the gong, crystal bowl, chimes and drums creating a soundscape. All you need to do is to make sure that you are comfortable and allow the sound of the instruments to wash over you.

Whether you are new or experienced to gong baths, these sessions are open to everyone.

Perfume Workshop

Wednesday 10 November, 6:30pm – 8pm


Join artisan perfumer Sarah McCartney as she explores the roots of a perfume inspired by the Fred Goodwin Rose.

The Fred Goodwin Rose is a rare blue-pink variety bred by a skilled gardener who worked at Gunnersbury during the 1930s.

Participants will smell traditional and modern materials to construct the aroma of a blue-pink rose and will take a 15ml bottle away with them.

For Children & Families

Open Mic Nights

5 November, 3 December 2021, 6pm – 8pm


Bring your instruments, singing voices, or poetry and take centre stage!

Gunnersbury Park & Museum is organising monthly open mic sessions for children and families from October 2021.

Sessions are led by Edwin Addis, an experienced open mic host.

Email if you would like to perform. Book early to avoid disappointment because slots will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Tickets £5 (free for children aged 5-11)

These open mic sessions are suitable for anyone with a disability.

Free Family Trail: Bedtime for Lionel

Thursday 7 October to Sunday 12 December, 12 – 4.30pm, and until 8pm on Fridays


Join Lionel the baby hedgehog on a mission around the museum to find his brothers and sisters and help them prepare for their winter hibernation!

Pick up our trail from the front desk!

Autumn is coming to Gunnersbury Park
Autumn is coming to Gunnersbury Park

Stir-Up Sunday

Sunday, 21 November, 11am - 12pm, 12.45 – 1.45pm, 2.30 – 3.30pm


Help Victorian servants prepare for the Christmas festivities.

Traditionally, Christmas preparations would begin on the last Sunday before Advent, known as Stir-Up Sunday. Help the servants pound the sugar and spices, stir the plum pudding and make a Christmas wish.

An interactive, promenade performance for all the family.

Father Christmas at Gunnersbury

Saturdays 4, 11, 18 December and Sundays 5, 12, 19 December, 10.30am – 4.30pm


Pay a very special visit to our Victorian Father Christmas, dressed in his traditional green robes, in Gunnersbury’s Historic Kitchens.

Help the kitchen maid make decorations to take home with you and then visit Father Christmas in his festive Study. Children will receive a traditional wooden toy as a gift.

The initial ticket price secures your timeslot but is for one child only. Any additional children must be paid for on the day at a price of £10 per child. All adults are free.

Christmas Crafternoons

23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 December, 12.30 – 3.30pm


Get crafty over the Christmas holidays. Come to Gunnersbury Park Museum for our free family drop-in activities and take something festive home.

Drop in between 12:30 – 15:30. No booking required but space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Suggested donation £2 per child, adults free. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

A Magic Lantern Christmas Show

Tuesday 28 December, 11.30am – 12pm


A seasonal Magic Lantern entertainment for families in the magnificent drawing room of Gunnersbury Park House.

Burning ships, exploding volcanoes, spectacular fireworks and the Man who eats Rats! Presented by internationally renowned magic lantern performers Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker.

A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Show

Tuesday 28 December, 2 – 2:45pm


Book your ticket for a Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Show.

Christmas has always been a time for ghost stories and the supernatural. Enter the bizarre and fantastical worlds of the magic lantern with internationally renowned magic lantern performers Jeremy and Carolyn Brooker. A seasonal celebration of goblins, ghosts and the downright weird. Accompanied by the acclaimed silent film pianist Costas Fotopoulos.

The shows will feature an authentic triunial (or Triple) magic lantern combining three projectors in a single device, creating the most spectacular effects the lantern can produce.

Gunnersbury Park Farmers Market

Weekly farmer's market each Sunday. Run by RMS Markets, you'll find everything you could want from a farmers markets with top quality, fish, meat, artisan bread, cheese, fruit and veg.

Every first Sunday of the month they'll be joined by artisan craft traders.

Find it in the field next to the car park from 10am - 3pm.

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November 5, 2021

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