Friday, 31 December 2010

KBSM's Steam Up!

Looks like this will be my last post of the year and how fitting than to write about the Grand Christmas and New Year Steam Up at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum.

This is a rare opportunity as it only happens once every year - all of the steamable engines will come to life, demonstrating the power of Waterworks Steam Engines. The Waterworks Railway will also be in operation and there will be a live Steam Model Railway chugging away in the Water for Life Gallery.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays from 11.00am to 4.00pm, and the event will run from 1st-3rd January 2011. Admission prices are the following:
  • Adult: £9.50
  • Concessions: £8.50
  • Children (5-15 years): £3.50
It seems quite surreal that tomorrow is 2011 - I remember feeling the same way last year; just where has the time gone? Ah yes, I forgot to mention that I did manage to get around to visiting Hampton Court Palace for the Tudor Christmas, but I'll be definitely doing a write-up in the New Year, so look forward to it.

Hoping you all had a lovely Christmas and wishing you a prosperous New Year!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Tudor Christmas at Hampton Court

Two weeks ago - which really was the last post I made... - I mentioned the Tudor Christmas at Hampton Court event, and I feel that now's the time to write about it as I'm really unsure about when I'll be free to do so in the coming days. Not to mention 27/12/10 is a Bank Holiday to make up for the lack of before the weekend, is the day when this event rolls out...so frankly, the sooner I write about it the better!

As write, I'm grimacing about trudging home through the slush created by the rain and sleet...I'm glad I remembered my umbrella. However, my mood is only lightened by the prospect of snow this weekend, and perhaps enough of it will last until Christmas - I really want a white one this year! You don't need to know how old I am, but if you haven't guessed it already, I frequently humour and nurture my inner child.

It is this child that's currently kicking itself for having failed to meet the huskies at the London Wetland Centre last weekend, and remembered too late to make a blogpost about it - I really might just start blogging from home as well, after all news must be told and spread! It is also this child that wants to make up for the lapse in memory by heading up to Hampton Court to check out the Tudor Christmas Celebrations, and I might just do that so be prepared to see me stalking the grounds at some point.

The event will apparently see King Henry VIII celebrating Christmas with two of his wives - Anne of Cleves, who was given the title of 'King's Sister' upon her divorce, and Kathryn Howard, his new wife. Listen to the juicy gossip flitting about the court, watch the fool rehearse his show, 'Wow' the nobles with your dancing skills, join the musicians and enjoy the children's pageant - all of this and more, are designed for the entertainment of the King, his Queen and the Royal Court! If you have the chance, steal away to the kitchens to watch the cooks preparing a Christmas Feast suitable for the King and his Court.

All this sounds too fun and interesting to pass up!

The celebrations commence from Monday 27th December 2010 and continue until Sunday 2nd January 2011 - not a very long time, since it's only a week long! All activities are included with the price of the ticket.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Family Christmas Fun at Ham House

With Christmas well on its way - forgive the penchant for pointing out the obvious - attractions throughout the country will be hosting events and activities for everyone to take part in, but I will of course be focusing on the Richmond Borough. I was planning on writing about either the Tudor Christmas at Hampton Court, or perhaps even the Christmas and New Year Steam Up at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum, but a quick look at their calendars revealed that both had been rescheduled! So I'll have to blog those another day...

So in my search for something to write about, I thought about what Christmas meant and for me it means the togetherness of family and friends - regardless of, what I consider, a real-life Scrooge uttered; after nearly 90 years you're tired of Christmas and hate snow?! The prospect of a 'White Christmas' doesn't tickle some childhood fantasy?! Of course, I've only been around for nearly a quarter of a century, and you may have already had a White Christmas...but I haven't...at least I don't remember having one...

Anyway, it suddenly dawned on me to check my calendar for places doing activities for families, and I came across Ham House's Family Fun event. This will occur every weekend with the 19th December being the last day, and occur from 11am-to 5pm each day. Prices will be the following:
  • Adult - £3.50
  • Child Over 5 - £2.35
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) - £9.25
  • Children Under 5 have FREE entry
The event will feature the following:
  • Christmas Fair Marquee to buy unique gifts from a fantastic array of stallholders
  • Activities in the Basement, including crafts, balloon modelling, face painting and storytelling
  • Christmas Trail for children in the garden
  • Mini Carousel
Quite an interesting line-up! Also, Ham House will be holding Family Carol Concerts on Saturdays and Timeless Carols on Sundays - each have their own set of prices. Finally - something to warm your belly! - the Orangery Cafe will be serving Traditional Christmas Dinners from 6.30pm, though booking is essential.

I hope this tickles your fancy and adds something to your Christmas Holiday - keep an eye out for more information on other activities in the Borough!