Family Fun

Houses and Green Spaces

Twickenham is steeped in history and has many examples of Palladian and Gothic architecture. Strawberry Hill House has an ice rink in the winter, Marble Hill House has an excellent One O’Clock Club from April–September and hosts a music festival in the summer. Although the café has recently closed, Orleans Gallery has art activities for all ages. york House puts on summer productions of Shakespeare and most of the grand houses have wonderful parks and walks with refreshments available.

Richmond Park is only a short distance away with the family-friendly Isabella Plantation and, of couse, Kew Gardens. Syon House is great for kids, particularly its indoor play centre Snakes & Ladders.

And the Arts are well catered for. Twickenham is home to the Richmond Shakespeare Society based at the charming Mary Wallace Theatre near the river that looks across the water to Eel Pie Island, dubbed the home of rock ‘n’ roll after performances there by stars including the Rolling Stones, The Who and David Bowie. For film try the new Twickenham Cinema Club for independent lms and the well- established Richmond Film Society.

Messing about on the River

Twickenham has clubs for yachting, rowing, paddle boarding and dragon boating. There are boats to hire and a foot ferry operated between Marble Hill House and Ham House.

Sport

Little ones can start getting fit at Gymboree based in the newly re-opened Toy Shop in St Margaret’s. Harlequins home ground is the Stoop and there is a community programme here including half term holiday camps (ages 6–14). Harlequins amateur Rugby Club have an active Youth and Minis programme and play on St Mary’s Sports Ground in Teddington. The Twickenham Martial Arts College on Heath Road runs popular kids’ classes after school and on Saturdays for ages 4+. There is Junior golf at Strawberry Hill Golf Club and Camp Beaumont runs at St Catherine’s School.

Hungry?

Twickenham is a destination for foodies. Try Arthur’s on the Green for themed dinners to match a film and The Crown for scrumptious Sunday lunch. For coffee shops Reubens Bakehouse on the High Street has become an institution for coffee and pastries during the day and fab pizzas at night. It has recently opened a second branch in St Margarets. Zoran’s Deli in St Margarets has the best muf ns for miles and is great for celeb-spotting as it’s opposite Twickenham Film Studios.

Thirsty?

Cabbage Patch has to be the most famous rugby pub in the world. There’s The Fox for live music and the barmey arms on the river is lively on rugby days. Try Twickenham’s local beer, ‘Naked Ladies’, named after the fabulous statues in the secret garden in York House.