Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Exclusive Packages for Great Days Out in Richmond!

Presenting our Exclusive Packages for the upcoming events, Henry VIII's Honeymoon Pageant on 24th July and the Great River Race on 25th September! Click on the image to enlarge.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Feature: Kew Music Festival

Seems like I'm getting worse at this - been swamped with trying to fix the code on our sister site, something went wrong during an update...NOT my fault!

But let's get to the point here, our featured event this evening is the Kew Music Festival. 2010 is the first year the event will be running, and is part of the Heritage NOW! initiative of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. There is an impressive line-up of artists, both local and well-known rising stars, whose talents lie across the board - some of them are even performing at the Hampton Court Music Festival.

Support the event and have a good time - check their website at the above link! The event runs from Saturday 19th June to Sunday 27th June. That's one week of culture and style reminiscent of the historial roots of the Borough!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Feature: Royal Ascot Races

A little late due to being busy down this end, but the Royal Ascot Races are on from 15th-19th June. I don't believe we need an explanation on the event, do we? After all, it is one of the leading and most famous Horse-Racing events in existence. While it may not be happening within the Borough, it is a good distance away to warrant accommodation and what better way to wind down after an exciting day than to put your feet up and have a leisurely drink on the riverside, soaking up the evening Sun, overlooking picturesque views?

No, I think I'll use this space to write about the Summer Events happening at the Ascot - all of these events are open to families, with activities that are sure to keep the children amused and occupied.

25th July - Betfair Weekend: Alice's Adventures at Ascot
An event that sounds so great, I wish I was young enough to enjoy it myself! As well as having races for the adults, the children will have a field day surrounded by this magical wonderland themed around the famous Lewis Carroll tale. Take advantage of the fairground, have tea with the Mad Hatter, solve the Cheshire Cat's riddles and have your face painted by none other than the Queen of Hearts!

7th August - Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and 80s Concert after Racing
Britain's only jockey's competition, where teams from all over the world compete over 6 races for the coveted trophy. To keep the childrean amused, there are fairground rides, hair braiders and much more. As for the line-up of the 80's Concert, which is back by popular demand, artists include Boy George, The Christians, Belinda Carlisle, Johnny Hates Jazz, Midge Ure, Captain Sensible and Cutting Crew.

26th September - Family Fun Day
A great way to spend the day with the family! With activities such as painting pictures to take home or the chance to paint a section of a life-sized racehorse, which will be showcased for years to come. There is also a range of fairground rides and entertainment provided by Mr Alexander, who will be performing his travelling show throughout the day.

For more information on these events click here.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Feature: Heritage Now! Exhibition, Orleans House Gallery

Heritage Now! celebrates the rich history of the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. A number of events take place during the festival, including the upcoming exhibition at Orleans House Gallery.

Having been selected to participate in museumaker, which is a national project involving 16 museums across the country, Orleans House Gallery will be exhibiting the works of internationally acclaimed weaver - Eleanor Pritchard. For the event, her designs will celebrate traditional British fabrics centred around the theme of 'Dining' and how this would have linked the inhabitants of the houses along the Thames - including Orleans House, Ham House, Strawberry Hill and Garrick's Temple. The aim is to create a fantasy banquet, which tells the story of each guest and reflects the fine architecture of these grand houses.

There will also be a range of activitiess for families to participate in, such as a 'Ruffs and Cuffs' workshop for children to create their very own extravangant Elizabethan or Stuart 'ruff', as well as a special project for the upcoming Summer Carnival.

The exhibition opens on 12th June and lasts until 26th September.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Support SPEAR - Twickenham Festival Raffle

During every Festival, a raffle is held and proceeds are donated to a chosen charity. This year, the charity is SPEAR - a charity within the Borough of Richmond that works with all aspects of homelessness.

Established in 1986 after two people had frozen to death rough sleeping by the Thames, SPEAR has since successfully prevented the deaths of anymore by creating a night shelter, which has now grown and is able to offer support all day. The ethos of SPEAR has always been to provide support until they are no longer needed. This involves providing them with the skills and confidence required to live an independent and fulfilling life at home. For more information on their activities, please visit the link above.

To show your support and purchase a raffle ticket (or few), please e-mail us at: askus @ destinationrichmond.co.uk (remove the spaces) to express your interest and we'll be in touch, or if you happen to be local to the Twickenham area, you can pop into the Crusader Travel offices on Church Street.

Of course, by entering the raffle you have a shot at the following Grand Prize:

A fabulous holiday for four in the October half-term in Sicily or Umbria/Tuscany. The prize includes flights, 2-bedroom villa and hire of a small car - all generously donated by Crusader Tavel.

The draw will take place on Monday 21st June at 6.00pm.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Feature: Twickenham Festival

Having been held for over 10 years, the Twickenham Festival is a celebration that truly brings the community, and surrounding areas, together for two weeks of fun, entertainment, events and activities!

The idea was first conceived by the MD, yes...my boss, and with the help of his family it was held and run successfully for a few years before being passed onto more stable and organised hands. Over the years, the festival has continued to grow and one of the main highlights is the Alfresco Dining - this is the only feature that occurs before and long after the festivities begin. It is a chance to bask in the cool evening Sun, enjoying a drink and a meal with colleagues, friends, neighbours and loved ones to wrap the long day. This occurs every Thursday-Sunday, 6.00pm-11.30pm, until 5th September.

Other events include a production of the timeless 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' being performed by the local Richmond Shakespeare Society Youth Theatre for a limited time; a Tug-of-War held by The Cabbage Patch; a Dog Training Demonstration held by Stan Rawlinson; Live Music from local bands; Richmond Yacht Club open day; Trafalgar School's Summer Fair...and so much more - there's something happening everyday, so click on the link above and see what's on!

The festival runs everyday from Friday 11th June to Sunday 20th June.

Visit to The Antoinette, Kingston

Yesterday, we had a meeting with The Antoinette, Kingston - they had kindly contacted the Great River Race expressing an interest to provide accommodation for the event on 25th September and were pointed in our direction. The Antoinette has always been a hotel on our list to visit, since we regularly include them on our Weekly Weekend Breaks list, and so having the opportunity to meet with them and visit the premises was a chance we wouldn't pass up!

Though we had a little trouble finding the hotel - it's mainly because we kept making wrong turns, but eventually, with our combined gut instincts we managed to find it...albeit a little late, though the MD's dogs must have had a good time (they were in the backseat, enjoying a day out). We had the pleasure of finally meeting Roy Bromley, the General Manager, and Patricia Stiling who set up the meeting - though unfortunately, she was rushing out of the door when we arrived. We proceeded on a tour of the hotel and viewed some sample rooms - now an interesting tid-bit, The Antoinette is comprised of 22 Townhouses, which allows for a lot of variety! They have a total of 100 rooms and 8 conference rooms, two of which can be combined to allow for a party of 220.

The hotel is situated in Kingston-upon-Thames, parallel and behind Kingston University's Penrhyn Road Campus (I was looking to take my degree there, though I can't remember what I was applying to do). It is about 10 minutes from Surbiton Station, which provides access into London, and is quite close to the river - though it's a bit of a walk. I once went on a Kayaking trip on the river here...it's then that I realised that I can't swim on my front - not even a simple dog-paddle! - but I can on my back.

All in all, we felt that it was a good meeting and are still in awe that it is made up of 22 Townhouses. Hopefully, we'll hear from them soon and we'll be able to add another amazing hotel on our list to all GRR-goers!

Tuesday, 1 June 2010


...First day of the Month!

I've often wondered why it didn't rhyme like it was supposed to, but I guess that's 'English' for you. Hope you all had a great Bank Holiday weekend - Sunday was a particularly beautiful day!

There are a few upcoming events; as mentioned a few posts ago, there are guided tours of the Isabella Plantation to take advantage of on the following dates: Friday 4th and 25th June and Sunday 13th June.

And as brought to my attention by the MD a few moments ago, the London Parks and Gardens Trust is organising an Open Garden: Squares Weekend from 12th-13th June...which happens to be next week! Ah, I've got to get better at digging up this sort of information!

Anyway, follow the link for more information and as an FYI, the closing date for advanced ticket purchases is next Monday 7th June.