The Poppy Factory makes poppies, crosses and wreaths which are worn by many people on Remembrance Day, each 11th of November. Most of the employees are ex-Servicemen and women or dependents of ex-Service people.
The Poppy Factory was started in 1922 to provide employment to disabled Service veterns. Today, they continue with this mission, and also help such veterns find employment with other businesses and organisations in their own community.
The Poppy Factory Tour begins with complimentary tea and biscuits, followed by a video showing the history of the Poppy Factory. It continues onto the factory floor where visitors can meet the staff and see how the poppies and wreaths are made.
Following the factory tour, visitors can view and purchase sourvenirs in the gift shop.
The Poppy Factory is located in Richmond, 16km (10 miles) east south east of London city, about 40 minutes by car or train. Click the map pin icon to view the location on a map.
Tours only operate on certain days of the week, with two tours per day. The tour takes about 2 hours. Tours must be arranged in advance as numbers are limited. The Poppy Factory Tour is fully accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility problems. For information about opening hours and tour times, click the "More info" button below.
Admission is free of charge and donations are welcome.