Kew Fete - Saturday 23rd June 2018
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
The fantastic sunny weather on Saturday 17 June brought out thousands of people to enjoy the annual Kew Midsummer Fete on Kew Green which is now a key fixture in the local area although fans and stall holders are drawn from all over London.
The weather gave the event a wonderful summer atmosphere as children enjoyed the traditional Victorian funfair rides, bouncy slide, bungee inflatable and the welcome shade of the mobile farm. Meanwhile the music, dance and karate acts on The Stage made it feel like the start of festival season as the crowds swayed to the rhythms and drank plenty of Fuller’s beer – 1,800 pints which ran the bar dry of one variety and Pimm’s, Elderflower water and ice cream sales hit the roof!
The ever popular Beat the Goalie and new London Scottish Rugby training session got youngsters trying out their skills and the Tug of War was bravely fought despite the heat, although sadly the Committee Ladies had to concede defeat despite some reinforcements from London Scottish! The friendly Dog Show pulled in one of the biggest ever crowds as Richmond Vets and guest judge, BBC journalist and broadcaster Sophie Raworth picked winners in the seven different categories including best puppy and best old dog, dog most like its owner and dog with best trick. Best in Show was eventually awarded to Dexter, a lovable Labradoodle owned by Finn Duncan.
Stall holders and the huge variety of food stalls in The Food Court all appreciated the great crowds and did brisk trade while the clear up team made sure that Kew Green was litter free and back to normal by the evening. The whole event relies entirely on the generosity of our sponsors and supporters: Taylor Wimpey, GWR Kia, Dexters, Earthlife, Richmond Vets, Fuller’s, Living In Magazines, Cawston Press, Kew Park Rangers, Richmond Film Services, The Design Forum and Ambassador Services. They are key to the Fete taking place and contributing to local charities but it could not happen without the amazing volunteers, both on the Committee and beyond who help organise the day and keep everything running smoothly.
Best of all a true landmark in the Fete’s fundraising mission has been achieved with over £100,000 raised for local good causes since it was started in 2008. The charities due to receive funds from this year’s Fete are:
- Crossroads Care
- Richmond Carers Centre
- Richmond Food Bank
- Small Steps
- Holly Lodge
- Kew Scouts
- The Mulberry Centre
- Off The Record
- Richmond Mind
- TAG Youth Club
- Addiction Support
- Orange Tree Theatre
- Riverbank Trust
So make sure you save the date for next year Saturday 23rd June 2018 for another great Kew Fete run by local people for local good causes.
Over £100,000 raised and donated to local charities in the Kew & Richmond area
‘A massive thank you to everyone involved in this year’s fete for the very kind donation to help establish our new TAG Radio station which will support disabled children and young people with their communication skills and help build confidence as they engage in an exciting new project.’’
Richmond TAG Youth Club for Disabled Young People
‘When you or your family unexpectedly find you have no food to eat, it’s very, very hard. That’s why, at the Richmond Foodbank, we are really grateful for the donation. It means that, as well as the food parcels we give to those in crisis, we can offer a complimentary meal at our cafe and, where it will help, free Oyster Cards to enable them to get to appointments at the Job Centre, or other places they need to get to. Thank you, Kew Fete Committee, for supporting us again this year!’
‘We want to thank Kew Fete for the donation towards our social and leisure programme for adult carers. Providing group events, including a Christmas lunch for carers, means that carers are able to meet and support each other in a social setting and have a short break from their caring responsibilities.’
Richmond Carers Centre
‘We are absolutely delighted the Kew Fete Committee is supporting React’s work with life-limited children. The award will provide essential equipment to terminally ill children living in financially disadvantaged households in Surrey, and will ensure life-limited children receive the comfort, dignity and quality of life they deserve.’
‘With grant support from Kew Fete Committee, the Orange Tree will create a thrilling production of Romeo and Juliet for secondary school students in 2018. The project, ‘Shakespeare Up Close’, helps to develop students’ understanding of Shakespeare as well as promote live theatrical experiences. This production will be seen by around 3,000 students from Richmond and surrounding boroughs, and so we are delighted to receive crucial support from our local community through Kew Fete.’
Orange Tree Theatre
‘Your generous donation will enable us to run a week of creative bushcraft sessions to allow disabled children to have a chance to play outside, discovering nature and having fun! Our family sessions include siblings too and parents tell us how wonderful it is to find activities that meet the needs of all their children together. Thank you for helping us create happy memories for these families.’
The Holly Lodge Centre
‘Thank you so much for the donation which will help us to update our fixed- line telephone system which means all beneficiaries will be able to contact us – this will make a huge difference.’
Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre
‘Thank you so very much for the wonderful cheque to assist in funding outings for elderly carers, children and young carers. On behalf of our staff and all the carers and cared-for we support – a very big thank-you for thinking of us!’
‘Thank you for your generous donation – it was a wonderful surprise! It will go towards the training of our volunteers so they can provide invaluable support to our service users in recovery, and their families and carers.’
Addiction Support & Care Agency
‘Thank you for the generous donation towards our gym replacement equipment project… It will certainly be widely appreciated by the many people who visit the Centre gym and who participate in its various rehabilitation programmes.’
The Cambrian Centre
‘Many thanks for the cheque from the Kew Fete Committee for the training of our volunteers. We are so grateful for your support.
‘Thank you so much for the donation – an unexpected suprise. Please thank everyone involved in making the day such a success… The Kew Fete donation will go towards buying IT equipment to help people with complex needed to develop their communication skills. Your generosity will really help make people’s lives more comfortable, rewarding and enjoyable.’
Fitzroy Support and Silver Birches
‘On behalf of everyone here at Breast Cancer Haven thank you so much for your kind donation which will go towards helping our visitors with support, therapy and advice.’
‘Thank you all for your generous donation. As promised, this kind gift will go towards our summer outing for supported families to Kew Gardens. We are hoping for good weather and are looking forward to the parents and children having a very rare treat…’
Home Start - Richmond
‘Thank you for making us a generous donation to help us fund our Transport and Carer Day Service for the oldest and frailest members of our Avenue Club… In doing this we hope to keep these members in touch with their local community rather than be isolated at home. Many thanks for all your support over the past years.’
Kew Community Trust
‘I am delighted to say KNA’s Summer Party was a great success last week. The magician was a real hit… Thank you so much to all of the Kew Fete committee for creating such an enjoyable local community-orientated annual event. Your gift of donating proceeds back into the local community is so much appreciated.’
Kew Neighbourhood Association
‘Girls are well integrated into the Kew Scout Group, taking part with the boys in all manner of activities. Now, thanks to the Kew Fete donation, we’ve been able to buy five tents and LED lighting for camping trips so the girls are provided with comfortable separate sleeping accommodation.’
Kew Scout Group
‘Many families who have grown with Me too & Co now have children at an age where they really want to access youth club provision…With the help of Kew Fete’s donation, we’ve been able to set up as a joint venture with TAG a youth club for our young people every Friday night throughout the year, even through the holidays! Kew Fete’s support means a great deal to us and all our young people. Thank you very much!’
Me Too & Co
‘Thank you so much for your donation which means that we can continue offering valuable support and help to those affected by cancer, when they need it most. To give you an idea how we use money donated: £15 helps us run a counselling support group so that people are able to talk to others going through the same journey; and £50 helps towards providing one to one counselling sessions for someone undergoing chemotherapy.’
The Mulberry Centre
‘Thank you very much for the extremely generous donation towards our counselling service. With young people’s mental health reported to be worsening, Off The Record’s services are now needed more than ever so support such as this is very much appreciated, ensuring that we can continue to help young people in crisis across the borough.’
Off the Record Twickenham
‘This donation will be so greatly appreciated by all that attend the Carers in Mind monthly lunches and will help us to future-proof the service while we look for alternative premises. The lunches provide an invaluable service to people caring for loved ones with mental health problems: carers call the lunches “very beneficial” and say they offer an opportunity to be the one to “feel cared for” for once. Thank you once again for your kind donation.’
Richmond Borough Mind
‘Thank you very much for the donation which will go towards funding physiotherapy input in one of our weekly sessions for the next academic year. As you know, Small Steps supports babies and young children with physical disabilities and their families and relies totally on fundraising, events and grants, such as yours, to continue to operate. We are extremely grateful for your support.’
‘We were overwhelmed to receive this donation…which will be put to use where it is most needed… Through support such as yours, SPEAR is able to continue to provide the essential tools that help clients make lasting changes to their lives and prevent the recurrence of homelessness.’
Kew Fete 2018
Saturday 23rd June 2018
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.
- Food Court with over 15 stalls with a great selection of food and drink.
- 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 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 2018, please apply here.
If you are a local charity and would like to apply for a donation from the proceeds of Kew Fete 2018, please apply below.
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 2018 for their 8th 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 3 years competitions this year we’ll be holding our fourth 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