The weekend 8 – 10 December sees a bustling array of festive treats, artisan shopping and a relaxing boat trip – all on your South West London doorstep.
Boat trips between Kingston & Hampton Court will be running this weekend – it will be a busy one on the roads and trains – and is a far more relaxed, scenic way to travel.
Here’s what’s happening:
Good Food Festive Feast Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace grounds set the scene for an atmospheric, festive day out.
Explore a feast of flavours and artisan gifts with a backdrop of entertainment including local choirs and sing-along carols. Live cookery demonstrations will give you plenty of ideas to cook up seasonal treats that you may never have thought of.
For lovers of Great British Bake Off – finalist Steven Carter-Bailey is just one of the line-up of celebrity bakers and chefs!
This is a fantastic value day out, as an entrance ticket to the Palace also gives you entrance to the Festive Feast. Visit website
Boat trips will be running from Kingston to Hampton Court Palace
The river may not be in bloom, but you still experience a rich sense of nature and history on a boat trip – it’s a wonderful way to see the seasons in all their glory. And it is the most restful way to travel.
Kingston Christmas Market
Arrive back from the Festive Feast and head to the bustling Kingston Market. Christmas time always has a lovely vibe in the market square with its street food stalls – the Bratwurst is back along with the mulled wine!
Christmas stalls packed with stylish gifts start in the market place and stretch down to Clarence Street.
All in all, festive treats, artisan shopping and a relaxing boat trip – beats a packed Oxford Street or Covent Garden any day!
And when you want that early evening drink to round the day off – head to DoubleTree Kingston – 1 min walk at the back of Turks Pier – and relax with a cocktail or glass of wine in their stylish, relaxed bar.
Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair – 15-17th September on The Green at Hampton Court
Save 15% on entrance ticket
Visitors to fair save £2 on boat trip ticket.
September is the perfect time for learning, and there’s no better place to pick up a new hobby than at The Handmade Fair.
They’ve gathered together some of the best creative minds in the business, and got them all under one roof to bring you a menagerie of making across a 3-day weekend. [read more]
Extra boat trips will be running this bank holiday weekend and there is plenty of fun to explore along the Thames. Take a look….
Hampton Court Palace
BBC Good Food Feast 26 – 28 August
Set in the magnificent Hampton Court Palace gardens
Delicious artisan producers
Stellar line up of cooks and chefs
Family fun and great, live music.
Ticket price includes free entry to Hampton Court Palace: BBC Good Food Feast.
Alongside the Food Feast, explore the magnificent history of Hampton Court Palace with its Maze, Digital Missions and Magic Garden.
Best eating out:
Sample a summer celebration of food & drink at the BBC Good Food Feast
- Richmond Foodies on Saturday August 26th in Heron Square
- Duck Pond Artisan Market on Sunday August 27th in Heron Square
- Browse local and ethical food and artisan crafts – all in a beautiful setting with live music in Richmond’s Heron Square, just 1 minute walk from Turk’s pier.
- Rowing boat hire
- Cycle hire
Best eating out:
- White Cross pub – opposite our pier
- The Ivy Cafe – just opened, 1 minute from our pier
- The Bingham – beautiful riverside views, 5 minute walk from our pier
- Cosmopolitan riverside
- Canbury gardens
- Kingston Market
- Fabulous shopping – John Leiws, Bentalls Centre and many quirky independents along the side streets
- Just a great place to shop and eat
- Plenty to watch along the river
Best eating out:
- You’ll find most delicious cuisines along the riverside: Comptoir Libanese, Busabi Eathai, Jackson Rye, Cau and Steins are just some of the reputable restaurants with riverside views
- Boaters Inn (pictured) in Canbury Gardens is a lovely pub with a BBQ garden where you can watch the world go by
Extra boat trips running – arrive by boat
Extra boat trips will be running all weekend to Kingston, Richmond & Hampton Court Palace.
Boat tickets purchased on board.
Bar on board each boat – sip a chilled drink on deck and watch the world go by.
Sunshine, stunning location and live music – Hampton Court Palace Festival is the summer evening of summer evenings!
Held in the atmospheric palace gardens, a wide repertoire of artists to suit all tastes will be performing – whether you like jazz, classic, opera, soul or pop.
Did you know that to make it even more of a special occasion you can arrive by boat to Hampton Court Palace – in time for when the Palace Gardens open for the concert from 5.30pm? [read more]
Where to eat out along the River Thames
Lazy lunches or al-fresco dining go hand in hand when you want to take time out catching up with friends and family.
When your desire is to eat out along the river Thames, the scenic stretch of river that runs from Richmond to Kingston to Hampton Court has an outstanding choice of brasseries, gastro pubs, restaurants and tea rooms.
There’s no South Bank (London) mayhem – just fabulous views and a choice of global cuisines.
Boat trips run between Kingston, Richmond & Hampton Court Palace – check timetable.
The stretch of river Thames between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court is quite extraordinary. With its Turnesque views and royal history blended with charming cosmopolitan riversides, there is plenty to see, explore and enjoy.
Whether you want a weekend, or have family or friends coming to stay and need to entertain them!
Arrive by Boat from Kingston or Richmond
Shuttle boat from Hampton Court Station to Show Entrance.
One of the most pleasurable ways to get to Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is to arrive by boat.
You can take the boat service from Richmond or Kingston (5 mins walk from either train or bus station), or the shuttle boat from Hampton Court station.
The shuttle boat service starts on Preview night – Mon 2nd July running from 4pm – 11pm and continues daily throughout flower show week from 9am – 7pm.
Join us at the Great Garden Festival 3 – 8 July 2018
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will return to the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace in July.
The 34 acre showground will be packed with stunning gardens and spectacular floral displays. The show will feature live demonstrations from top celebrity chefs and gardeners.
If there is one interesting day out to be had along the Surrey riverside, it is to explore Hampton Court Palace.
Not only can you take time out to explore the historic and majestic splendours of the Tudor reign, you can arrive by boat which adds to the day’s enjoyment. [read more]
The Hampton Court Palace Show Preview Night is on 2 July 2018.
Turk Launches run a shuttle boat service from Hampton Court station to the palace gates. This saves you a 20 minute walk.
Just exit the station from the Thames entrance and you will see the Turk Launches stand outside where you can purchase tickets.
Ticket price is £3.20 per journey.
The shuttle boat will be running from 4pm until 11pm on preview night. The shuttle boat service will then continue throughout flower show week 3 – 8 July, along with a full timetable of boat trips from Kingston and Richmond.
Could there be a more mesmeric way to watch a great film than beneath the stars on a warm summers’ evening at the Hampton Court Palace Luna Cinema?