Poppy Factory Tour - Richmond upon Thames

Poppy Factory Tour - Richmond upon Thames

Experience the fascinating history of the Poppy Factory, where for nearly 90 years it has been making poppies, crosses and wreaths for the Royal Family. Enjoy a presentation and then explore the ‘shop floor’, to see how poppies and wreaths are made. There is a souvenir shop at the end of the tour.

Our special tour visits the Poppy Factory at Richmond Upon Thames. There will also be a little free time in Richmond Upon Thames.




Information supplied by the Poppy Factory..........



The Poppy Factory was established in 1922 as an independent charity to provide employment for disabled servicemen after the First World War. The work consisted of making the poppies, crosses and wreaths for the annual remembrance tide. 90 years on, we remain an independent charity and our aim - to enable wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women in finding paid, meaningful civilian employment – also remains the same.

We continue to make remembrance poppies, crosses and wreaths and every November the annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey is organised and run by The Poppy Factory.


The Present:

Over the last 90 years our work has evolved and we have significantly adapted the services we provide. We have a long-established relationship with The Royal British Legion and are proud to supply the poppies, crosses and wreaths for the annual remembrance tide. We are also, however, an independent charity in our own right.


Whilst the factory continues to provide employment for wounded, injured or sick ex-Service men and women and disabled dependants, we are also mindful of those veterans who do not live within the Borough of Richmond or its surrounding areas. We therefore also now reach much further beyond the factory by working with wounded, injured or long term sick ex-Service men and women to help them understand their career aspirations and develop the tools, skill, knowledge and confidence to achieve their professional ambitions and get them back into work around the UK. We also work with employers, to source employment opportunities and remove any barriers preventing wounded, injured or sick ex-Service men and women from gaining work.


What you can expect:

Your volunteer tour guide will welcome you on arrival and hot drinks (or squash for our younger visitors) will be available at the start of the tour. The tour guide will then begin a presentation in our show-room which will cover the history of the poppy as the national symbol of remembrance, the heritage of The Poppy Factory and will tell you how we continue our founder’s vision today by supporting wounded, injured and sick ex-Service men and women into civilian employment within their own communities.


After your presentation (which includes video films and historical artefacts) you will walk round the factory floor and see how the poppies, crosses and wreaths are made. At the end of the tour, you can purchase a selection of souvenirs such as Poppy china, jewellery and other giftware from our show-room area. We have a different collection of items to those sold within The Royal British Legion Poppy Shop (www.poppyshop.org) and would not wish to cause disappointment if you are looking for a specific product from the Royal British Legion Poppy Shop.  At this time we can only accept cash in our shop. 


Please note that we operate a ‘No Smoking’ policy within the Factory and visitors are requested to refrain from smoking during their visit.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Barnsley Interchange Barnsley Interchange
Barnsley Interchange - Stand 23 / 24
Harrogate Harrogate
Montpellier Coach Stand - St Marys Walk HG2 0NF
Kings Road - Harrogate S Kings Road - Harrogate
Bus Stop opp. Betfred (old P.O) HG1 5JG
Knaresborough Knaresborough HG5 0AD
Coach Park (behind Marquis of Granby Pub) York Rd
Knaresborough Road -Hgate Knaresborough Road -Harrogate
Opposite My Local (Former Harrow Pub) HG2 7LU
Starbeck S Starbeck HG2 7LH
Outside Methodist Church, High Street, Starbeck
Wetherby Wetherby
Outside the Wetherby Whaler
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