I think I've decided May's my favourite month, giving us two bank holidays.
I plan to make the most of this one as the last was a bit of a failure - we both had to work - and I've been looking at all the events and activities on In and around Richmond this weekend.
The weather's meant to turn sometime this week - summers are much shorter than when I was a lad! - but hopefully it'll recover in time for the weekend and half term.
Saturday 29th May 2010
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Twickenham Farmers Market
Opened in November 2000, the Twickenham Farmers' Market is well situated in the centre of town. Combine your market shopping with other local shopping in the town centre
Ham House Sow & Grow
11:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Come and learn all you need to know to grow your own veg and fruit.
Get tips from Ham House's garden team and make biscuits and flower salads with our chef.
Kitchen garden and herb tours: learn about bees and how to keep a hive.
Family activities, trails, games and free seed giveaway.
Plant Swap: Bring any extra seed and plants you don't need and swap them for
Local food producers: taste their wares
And lots more besides!
Richmond Farmers Market
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Richmond Farmers' Market can be found at Heron Square (just by Richmond Bridge) on Saturdays 11am to 3pm. Aside the normal meats, fruit and vegetables, you can often find honey, cakes and pastries. Richmond Farmers market is approx 10 mins walk from Richmond Station
Barnes Farmers Market
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Every Saturday at Essex House, Station Road, Barnes SW13
Be Nice To Nettle Event
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Understand the importance of nettles for gardens and wildlife. Try nettle tea and soup. And enjoy a wildlife tour in the Grounds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meeting point: In front of Marble Hill House, Richmond Road, TW1 2NL
Private Passions for Public Pleasures
01:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Gain an insight into the fascinating collections that have come together to make up the Richmond Borough Art Collection. The exhibition also looks closely at the contributing collectors such as Nellie Ionides, Isabel Burton, Raymond Gill, and Leslie Paton. As part of the new Grogan gift, Mother and Child in the Garden by Arthur Hughes is displayed at this exhibition.
Orleans House Gallery
Bearcat Comedy Club
Saturday night comedy at the Turk's Head
The Turk's Head
28 Winchester Road
Exhibition of Award Winning Local Photographs
All day event - Saturday Sunday & Monday
Within walking distance of Richmond Park, The Plough is the perfect pub to showcase the stunning photographs of Richmond and Richmond Park from local photographer, Steve Morgan.
So, with the weather finally improving why not combine an invigorating walk in Richmond Park with lunch or dinner at the relaxing Plough in East Sheen. There is plenty of outdoor dining if the weather is warm or if you arrive for dinner on a colder evening snuggle up in one of alcoves or nooks inside and savour some of the options on the inspired menu such as ‘stuffed chicken breast with wild mushroom risotto’, or the amazing Sunday Lunch.
42 Christ Church Road
Sunday 30th May 2010
Conservation work on Crane park Island
Come and help out on your local nature reserve on the last Sunday of every month. Tasks for all abilities and ages. Equipment provided. Wear old clothes and strong shoes or wellies recommended. Bring a packed lunch if staying all day. We provide tea and coffee. Meet at the Tower, Crane Park, Twickenham.
Nearest entrance into the park is in Ellerman Avenue, Whitton. Morning from 10.30am. Afternoon from 1.30pm.
East Sheen Farmers Market
10:30 AM - 02:00 PM
020 8878 5132
London Sky Ride - Tamsin Trail
02:00 PM - 03:45 PM
Following the success of last year’s Sky Ride summer of cycling in London, Sky and British Cycling have launched a new series of events to take place this year in the city.
Trained cycle leaders from British Cycling will guide groups on routes taking in everything from historic sites, such as Hampton Court Palace, to points of interest, including Hyde Park and the Herne Hill Velodrome. With a range of levels, aimed at everyone from families and young children, to those looking to get fit and the more experienced rider, there will be something for everyone. All participants will also be given a hi-vis vest for the ride.
The next Richmond-based cycle will take place on 30th May.
• Tamsin Trail Explorer, 30th May 2010 - An easy six-mile ride on the Tamsin Trail which circumnavigates London's Richmond Park. You'll find a surprising array of wildlife on the way in this Royal park, with cafe stops available at both Roehampton Gate and Pembroke Lodge. While mostly flat, the ride takes place primarily on compacted shale tracks, meaning hybrid or mountain bikes are advisable.
For a full schedule of rides in the London area visit www.goskyride.com
England v barbarians at Twickenham Stadium
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
The MasterCard Trophy, England v Barbarians kicks off at 5pm on Sunday, May 30 and tickets are available now from just £25 with under 16s tickets only £10. Get yours from RFU.com/tickets or 0844 8472 492 and find all the tournament information you need at RFU.com
Monday 31st May 2010
Hands Charity Fair
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
On Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May, the annual HANDS CHARITIES FAIR will take place on Twickenham Green from 10am - 3 pm.
The Mayor of Richmond and Twickenham will begin a tour of the stalls at 11 am. There will be 84 charity stalls selling crafts, plants, gifts, home-made cakes and jams, bric-a-brac, toys and refreshments. There will be amusements for children, a barbecue and live music.
Vocality Richmond Community Choir
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Come and join us to sing songs in harmony from all over the world.
Mondays 8-10pm at Richmond and Putney Unitarian Church
And for the children over half term, The Landmark Arts Centre is running a series of events all week. from Creative Sculpture to Cartoon Workshops.
The Landmark Arts Centre
Silas Van Der Bas
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