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Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival: 1-17 June 2012

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If you would like to extend your Diamond Jubilee celebrations beyond the long weekend this year, you should head down to Twickenham where the festivities will be lasting for two and a half weeks. Here is just a taster of some of the events that will be taking place down by the riverside.

The first weekend will begin on Friday evening at the Barmy Arms pub beside the Thames and overlooking Eel Pie Island. (Those of us of a certain age will know that Eel Pie Island is where the Rolling Stones started performing.) You may, or may not, have to be barmy to take part in the Tug of War at 5 o'clock, but anything is possible if you down enough beer.

Those who are not hung over will be able to enjoy a host of entertainment on Saturday, 2 June. The Embankment will be home to both Charlie Shore's Regatta and Water Zorbing.

Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival
Water Zorbing - Picture Courtesy of Twickenham Alive Website

Twickenham Yacht Club on Eel Pie Island will be opening their doors for visitors for the day, as will the Mary Wallace Theatre.

Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival
Twickenham Yacht Club - Picture Courtesy of their Website

A short distance from the Thames Church Street will be hosting a craft market, and St Mary's Church will be running a Fayre. If you feel like something a little more cultural, both Turner's House and Pope's Grotto will be open for tours.

Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival
Turner's Twickenham Villa - Picture Courtesy of

Sunday and Monday will see the action taking place at Strawberry Hill House for the Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival.

Partying will take place in Church Street between 10.00 and 18.00 on Tuesday at the Jubilee Street Party, followed by a Martial Arts Display down by the Embankment.

A Jubilee Festival Cruise will take place on the Thames on Thursday evening and Richmond Yacht Club will be hosting a D Day Dance on Friday, 8 June.

The Twickenham Alive Blue Mile takes place on Saturday, but if you don't fancy water based events you will have further opportunities to visit Turner's House and Pope's Grotto, ride on a Shetland Pony in the Statue Gardens or partake of strawberries and cream at Richmond Yacht Club, which will again be open during Sunday, 10 June.

Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival
The Blue Mile - Picture Courtesy of

The Royal Oak on Richmond Road will be hosting a Royal Oak Jumblee on Tuesday afternoon, and there will be another Martial Arts display down by the embankment in the evening.

If you missed the Jubilee Festival Cruise, you will get a second chance on the evening of 13 June. If your tastes verge on things Italian, Church Street will turn itself into an Italian market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival
Church Street Twickenham - Picture Courtesy of their Facebook Page

Back along the Embankment on Saturday, 16 you'll be able to watch the Dragon Boat Races, and the entire festival will wind up with a Carnival on the Riverside by Orleans House Gallery between 10.00 and 17.00 on Sunday.

Twickenham Riverside Jubilee Festival
Dragon Boat Racing - Picture Courtesy of

Further information can be found at: Twickenham Alive
See also related articles: Church Street Twickenham
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Strawberry Hill House
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Why? To have fun and celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
When: Between 1 and 17 June 2012
Where: Various venues around Twickenham
Cost: Many events are free
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