Twickenham Festival Season 2011: Yep, it’s TwickFest!

All the top summer festivals for the twickerati (that’s you, btw) are revved up and ready to go. You already know that we don’t do listings on this site. They’re just too hard for our tiny brains to get to grips with. But for your special reading pleasure we did think it would be worth putting all our festival eggs into one listings page basket. And this is it. We’ve tried to pull together the main “festivally” events in and around Twickenham over the next couple of months.

We’ll keep this thread bubbling on the site for you to add your comments. And if you use Twitter then why not get into the ol’ hashtag thing by adding a nice #twickfest to your Twickenham festival tweets. Let’s make some social media mayhem. Or not. Your choice.

So, here’s what’s coming up:

Friday 10th to Sunday 19th June – The Twickenham Festival
Loads of stuff going on across the whole week. Music, food, entertainments, crafts, family stuff, theatre to name but six. We’ve just added a sample of the events here and there’s also plenty going on during the week as well as at the weekends too. More detail from the official Twickenham Town or Visit Richmond websites. Check them out for precise details, that’s what they’re there for.

Friday 10th June – ‘Twickfest’ stuff
– Tug of War, Barmy Arms Pub, Twickenham 6.00pm
– Alfresco Dining, Church Street. Yep, it’s back for its summer season
– Richmond Shakespeare Society, Youth Theatre double bill
ARTHouse open studios around the Borough. Runs to 19 June.

Saturday 11th June – More ‘Twickfest’ stuff
– Church Street arts and crafts market, 10.00am – 5.30pm
– Live Music from local bands, outside the Twickenham Club, Church St, 2.00pm – 8.00pm
– Morris Dancing (various locations)
– Eel Pie Island artisits open studios
– St Mary’s Church Fair and Flower Festival, Church Street 11.00am – 3.00pm
– Richmond Shakespeare Society Open Day, Mary Wallace Theatre
– English Heritage tours on ‘Exploring Marble Hill House’
– All in One. Not festival fun but a chance to get an update on where LBRUT have got to with their All in One survey. Civic Centre, York St. Our item here.

Sunday 12th June – Twickenham Carnival
Carnival parade from York House at 12.00pm to Orleans House Gallery where a “carnival village” will feature music, foods, drinks and crafts from around the world. 1.00pm – 5.00pm at OHG.
Details: here:

Sunday 12th June – Twickenham Green Family Fun Day
12.00pm – 8.00pm
Sponsored by the new butch on King Street, Laverstoke Park Farm, this event will feature live music, stalls, rides, beer tent, farm animals and lots of other stuff.
More details: http://www.twickenhamtown.com/content/festival09/

[We have to say that it’s great to see so much going on over the course of the festival. A big thanks to all those people involved in making it happen. But… we also think it’s a bit odd to have a family fun day on Twickenham Green on Sunday 12th June, the same day as the Twickenham Carnival at Orleans House Gallery. Will that not split the audience in two or will there really be enough people around to ensure a full house at both events? Anywayyyyy….. let’s continue… ]

Sunday 12th June – Crown Road Commmunity Fair, St Margarets
Run by the St Margarets Traders Association. Featuring stalls, kids stuff, entertainment, food, music. Details here.

Friday 17th June – Comedy Special at the Bearcat (The Turks Head, TW1)
8.00pm – late
Top acts from SW London’s leading comedy club.
Details: www.bearcatcomedy.co.uk

Saturday 18th June – Twickenham Festival continued…
– Taste of Twickenham Food Fair, Church Street 10.00am – 4.00pm. Lots of food to sample & enjoy.
– Open day at Twickenham library featuring various pampering sessions.
– Archdeacon Cambridge School summer fete. 11.30am – 3.30pm
ARTHouse open studios around the Borough. Runs to 19 June.

Sunday 19th June – Twickenham Festival even more continued…
– Taste of Twickenham Food Fair, Church Street 10.00am – 4.00pm
– Strictly Cycling Bike Fest, Old Deer Park, Richmond, 12.00pm – 4.30pm. Skills area, grass track, cycling info.
More details from: strictlycycling@gmail.com

Sunday 19th June – Teddington Village Fair
Udney Park Gardens, Teddington. Midday to 5.00pm
Charity fair featuring stalls, music, food, drink and general fun (whoever he is)

Sunday 26th June – Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day
12.00pm to 7.00pm
Takes place in the grounds of Strawberry Hill House. Live music, stalls, children’s entertainment. In its 6th year. Sponsored by the RFU. Should be extra good now that SHH has been painted up reet lovely.
Details: http://www.strawberryhillmusicday.co.uk/

Sunday 3rd July – Village of Twickenham Green Fete
This Twickenham event is not just on the Green, it’s the fete for the “village” of Twickenham Green. In other words, in addition to the usual array of stalls and entertainments, the focus at this event is also on stuff that’s “hyperlocal” to that end of town.

Saturday 16th July – St Margarets Fair, Moormead
Live music, stalls, beer tent, Pimms tent, and even a dog show! Pimms? Of course! It’s St Margarets, don’t you know.
Details: http://www.stmargaretsfair.org/

Live music on Twickenham Green, 2010

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10 responses to “Twickenham Festival Season 2011: Yep, it’s TwickFest!

  1. Yvonne Hewett

    The Eco-Friendly Small Car show, one of the last events of this year’s Festival, will take place in the forecourt of York House on Sunday 19 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Citroens, Suzukis, Toyotas, Mazdas, Fiats and Hyundis will be there. It’s a new event this year, organised by the Town Centre Management Board.

  2. Anonymous

    What happened to the music in the street on Saturday?

  3. Hey really great list!

    Hope you guys have enjoyed the TwickFest so far 🙂 We’ve got a few of these events on our Richmond noticeboard too! Check out Stickyboard: http://bit.ly/jmKwPP.

    If there’s any more which comes up do feel free to post them on us if it would help. Just takes to secs from our ‘Join Us’ page.

  4. SGdB

    The Richmond Shakespeare Society Open Day at the Mary WallaceTheatre on Saturday, 11th June, is a great chance for all those who say “I’ve lived around here for yonks and I never knew there was a theatre here” to find out what they’ve been missing.

    There will also be street performances of scenes from Twelfth Night as an entertaining taster of the R.S.S. production in July in the Fountain Garden of York House.

  5. Gareth Roberts

    Again with the parochial stuff but Hampton Carnival happening on Saturday 11th

  6. And there’s also the local school summer fetes and fairs. These include:
    Trafalgar School – Sun 12th June
    St Mary’s School – Sat 18 June
    Archdeacon Cambidge’s School – Sat 18 June

  7. Esther

    Hey, just found your business card advertising this site when I was out putting up posters for the Fun Day on Sunday 12th! Thanks for the extra promotion, and great to see so many people talking about Twick and getting involved. Come on down to the Fun Day, we’ve got some great bands, live animals and a hog roast or two…

  8. ruggabugga

    Prior to #twickfest here’s an offer that dog lovers can’t refuse from Gaucho Richmond (this is not a joke, but from a Gaucho email alert received this evening):

    JOIN US FOR DOGGY MONDAYS AT GAUCHO RICHMOND THIS BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY!
    In Buenos Aires the dog is almost as celebrated as the cow:
    Take your pick from fillet, sirloin, rib eye or T bone steaks
    Bowls and bones at the ready from 5.00pm

    [Editor: we think this means you take the dog along and leave later with the dog intact. But we’re not 100% sure]

  9. One more entry for your admirable list:
    On Saturday 11 June, York House will be open to the public between 12.00 and 2.00pm, with members of the York House Society on hand to talk about the various rooms. The house has a fascinating history, beginning with the Yorke farmhouse in the 1640s, and growing through the years. Prominent residents were members of the French Royal family in exile, and steel magnate Sir Ratan Tata. Come and see the house and the gardens.