Things to do in Brentford (or surrounding areas)

On a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon

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28/04/2013 at 13:19

jr is off to see Swindon v Brentford on Bank Holiday Monday and I would like to do the journey with him (public transport)

i guess we will get there around 3'ish and be leaving approx 6:30.

Does anyone have any ideas what I can do to amuse myself whilst the game is on?  I would prefer indoor based as the weather will not be guaranteed.

Is there a pool nearby? Arts Centre? Cinema? Etc

Any help/advice/suggestions would be welcome

28/04/2013 at 13:46

Is going to the game absolutely out of the question?

Puffy Junior went there a couple of seasons ago, he's not hard to please but he said it's a hole. No offence Brentfordians.

 

28/04/2013 at 14:13

I'm not in the least bit interested in football so to watch the game would be mind-numbing torture (and I don't love Jr THAT much  )

28/04/2013 at 14:18
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

Brentford (cmon you Bees!) ....... ground is quite awkward. Its a long way to walk from public transport and to be honest its quite a dull area. Your best bet would be to catch the bus into Ealing.

p.s Brentfords ground is the only ground which has a pub on every corner.

 

David never went further than the football ground obviously 

Depending what floats your boat there's the Musical Museum and Steam Museum on Kew Bridge Road and Kew Gardens just over the other side of the river. The number 65 bus which stops outside the ground will get you to all of them.

Or you could just get off on the north end of Kew Bridge and take a walk along the Thames at Chiswick.

Edited: 28/04/2013 at 14:20
28/04/2013 at 14:20

Leave? 

 

28/04/2013 at 16:24

Drive north and don't look back

28/04/2013 at 16:39

Cant you go to the Nylon shop ? 

28/04/2013 at 19:39

Syon House isn't far away, but you have to pay to get in both the gardens and the house. Osterley Park is nice, entrance to the park is free and you can get in the house without charge if you're an NT member. Walk down to Kew Bridge and over the bridge and I'm sure you'll find a coffee shop or something.

28/04/2013 at 19:51

True. And I've just remembered there's a locally famous tea rooms called Newens just before you get to Kw Gardens:

http://www.theoriginalmaidsofhonour.co.uk/about/

Which just goes to prove DF3 knows as much about the Brentford area as he does about running...

kittenkat    pirate
28/04/2013 at 19:53

Go for a run?

kittenkat    pirate
28/04/2013 at 19:54

Oh... wait...

28/04/2013 at 19:56

 

David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

The crowd I hang around isnt really into tea rooms like yourself

Im sure you can find people who like watching paint dry as well if you ask enough of them.

 

I've never actually been there I just happen to have superior local knowledge

Edited: 28/04/2013 at 19:57
28/04/2013 at 20:20
Bad luck to the Bees on a truly bizarre end to their season. I'm a long time Donny Rovers supporter and we were looking down the barrell of the gun, when your man lined up for that penalty!

Best of luck in the playoffs, you're certainly the best of the play off candidates!
28/04/2013 at 21:03

Screamapillar - all your ideas sound fab,  Never realised Kew Gardens was so close.  And the tea rooms definitely float my boat

Thanks to Peter too for his suggestion.  If the weather is good I am defo up for a walk, but would like contingency plans for wet weather

29/04/2013 at 08:24

Schmunkee, providing the traffic is OK the tea rooms are about 10 minutes by bus from Brentford FC and Kew Gardens about a 5 minute walk further on from there. The entrance is on the opposite side of the road.

On the way back the bus stops pretty much outside the main gate.

Have fun!

29/04/2013 at 12:27

I can see myself going armed with my kindle and knitting  

29/04/2013 at 16:13

Ah, I believe that my friend, Mr. Rankin, has written a trilogy based around Brentford. There are 7 books in total (so far - never say never) in this trilogy. i'm sure he has mentioned lots of fun and exciting places to visit like the old gasworks, the Flying Swan (which may not be in Brentford at all), and the allotments.

http://www.facebook.com/robertrankin

Edited: 29/04/2013 at 16:17
29/04/2013 at 16:22
The Brentford Trilogy
  • The Antipope (1981) (PB) (CD)*
  • The Brentford Triangle (1982) (PB)
  • East of Ealing (1984) (PB)
  • The Sprouts of Wrath (1984) (PB)
  • The Brentford Chainstore Massacre (1997) (PB)
  • Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls (1999) (PB)
  • Knees Up Mother Earth (2004) (PB) (HB)
  • The Brightonomicon (2005) (PB) (HB) (TPB) (CD)* (DA)*
29/04/2013 at 19:22

I got an answer for you.

Robert Rankin The Crown and Anchor pub in the High Street, best beer in Brentford, a visit to the Butts Estate, glorious Regency architecture and a trip to the library, Pooley's bench is outside and it has a little plague dedicated to my books on it. Have nice trip

29/04/2013 at 21:49

Schmunks - I can meet up with you for tea and cake if you want. 

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