Twickenham Festival
8th June 2015
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Tuesday 2 June

Art House Pop-up


10am-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday, until 10 July. At 1-3 Richmond Road (Twickenham’s former Lyric Palace Cinema). A taster of the artistic talent that exists within the borough. In partnership with Arts Richmond.

Friday 5 June

Tug of War

6pm, outside the Eel Pie Pub, Church Street.

To enter, call 020 8744 0474 or email shona@

Chamber Concert

All Hallows Church,

7.30pm, Chertsey

Road. Popular classical pieces performed by the All Hallows Festival Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Gregson. Car park in Erncroft Way. Tickets £12.

Until Sunday 7 June. See allhallowst or call 020 8241 2345.

Al Fresco Dining

Church Street,

Thursdays 6-11pm,

Fridays and

Saturdays 6-11.30pm, Sundays and bank holidays 10.30am until 10pm. Enjoy your evening meal outdoors in the sunshine with the street closed. The many participating restaurants will beserving delicious fayre. Available until August 31.

Saturday 6 June

Mary Wallace

Theatre Open Day,

12-4pm, Richmond

Shakespeare Society,

The Embankment,

020 8744 0547. See richmond for more.

Axel Scheffler with The Gruffalo

, 12-4pm, Diamond Jubilee Gardens. Three ticketed story-and-drawing sessions with illustrator Axel (each followed by a book signing): 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm. Signing of pre-owned/new copies

limited to one per child. Free children’s craft tent. Free tickets to story sessions available from 11am, from Diamond Jubilee

Gardens on the day (in person). Tickets limited to four per person. For more information on other free events taking place in Diamond Jubilee Gardens, visit twickenhamriver

Church Street Craft Market

10am-6pm, includes music, food, entertainment, crafts from local artists and residents.

Pope’s Grotto

Tours, 10am-3pm, 

Radnor House

School, Pope’s Villa,

Cross Deep Twickenham. See

Bold and Bashful

Bug Hunt, 12.30-3pm. Make a beautiful bug then join us on our hunt and discover minibeasts! Hunts at 1pm and 2pm. Advance booking not required, please dress weather and activity appropriately. Suitable for ages 3+, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. £2 per participant. Strawberry Hill

House, 268 Waldegrave Road. See strawberry


Craft Fair,


St Mary’s Church Hall, Church St. See twickenhamcraft

Flower Arranging on a Budget

2pm, Strawberry Hill House. Bring a bunch of favourite supermarket flowers and transform them alongside flowers grown in Strawberry Hill garden. This creative workshop includes cream tea in the cloister house café and short tour of the garden. Advance booking required. Adults £21. Call 020 8744 1241 or visit strawberry

Chilli Competition

Bigger and better, with more challenges and chilli-themed food, drink and fun! The Albany Pub,

1 Queen’s Road. Call

020 8891 1777 or visit thealbanyint

Night Must Fall

7.45pm. By Emlyn Williams and directed by Michelle Hood. The charming Danny inserts himself into the rather dreary life of elderly Mrs Bramson and her niece, Olivia. What effect will he have on their lives? Runs 6-13 June (not 10 June), Richmond

Shakespeare Society,

Mary Wallace Theatre, The

Embankment. Info: 020 8744 0547 and see richmondshake

Beekeeping Open

Day, 1-5pm, The Apiary, 41 Whitton Road. Learn about beekeeping and buy local honey from Twickenham and

Thames Valley

Bee-keepers’ Association. Also, try candle rolling, or buy plants. Refreshments available.

Sunday 7 June

Merry Pedaller Family Treasure Hunt Ride

10am-noon, Orleans Riverside gardens by playground entrance. Bring your little ones with their scooters or bikes to search for hidden clues in Marble Hill Park and Orleans House Gardens. Complete the treasure hunt sticker map at our picnic whilst enjoying a pot of tea, squash and homemade cakes. Suitable for ages 3-6 years, £5 child, £10 adult, max two children per adult. merrypedaller

Crown Road Community Summer Fair

 11am-5pm. After the  success of last year’s summer fair, Crown Road will be closed to traffic for live music all day in the St Margaret’s Tavern car park. There will be great bands, a street market with diverse stalls, a petting zoo, rides, attractions, and lots of fun and games for the family.

Turks Head 10k Fun Run, 10am. Starting with the race and ending with a BBQ, music and fun at The Turk’s Head. The start/finish/village area is on the grassy area next to the cafe by the river in Marble Hill Park.

Festal Eucharist

11am, sung by the Festival Choir and accompanied by a string orchestra, showcasing Haydn’s Little Organ Mass. All welcome. The service is part of the All Hallows Music

Festival, All Hallows

Church, Chertsey Road. For more information, see allhallowstwick. Parish Office: 020 8241 2345 or email festival@ allhallowstwick.

Twickenham Yacht Club Open Day

11am-4pm. Try your hand at dinghy sailing or enjoy a motor cruise around Eel Pie Island. Visit our historic clubhouse overlooking the river. Refreshments available. Club members will be on hand to answer questions about the club. For info, call 020 8892 8487 or email info@

Chelsea Fringe Workshop

1-3pm. Meet Mairi McLeod, the author of ‘Where is the Hedgehog?’ Hear the story, go on a habitat treasure hunt and take part in a craft activity. For ages 3-7; children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Advance booking

required; tickets £12. Strawberry Hill

House, 268 Waldegrave Road; strawberryhillhouse.

Merry Pedaller Adult Treasure Hunt


Richmond Little Green opposite Richmond Theatre. Join us for our fun treasure hunt cycling the Richmond and Twickenham riverside solving puzzles and finding clues as we go. We’ll hop on the ferry to cross the river and complete the treasure hunt whilst enjoying our afternoon tea picnic in York Gardens. Finish in the Barmy Arms pub for drinks and prizegiving. £20 inc ferry and afternoon tea picnic; £35 inc bike hire, ferry and afternoon tea picnic. For info, visit merrypedaller

Sunday Afternoon Art at the Coach House

2-3.30pm. Create carnival artwork with artist Josie Dick in a drop-in creative art session for all the family. Orlean’s House Gallery,

Riverside. £3 first child, £1.50 additional siblings and children aged 4+. No booking necessary.

Promenade Concert

3pm. String quartet music for easy listening at All Hallow’s Church. Performed by the Lombard Quartet and young musicians from Notting Hill and Ealing Junior School, and Chase

Bridge Primary School. Free. Cream tea and cake sale in support of Shooting Star Chase, children’s hospice care. For more information, see allhallowstwick.

Al Fresco Dining,

Church Street (see Friday 5 June entry).

Tuesday 9 June

Twickenham Jazz

Club Renato D’Aiello Quartet with Deelee Dube, 8.30-11pm, The

Cabbage Patch, 67 London Road. Charismatic Italian saxophonist and poet with songstress Deelee Dube and rhythm section. Admission £11/£10. Visit twickenham or call 020 8286 3242.

WedneSday 10 June

River Cruise from Eel Pie Island

6.30pm. Enjoy a fish and chip supper, wine tasting and listen to jazz from a band led by local musician extraordinaire Roger Perrin, as you watch the beautiful river scenery drift by. For tickets call Crusader Travel on 020 8744 0474 or see uk for more details. (Also on June 17.)

Twickenham Fine

Ales Brewery Tour, 6.30pm, 18 Mereway Rd. Full details at twickenh .uk/ toursbar/ Costs £15 a head which includes the tour, three pints of ale and a Twickenham Fine Ales glass.

Friday 12 June

Twickenham Alive Film Festival,

7-10pm, Twickenham Rowing Club, Eel Pie

Island. Community-

based film festival. More details: twickenham

Saturday 13 June

Twickenham Alive Riverside Festival

10am-8pm, includes

Stand Up Paddle

Boarding and Dragon

Boat Races. Also

14 June. See twickenhama live. com or email info@ twickenham alive. com for details.

Church Street Goes Green

10am-6pm. Stalls selling plants, produce, herbs, crafts and food, plus plenty of children’s entertainment. (Also 14 June.) For more information see ttba. or contact Crusader Travel on 020 8744 0474.

Dragon Boat races

10am-5.30pm, the popular contest that spans the river from the White Swan pub to Eel Pie Island Bridge.

Popes Grotto

Tours, 10am-1pm, (and 20 June), Radnor House

Independent School,

Pope’s Villa, Cross Deep. Thirty-minute tours to see this rarely open piece of history. Buy tickets at the door. See popesgrotto for more details.

Morris Dancing

11am, Holly Road Farmers’ Market. 

Turner’s House

Tours, Sandycombe Lodge, opens at various times (also 20 June), tickets £4 on the door to see the house designed by the greatly celebrated artist who loved Twickenham. See turnerintwick for more details.

Annual Beer and Cider Festival

 noon-10.30pm (and 14 June), The White Swan whiteswan

Strawberries Secret Garden

12.30-3pm. Find fairies and elves, and make your own fairy door at Strawberry Hill House. Suitable for ages 3+. Tickets £2 per participant. See strawberryhill

Twickenham Prep School Summer Fair

 11am-3pm, 43 High St, Hampton. twickenhamprep.

Sunday 14 June

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

10am-5.30pm. Lots of riverside—and on the river—fun from the White Swan Public House to Eel Pie Island Bridge. More details at twickenhamalive. com

Trafalgar Schools Summer Fair

noon-4pm, all the fun of the school fair,

Meadway Twickenham.

Twickenham Carnival

 1-5pm. The colourful parade leaves from St Mary’s Church at 12.30pm. Celebrations continue in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery. Live music and dance, food stalls, sports, games, arts, activities and workshops.

Twickenham Jazz Club Summer Barbecue

2-5pm. The Cabbage Patch, London Rd. Free. twickenhamj azz 0208 286 3242

Tuesday 16 June

Twickenham Jazz Club Graeme Taylor’s ‘Fat Sax’

8.30-11pm, The Cabbage Patch. Tickets £11. Visit twickenhamj azz or call 020 286 3242.

Wednesday 17 June

Sugar T & The Swells


The Cabbage Patch, London Road. See eelpieclub. com or call 07732 322610.

Friday 19 June

French Market

9am-8pm, until 21 June, Church Street. Buy your favourite French treats.

Saturday 20 June

St Mary’s CE Primary School Summer Fair

11.30am-3pm, Strafford Road.

Woodland Art, 12.30-3pm: create your own nature-based artwork. Tickets £2,

Strawberry Hill House, strawberryhill

Poetic Heritage Walk of Twickenham and Teddington

2.30-4.30pm. Guided walk starts at St Margaret’s Station. Involves one short bus journey so bring Oyster cards or

Freedom passes.

Tickets £9 (conc £7).

Sunday 21 June

East Twickenham Summer Fair


Cambridge Gardens, Clevedon Road. Carousel, bouncy castle, pony rides, speciality foods and much more.

Best Banger Competition

noon-3pm, Diamond Jubilee Gardens. Sausage competition between the area’s quality butchers. Sample tasty bangers and help choose the winner.

Arcadian Walks

1.30pm, guided tour with Chris Sumner. Ticket includes cream tea at Strawberry Hill’s Cloister House café at the end of the walk. Advance booking required, tickets £18. See strawberryhill

Festival Charity Auction

2pm, in aid of Turner’s House. At Twickenham

High Road Auctions, Heath Road. See highroadauctions. for more details.

Tuesday 23 June

Twickenham Jazz

Club, 8:30-11pm with Enrico Tomasso and the Adrian Fry Quartet, The Cabbage Patch.

Cost £11/£10. See the carnival comes to town on 14 June treat yourself to your favourite French fancies at the market

l For details of all Festival events,

visit or phone 020 8744 0474

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Wednesday 24 June

Brass Band concert

8pm, The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. Free parking, refreshments and bar available. For info, call 020 8744 8669.

Thursday 25 June

Spring Grove Morris evening of dance

 six locations from 8pm. Likely line up: Fox, Church St, and The White Swan in the first hour, then Barmy Arms, Riverside, after 9pm.

Del Bromham’s Blues Devils

9.15pm, Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch, London Rd. Blues with the founder and guitarist/songwriter of legendary rock band, STRAY. Tickets £11 (£9 members). To book, see or call 07732 322610.

Friday 26 June

Italian Market,

10am-6pm, Church

Street (until Sunday June 28). Local and professional market traders selling delicious Italian produce. See ttba. for more details.

Art House Open Studios

26-28 June & 3-5 July. This is the borough’s 20th open studios festival, coordinated by Richmond Arts Service. It features a diverse range of superb artists, artist groups and venues. Free entry to numerous venues, listed at arthouseopen

Al Fresco Dining

Church Street. See 5 June entry for more.

Saturday 27 June

Art House Open Studios

see 26 June entry for details.

Arcadian Walks

1.30pm, with Chris Sumner. See 21 June entry for info.

Al Fresco Dining

Church Street, see 5 June entry for more.

Sunday 28 June

Art House Open Studios

see 26 June entry for details.

Summer Fair

11.30am-15.30pm, St Catherine’s School, Cross Deep. Vintage and country theme, in-house dog show, bouncy castle, slide, hook-a-duck, tea area, BBQ and more.

Al Fresco Dining,

Church Street,

10.30am-10pm, see 5

June entry for more.

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