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.
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.
During the school holidays we have 2 FREE boat trip offers for kids.
A boat trip is a great thing to do when bored kids are leaving you frazzled! And the best experience to enjoy when you have friends or family to stay.
All of our helpful crew are used to children ( we manage up to 300 of them on Thumbs up its Thursday!) – and there is space on board for bikes, micro-scooters and pushchairs.
There is a bar on board each boat so drinks and crisps can be purchased – perfect time for parents and grandparents to put their feet up with a glass of something chilled and enjoy a natter as well as the stunning views.
When there are restless kids to entertain over the school holidays, or family and friends are coming to stay– just how are you going to keep everyone amused?
One simple idea is a boat trip along the Thames.
From Monday 24 July to Wednesday 30 August, one child travels FREE per full fare paying adult on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Here’s a few school hols entertainment tips for you:
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.
Friday 24 March, Turk Launches river trips are back on the river Thames.
Friday 24 March is when Turk’s river trip season starts – just in time for Florimania at Hampton Court Palace and Mothers Day on Sunday 26 March.
Plus if you are taking part in – or cheering friends on at – the Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run, our cruise route Kingston to Hampton Court lets you get a perfect view of the the running route along the tow path. [read more]
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!
Plan an extra special surprise for Mum on Mother’s Day by arriving by boat to your favourite riverside destination. Boat trips will be running between Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court – check timetable
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.
A hotspot for PokémonGo is the river Thames between Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court Palace.
And one of the most fun ways to hunt PokémonGo is on a river cruise.
Not only will you find plenty of water Pokémon in their natural habitat along the river Thames but the stretch between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court Palace has plenty of popular land based landmarks. [read more]
With its rich history and stunning landscapes, Richmond riverside offers an eclectic mix of shopping, galleries, bars and restaurants. During the holidays or when you have family and friends to stay, there is plenty to entertain adults and children alike.
Laze by the river bank and watch the world go by whilst sipping a cold beer. Or stroll along to the Terrace Gardens where there’s plenty of space to enjoy the gardens and let the kids run around – plus the Hollyhock Cafe – a very pretty ‘Gone with the Wind’ style coffee house. [read more]
This August Bank Holiday weekend there is an extravaganza of food festivals, markets, live music and entertainment. All within a 1 minute walk from each of our piers in Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court Palace.
Turks are running extra boat trips all weekend from Friday to Monday.
What better day out could there be than to take a leisurely cruise, enjoy the fabulous scenery whilst sipping a drink on deck and then explore all the vibrant entertainment on offer.
Take a look… [read more]