Next Kew Fete - Saturday 22nd June 2019
Over 100 stalls, Reuben Bond's Vintage Fairground, Entertainment on the stage all day, The famous Kew Fete Friendly Dog Show, The infamous Kew Fete Tug of War, Charity Raffle
Raising money for local charities
Since Kew Mid-Summer Fete started in 2010, £114,266 has been given away to a total of 32 charities in the Kew/Richmond area
The Friendly Dog Show
Register from 12:30 on the day, Starts at 3pm, Multiple classes to enter, Mystery Celebrity Judge
Entertainment on the stage from 11am - 6pm, Local bands, Local schools performing
Over 120 stalls
Stalls for all ages, Over 100 on the Green and 20 covered in the marquee, Over 15 food and drinks stalls in the Food Court, lots of local charity stalls
Kew Fete 2019
Saturday 22nd June 2019
11am - 6pm
Location: Pond Side, Kew Green, Kew, London, TW9 3AP
Parking: Please, please use public transport. There is limited parking around the Green and most of that’ll be used by the 120 stall-holders that attend the Fete.
- Kew Fete is within easy walking distance of Kew Gardens Station (District line and London Overground) and Kew Bridge Station (London Overground).
- Buses that stop on the Green are the 65 and 391 and the 237 and 267 buses stop a short walk on the other side of Kew Bridge.
- To plan your journey use the planner on Transport for London’s website and use the postcode TW9 3AP as your destination.
At the Fete:
- Reuben Bond's vintage Fairground with carousels, a helter skelter and many more rides for the kids.
- The stage with local acts performing from 11am - 6pm. Acts are from locals schools, local performing arts clubs and bands etc.
- We have around 110 stalls at the Fete (please note, stall applications will open early 2019)
- Food Court with over 15 stalls with a great selection of food and drink (again, food court applications will open early 2019)
- Beer tent
- Charity stalls, many of our local charities are represented at the Fete.
- The Friendly Dog Show - for many the highlight of the Fete. You can register your dog between midday & 2:30pm (don't leave it too late spaces are limited!), with the show starting at 3:00pm.
- Tug of War competition, for adults and children. Enter your team (teams of 6) on the day before 1pm with the first pull at 1:30pm
- Charity Raffle - with prizes donated by local businesses, the raffle will be drawn at 5pm.
The 9th Kew Midsummer Fete held on 23rd June drew thousands of people, many fine, talented dogs and two charming celebrities to this highlight of the summer season on Kew Green. The weather was perfect allowing everyone to enjoy all the wonderful activities including the Victorian fun fair rides, mobile farm, beat the goalie, live Stage acts, delicious food and fantastic stalls. Many people commented on the special atmosphere and great organisation which have allowed the Fete to build its successful fundraising year on year.
Fuller’s served over 3,000 pints of beer during the day and the Tea Tent did equally brisk trade with its team of dedicated volunteers from Alzheimer’s Research UK selling hundreds of slices of cake and cups of tea while offering a welcome shady place to sit. The music, dance and karate acts on The Stage created a lively atmosphere with ‘Yes Brazil’s dancers providing a visual treat in their costumes while a few brave teams tackled the Tug of War with enthusiasm.
The friendly Dog Show was a crowd puller as always with dedicated dog owners keen to show off their pets to the delighted audience and parading in front of judges Karl Rose from Richmond Vets and stars of The Durrells, Anna Savva and Callum Woodhouse. The competition was tough between several categories including Dog most like its Owner, won by the wonderfully named Billie Holiday, a 3-year-old Pomeranian whose lime green tutu matched her owner’s dress. However, the Best in Show trophy was awarded to a lively 4-month-old Weimaraner puppy named Dave who captivated the audience and judges with his boundless energy, posing just long enough on the podium for a photo!
Stall holders and the huge variety of food and drink providers were thrilled with the crowds and some were still frantically serving as the Fete came to an end at 6pm and Kew Green was restored to normal by the Committee’s dedicated litter pickers. Kew Fete Committee Chairman, Michael Glazebrook drew the charity raffle and thanked the generous sponsors and supporters who make the event possible year after year: Red & Yellow Care, Fuller’s, Dexters, Cawston Press, Hyundai, Richmond Vets, Currie Motors, Kew Park Rangers, Living In Magazines, Earthlife, The Design Forum, Richmond Film Services and Ambassador Services. He also asked for a round of applause for the Committee and volunteers for organising the day and keeping everything running smoothly.
The outstanding news is that the fund raising target this year have been exceeded allowing a record number of 17 local charities to receive support from the proceeds of the Fete, these are:
- Resources for Autism
- Kew Scout Group
- Riverbank Trust
- Richmond Borough Mind
- The Holly Lodge Centre
- The Abbeyfield Society/Friends of Victoria House
- Small Steps
- Addiction Support and Care Agency
- Kew Community Trust
- Home-Start Richmond
- Diabetes UK/ Richmond & Twickenham Group
- The Mulberry Centre
- Off the Record Twickenham
- Embracing Age
- Integrated Neurological Services
Make sure you save the date for next year when a big 10th Anniversary Fete is planned for Saturday 22nd June 2019.
Over £131,228 raised and donated to local charities in the Kew & Richmond area
‘The generous donation means that we can purchase two lightweight wheelchairs which will enable the volunteers to take more residents on outings, and make the staff’s work easier in transferring them between rooms in the house.’
The Abbeyfield Society/Friends of Victoria House
‘The donation this year will once again open up learning and development opportunities for our volunteers in Richmond... Please pass our thanks to the Kew Fete Committee and all the local residents and businesses who support the fete, for their generosity.’
Addiction Support & Care Agency
‘Thank you very much indeed for your kind donation which means we can procure a projector which will be so useful for group meetings and presentations about the many aspects of living with diabetes.’
Diabetes UK Richmond & Twickenham
‘Thank you for the cheque to buy a projector which will enable us to train our volunteers much more easily. Until now we have had to borrow projectors from other organisations – it will make a huge difference having one of our own... Thank you for all the hard work you put into planning and preparing for the fete. It really does impact the lives of local people.’
‘We are incredibly grateful for your support which has allowed us to provide a week of exciting and creative activities for young carers in our beautiful Centre... The donation will have made such a difference to these vulnerable children.’
The Holly Lodge Centre
‘Thirty of our families had a wonderful day in Kew Gardens and without your contribution may not have otherwise been able to experience the wonderful gardens.’
Home Start - Richmond
‘Donations such as yours enable INS to support people with neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis to take part in exciting new activities and meet new people – this both improves their well-being and enhances their independence.’
Integrated Neurological Services
‘The donation will go directly to our Transport & Carer Day which enables many of our most vulnerable elderly and disabled members to attend our club to enjoy activities and have a hot meal in a welcoming and friendly environment which goes a very long way to combating isolation.’
Kew Community Trust
‘We use calor gas to cook our meals when camping and during our weekly meetings to teach scouts the basics of cooking. The Kew Fete grant has enabled us to purchase a bespoke gas cage to safely store several gas cylinders at our Kew HQ and therefore comply with fire regulations. ‘
Kew Scout Group
‘The donation will make a real difference to people at a difficult time in their lives. Having some “time out” for a therapy enables patients to deal with the consequences of cancer and enhances the resilience of both patients and their family to deal with the impact of cancer on their lives.’
The Mulberry Centre
‘Your fantastic donation will enable us to help 50 young people in the borough over the next year, through providing an immediate crisis counselling session when they most need it, giving timely support to those who might be at risk of further withdrawal or isolation.’
Off the Record Twickenham
‘Your generous donation will be put to immediate good use providing vital equipment for terminally ill children living in financially disadvantaged families.’
‘Thank you for the wonderful donation. We are extremely grateful for the support to adults with autism who would otherwise be very isolated and at risk of developing mental ill health.’
Resources for Autism
‘The support from Kew Fete means so much, enabling us to continue to offer the Carers Lunches which allow our carers some much needed “me time”, the chance to socialise and share experiences with others in a similar situation.’
Richmond Borough Mind
‘The whole Small Steps team are delighted that we will be able to purchase some new musical and sensory equipment for the children... Music plays a major part in all our groups with songs and rhymes to help the children focus and reinforce learning. Many thanks for supporting Small Steps – we are extremely grateful.’
‘This funding means that we can continue to offer Kew residents who find themselves homeless the assistance to gain true independence – from our outreach teams going out at night to introduce our services to rough sleepers, to our skills team helping clients have the ability to maintain a home, and gain employment ensuring they can support themselves.’
The Fete is a great opportunity to both educate the local population about your work but also to raise funds though your stall on the day.
If you are a local charity and would like to have a stall at Kew Fete 2019, please check this website early 2019 when applications will open
Local sponsors are crucial to the running of the Fete, and make a huge contribution to our charity donations each year. At least one of our sponsors is coming back in 2019 for their 10th year!
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities at Kew Fete and we're always happy to discuss specific opportunities.
If you are a local business and would like to help, please get in touch.
Following the success of the last 4 years competitions this year we’ll be holding our firth fun Tug of War Tournament. We’re looking for teams of six with pulling power – so start getting your team together from your local pub, street, office, school or group of friends. Team colours or fancy dress are welcome but not essential.
Enter your team below