The 2012 Twickenham Festive 5s. Let’s Hear Yours

Blimey! It’s nearly Christmas. Are you trembling with excitement at the prospect safe in the knowledge that the cake is baked, the presents beautifully wrapped and the cards all written just waiting to be popped into the postbox? And not just any postbox, thank you very much, but a bright red pillar box with VR on the front and a robin perched atop. Wearing a tiny knitted scarf. And boots. Hang on a minute, the little fellow is chirruping away at you. How cute, he’s actually saying something! What’s that little robin? Oh. He wants to know if you’ve still got the receipt for the boots. He doesn’t like the colour. The ungrateful swine! Yes, why oh why can’t Christmas be like it used to be with a piece of coal for a present, a single orange instead of a turkey and just the one day off work. Why indeed?

Moving on. Need some inspiration to help you with those last minute gift ideas? Want to know the best drinks to buy from the offie or the pub? Or maybe you just want to share five festive things. If so, here’s your chance with the return of our Twickenham Festive 5s. We all love a list so whether you’re a retailer wanting to share 5 gift ideas, a pub with a list of 5 cracking Christmas drinks, or a vocal local wanting to tell us about the 5 things that make your Twickenham Christmas special, we want to hear about them. Briefly. Yes, we need your Twickenham Festive 5 and this item gives you the chance to big ’em up.

Simply add your list of 5 to the comments below and check back soon to see others’ top tips.

Good luck!

P.S. And if you’re a shop or pub then don’t forget to add your contact details and website to your post. People need to know where to find you. And for gift ideas, please include prices too.

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31 responses to “The 2012 Twickenham Festive 5s. Let’s Hear Yours

  1. My friends and I have a continuing quest to find the best Curry Restaurant in Twickenham. We only have 2 remaining to visit and have a Blog on:
    http://twickurry.blogspot.co.uk/
    So far, our top 5 are:
    1. Atithi
    2. Ghurka’s Inn
    3. Amin’s
    4. Sheesh Mahal
    5. Moiduls Rawalpindi
    (on the blog No.5 is the Ryde Tandoori, not strictly in Twickenham, but still very good)

    Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year to you all

  2. I love Twickenham @ Christmas time! My fav 5:

    1) Buying everything local (bought beautiful gloves at London Zu, unusual gifts from Mojo, fresh olive bread from Ruben’s bakery, Hot choccolate with marshmallows at Jubilee Gardens cafe, authentic pizza from Masaniello,beautiful flowers from Wild About Flowers mulled cider from Prince Blucher and more…)

    2) Selling my wines/Gourmet Hampers/spirits to Twickenham friends and neighbors although my shop is in Uxbridge. Being asked for advice for that special bottle of wine or whiskey or else for their Christmas meal or Special gift

    3) Christmas Fairs/Christmas Lights/Christmas Pantos/Santa Claus @ Squires Garden centre

    4) Hands: Help A Neighbour In Distress Scheme,Twickenham and St Margarets

    5) Strolling through our beautiful town with a grin on my face talking to locals heading to Eel Pie Island to visit the artist’s studios

    Is that more than 5? 😉

  3. Our Festive Five at Last Try Wines are:

    1) Beer – Sharp’s Honey Spice Tripel
    2) Sparkling – Juve Y Camps, Reserva de la Familia 2008
    3) White – Touraine Sauvignon, Domaine Trotignon
    4) Red – Deer Point, Cabernet Sauvignon
    5) Sweet – Bacalhoa Moscatel de Setubal 2009

    We’ll be giving our Festive Five away to our lucky Twitter followers soon so make sure you’re following us!

  4. twickerman

    Festive 5 non-alcoholic drinks for detox #Twickmas days (like today):
    1. OJ and sparkling bitter lemon
    2. Virgin Mary
    3. San Pellegrino on rocks
    4. Limonata
    and for dessert:
    5. Double Espresso over vanilla ice cream
    Merryish Christmas

  5. Anonymous

    My festive 5

    1 beer
    2 advocat
    3 champagne
    4 Cheese and biscuits
    5 Christmas pud
    5a Panto
    Not in any order

  6. From the TTBA, we’d like to bring up the following 5 events:

    1) Twickenham Green Christmas Fayre and Lights On by Rob Brydon on 16th December.
    2) Late Night Shopping (until about 8.30pm) in Church Street on 17th December.
    3) Trader’s Carol Service at St Mary’s Church on 19th December.
    4) Christmas Farmers’ Market at Holly Road Car Park on 22nd December from 9.00am to 1.00pm – your last chance to pick up some fantastic products for the table!
    5) Harlequins v London Irish Big Game 5 at Twickenham Stadium on 29th December.

    Happy Christmas!

  7. For the Festive Season, Crusader Travel would like to present the following Boxing Day Departures:
    1) 7 Nights Eilat and Discover Jordan Package including Aqaba, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and more – from £1247pp in 3* accommodation (min. group of 4).
    2) Divers Lodge Special – 7 Nights Bed and Breakfast + 10 Escorted Dives from £770pp.
    3) 7 Nights Taba Hilton, All Inclusive from £926pp.

    Not exactly five festive features…

  8. Pat Pending

    My 5:
    1) Buying a Christmas tree locally and being able to carry it home on my shoulder. I get to imagine I’m in a movie set in New York for 5 minutes, before the true horror of trying to get it into the holder begins.
    2) Collecting the turkey just as the shop opens in order to beat the queues. It’s worth setting the alarm to achieve that level of smugness.
    3) Despite the kids being a bit old for it, going to the afternoon family service at St Mary’s Church on Christmas Eve… followed by a couple of crafty pints / J2Os in the pub afterwards.
    4) Getting together with friends between Christmas & New Year for long walk in Richmond Park followed by mulled wine & bacon sarnies back at our house. A good way to break up the Christmas / NYE ‘dead zone’.
    5) Winter ales in a traditional pub. Pretending it’s perfectly normal to go up to a bar and ask for a pint of ‘Santa’s Sack’ or something else similarly named

  9. @upend

    ah Top 5 Twickenham Christmas things. I’m going to build on kate’s 2 so..
    1. After work drinks in the Eel Pie* after the last worky day before Christmas. The friday for me this year (*other pubs available)

    2. The Sandy’s Queue

    3. Walking along the river on Boxing Day freezing your butt off

    4. The Big Game

    5. Buying a monthly/quarterly/annual* train ticket just before new year to avoid the price rise and the 1st day back queues (*delete as applicable)

  10. And now here are my Festive 5 gift ideas for kids, all from local retailers…

    1. A ‘big present’ for little ones… forget Amazon. How about a scooter or bicycle from Moores Cycles? You can even buy in advance and collect on Xmas eve.

    2. For girls and young teens, check out the gorgeous and affordable silver jewellery from London Zu and Denham & Finney in St Margarets

    3. There is a fantastic range of puppets from the toy shop at The Pottery Cafe in East Twickenham. Great for livening up story time and encouraging imaginative play.

    4. For crafty kids, I love the fun animal sewing kits at Mrs Moon in St Margarets. Also see Krafty Kidz in Twickenham for crafty stocking fillers

    5. For budding rock stars, Alberts music shop in Twickenham has everything from guitars and keyboards to picks, strings and accessories

    (for anyone who would like to see pics and more local shopping ideas, I am sporadically adding things to this pinboard… http://pinterest.com/twickermum/shop-locally-twickenham-and-richmond/)

  11. I can think of lots of festive 5s to choose from, so I shall start with my Festive 5 things to love about Twickenham at Xmas…

    1. The plethora of local Christmas theatre shows for families. (Even just this week we have Dracula at Mary Wallace in Twickers, Beauty and the Beast by the Teddington Theatre Club, Aladdin at Richmond theatre, A Christmas Carol by the Petersham Playhouse and Cinderella at the Rose in Kingston)

    2. The sudden rallying of communities to create so many Christmas fairs and fun events. Next one to look forward to is the Twickemham Green Xmas fair (Follow @TwickGreen_Xmas on twitter for details)

    3. Christmas concerts, carol services and carol-singing in the street. Along with the lights, this is possibly my favourite thing about Christmas and nothing makes me feel more festive.

    4. The Christmas lights, events and festive spirit, especially along Church Street

    5. Beautiful walks through Marble Hill Park and along the Thames on Christmas day… http://pinterest.com/pin/510243832751994855/

  12. London Zu festive 5 gifts:
    1) Some gorgeous Christmas decorations for your Christmas tree
    2) Lily Flame Festive Cheer and Christmas Spice scented candles to create that lovely spicy atmosphere.
    3) Some sparkly vintage jewels for the party season
    4) A pair of Tipsy Feet foldaway flat shoes for those tired feet at the end of the evening.
    5) Di Palomo bath and body collection for a bit of pampering after all the Christmas mayhem.

    All available at London Zu, 38a Church Street 🙂

  13. Please don’t forget your poor relations on the stadium side of the 316. We are Twickenham too.

  14. I was trying to think what makes a Traditional Twickenham Christmas, but I only got to two!

    1. Walking the Twickenham – Teddington – Richmond loop after dinner on Christmas day.
    2. The enormous queue outside Sandy’s on Christmas Eve.

  15. Hi, it’s Sweet Memories of Twickenham, if you’re looking for that last minute Christmas gift, our top 5 favourites in store are;

    1. Retro sweet gift hamper – filled with all the old time classics, remember flying saucers, sherbet fountains. £29.99
    2. Retro sweet vanity cases – small £14.99 medium £19.99 large £24.99
    3. Gift jars made to order – various sizes and prices, ranging from £5-£15
    4. Delicious box of organic handmade truffles, made by Cocoa Loco – small £5.99 large £10.99
    5. 1 kilo (yes we did say 1 whole kilo!) bars of beautiful fairtrade milk,white or dark chocolate made by Choc Affair £19.99

    Merry Christmas from All at Sweet Memories X

  16. twickerman

    It’s hard to choose just 5 Festives but here we go:
    1. All the fantastic Christmas stuff happening in Twickenham this year
    2. Pedaling or walking along the riverside and through Richmond Park with the sun on your back and wind in your hair (or helmet)
    3. Taking pics of beautiful and quirky sights in Rich and Twick (see @twickeman)
    4. Harlequins and England Rugby. We are the champions.
    5. Naked Ladies – the statues and the alcoholic beverage from Twickenham Ales

  17. On behalf of Twickenham Choral Society:

    1. From the organ, Variations on In Dulci Jubilo (Derek Bedard)
    2. O Magnum Mysterium (Morten Lauridsen)
    3. Blessed son of God (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
    4. The Three Kings (Peter Cornelius)
    5. Four favourite carols (Once in Royal, God rest ye merry gentlemen, O come all ye faithful & Hark the Herald) for you all to sing

    All available, free, gratis, and for nothing, as the Twickenham Civic Carol Service, at St Mary’s Church, 19 December 2012, 18:00. Retiring collection for The church, Shooting Stars hospice, and the Kingston branch of The Samaritans

  18. Kay

    1) The over heard comments of litle children
    2) The cheerfulness of people in shops
    3) The wonderful displays of gorgeous things
    4) The fetes and fayres
    5) Most of all the lights, oh how I love Christmas lights
    I wish everyone would put out some lights
    Happy Christmas everyone

  19. At The White Swan, our festive 5 are. . .
    1) A little bottle of chocolate wine
    2) Winter Pimms with warm apple juice
    3) A Whisky Mac
    4) Spiced mulled cider
    And something a bit special …
    5) Evan William’s honey liqueur by the fire!

    • twickerman

      Hi White Swan,
      I like chocolate and I like wine, but chocolate wine??
      Sounds like a case of (excuse the pun) two rights making a wrong!
      I’m happy to be proved wrong 🙂

    • Tempranillio with cocoa, it’s lovely but the honey liqueur is amazing!

    • twickerman

      Hmmm, I’ll think I’ll have a honey liqueur (autocorrect =licker!) to round off my breakfast on Twickmas Day.

    • To add and credit where credits due, the White Swan has upped its game recently, decent service, decent seats and decent attitude..I better stop this now I am feeling too festive..I shall be in their on the 21st at dusk (in the garden)
      to see in the end…..

    • Boss

      Agreed. Though I’m still occassionally haunted by an image of the wine cage.