Yay! December is here. We’re in Twickenham. That must mean Twickmas is on the way. We don’t do big listing things but here are a few highlights that might just tickle your tastebuds over the festive season in addition to all the sprouts, cocktail sausages, mince pies where they haven’t even bothered to cover the whole top in pastry just some stupid lattice thing, and of course cheap fizz. And overly sweet mulled wine. And Christmas cake where the marzipan is far too soggy and soft and corrupts the icing.
As usual the Twickenham Town Business Association has produced its useful guide which is the perfect place to start for any self-respecting plagiarising blog. Here’s what caught our eye plus a few more things.
CHRISTMAS FAIRS, MARKETS, LIGHT UPS
With most of our towns and ‘villages’ having done the ‘lighting up’ thing already (the bloody cheek of it!) we’re just going to mention a few things that you might still want to do.
Saturday 8th December see a festive Twickenham Craft Fair at St Mary’s church hall in Church Street. It runs from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and will feature stalls selling a range of handmade crafts and gifts
St Margarets hosts the annual Crown Road Christmas Fair on Sunday 9th December from 11-6pm. Expect music stalls, plenty to eat, drink and keep you entertained.
On Sunday 9th,Church Street presents a Christmas Fair with food, drink and entertainment as well as the regular shops providing you with Christmas shopping opportunities. And there’s Punch and Judy, face painting and live music too. It will run from 11.00am to 5.00pm.
Like art or want some some unusual, arty Christmas gifts? If yes, then cross over to Eel Pie Island on either the 8th or 9th December for the artists’ Christmas open studios event. Have a browse, sip a mulled wine or better still buy some paintings, prints and gifts too. Runs from 11.00am to 5.00pm.
On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th the French Market will return to Twickenham for all your cider, cheese, Gallic music and weird sweets requirements. Joyeux Noel.
Oh, and there’s also a record fair on Saturday 15th in St Mary’s Church Hall hosted by Eel Pie Records. Just don’t expect an early pressing of Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’. Worth a look though, eh?
Sunday 16th sees a bumper crop of carol services at local churches including ‘Carols by Candlelight’ at St James’ church, Bach’s Christmas oratorio at All Hallows Church and a Christingle service at Holy Trinity.
On Wednesday 19th acting legend Clive Francis presents his one man show of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in St Mary’s church. (And having seen his show at the Orange Tree Theatre a few years back we can recommend his production)
If you’re a fan of porridge and chairs then maybe you’ll want to see Captcha Theatre’s production of Goldilocks and the Three Polar Bears. It’s on Saturday 22nd at The Exchange in Twickenham.
Ice Skating? Try Hampton Court. In fact, there are plenty of other Christmas activities at Hampton Court including carol singing and wreath making workshops. And there’s also the Festive Fayre running from the 7th to 9th December. It must be good because it’s a fayre with a ‘y’ in it!
Kew Gardens is also a fantastic place to visit over Christmas to see the illuminated trail which is now in its sixth year. Ham House is hosting a ‘Candlelit Christmas’ and the big fella, with the white beard will be there too (meaning Father Christmas , not Captain Birdseye). Crossing the river too far? Well have a look at some of the Christmas crafty activities taking place at Orleans House Gallery,Turner’s House or Strawberry Hill House. And while you’re at it you could check out the ‘Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill’ exhibition which runs until February.
Rugby anyone? Big Game 11 is on Saturday 29th December. It’s Harlequins against big (former London) rivals Wasps at Twickenham Stadium. Kick off is 4.00pm but there’s entertainment too.
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond – You’ve got a choice here of ‘Can’t Wait for Christmas’ as a piece of family entertainment or (or maybe ‘and’) William Congreve’s The Double Dealer if you fancy a spot of Restoration Comedy. Both run from December into January. Orange Tree Info.
Richmond Theatre – Panto time again! Peter Pan features Robert Lindsay in the title role. Actually that would be weird, right? The legend that is Sir Robert of Lindsay plays none other than Captain Hook. Oh yes he does! Other people also feature including Harry Francis as Peter Pan. It runs from 8th December to 6th Jan. Richmond Theatre Info.
Rose Theatre, Kingston – The Rose’s Christmas production this year is ‘Hansel and Gretel’, a tale of poor project planning and gullibility. Just kidding. It’s a festive version of the well loved Brothers Grimm tale and includes Rose Youth Theatre actors alongside the professionals. Runs 6th December to 6th January. Rose Theatre.
Hampton Hill Theatre – Turn around! No, not you! Dick Whittington, of course. Dick and his special sack are in action at Hampton Hill this year for a “cross dressing, no messing” spot of family fun from 8th to 15th December. Hampton Hill Theatre.
As ever, we’re not going to dictate anything to you but here are a few more links to the regular nights taking place locally where you might find something you like:
Bearcat Comedy Club – Top comedy line ups week in week out. Its special New Year’s Eve show features not just comedy but a late bar and DJs to get you dancing. – www.bearcatcomedy.co.uk
Arts building The Exchange in Twickenham has all sorts going on. On 14th Jason Manford’s Comedy Club is back in town for a Christmas special while on the 19th it’s hosting Twickenham Cinema Club’s screening of It’s a Wonderful Life – www.exhangetwickenham.co.uk
TwickFolk – Traditional & contemporary folk on Sundays at The Cabbage Patch – www.twickfolk.co.uk
The Eel Pie Club – Rhythm & blues. The club hosts its Christmas party on Wednesday 19th December featuring the Eel Pie Allstars and special guests. www.eelpieclub.com
Twickenham Jazz Club – Based at The Patch at The Cabbage Patch Pub and offering a range of jazz and big band music – www.twickenhamjazzclub.co.uk
And don’t forget that you can find live music in many local pubs such as The White Swan, The Fox, Prince Blucher and The Prince Albert.
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