We might do some autumn listings. Might not. Just depends, like. It just depends on things like whether we can actually be bothered to do all the hard work before it’s too late. Meanwhile, as we mull it over, time, that wily thief, slips past us unnoticed, picking the hopes and dreams from our pockets and replacing them with memories and regrets. So with September’s “back to school” freshness still infusing our spirits but tempered by the knowledge that melancholic autumn evenings will soon be closing in, here’s an initial selection of things to entertain you. Be lucky:


All sorts of stuff, Strawberry Hill House – As usual there’s a bunch of interesting stuff going on at SHH including a Gothic book club, a Gothic film season.
* SHH Events

18th – 20th Oct, Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival – The Clarendon Hall at York House plays host to the 12th annual boozathon.
Open Thurs 18th 5.00pm – 10.30pm, Fri & Sat 11.00am -10.30pm (last admission 10.00pm). Huge range of beers. Food available. Non-members £3, CAMRA £2.
* CAMRA website

21st Oct, Cabbage Patch 10 – A 10 mile run from Twickenham to Kingston, Ham, Richmond and back to Twickenham by road and towpath. It’s a popular event and 2012 will be its 31st year. Feeling fit?
* Cabbage Patch 10

November 2012 – Richmond Literature Festival
This regular event returns with a range of speakers, seminars and readings. Picking up from last year’s ‘literary salon’ in Twickenham, the festival hopes to continue to provide opportunities for locals to engage as well as listen. Check their site soon for who’s on this year.
* www.richmondliterature.com

Orleans House Gallery
* 29 Sept to 25 Nov – The Big Four O. The Orleans House Gallery will celebrate its 40th anniversary by bringing together 40 works form the Borough’s art collection selected by the local community. Details here.

Richmond Shakespeare Society, Twickenham – Highly respected local theatre group. In December “Dracula” will appear.
* Richmond Shakepeare Society Info.

The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond – Upcoming shows include “Yours For The Asking” a look at life in Franco’s Spain and “The White House Murder Case”.
* Orange Tree Info.

Richmond Theatre – A busy line up of plays and performers over the next few months including The Hairy Bikers, Jimmy Carr and “The Handyman” starring Timothy West. It’s just a shame they’re not all on at the same time!
* Richmond Theatre Info.

Too many other bits & pieces to list specifics but here are three different regular nights going on where you might find something you like:
* Bearcat Comedy Club – top comedy in TW1 is back after its summer break! www.bearcatcomedy.co.uk
* TwickFolk – traditional & contemporary folk – www.twickfolk.co.uk
* The Eel Pie Club – rhythm & blues – www.eelpieclub.com

So then, couldn’t find anything relevant? Try one of these instead:
Official sites
* Visit Richmond
* Twickenham Town

Other good sites
* Guide2Richmond
* The Best of Richmond
* Arts Richmond (for arts stuff around the borough)
* For Sanity’s Sake (for things to do with young children)

Check back soon for new additions. At least we’re up and running, eh? Feel free to add other things as comments below. If we like them we’ll add them to the main text.


What you’ve missed…
Sat 15th Sept – The Great River Race
Over 300 crews, some serious, some in fancy dress and some both, race their way up the Thames from Docklands to the steps by Ham House. The first boats should reach Richmond Bridge at about 1.30pm, with the rest coming through for a couple of hours after that. Quite a spectacle, and Gloriana will be there to greet the finishers.
* www.greatriverrace.co.uk

Sun 16th Sept – Crane Valley Open Day
Family fun in Kneller Gardens. Dog show, arts and crafts, games, beer tent, tea and cakes. From 13.00. FORCE (Friends of the River Crane Environment) will be there and able to talk about their work and update you on how the Crane environment is recovering from last year’s sewage spill.

Sat 15th & Sun 16th – Events at Jubilee Gardens, Twickenham
After last Sunday’s Bandstand Marathon event at the Diamond Jubilee Gardens, there’s more on offer this weekend with kids theatre workshops on Saturday and an art exhibition on Sunday. The art runs from 11.00 to 5.00 and, in the words of LBRuT, “the day will include a creative kids corner and live musical performances”.
* El Brute’s website

Sat 22nd & 23rd Sept – Open House London
The snooper’s charter. It’s your opportunity to have a look around some of the more interesting buildings in London. And it’s not just the local ones you might expect like Marble Hill House and Strawberry Hill House (which has extra events on, see below), there’s also Richmond Theatre, York House, quirky constructions such as the Kilmorey Mausoleum and a range of modern buildings. It’s your chance to get nosin’. And what’s more Twickenham Museum have produced a map to help you find your way around the local places of interest.
* Open House listing for the Borough of Richmond
* Open House main site

Thur 27th Sept – Twickenham Wine Festival
The good folks from Last Try Wines in Twickenham are putting on a wine festival featuring tastings from artisan producers, with representatives and importers on hand to answer your questions.
* More info here

Sat 29th Sept – The Commitments, Outdoor Cinema, Twickenham Riverside – Twickenham Alive in association with We Are Cinema present The Commitments in the Jubilee Gardens on Twickenham Embankment. Your chance to enjoy this comic, musical romp around Dublin in the comfort of a deckchair. “Mustang Salllyyyyy” etc.
* More Info

2nd Oct, Full of Life Fair, Twickenham, – An event for older residents and carers showcasing local organisations and offering help, information and advice on a range of issues from art and culture to finances and mobility.
* Richmond Council