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Twickenham Festival 2013 for Landlubbers and Water Lovers
It's almost time for the Twickenham Festival again. For a whole month this part of London will celebrate its pleasures and delights with anybody who cares to visit and join in. With events varying from land based dancing, tugs of war, Morris Dancing, garden festivals, jazz concerts and the annual Twickenham Carnival, to the water based Twickenham Alive Charity Mile and Dragon Boat Races, jazz and poetry cruises and Stand Up Paddle Boarding you will be spoilt for choice.
Twickenham Festival 2013 (Image Kindly Supplied by Shona at Crusader Travel)
The Festival kicks off on 6 June, so what better celebration could there be than a D-Day Dance at the Richmond Yacht Club on Eel Pie Island?
D-Day Dance (Image Courtesy of twickenhamalive.co.uk)
On the following day the Barmy Arms pub (if you don't understand the name, ask a cricket lover) on the Thames Embankment will be the venue for the annual Tug of War. I'm sure there will be many thirsts to be quenched, both on behalf of the tuggers and the cheerers on.
The Twickenham Alive Charity Mile on 8 June takes up an entire day of water activities that include stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and water zorbing, with live music, Shetland pony rides, a children's fair-ground and craft, food and sweet stalls for the landlubbers.
Twickenham Alive Charity Mile: Water Zorbing (Image Courtesy of water-warriors.co.uk)
If you are still hankering for more water fun on 23 June, there will be a fun filled day of Dragon Boat Races, with more water zorbing, accompanied by Shetland pony rides, live music, craft, food and sweet stalls and music.
Dragon Boat Races (Image Courtesy of twickenhamalive.com)
The Twickenham Carnival and parade take place between York House and Orleans House Gallery on the afternoon of 16 June, together with a Garden Festival Event in Church Street
The area around Twickenham was once home to both the painter, J M W Turner, and the poet, Alexander Pope. Tours of Turners House in Sandycombe Road will be available on Saturdays throughout the Festival and visits to Pope's Grotto can also be arranged on the first two Saturdays. Tickets are available from Crusader Travel in Church Street.
Jazz and Poetry Cruises (including a fish and chip supper) will be sailing along the river between Eel Pie Island and Hampton Court; if you prefer to listen to your jazz on dry land, Twickenham Jazz Club will also be opening its doors for events.
Walpole's Gothic Castle, Strawberry Hill House will be opening its doors and grounds for the Summer Ball on 28 June, and the RFU Strawberry Hill Music and Fun Day.
I hope I've provided some food for thought. If you've never been to Twickenham before, isn't it time you visited?