It’s time to share your 2013 Twickenham Festive 5s

Christmas display, Corto, Church St.

Christmas display, Corto, Church St.

We’re after your top Christmas tips to help with the 2013 festive season. See them here. Or maybe you want to know more? Then read on… It’s a fact that Christmas always used to be better in the past. Right? Right! Whether it’s the Christmas of one’s own childhood, desperately hoping for a Hot Wheelz set, a My Little Pony, a Tracy Island, a Tinky Winky or some other piece of overrated plastic that you’d soon tire of, or whether it’s reminiscing about times gone by that you never actually experienced but have conflated with some of your own memories, things were just better. We’re talking about the year that it snowed when Great Aunt Agatha took you to Macy’s department store for Christmas dinner with Bob Cratchit, Aled Jones, James Stewart and a cowardly lion. It all happened. Didn’t it?

Similarly, in 100 years’ time, little children will be sitting around their floating eco-homes, next to a hologram fire delighting in family stories about the wonderful days of old: the tale about the magical Christmas of 2013. The sound of increasingly frenzied clicking as great-great-grandma did her last minute shopping on a thing called the internet, the broken keyboard and subsequent descent into hell (or Kingston if that was closer). About how she trudged to the Post Office in the sleet to collect a parcel that the postman had apparently tried to deliver but taken back to the depot – the big reveal being that the whole family were actually at home at the time but reached the door too late for the delivery man, but just in time to see the hastily written “We called but you were out” card settling on the doormat. After all that fun it’s no wonder the “Thank you for the socks” letter was superseded in 2014 by an emoticon of a smiley face that rolls its eyes… but only when you look away.

But all is not lost! Here at twickerati we want to help you make the most of your Christmas. We really do! Whilst the tide of online shopping can’t easily be turned back by any number of retail King Cnuts, we reckon it can still be a bit Christmassy if you’re doing things locally. This is Twickenham after all!

That’s why we’re doing the Twickenham Festive 5s again this year. It’s all about sharing the love locally. Do you need ideas for stocking fillers or last minute gifts? Better still, have you got ideas to share? Need recommendations on which pubs are rockin’ the festive vibe to the max? How about top tips on places to go or bargains to be had? This is the place. Whether you’re a retailer, a pub, a restaurant or just a regular reader, we want to hear the 5 things that are essential to a great Christmas locally.

So, let us have your Twickenham Festive 5s and let us have them now. Just list them as a comment below.

P.S. If you’re a shop or pub then remember to add your contact details and for gift ideas, please include prices too.


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15 responses to “It’s time to share your 2013 Twickenham Festive 5s

  1. Liz

    An essential download for Christmas – local band Amuse Bouche’s Christmas EP! Also available in limited edition hard copy soon… #stockingfiller 😉

    We generally do covers but also are all music teachers and performers in our spare time as well. We gave ourselves a Christmas project of making a slightly unusual Xmas E.P. album. It’s available to download via Bandcamp and will also be available in limited edition hard copy this week.

    The download can be purchased at the following link:

    You can also listen to it for free – it is the season of giving after all!

    Hope you enjoy!

    Liz from Amuse Bouche

  2. The Albany’s Festive 5 Christmas tips…
    1. Buy a a beautiful long lasting Xmas tree from Cousins. (Year 3 & still delighted)
    2. Make merry with Mulled wine – (a dash of cherry brandy really adds to the flavour) Free glass for customers @thealbany on Sat 21st from 8pm
    3. Knock back a Xmas Cheer – oh yes we’ve created a new shot!
    4. Buy good quality wine as a gift, Last Try Wines will always point you in the right direction!
    5. Lets go Retro: Snowballs & Hooch!

  3. George

    If I can squeeze in a drink at the following 5 pubs I’ll be happy, even if it’s on 5 different occasions. Perhaps it might be better to do it on 5 different occasions.
    1. The Eel Pie
    2. The White Swan
    3. The Fox
    4. The Prince Albert
    5. The Sussex Arms

    The most important of these being The Sussex. Good beer, proper fire, nice decs. Very festive.

  4. xmasTreats

    If everyone who reads this donates 5 festive baubles we could decorate Twickenham’s town centre Xmas trees with more than just corporate sponsorship banners. Then all the local children will squeal with delight as they walk by, instead of saying “when are they going to decorate the tree Dad?”

  5. My top 4 festive purchases would be these bags that I have designed and handmade in Twickenham. My 5th purchase would be this lovely jute Twickenham shopping bag that I designed, to put all the lovely local purchases in!

    1. Get ready to party with this shimmering clutch bag £15

    2. This lovely button purse to keep all your coins in £15

    3. This gorgeous baroque print zip purse, what will you keep in yours? £10

    4. An ipad case, makes a great Christmas present £18

    5. Be proud of your local area and use this Twickenham shopping bag £10

    Twickenham bag

  6. Sweetie Pies top 5s for a perfect Christmas Eve:

    1. Riverside walk to Orleans House and gardens.
    2. Pre-Christmas pamper and haircut at Mint
    3. Last minute Christmas Eve shopping in Church Street followed by…
    4. Sweetie Pies Christmas Eve party – with decorate your own gingerbread man, a free cupcake and a cuppa followed by…
    5. A little glass of something festive in The Eel Pie.

    Merry Christmas one and all!

  7. 1. The Sussex Arms by the fire with anything from the Twick Fine Ales range
    2. Riverside Walk to Orleans gallery with a coffee and cake in the stables
    3. Stand in the queue at Laverstock, drool at the products, buy mince
    4.Tree from Cousins or the Rugby Car Park, undecided
    5. The Gurkha Inn. irish coffee

    Shop local people, it is the only way to help

  8. Our top 5 Xmas drinks at The George,

    1) Baileys Luxe – This is a must try for any chocolate lover, Belgium chocolate in a bottle, mmmm!
    2) Crabbies Mulled Wine – A firm favourite every year, keeps you warm in even the coldest days, or after a skate!
    3) Twickenham Fine Ales – Any of the great ales produced from your local brewer, but especially their new seasonal ale Winter Cheer, available here next week!
    4) A Snowball – Xmas drinks are not the same without this, a classic for a reason.
    5) J20 Glitterberry – Xmas is not all about drinking alcohol (can’t believe I just wrote that!). If you’re partying but have to drive DO NOT DRINK!! Try this instead, it’s like Xmas in a bottle!

    Have a Merry Christmas, pop in and say hi to any of the friendly team, see you soon.

  9. A Festive 5, all found at Brouge, to lift your spirits :
    1) Hot Mulled Wine (a festive favourite)
    2) Brouge Cherry Beer Cocktail – rum, vodka, tequila, cranberry juice and cherry beer
    3) Irish style coffees (with whiskey try it with Tia Maria)
    4) Brandy served in a warm/hot glass
    5) How about these to warm your cockles: Belgian Trappist Beers brewed by monks. Try Chimay Blue 9%; Rochefort 8/10 9%/11.3%; Gulden Draak 10.5%; Brewdog 18.2% hints of Tobacco and chocolate

  10. Anonymous

    My 5:
    1. Getting a tree from Chapmans and carrying it home. No strapping it to the roof of the car here.
    2. Getting up extra early to collect the turkey from Millers.
    3. Feeling smug when passing the long queue outside Sandy’s.
    4. Last minute gift shopping on Church Street safe in th knowledge that my wife has done all the hard stuff.
    5. A crafty pint or two in the Eel Pie on Christmas Eve.

  11. Our Crusader Travel best 5 tips would be Christmas stocking fillers for romantic breaks in February. Valentines falls on a Friday next year which is a very rare occurrence and a lot of people will be able to go for a really special weekend break which if they book it now & give it as a Christmas present will be very cheap but high quality and the world is really their oyster.

    Our Festive 5 suggestions would be (all on the 13th of February for 3 nights):

    1) Prague / 4* Tyl Hotel B&B with flights from Gatwick and return transfers is from £307 p.p

    2) New York / Flights from Heathrow & return transfers, 3* Hotel La Quinta B&B from £587 p.p

    3) Venice / Flights from Gatwick, 3* Hotel San Zulian B&B from £381 p.p (water taxi transfers not included but very easy to arrange by themselves)

    4) Marrakesh / flights from Gatwick and return transfers, 4* Hotel Atlas Asni B&B from £334 p.p

    5) Budapest / Flights from Gatwick and return transfers, 3* Matyas Hotel B&B from £313 p.p

    We would package these up as lovely romantic presents to put in stockings!

  12. Our Moores Cycles Festive 5 gift ideas are:

    1) Elite Novo Force Turbo Trainer – £144.00 – save 20% during December

    You cannot beat getting out on the open road, but sometimes it can be too treacherous. A turbo trainer allows you to focus on your training through the winter months in the comfort of your own home.

    2) Mequix Mini Pump – £32.00 – save 20% during December

    One of the most stylish pumps on the market! Easy to use and suitable for both Presta and Schrader Valves

    3) Where to Ride London – £12.00 – save 20% during December

    Where to Ride London is the ultimate guide for recreational cyclists detailing 50 beautiful rides that will charm and inspire you and indeed help you discover the city anew.

    4) Knitted Bicycle Hot Water Bottle – £9.99

    The perfect gift – a huggable bike hottie and a bargain at a tenner!

    5) Maxi Micro Scooter in Raspberry – BRAND NEW COLOUR! – £99.99

    Just released the Maxi scooter in Raspberry! A must have for every girl this Christmas

  13. Oscar Wilde’s funniest play, The Importance of Being Earnest, will really put you in the merry mood. The Mary Wallace Theatre, Saturday 7th to Saturday 14th December 2013 (not Wednesday). Performances start at 7:45p.m., except Sunday 8th at 4p.m. There is also a matinee at 3p.m. on Saturday 14th.
    Book online via or call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547.

  14. A visit to Eel Pie Artist’s Open Studio Show – 7 – 8 th Dec would surely have to be on the list. Visit Eel Pie Boatyard to see a wide variety of original artworks and meet the artists in their studios. All welcome. Open 11 – 6pm both days.