HELLO! The weather might be a bit so-so but the great twickerati (that’s you btw) won’t be deterred by a cloud or two. You’re better than that. What the hell, let’s re-phrase it… we’re better than that!
Twickenham Festival and a load of other summer fun is upon us. We don’t do proper listings on this site (it’s just too hard and we’re just too lazy) but we have pulled out a few highlights for you. And of course, as you’d expect, we’ve provided copious links to sites which contain not only more, but better, information than you’ll find here. So let’s get to it, let’s get ready to #Twickfest!
[UPDATE: And now that things are underway, we’ve created a new item for festival pictures so take a look.]
Twickenham Festival will be running from 6th to 22nd June. As said, we’re not going to list everything here but there are plenty of links to places that do. Many of the events are organised by the Twickenham Town Business Association, others by LBRuT, others by Twickenham Alive Riverside and others simply are what they are. Some events and activities run across several weekends so keep an eye out for those too.
Fri 6th June, Tug of War – 6.00pm, The Eel Pie Pub. The traditional start to Twickenham Festival. A whole lot of tugging going on in full view of spectators. Isn’t there a law against that? One change is that rather than doing it outside the Barmy Arms, the tugfest will take place outside the Eel Pie. In other words, a flat surface is being replace by the slope of Church Street. Just deal with it.
Sat 7th June, Twickenham Festival n stuff – All sorts going on from 10.00am including:
* Church Street Craft Fayre, 10:00am to 6.00pm
* St Mary’s Church Summer Fair – stalls. flower displays, tea tent, punch & judy, & more, 11:00am to 3.00pm
* Morris Dancing. 11.00 at Holly Road; 12.00pm The Fox; 4.00pm The Barmy Arms at 4.00pm. With beards being oh so metropolitan these days can we expect clean-shaven dancers cavorting around the town? Expect bells, beer and bragging about stick sizes too.
* Tours of JMW Turner’s House will be available, likewise for Pope’s Grotto which is not open very frequently.
Sun 8th June, Crown Road Summer Fair – 11.00am to 4.00pm, St Margarets. Stalls from local traders, food and drink and live music in the car park of the St Margarets Tavern. Details here.
Sun 8th June, Turk’s Head 10k Fun Run, 10.30am – 10k run organised by the Bearcat Running Club which starts in Orleans Gardens by the river (i.e. near the swings & kiosk) and heads through Twickenham to Teddington Lock, then Richmond Bridge and back to the start. Sold out but spectators welcome. More
Sun 8th, Trafalgar School Summer Fair – 12.30 to 4.00pm.
Sat 14th & Sun 15th, Church Street Goes Green – Plant stalls galore down Church Street as we all get a bit eco-friendly or just fancy ourselves as budding Monty Dons and Carol Kleins. There will also be live music and the return of the astroturf down the length of the road.
Sat 14th, St Marys School Fair – Takes place at the middle site on Strafford Road from 11.30-3.00pm.
Sun 15th June, Twickenham Carnival – A big one. Floats, music, dancing. This year’s theme is the tercentenary of the Hanoverian succession so expect bigwigs in big wigs. And a mask or two. Parade from 12.00 at York House followed by carnival fun from 1.00-5.00pm at Orleans House Gallery. More info.
Fri 20th to Sun 22nd June, French Market on Church Street. The return of the French Market for all your cheese, cider and pate requirements. And then again, perhaps there could be that stall selling strange music that may once have been popular in France back in the 60s.
Sat 21st June, Dragon Boat Racing – Twickenham Alive are hosting the annual dragon boat racing event. No experience is necessary to paddle your way to fame, or infamy, in front of a river bank lined with cheering crowds. More details here.
Sun 22nd, Diamond Jubilee Gardens – The Twickenham Riverside Trust, which the Council appointed to manage the DJG, will be running a ‘Twickenham’s Best Banger’ event in the Gardens as local butchers pit their sausages against each other. (Can we actually say that?)
Sun 22nd June, East Twickenham Summer Fair – Noon until 5.00pm, in Cambridge Gardens. Beer tent, bouncy castle, taster tennis sessions, pony rides, food & more. East Twickenham Village.
Also coming up…
Sun 6th July, Friends of Twickenham Green Village Fete – No prizes for guessing where this one takes place. Expect music, bars, food, diverse stalls (commercial and charity/non-profit). Friends’ website.
Sat 12th July, St Margarets Fair – Moormead Park. Always an impressive variety of stalls and entertainment at this event. Details here.
Sun 20th July, Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day – Lots of live bands, entertainment and stalls selling crafts, food and drinks in the grounds of St Mary’s University College and Strawberry Hill House. Runs from 12.00 to 7.30pm. The event is organised by Twickenham Alive with support from the RFU. Details here.
Orleans House Gallery, The New Georgians – Running through to 27th July, this exhibition brings together new works (and a few old ones) inspired by the Georgian heritage along the Thames. It’s 300 years since George I ascended to the throne. “Gosh, is it really that long? It only seems like yesterday”, we hear you cry. We’ve had a look and we reckon you should too. More info.
BTW, OHG also run a range of summer art courses and workshops which are well worth investigating.
Stables Gallery – Don’t forget to check out the Stables Gallery at Orleans House too. June is the final month of the Art & Soul: Expressions exhibition.
22nd & 23rd June, Midsummer Art Fair – Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington. Over 90 artists exhibiting paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery and photographs. Info.
27th – 29th June and 4th – 6th July, ARThouse, Richmond Open Studios – Artists from across the Borough open their studios to the public. Your chance to see the wealth of artistic talent in the area – or simply have a good old nose around a stranger’s house. ARThouse info.
28th – 29th June and 5th – 6th July, Eel Pie Artists Open Studios – One of two occasions in the year when you get to see (and buy) some great work from those creative types on Eel Pie Island. There’s always plenty of excellent art and crafts on display. And plenty of Pimms if you can track it down. Eel Pie Artists
As well as live music at various Twickenham events we’ve mentioned above, there are other outdoor events which might tickle your fancy. Time to fire up the picnic basket and crank the dial all the way up to 11.
Kneller Hall Summer Concerts – The home of the Royal Military School of Music plays host to a series of concerts across July. There’s a rock and pop event, a commemoration of World War 1 and a Last Night of the Proms. More info
Kew The Music, Kew Gardens – Outdoor concerts at Kew Gardens in July featuring the likes of Elvis Costello, Jools Holland, Bill Bailey & Simple Minds. Information
Hampton Pool Concerts – The open air pool will again be putting on gigs across July. This year’s artists include Heaven 17, 10cc and The Average White Band. Details here
Want more music? Try these sites:
* TwickFolk – traditional & contemporary folk at the Cabbage Patch.
* The Eel Pie Club – rhythm & blues at the Cabbage Patch
* Twickenham Jazz Club – regular live jazz at the Bloomsbury, Staines Road, TW2
Richmond Shakespeare Society, Mary Wallace Theatre – The highly respected local theatre group’s productions over the summer include their famed outdoor production. This years it’s Love’s Labour’s Lost which runs between Sunday 20th and Saturday 26th of July. Other RSS summer productions are ‘From These Green Heights’ and ‘Haroun and The Sea of Stories’, both running in June.
Also check out:
* Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. June sees the Orange Tree Theatre Festival which represents artistic director, Sam Walters’ final production at the OT. Nine plays are featured across three festival strands
* Richmond Theatre. Impressive line up of plays and performers over the next few months including Under Milk Wood, Another Country and a night at the opera.
* Hampton Hill Playhouse – the home of Teddington Theatre Club. Summer plays include Crazy For You and The Linden Tree.
Sun 29th June, Strictly Bikefest – The return of the bike fest to Kneller Gardens will see grass track racing, a spring lane, a skills arena, a bike doctor and more. Runs from 11.00 to 4.00 will all welcome, both adults and childrens. More info.
8th – 13th July, Hampton Court Flower Show – One of the country’s biggest flower shows takes place at one of the country’s most famous historic palaces. And it’s just down the road. Love flowers? Reckon you could give Titchy Alan Marsh a run for this money? Then you’ll love this. More info.
So then, couldn’t find anything relevant? Try one of these instead:
* Visit Richmond
Other useful sites:
* Twickenham Town Business Association
* Twickenham Alive
* The Best of Richmond
* Totally Richmond
* Arts Richmond – arty stuff, obvs
* For Sanity’s Sake – Award winning local site covering all things to do with young children
* Twickermum – Twickenham-centric blog including a good ‘what’s on’ for families with young children
That’s all. Or rather, that’s all for the moment. Time to toddle off and enjoy your #Twickfest. Or you can add other bits in the comments below.
[UPDATE: We’ve created a new item for festival pictures so take a look here.]