If you’re looking for a great day out, either with family or friends, visit Kew Midsummer Fete on Saturday 18 June. The fete regularly sees around 10,000 visitors throughout the day who enjoy a fantastic day on the Green. So, what can you look forward to?
Ninety outside stalls will be selling a fabulous range of goodies, from clothes to chutneys, massages to mirrors, fudge to flowers and cakes to candles. Inside the marquee there will be a further 25 stalls, full of exquisite hand-made originals: cushions, scarves, bags and hats, ceramics and stoneware, silk flowers, jewellery and photography.
Fabulous food and drink
The Food Court is host to a wonderfully diverse range of food, including burgers, paella, Caribbean cuisine, curry, vegetarian specialities, crepes and cakes, pastries, pizzas and pies, as well as ice cream, coffee and a new tea tent, where you can sit down and relax. As usual, there will be a Pimms bar, while Fuller’s will be providing the beer.
Fairground and footie fun
The vintage fairground will once again be providing the colourful Carousel of gallopers, the Flying Chair-O-Plane, the tots’ Merry-Go-Round of vintage vehicles and the Ferris wheel. Future Chelsea or Arsenal players can take aim at the Beat the Goalie, run by local football club, Kew Park Rangers, while children and adults alike can try out the bungee run.
There will be all-day entertainment on the stage, with great bands such as Ukewlele, Powerjam, Richmond Musical Theatre and Kindred Spirits as well as groups such as Redz Dance and This Is Karate.
The Dog Show always draws crowds and local residents, keen to show off their favourite member of the family. There are seven rosette-winning categories: Best Puppy, Best Old Dog, Best Pedigree, Best Cross-Breed, Best Rescue Dog, Best Trick and Dog Most Like Its Owner. The Best In Show will be chosen from those winners.
Once again, a celebrity will kindly be judging this year’s winners! Still currently a secret, you’ll find out on the day who will be picking our champions.
Entry to each category is £3 and registration is on the day, 12-2.30pm. Entry is limited so get there early, as the event is hugely popular. The show starts at 3pm.
Tug of War
The Tug of War Tournament is a great event to watch, with both children and adults joining in the tugging fun. You can put a team of six together in advance (enter online at kewfete.org) or just turn up on the day.
Great raffle prizes
We have some amazing raffle prizes, including an iphone watch, theatre tickets, vouchers for local restaurants and much more. Tickets will be on sale on the day but you can buy them before-hand at shops around Kew Parade.Thank you to all the amazing local businesses which have donated prizes.
Calling all local charities
All profits from Kew Midsummer Fete are donated to local good causes and nearly £77,000 has been shared out so far. If you are a local charity and would like to apply for a donation, complete the application form (which can be downloaded from the website) and return it by 6 June.