While we’re hoping for a hot, sunny day for this year’s Kew Midsummer Fete on Kew Green on 23 June, we’re also hoping that it won’t be quite as hot as last year! The Fete is a wonderful family event and draws visitors from across London and, every year, is packed from the moment it opens at 11am, to close of play at 6pm.
Victorian fun fair
Reuben Bond has been part of Kew Fete since it opened nine years ago. A travelling showman, Reuben will once again be setting up his historic fairground rides including his colourful Carousel of gallopers, the Flying Chair-O-Plane for the fearless, the tots’ Merry-Go-Round of vintage vehicles and the high-in-the-sky Old-Time Wheel. Plus, there will be the ever popular bungee run and mega slide. Aspiring and seasoned footballers can take aim at the very popular ‘Beat the Goalie’ run by local club, Kew Park Rangers.
There will be 90 outside stalls, selling a wonderful range of goodies from paintings to plants, scarves to scones, jewellery to jams and cards to cushions. Inside the marquee there will be a further 25 stalls, full of exquisite original items including furniture, silver jewellery, stationery, frames, candles, bags and clothing.
The food court
We have an even wider range of delicacies at Kew Fete’s Food Court this year – more than enough to suit every taste. Sammy’s Spanish Town Kitchen will return, with his ever popular Caribbean cuisine,the Just Nice paella stall, plus fresh falafel, pizza, hot dogs and, of course, the traditional tea tent, where you can sit down and relax with a cuppa and a cream cake. As usual, there will be a Pimms bar, while Fuller’s will be providing the beer.
We have a fabulous line-up of stage entertainment throughout the day, including Buddy Flame & The Rockets, Kew Dance Arts and the choir of local primary school, Darell.
The Dog Show always draws huge crowds and local residents, who are 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. Above is 2017’s Best in Show, Dexter, with his owner Findlay Duncan and judge, Sophie Raworth. Once again, a celebrity will kindly be judging this year’s winners! Entry to each category is £3 and registration is on the day, 12-2.30pm. 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 theatre tickets, vouchers for local restaurants, photography session worth £250 and much more. Tickets will be on sale on the day but you can buy them beforehand at shops around Kew Parade. Thank you to all the local businesses which have donated prizes.
Calling all local charities
All profits from Kew Fete are donated to local good causes and more than £100,000 has been shared out since we started in 2010. 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 8 June.