If you’re sick of the election and just want to spend some time enjoying life in God’s Own Outer London Suburb (or ‘the Gools’ if you prefer) then you’re in luck. Twickenham Festival is back! Other sites do far more comprehensive listings than us but we’ve included a few highlights below. It’s just the way we roll.
Twickfest 2017 just wouldn’t be #Twickfest without the Tug Off War to get things underway. It takes place at 6.30pm on Friday 9th June outside the Eel Pie pub and sees local teams huff and puff as they get a grip and try to avoid getting pulled off their feet and across the marker on the road. Teams are cheered on by crowds of locals and, at the end of the day, the biggest yankers are the winners. Some people even film it for later viewing! [Editor: OK that’s enough!]
On Saturday 10th, new for 2017, there’s a Dog Show in the Diamond Jubilee Gardens. Registration is from 12.30pm with the main event running from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. There’s more info here on the various categories. Saturday also sees the return of the craft market in Church Street. Expect arts, crafts and a few food stalls.
On Sunday 11th between 10.00am and 12.00pm there is a children’s bike ride treasure hunt and picnic around Orleans Riverside Gardens and Marble Hill Park. You’ll need to pay and pre-booking is essential. Could be fun though?
Tugging away, Twickenham stylee
On Saturday 17th June Church Street Goes Green once again. The road will be astroturfed and filled with plants, gardening gizmos, food stalls and a generally eco-friendly mood will prevail. Let’s hope the eco-vibe isn’t soured by the groaning of planes taking off from Heathrow that day. The St Margaret’s Elastic band will be playing from 1.15pm to 2.15 pm and the Richmond Youth Jazz band will perform from 3.00m until 5.00pm. The greening of Twickenham also takes place on Sunday. Continue reading
Exciting times for music lovers in Twickenham! The resurgence of vinyl records (what do you mean you hadn’t heard! Come ON people!) is even reaching the mean streets of downtown ‘Nam. On Church Street, the former Langtons book store turned short-lived Food Hall is being transformed into a new record store. Under the banner of Eel Pie Records the new business brings something a little bit different to Twickenham whilst also referencing the town’s rich musical heritage. Sounds like a good combination eh?
Kevin sorts out the shop
Co-founder Kevin Jones told twickerati, “We will be full of brand new and quality second hand vinyl and CDs. And damn fine coffee. We’re planning various events like classic album nights, launching new releases, live performances”. Shop staff will also be able to help punters get themselves set up with a new turntable to enjoy that old vinyl magic or just advise on what’s hot. Shoppers, browsers, coffee drinkers and anyone just looking to soak up the atmosphere is welcome to drop by. They might even be interested in your old vinyl if it’s in good nick, although your collection of “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilations might not be what they’re looking for.
Eel Pie Records, Church Street
Kevin and fellow co-founder Phil Penman aren’t new to the local music scene, they’ve been putting on live music events in Twickenham for a few years under the Drumfire Live banner but setting up a record shop has always been an ambition. And now it’s finally happening. Good luck to ’em.
The former bookstore store will also be home to Ricardo’s Cellar, a project of Last Try Wines head honcho Ricardo Garcia and a Limpopo biltong store.
Eel Pie Records opens on Thursday June 8th. It’s going to be a big day. Why not vote with your feet and get down there to support all of these new ventures. We’ll namecheck them all again soon in our next High Street Update so look out for that.
Store under transformation
Eel Pie Records
* Website: www.eelpierecords.com
* Twitter: @eelpierecords
* Facebook: www.facebook.com/eelpierecordshop
If you like watching classic and cult films which rarely get an airing on television or in cinemas then you’re in luck. A new cinema club is launching in Twickenham to do just that. Called, rather unsurprisingly, Twickenham Cinema Club, the aim of the new venture is to create a club run by members, for members. You can expect an eclectic mix of film with the idea that the members are the curators. There will also be a social element to screenings with an opportunity to chat before and afterwards. The opening film is 1945’s ‘Mildred Pierce‘ starring Joan Crawford. It’s something of a noir classic, a tale of ambition, struggle and mother daughter rivalry and is based on the novel by James M Cain whose other books include The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity. How’s that for pedigree?
To join the club costs £10 per year with the first film free and subsequent films at £7. Otherwise it’s £10 on the door for non-members. For local film buffs, the new club is a welcome complement to Richmond Film Society which has been running since 1963 and focuses on world cinema with screenings at St Mary’s University.
Mildred Pierce is showing at Patchworks at The Cabbage Patch pub on Wednesday February 8th.
Live Music, in Twickenham, in the past
It’s June and Twickenham Festival is back! Long gone are the days when we’d do comprehensive listings of every fair, fete, and effing alliterative fun day on this site. It’s just too time consuming and your subscription fees just don’t cover it anymore. But, because you’re nice and we wouldn’t want you to miss out, we’ve dropped a few pointers to selected highlights below.
The ‘official’ start of #Twickfest is Friday 10th June with the traditional tug of war competition. It begins outside the Eel Pie pub at 6pm. Expecting lots of heaving, grunting, groaning, sweaty faces and blistered hands. If that conjures a rather troubling image then fear not, it’s actually an entertaining event.
If you’re after something a little more culturally highbrow then that same weekend sees the Conchord Festival of chamber music take place at St Mary’s Church. Not too far away, All Hallows Church is also running its own music festival across the weekend. Continue reading
Richmond Council has stepped up its campaign to secure royal status for the borough. It’s no secret that leading Councillors are keen to add the ‘royal’ moniker to the borough’s name and to secure all the prestige and pageantry that goes with it. It would be a major coup for LBRuT if they can pull it off.
York House: Home to El Brute
As part of its £2m ‘Project Royal’ campaign the Council is planning to splash the cash on a ‘Royalty Festival’ and street parties to celebrate the Borough’s connections with the monarchy. The festival will take place in Marble Hill Park in June at a time when many people will be holding street parties to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The Marble Hill event will feature a giant, free street party for anyone who wants to attend. Planning is already well underway and Council Leader Lord True, aka The Blue Baron, has gone on the record to say: “The 90th birthday of our monarch should be a glorious occasion for us all to get together and celebrate her reign and the service she has given to our nation. I am thrilled to be able to host an event in one of the Borough’s most beautiful open spaces and have been working closely with the Parks Department on the plans. The Parks team have already adopted some of my exciting ‘lawn art’ ideas for making the grounds look suitably regal. Furthermore, I and several other Councillors will be leading a royal parade by way of entertainment”. Continue reading
Many of you will have had that familiar feeling when the mail comes through the letterbox and you just know it’s not going to be you — again. Another opportunity missed. Another chance to prove yourself among peers gone. Maybe next year. Maybe.
Or maybe this year. For those who like me, were rejected again by RideLondon (WHY ME?!?), there is still hope, and not only hope but the promise of helping others as well as testing yourself against the fastest.
It’s a ‘no’. But it doesn’t have to be
Local homelessness charity SPEAR have RideLondon places for cyclists willing to raise sponsorship for them. For an initial registration fee of just £30, you can secure a place to ride the 100 miles from the Olympic Park to the Surrey Hills before heading back to a spectacular finish on The Mall.
If you’re not aware of what SPEAR does, it’s been going for almost 30 years. Set up by local resident Penny Wade after two homeless people died in 1986 when sleeping rough in Richmond, SPEAR helps people from homelessness to independence. Initially a night shelter was started, but this became permanent accommodation on Kew Road in Richmond, now known as Penny Wade House, able to provide 14 people at a time with the chance to make a fresh start away from the streets. SPEAR now operates across south and west London. Its head office is on Heath Road, Twickenham. Continue reading
We usually do a big Christmas ‘What’s On Extravaganza’ but as a result of cut backs (of effort) we’ve not done one this year.
Instead we’ve resorted to the simple yet highly effective technique of plagiarism. Yes, the good people behind the Twick Mums website have kindly allowed us to rip off the list that they have been lovingly curating over weeks, if not years.
In order to add that special twickerati Christmas vibe we’ve added a few extra bits of our own both for your benefit and to try to make us feel less ashamed of such blatant thievery. Merry Twickmas.
Scroll right on down or just click on our categories if you want to keep it simple:
Other Goings On
Panto & Theatre
Music & Comedy
Other Useful Links
CHRISTMAS FAIRS, MARKETS, LIGHT UPS and SCHOOL FETES
Thursday 26th November
- 4.00-9.00pm: Lights Up and Shopping Event, Teddington
- Broad Street, High Street & Elmfield Gardens, Teddington TW11: Broad Street road closure 4.30-5.00pm; High Street road closure 5.00-9.00pm; Elmfield Gardens 6.00-6.30pm carols and switching on of the lights by The Mayor of Richmond Cllr Martin Seymour and Danny Care from Harlequins.
Friday 27th November
- 4.00-8.00pm (TBC): Christmas Parade, Hampton Hill
- High Street, Hampton Hill TW12: Details TBC, but this is usually a big event with a street long parade, live music, entertainment, lots of stalls, and children’s entertainment. Road closure at 5.30pm, parade at 6.30pm.
- 4.45-5.45pm: Christmas Lights Switch-On, East Twickenham
- Foot of Richmond Bridge, Richmond Road TW1: The Mayor of Richmond will open proceedings, followed by Father Christmas, carol singers, mulled wine, mince pies, children’s luck dip, music and much more.
Eel Pie Island was once at the heart of a music scene that helped kick start the careers of many famous bands. Performers who went on to become known the world over included The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart. From the 50s through to the early 70s this small island in the Thames at Twickenham was central to a British jazz and rhythm and blues explosion which resonated far beyond the boundaries of south west London’s premier leafy suburb (that’s Twickenham btw).
The Eel Pie Museum explores the contribution of Eel Pie Island to Britain’s music heritage. As you know from previous pieces here on twickerati the museum is still looking for a permanent home but if you want to get an insight into what went down on the island, how it all began, who played and how it all ended then then there’s a pop up exhibition at Twickenham Library. It’s been running over the summer but if you’ve not seen it yet you’ve got until the end of October to take a look. It’s well worth dropping in.
Eel Pie Island Museum
Welcome to Eelpiland
The museum is located upstairs at Twickenham Library and runs until the end of October.
Mon 13.00 – 18.30
Thur 11.00 – 5.30
Fri 11.00 – 5.30
Sat 11.00 – 3.30
Sun 13.00 – 4.30
And don’t forget that if you like your music heritage on the move, there’s always the Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus to take you on a tour of the area’s musical sights. Or if you want to hear live R&B today, keeping up the tradition made famous on the island then check out the Eel Pie Club.
* Eel Pie Museum
* Swinging 60s Shuttle Bus
* Eel Pie Club
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!
* Twickenham Town Business Association
* Twickenham Alive
* ARThouse Open Studios
* Twickenham Carnival