Orleans House Gallery
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The Sign of the Strawberry – 20th & 21st March
There’s a decent programme of goings on at Strawberry Hill House but here’s one that looks particularly interesting. A ‘promenade performance’ through the house which promises , “a night of Gothic thrills and chills which culminates in a magnificent Ghosts’ Ball”. Woooo!

Bird Walk – Sat 24th March
Richmond Environment Trust are having a bird walk along the River Crane, with ornithologist Keith Martin. To book and for info, call 020 8891 5455 and or check here.

Richmond Museum – Dickens Jubilee
What with it being 200 years since the coronation of Elizabeth II and the 60th anniversary of Charles Dickens writing Hamlet, there’s a whole lot of exhibiting and eventing going on at Richmond Museum over the next few months. Please peruse the activities at your leisure, Mr Sedgewick Twuzzlefudge, sir. The museum’s jubilee exhibition “Happy & Glorious” is here and schedule of events is here.

JMW Turner’s House – 7th April & ongoing
The Friends of Turner’s House will be having open days on the first Saturday of every month at Turner’s house in Sandycoombe Road, East Twickenham. Details here.

Richmond Business Expo – Thur 19th April, 11.30am – 8.00pm
Up to 100 local businesses exhibiting at Twickenham Stadium. Stands, seminars, networking opportunities. Open to anyone with an interest in the local business community. Details on the Richmond Expo Site.

Did you even know there were a whole bunch of things going on in the libraries around the Borough? Well there are. Details.

Also worth checking out:
* The Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington

Easter Bunny at OHG – Thur 5th April, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Fluffy critter?? Big ears? Hops around? Shags a lot? Dishes out chocolate? Yeah that’s him. The Easter Bunny hits Orleans House on Thurs 5th April for some fun for the youngsters. See Visit Richmond.

Kids Stuff from For Sanity’s Sake
* ‘Gym and Play’ at The Little Gym, Hampton Hill – Tue 3rd April, 9.30am and 12.30pm (£5 per child). An opportunity for youngsters to roll, jump, slide, swing and tunnel with expert staff to help them achieve their full movement potential.
* ‘Spring into Springtime’, Richmond – Tue 17th April, 10am and 12pm (£9 per child). A musical theatre event with West End actors Tim and Emily Mascarenhas, who run Caterpillar Music. A great introduction to theatre for little ones. Details on both incl. bookings at For Sanity’s Sake here.

It’s Behind You – Sat 19th May
The Environment Trust will be having a special event for kids, ‘It’s Behind You’ with Sir David Attenborough and others talking about their favourite predators. See the Trust’s website for more and how to book.

Great Expectations, Richmond Shakespeare Society – 24th to 31st March
What the Dickens? Yes, exactly that. Richmond Shakespeare Society perform Great Expectations at the Mary Wallace Theatre in Twickenham. Details.

Oklahoma! – 27th – 31st March
Twickenham Operatic Society (TOpS) present their production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma at Richmond Theatre. Details here.

Also check out:
* Richmond Theatre – incl. The Kings’s Speech and The Taming of the Shrew
* The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond.

Fields of Vision at Orleans House Gallery – to 25 March
“Fields of Vision: Landscapes Past & Present”. It’s an exhibition that “juxtaposes historical and contemporary works of naturalistic and urban landscapes, depicted in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, photography and film”. Say what? Find out more here.

Royal Connections at OHG – 31st March to 17th June
To mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee, OHG looks at the local area’s royal connections through art, artefacts and memorabilia. Details.

Stables Gallery, Twickenham
OHG’s little brother, the Stables Gallery also brings the creative arts to you. Worth checking out their exhibitions here. Current themes are Network Aspirations looking at personal endeavour and that will be followed by Art & Soul: Colour Burst.

Also check out:
* ArtsRichmond.

With the Six Nations now over, the next big events at Twickenham Stadium are:
* Army v Navy – Sat 28th April
* London Sevens – 12th & 13th May
* Heineken Cup Final – 19th May
* Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – 26th May
Twickenham Stadium’s What’s On is right here.

Meanwhile Harlequins continue with their storming season and London’s rugby league team have reverted to their previous London Broncos name but are still playing at The Stoop.

Richmond ½ Marathon take place on Sun 6th May at 8.30 am. The race is full so it looks as if you’re too late to register.

Too many bits & pieces to list specifics but here are four different regular nights 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
* Richmond & Twickenham Jazz Club – Thursday jazz at The Crown – www.rtjazzclub.com/

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

Other good sites:
* Guide2Richmond
* The Best of Richmond
* For Sanity’s Sake (for things to do with young children)

So there you go. As they might say at the Ambassador’s party… “With these listings you are really spoiling us.”

P.S. What you’ve just missed….
Holi – The Hindu Festival of Colour: Sat 10th March
Celebrate the coming of spring with this colourful, lively festival courtesy of El Brute. There’ll be the traditional throwing of paint plus live music and Indian stalls. Starts in the town centre at 11.30am before the main event at Orleans House Gallery between 1.00 & 4.00pm. Details here.

Just a Song at Twilight – 9th & 10th March, York House
Eclectic locally based choir Cantanti Camerati perform at York House. Details.

RichDance – Sat 17th & Sun 18th March
Watch dance groups from around the Borough do their thang in this dance fest at Hampton School. More info? Bien sur.

Pop Up Gallery, Richmond
Neal’s Yard Galleries, master of the pop up art gallery have an exhibition in Richmond from 1st to 11th March. Details.