Twickenham Festival 2013

Festival Logo 2013The Twickenham Festival has been running for many years, but last year it reached new heights as the Jubilee Festival.  The JF was organised by the Twickenham Town Business Association and Twickenham Alive, the great news is that they’re both back at the helm for 2013 – and it appears to be even bigger.

There’s lots of stuff happening and we aren’t going to mention ever single event, but the highlights (at at time of updating) are:

Friday 7th June – Tug of War and Charity D-Day Dance
Two events – one slightly rowdier than the other.  The Annual Tug of War starts at 6pm outside the Barmy Arms and is a great spectator sport with a beer in hand.  The Charity D-Day Dance is at Twickenham Rowing Club, Eel Pie Island, 7pm (Eating, drinking and dancing til 11.30).

Saturday 8th June – Twickenham Alive Charity Mile & More
Twickenham Embankment, all day from 10am. Live music, stalls, water zorbing, shetland pony rides and a mini fairground for kids. In addition to the Riverside fun there’s an art and craft fair on Church Street, you” find some Morris Dancing at the Twickenham Farmers Market at 11am, and both Pope’s Grotto and Turner’s House will be open for tours.

Sunday 9th June – The Turks Head 10km Fun Run and St Margarets Crown Road Community Fair
The fun run starts at 10:30am, from Marble Hill Park and takes a circular route: Twickenham -> Teddington Lock -> Ham House -> Petersham Fields -> Richmond Bridge. The St Margarets Fair takes place from 11am to 4pm themed around farms… so expect cute little bunny rabbits, pygmy goats and lambs.

Saturday 15th June – Radnor Gardens Family Fun Day and Archdeacon Primary School Summer Fayre
It’s the battle of the fayre’s as Archdeacon host their annual event on Twickenham Green from 11.30am with all the favourites including a coconut shy, petting farm and BBQ. Just 30 minutes later the Radnor Gardens Family Day kicks off in Strawberry Hill / Cross Deep and offers up pony rides, bowls, music, stalls and Pimms. We’ve been to both and recommend both. I’m sure you could spare a couple of hours for each.

Sunday 16th June – Twickenham Carnival and Twickenham Yacht Club Open Day
This year’s Carnival will have a Garden theme (in connection with the Richmond Garden Festival) and is always a great spectacle. It starts at York House around 1pm and definitely worth taking your camera. Twickenham Yacht Club is open to all from 11am with a chance to experience dinghy sailing and motor cruises.

Friday 21st – 23rd June – ARTHouse Open Studios, including Eel Pie Open Studios
Walk across the bridge from Twickenham Riverside to Eel Pie Island and visit the artists in residence (and buy their art). Excellent for art lovers as well as nosy neighbours.

Saturday 22nd June – Stand Up Paddleboarding Marathon and Twickenham Library Midsummer Craft Fayre
The paddleboarding happens on the River from 12noon til 5pm, from Kew to Twickenham. For slightly drier entertainment, Twickenham Library’s Fayre on Garfield Road will have stalls and story telling workshops (ideal for kids 4-11 years).

Sunday 23rd June – Twickenham Alive Dragon Boat Races and The Eel Pie Row
The Dragon Boating happens from Twickenham Embankment, all day from 10am – but there’s also more zorbing, more pony rides and more stalls and fairground rides. The rowing event around Eel Pie Island is at 2.30pm from The White Swan.

Friday 28th June – French Market on Church Street
Great food and crafts from France. All day from 10am.

Friday 28th – 30th June – ARTHouse Open Studios, including Eel Pie Open Studios
Another chance to visit the artists in residence at Eel Pie Island.

Sunday 30th June – Family Fun Day
Diamond Jubilee Gardens
Music, dance, kids activities and stalls.

Sunday 7th July – Strawberry Hill Music & Fun Day and Twickenham Fete
The Music Day is at Strawberry Hill House Grounds with music, stalls and lots of lazing around on the grass. This is always a great event and it gets very very busy. So if you want to bring a blanket and grab a great spot in front of the stage we suggest you get there early. Oh and tell your kids the balloons aren’t for sale… they’re really expensive! Twickenham Green Fete occurs, as you might imagine, on Twickenham Green and is another good afternoon out with lots of things to buy and eat, as well as fun for the kids.

We will do out best to keep you up to date as more info arrives, and you can also find out more at the official Twickenham Town website.