Thames at low tide in Twickenham during the annual weir draw off
Wassup? Can it really be 10 years since people went around saying that on the strength of a beer commercial. Yes, yes it can. Irritating wasn’t it? But we’re not put off. We’ll just keep calm and carry on by highlighting a few of the things that are “up” in Twickenham this Autumn. As you know, we don’t do listings because (a) they’re time consuming and (b) we reckon you’re not that bothered either. Instead we’ve picked out a few things for your edification. Add yours below if you’re so inclined. Oh, and by the way, that picture is of low tide during the annual “draw off” which happens in November. Good eh?

Art: Orleans House Gallery – 8th Oct to 22nd Jan
OHG kicks off its latest exhibition in October. Flux, Flow, Flight: Art in Motion looks at the theme of physical movement in the visual arts, dance and performance. The works on display have been pulled together from a number of collections and span four centuries. According to the blurb “photographic experiments, Futurism, Dadaism, Vorticism and Surrealism are all represented”. We reckon that all makes it well worth a visit.
Details here.

And keep a look out for Twickenham Art Circle who’ll have an exhibition of their work on display at the Stables Gallery from the end of October through to January 2012.

Richmond Environment Trust
The Environment Trust run all sorts of conservation based activities around the Borough. Here are just a couple. On 23rd Oct there’s an Art Picnic on Richmond Green while on 10th Nov there’s an Art Auction at York House. Details about both events here.

Richmond Literature Festival – Nov 3rd to 27th
The local Literature Festival returns for another trot through the world of books, poetry, readings, writings and all things wordy. In fact it’s the Festival’s 20th Anniversary. Events take place at various venues across the Borough including York House and Strawberry Hill House. Why, they’re even planning a pop-up literary salon in Twickenham. In other words, somewhere for the literati of the twickerati to hang out.
Festival homepage.
Check out our separate item on this event.

Christmas Lights Switch On – Fri 25th Nov
Lots going on for the grand switch on of Christmas Lights in Twickenham. It’s all happening in Church Street from 3.30pm. Christmas stalls, Punch & Judy, mulled wine, carol singing, etc. Lights go on at 5.30pm. Full details.

Annual Draw Off – 6th to 27th Nov
If you wonder where all the water goes at low tide in November it’s the result of the sluices being opened at Richmond lock to let maintenance work take place. When this happens you can almost walk across to Eel Pie island (see pic above of last year’s). And of course, if you own moor a boat in Twickenham you’ll need to plan ahead for this. Details of the draw off here.

Music & Comedy:
Too many bits & pieces to list but three very different ventures going on where you might find something you like:
* Bearcat Comedy Club – top comedy in TW1 – www.bearcatcomedy.co.uk
* TwickFolk – traditional & contemporary folk – www.twickfolk.co.uk
* The Eel Pie Club – rhythm & blues – www.eelpieclub.com
* Paws – indie bands & DJ sets at the Grand Union – http://pawsmusic.co.uk

Heroes Rugby – Sat 3rd Dec
Help for Heroes are back with another massive fund raising event at Twickenham stadium. Full details of the Heroes Rugby Challenge are here.

Couldn’t find anything relevant? Try one of these instead:
Official sites:
* Visit Richmond
* Twickenham Town

Other good sites:
* Guide2Richmond
* The Best of Richmond

BEEN & GONE:

** FIREWORKS **
Richmond – Sun 6th Nov
The Borough’s biggest display will be on Sunday 6th November at Richmond Athletic Ground. Fireworks, hog roast, mulled wine, kids rides. At £25 for a family ticket, it’s not the cheapest but it is always an impressive display. Tickers are cheaper in advance than on the gate and once inside there’s a covered stand so you can keep dry while watching the show. Details here.

Other:

Kingston – Fri 4th
Big display at Kingsmeadow Atheltic Ground.

Teddington – Sat 5th Nov
Collis Primary School in Tedders are hosting a firework display on the 5th. Details here.

Kempton Park – Sat 5th Nov
A big display at Kempton Park Racecourse. Details here.

The Anglers, Teddington – Sun 6th Nov
Pop down to this riverside boozer to watch fireworks with a pint of ale in your hand. Things could be worse.

St James Primary school usually do a good one. Any details on this year’s would be appreciated.

Let us know about others & we’ll add them in.

Art: Landmark Arts Fair – Oct 15th & 16th
Not Twickenham but Teddington but it’s close enough. The Landmark Arts Centre puts on its Autumn show with an eclectic mix of art and crafts. Plenty of local work on display but also features exhibitors from around the country.
Details here.

Cycling: Sky Ride in Bushy Park – Sun 9th Oct @ 2.00pm
Part of the campaign to get people on their bikes for fun and fitness. A leisurely ride around Bushy Park which will suit families and pretty much anyone looking to get (back) into cycling.
Details here.

Running: Cabbage Patch 10 – Sun 16th Oct
For those who like to wreck their knees and ankles by going out running, Twickenham’s “own” race, the Cabbage Patch 10 takes place on Sunday 16th. A ten mile loop from Twickenham to Kingston, Ham, Richmond and back to Twickenham. It’s not too late to sign up! Worth a watch maybe too. Starts 10.30am. Should be all over by 12.30.
Details here.

Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival – Thur 27th to Sat 29th Oct
CAMRA run event at York House with a wide range of booze to suit all tastes. Details here.

Twickenham 10k – Sun 30th Oct
Inaugural Twickenham 10k run. Starting and finishing at The White Swan pub and going via Richmond Bridge and Teddington Lock. Their link.

** HALLOWEEN: Spooky Goings On **
Halloween Parties – Sat 29th Oct
The Bear on York Street in Twickenham will be celebrating Halloween with the return of its “Dead Famous” fancy dress party. 8.00pm to 2.00pm. More details on their Facebook page.

The George on King Street witll be hosting its Monsters Ball Halloween party on Sat 29th. £50 prize for best costume, check their FB page for more details

And even The Three Kings has a Halloween menu going on.

Halloween in Church Street – 31st Oct
Church Street will be alive with spooks for Halloween. Sweetie Pies will be holding after-school children’s activities on 31st October. There’ll also be a Halloween display at Sweet Memories, 47 Church Street and the talented storytellers at Langton’s Bookshop will be holding a kids Spooky Storytime.
Check Church Street’s Facebook page for details.

Ham House
There’s a lot of family focused Halloween stuff going on at Ham House over the half term week. Worth a trip to Surrey perhaps? Details here.