Thursday, 1 March 2012

Jubilee Jazz Festival - Music to make Horace Walpole Spin?

Strawberry Hill House
He loved to entertain. He loved the quirky. He loved the arts and left us a little Gothic house at Strawberry Hill, whose very existence pretty much sums him up on its own. He used this lovely little treasure to indulge and share what he loved with his friends. With entertainment at the heart and core of Strawberry Hill House, we like to wonder what Horace Walpole would have thought of its use as the stage for the upcoming Jazz Festival across 3rd-4th June 2012

Chris Biscoe
Returning for its second year, the Jazz Festival at Strawberry Hill House will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in soulful class. Organised by Lesley and Kelvin Christiane of the Richmond and Twickenham Jazz Club, the event kicks off each day from 2pm to 10pm – gates open at 12 noon – with a full itinerary of top musicians and bands. Performing artists include Kelvin and Lesley Christiane; Shanti Paul Jayasinha; Sarah Gillespie; Ian Shaw; Echoes of Ellington Orchestra and more!

With Jazz fans coming in from far and wide, Destination Twickenham (with support from Destination Richmond) has been brought in to provide packages for the long weekend:
  • Packages with One-Day Tickets from £166 for two nights for two adults
  • Packages with Weekend Tickets from £229 for two nights for two adults
Each booking includes:
The Three Tenors
  • Discounts on meals at participating restaurants
  • Option for exclusive tours of the newly refurbished Strawberry Hill House (spaces limited)
  • Discounted river travel on the Thames
  • Option for discounted visits to a selection of attractions including Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens
  • Option for excursions to gardens and parks in the Borough
  • If required, tour guides proficient in any language can be provided
…and more added value options!

For more information, please visit our website: or contact Destination Richmond on 020-3141 9922.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Holi Festival 2012

We know it's right around the corner - Spring that is. We've had a few days of teasing sunshine, but - like a badger in their sett - the favourable weather seems to want to be coaxed out...unfortunately, that's quite impossible.

Though what isn't impossible, is getting into the spirit of Spring and celebrating all it brings - this is the nature of the Hindu Festival of Holi. The celebration involves throwing coloured powder and dyes at each other - a symbolic act of welcoming the warm colours of Spring born from the departing Winter. Culturally, it is very exhilarating and there are no boundaries as everyone is equal in the mutual joy and excitement they share.

For the past three years, Orleans House Gallery have organised and held an incredibly successful day of celebration; each year bigger than the last. Based on the Twickenham Riverside outside the Gallery grounds, an eventful day has been organised with live music; dance workshops and more.

To add to the variety, this year - for the first time - an Indian/Asian Market will be held on Church Street with stalls offering food; crafts; henna tattoos; fabrics etc. All in an effort to bring the festival to Twickenham TownIf you've been eagle-eyed enough, you'll see that a banner for the event hangs proudly across the street soon to be joined by coloured flags.

The Holi Festival of Colour takes place on Saturday 10th March 2012 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm (the market is open from 11.30am to 5.00pm); to download a .pdf of the featured flyer, all you need to do is click on it.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Missing: Rickshaw Man

Missing: Rickshaw Man

Prizes for Valentines Giveaway (List)
Amorous Weekend in Venice? Check
Romantic Dinner for Two? Check
Enchanting Rickshaw ride home? Er…

Yup. We need your help – we can’t seem to find the Rickshaw man! We’ve seen him around, near Water Lane, but that was around last year…we need him now – can you help?

Unfortunately, we don’t have much to go on – he’s a man and his Rickshaw’s black…with possible white trimming? The important thing is he’s most likely local and we need to find him since he’s been mentioned in our Valentine’s Competition Giveaway!

If you have any information that goes towards his capture identifying and locating him, please contact us on 020-8744 0474 or e-mail:

Thank You!

P.S. Yes, I's been six months since the last news post. I've been trying to find a new home for the blog while working out some other aesthetic issues ;_;