Having a tug
Having a tug (in 2014)

Nope, normal service has not, repeat, not been resumed at twickerati but with Twickenham Festival just around the corner we felt it deserved a brief mention. We still have your best interests at heart, you see.

It runs across June, getting underway on Friday 5th with the annual tug of war competition outside the Eel Pie pub at 6.00pm. After that there’s the usual array of festival type things taking place over several weeks.

A few worth a special mention are Axel Scheffler, off of  Gruffalo illustrating fame, at the Diamond Jubilee Gardens on Saturday 6th June (12-4pm) and there’s a Church Street craft market on the same day. On Sunday 7th it’s the Crown Road Fair and Bearcat 10k run (well done to those who remembered to register in time).

On Friday 12th there are screenings at the Twickenham Alive Film Festival. Dragon Boat Racing returns to Twickenham Embankment on Saturday 13th as part of the ‘Riverside Festival’, and there will be stand-up paddling boarding on the Sunday. Also taking place that weekend is  Church Street ‘goes green’ with plants and garden gear for sale on the Saturday, while on Sunday 14th Twickenham Carnival is back. There’ll be a parade and floats shimmying their way from St Mary’s Church to the grounds of Orleans House Gallery where the music and dancing will continue and there will also be craft and food stalls.

Live further east? Well get you! East Twickenham is hosting its summer fair on Sunday 21st June.

Our final mention goes to ARThouse Open studios. There’s a pop up gallery running from 2nd June to 10th July in the (very) old cinema building on Richmond Road opposite York House, and there are also the two weekends when artists across the borough – including those on Eel Pie Island – open their studios for Joe Public to have a good old nose around. Which weekends? Why, it’s the 26th-28th June and 3rd-5th July of course.

Needless to say, we’ve missed out much more than we’ve included but we’re assuming you have the ability to read the festival events programme that can be found in many local shops or even to go crazy and ‘do a Google’ on the interweb. That’s it. Go forth and festivalise, Team Twickenham!

LINKS:
* Twickenham Town Business Association
* Twickenham Alive
* ARThouse Open Studios
* Twickenham Carnival