Hampton Court Palace Festival

Hold on to your hats, because June is filled with so many exciting events and activities in Richmond upon Thames.

Get ready to discover the coolest exhibitions, like the must-see Gaia taking place at the Landmark Arts Centre and abundance of festivals for every taste and vibe. Mark your calendar, because it's going to be epic!

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the amazing events happening this June! #VisitRichmond

GAIA at the Landmark Arts Centre

GAIA art exhibition

Experience the must-see exhibition Gaia this June. A monumental new artwork by Luke Jerram, coming to the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington from 16 June to 2 July 2023 as part of the Richmond Arts & Ideas Festival.

Witness the Earth like never before, as the seven-meter diameter masterpiece highlights high-resolution NASA imagery of the surface and a surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones.

Gaia embodies the 'Overview Effect' as described by author Frank White - a transformative experience that astronauts have when viewing Earth from space. As you gaze upon this incredible installation, you'll feel a sense of awe, a deep connection to all life, and a renewed responsibility to protect our environment.

Gaia - a visual testament to the fragile yet breath-taking beauty of our planet. Don’t miss it! Book your FREE tickets now.

*Please note: The globe can’t be obscured with graphics.

Summer Sounds at Strawberry Hill House & Garden

Summer Sound

Relaxing summer evenings. Talented and uplifting bands. Beautiful gardens. The perfect end to a busy weekend. Summer Sound at Strawberry Hill House & Gardens has it all.

Grab friends and family and enjoy a picnic with music tailored to suit the mood. With one band for each month, there is music to suit every taste.

Starting on 18 June with ‘The Swing Ninjas’ – a band that will make you want to dance. With a blend of New Orleans swing, spirituals, blues, Cajun, and jazz, inspired with the UK's new swing movement it’s a musical experience that guarantees dancing across all ages. Then, on 9 July, The Scott Baylis Trio will continue to bring great music and good vibes for your mind and soul. Finally, to close off the event, on 6 August, The Polka Dots will perform a collection of original and cover swing songs that guarantees glamour, fun and energy.    

Come rain or shine, each event will go ahead no matter what the weather, so be prepared with rain or sun protection! See you there!

Hampton Court Palace Festival

Aerial view of Hampton Court Palace Music Festival

Find out more ButtonGet ready for Hampton Court Palace Festival! It's back and it's going to be epic! Taking place in the Tudor Courtyard, an absolutely stunning setting that'll take your breath away. 

Let's talk about the line-up, because it's off the charts! We've got the one and only Grace Jones, rocking the stage like nobody else. Then, get ready to jump around with the Kaiser Chiefs. And that's not all! Gladys Knight, Björn Again, Rick Astley, Soft Cell, Kool & The Gang, and the legend himself, Tom Jones are all going to be there. It's going to be amazing!

Don't wait, get your tickets now!

Spirit of Invention at the National Archives

Spirit of Invention

Everyone can become an inventor for the day at Spirit of Invention, a FREE exhibition and interactive experience at The National Archives in London which opens on Saturday May 27.

The gallery at The National Archives will be transformed into a creative workshop where visitors of all ages can experiment, explore and enjoy hands-on activities with a range of materials.

The exhibition is inspired by some of the many original design ideas preserved at The National Archives and includes an aerial flying machine and an early telephone – which will be available for test calls!

Spirit of Invention also showcases new and cutting-edge innovations such as a necklace that changes colour when air quality is poor and clothing that expands with children as they grow.

The National Archives is home to a huge number of designs, including many registered during the Victorian era when rapid social change sparked a flurry of inventive ideas from people across all walks of life..

Spirit of Invention is FREE to visit and open from May 27 until October 29, 2023. Opening times vary, please check National Archives’ website for more details. 

As part of the exhibition, the Spirit of Invention Festival Day will take place at The National Archives on Sunday June 4th from 11am until 4pm, featuring workshops, demonstrations, and guest inventors. Tickets for the festival day cost £5 per person (£2.50 for under-fives) and can be booked in advance at Eventbrite.

Summer Social

Summer Social Festival

London's favourite sport and lifestyle festival is back.

Mark your calendars for June the 3rd when Summer Social takes over the Richmond Athletic Ground in Richmond. The festival promises a full day of non-stop fun, starting with thrilling rugby, netball, and functional fitness competitions followed by an incredible line-up of music that will keep you dancing all night long.

So, gather your squad and get ready for an unforgettable time at this year's Summer Social!   

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

Barnes Children Literature Festival

The Barnes Children's Literature festival was inspired by a few Mums and Dads who believe in books: a literature festival for families and their friends, curated entirely by the families.

The first festival was nine years ago. As a result of the brilliant work of those Mums and Dads, thousands of families of all shapes and sizes who love books have visited Barnes, making the festival: the UK's largest dedicated children's literature event.

Because every child should have the opportunity to experience live literature, The Barnes Children's Literature has invested every ticket into providing the UK's largest free literature festival school programme, with 11,000 free places for primary pupils. As well as bringing you all your favourite authors and illustrators, they are constantly pushing the boundaries of traditional literature festivals to create loads more space for the family-friendliest fun.

Get ready for more books, more fun, more adventures and more of everything at this year's literature festival!

This concludes our blog. Thank you for reading!

There are so many amazing events happening during June. So, plan ahead and we hope to see you at some.

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Art Exhibition
A picture of a family looking at the Gaia Art Exhibition

Luke Jerram’s Gaia is an awe-inspiring sight. Measuring seven metres in diameter and suspended inside the Landmark Arts Centre, Gaia features high-resolution NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and features surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones.

Summer Sounds at Strawberry Hill House
Music - Bands
Summer Sounds Line uo

Enjoy a relaxing summer evening listening to talented and uplifting bands in the beautiful gardens at Strawberry Hill House.

Tom Jones
Music Festival
Tom Jones performing
Spirit of Invention Exhibition
Victorian Design Register showing Ventilating Top Hat

Spirit of Invention is a new exhibition at The National Archives, opening Saturday 27 May, where all the family have the chance to become an inventor for the day.

Spirit of Invention Festival Day
Arts & Crafts Event
Blue background with text reading 'Spirit of Invention Festival Day'

Join us for unique day out of science-y fun for children and adults alike inspired by our new exhibition, Spirit of Invention.

Summer Social
Sporting Event
Balcony fun at Summer Social

London's favourite sport and lifestyle festival. Guests from around the UK celebrating a shared love of sport and socialising.

Barnes Children's Literature Festival 2023
Book Fair
2023 Barnes Children's Literature Festival by Cressida Cowell

Barnes becomes the children's books capital of the UK when the Barnes Children's Literature Festival returns on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June, with more than 100 fun readings, workshops and performances for young book fans and their families.



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