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[Edit: this article has been superseded by a more up to date article here and another here.]
Previously, on twickerati…
Welcome to ‘Gloriana World’ at Twickenham! Don’t knock it, it could be coming soon to a river near you. The royal barge Gloriana ‘off of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee’ needs a home. The proposal coming from Lord True, sorry, we mean Richmond Council, is that a new, purpose-built boat house at Orleans Gardens could be just the ticket. And what’s more, we’re not just talking solely about a boat house, we’re talking about a visitors centre, new cafe and new play area too.
Gloriana at Twickenham in 2012
Here at twickerati HQ, we like to mix a bit of nimbyism with support for progress and change. It’s an odd mix. It sometimes works but it does also mean we get nervous when presented with grand solutions to problems that we didn’t know existed.
HELLO! The weather might be a bit so-so but the great twickerati (that’s you btw) won’t be deterred by a cloud or two. You’re better than that. What the hell, let’s re-phrase it… we’re better than that!
Twickenham Festival and a load of other summer fun is upon us. We don’t do proper listings on this site (it’s just too hard and we’re just too lazy) but we have pulled out a few highlights for you. And of course, as you’d expect, we’ve provided copious links to sites which contain not only more, but better, information than you’ll find here. So let’s get to it, let’s get ready to #Twickfest!
[UPDATE: And now that things are underway, we've created a new item for festival pictures so take a look.]
While we ponder plagiarising various local websites to create our legendary Twickenham festival season “What’s On” guide, we thought we’d mention two things coming up which might just tickle your fancy.
A Foodies Festival in action
First up is a Foodies Festival at Marble Hill Park this weekend. Given that Twickenham now has an organic butchers, a farmers market, an ‘artisan bakery lab’, a proper fishmongers and, of course, a moderately large Waitrose and a KFC, it’s fair to say that we’re turning into a right bunch of foodies here on the rive gauche of the Thames. So, given that (made-up) fact you could well be interested in the Foodies Festival which takes place on 24th, 25th and 26th May. What dat? It’s a food and drink festival which features top chefs, cookery demonstrations, kids stuff, pop up restaurants, live music, a ‘real ale and cider farm’ plus wine and cocktails. There’s even a ‘feasting tent’ and a chilli food market. Sounds interesting. We’re guessing that you don’t take your own picnic. The event runs from 11.00am through to early evening each day. Tickets can be purchased online but through the magic of twickerati (and the internet) you can register below for free tickets.
* Register in advance for free tickets (500 pairs available. Register online and your name will be put on the guest list for when you turn up)
* Foodies Festival – Marble Hill Park
Meanwhile…. remember the Twickenham Alive Film Festival last year? Well, it’s back. The grand screening and prize awarding ceremony for the 2014 edition takes place on 29th May at St Mary’s University on Waldegrave Road. Eleven films will be shown over the evening covering a range of genres. As with last year, there are entries from overseas as well as from the UK to give it a bit of an international flavour. You can register for tickets through the link below. Oh, and punters will, according to the website, “have direct access to the Student Union Bar with drinks at club prices”. Surely you’re not going to be swayed by the prospect of cheap booze are you? Are you?? Tickets cost a mere £6 each or £10 per pair.
* Twickenham Alive Film Festival
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“What’s that, Lassie, old girl? There’s a boy? Trapped in the old mine shaft?? And he needs our help???”
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“Ah, I see, you’re saying that irresponsible child can wait a bit but we urgently need another Twickenham High Street Update? I’ve got it now, old girl. Let’s get on with it.”
So there we have it. Despite just a few weeks passing since our last update it’s time for another. Spring is in the air and on the high street. Here’s what’s hot…
[UPDATE: We've added a few new items at the end of this article]
After the warm reception and positive reviews given to Ke Sushi on London Road, we’ve now gone and got ourselves a second sushi restaurant in the form of Iso Sushi on York Street. There’s been a distinct lack of recent success in that place – we’re talkin’ the short-lived Din’s Grill and Pizza Rizzo – so here’s hoping for third time lucky with this new business. What with sushi being the new Thai (which was the new Indian, which was the new tripe and onions, etc) it could actually do well.
Sushi you, Sir!
“Steady on there! What’s with all this Richmond Park nonsense?” is what you may well be muttering to yourself on seeing this headline. Well, d’you know what, you do actually have a fair point. The pages of twickerati aren’t generally littered with items from ‘over the water’, it’s just not the done thing. This is a Twickenham blog for Twickenham people, but in this case we’ve made an exception. We all love a bit of Richmond Park even if it’s only to admire the view of Twickenham squatting majestically between the river and the A316. The exception we’re making here is to advise you to visit the Isabella Plantation at some point in the next couple of weeks. Just wait for a sunny day and go early or go late but make sure you avoid the crowds.
There’s stuff like this…
Calm down, it doesn’t exist and there’s not even a plan. But apart from those small obstacles it does sound good doesn’t it? A brief tweet last night (n.b. all tweets are brief) from @julie_twickers sparked a flurry of retweets and responses. What did she say? Well, she simply said: “Wouldn’t it be great to have a cinema back in Twickenham? How could we progress this idea? @twickerati @twickenhamlocal @AmyDyduch”. Did we say ‘flurry’ of retweets? It was more like a bloody frenzy. A Twickenham-esque restrained frenzy, perhaps.
So could it work? Would it work? And where would it be? And who would go there? And why? Enough already! You’ve probably got the idea by now. A multiplex? That’s not going to happen. An arty little affair showing the better class of films just like Richmond Filmhouse? Well, that’s a maybe because Richmond Filmhouse is no more – it’s the Curzon Richmond these days, part of a small chain. How about something like the Olympic Cinema in Barnes showing films with a trendy cafe bar to boot? Sounds good but would it be sustainable in Twickenham? Perhaps.
Kids, eh? Where would we be without them? Probably enjoying more evenings out and much better holidays, but that’s beside the point. Isn’t it?? Half term is upon us and when the weather’s as crap as it’s been recently, the prospect of having to entertain young children FOR A WHOLE WEEK can be quite scary. As you know, we don’t do listings on this site for reasons mostly connected with sheer laziness; however, the nice ladies at award winning local website For Sanity’s Sake aren’t lazy. Far from it. In fact, they’ve only gone and produced a handy list of ideas for children’s half term fun, haven’t they? Bad luck! Now you’ve absolutely no excuse for sticking the kids in front of the TV while you while away the hours in front of Facebook. Here it is. Right here…
Have you got activities planned for the children in half term, or still looking for some inspiration? We’ve looked around the local area and further afield to bring you a few ideas….
1. Feast on Chocolate
Chocoholics will love the Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court, the only surviving royal chocolate kitchen in the country, where you can take part in live chocolate demonstrations in the actual spaces where drinking chocolate was prepared for George I and II. Or join the Chocolate Tour of London, tasting seven different chocolates around Mayfair – including a visit to Fortnum and Mason’s. This runs until the end of the year.
2. Children’s Theatre
In case the weather is atrocious and you need indoor entertainment, try the local theatres. Polka Theatre, Wimbledon is hosting Ugly Duckling from Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd in a show that combines puppetry, music and storytelling to give a new flavour to a well-known tale. From Thursday 2oth, the Olivier award-winning writer Mike Kenny’s brand new adaptation of Red Riding Hood comes to Polka, with original songs. Continue reading
Be warned. We’ve fired up the plagiarise-o-meter machine, topped up the tank with highest grade liquid rip-off and set the controls for the heart of Twickenham. That’s right, it’s heading for the beating heart of our town and it’s set to explode in a ball of festive fury, tinsel and overcooked sprouts on Christmas Day itself! Here’s some stuff to keep you occupied in the meantime. Whether it’s Christmas lights, festive fairs, a pantomime or rugby at Twickenham Stadium that you want, we’ve got it all below. Or at least some of it…
OK, we’re going make this real easy for you. You want categories? You got categories. Just click n go.
Other Christmas events (err, like the ice rink)
Panto & Theatre
Music & Comedy
Other Useful Links
Want to see the place you love light up, like Terry’s All Gold? Here’s how…
Twickenham Town Centre – Friday 22nd November
Expect big crowds in Church Street for Twickenham’s Christmas lights. Events kick off in the afternoon. There’ll be craft stalls, Punch & Judy shows, a band from the Royal Military School of Music. Mayor Meena Bond and the vicar from St Mary the Virgin, Rev Jeff Hopkin-Williams will be pushing the illuminations plunger at 6.30pm. Expect plenty of mulled wine, mince pies, festive music and a whole lot of milling. Worth a visit.
More info: TTBA
Twickenham Green – Saturday 14th December
Rumours of another Chrimble do on Twickenham Green on 1st December turned about to be false. Last year’s inaugural event all got a bit wet and muddy, the snow machine was vetoed by greater powers (apparently) and the official light turner-oner Rob Brydon got rather hidden by crowds of (mostly taller) people. For whatever reason, it just didn’t happen again in 2013. However there will be a small local event on Saturday 14th December at 5.00pm on Twickenham Green. More details pending but we’re reckoning on some carols, mince pies and a glass or two of mulled wine.
BOO! That scared you didn’t it? Halloween seems to be the UK’s fastest growing thing. A celebration of all things something-or-other that dates back to the time when Charlie Brown and Snoopy became the first characters to trick or treat their way across our television screens. Yes, it really does go back that far. And further! In fact, if you were to delve into the history of Halloween you’d find that its origins pre-date not just the bite-sized Milky Way but Haribo sweets as well. Incredible stuff!
In honour of the occasion, Twickenham’s Church Street will be getting all spooked up for the day. There’s a children’s treasure hunt from midday – find the goodie bags hidden in some of the shops in the road. There’s a “Creepy Cupcake Decorating Class” at Sweetie Pies Boutique Bakery from 4.30pm to 5.30pm (£10 each for ages 4-10) and also a fancy dress competition in the Square at 5.00pm. Later on The Fox will be hosting an ‘Undead Disco’ with prizes for the best & worst dressed punters, apple bobbing and punch. And we’re sure the Halloween theme will be gripping many of the town’s other boozers too – by the neck, perhaps. You have been warned! *Cue evil laugh*
* More from TTBA
BOOM! The other great celebration at this time of year commemorates the explosive impact of something that didn’t actually happen. That’s right, we’re talking about Guy Fawkes not blowing up the Houses of Parliament back in the days before he opted to become a successful right-wing blogger. There are always lots of firework displays going on around south-west London so we’re sure you’ll find one to suit. Or you can just stay at home and turn the up TV if you prefer. Perhaps the biggest and best of the regular fixtures is at Richmond Athletic Ground. This year’s display is on Sunday 3rd. At £25 in advance for a family ticket (£30 on the night) it’s not the cheapest but it always delivers an impressive show to a musical theme – this year it’s the sounds of The Beatles. We’ve not tried to list out other shows here as Totally Richmond have already done a great job doing that just for you covering school, pub and leisure club displays. Now then, give us an “oooohhh”.
* Richmond Athletic Ground tickets
* Totally Richmond – firework display page
And we leave you with the award for the lamest Halloween cash-in piece of advertising… Please step forward Greggs on King Street!