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Not everybody wants to join the crowds in Central London to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, so why not head out to Twickenham for two days of Jubilee Jazz at Strawberry Hill, once the home of Horace Walpole? The only tents at this music festival will be the marquees for the performers, and the jazz arts and crafts.

Jubilee Jazz Festival at Strawberry Hill
Jubilee Jazz - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website

There will be a packed programme of events and entertainment on Sunday, 3 and Monday, 4 June between 2 and 10pm, with the gates opening at midday.

Sunday's performers will be Gilad Atzmon (with Sarah Gillespie on vocals), the Kelvin Christiane Quintet, The Three Tenors (saxophonists, not the opera singers),

Jubilee Jazz Festival at Strawberry Hill
The Three Tenors - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website

and Back to Basie Big Band with Jacqui Hicks on vocals.

Jubilee Jazz Festival at Strawberry Hill
Jacqui Hicks - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website

If you are left hankering for more, Monday's musicians will be the Alan Barnes Quartet, Mingus Moves, Lianne Carroll and Ian Shaw. The event will be rounded off by the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra, who will include 'The Queens Suite' among their performances.

Jubilee Jazz Festival at Strawberry Hill
Echoes of Ellington - Picture Courtesy of the Strawberry Hill website

For those who don't trust our English summers, everything will be under cover and local food and Twickenham ales will be available. You can even take in a tour of Walpole's Gothic Castle if you wish. If you really want to get yourself 'In The Mood' you can adopt the optional dress code of Strawberry pinks and reds.

Tickets are available per day, or at a small discount for the weekend. Destination Twickenham can provide packages for those needing overnight accommodation. Further information can also be obtained from Richmond and Twickenham Jazz Club.

Strawberry Hill can be reached by train from Waterloo and by bus R68 from Richmond.
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Why? To enjoy jazz and celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
When: 3 and 4 June between midday and 10pm
Where: Strawberry Hill House, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham
Cost: 35 per day, but packages and concessions are also available
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