Next Kew Fete - Saturday 20th June 2020
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, over £150,000 has been given away to 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 is organised and run by local volunteers and raises money for local charities
Kew Fete 2020
Saturday 20th June 2020
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:
- Entry to the Fete is free.
- 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 2020)
- Food Court with over 15 stalls with a great selection of food and drink (again, food court applications will open early 2020)
- 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.
Kew Midsummer Fete celebrated its 10th Anniversary in style on Saturday 22nd June with brilliant sunshine as thousands of visitors flocked to Kew Green for this annual highlight of the summer season which began in 2010, thanks to some enthusiastic Kew residents. Their aim in reviving the Fete (which had been a 250-year old tradition), was to showcase the best in the community, support local businesses and charities and provide plenty of attractions and fun for all the family.
Thanks to another fantastic day, £19,190 was raised this year bringing the overall total over 10 years to an amazing £150,418! This is all for local good causes and this year the funds have been divided between 14 great charities:
- £3000 to My Life Films Ltd
- £2181 to Off the Record Twickenham
- £1489 to SPEAR
- £1474 to Addiction Support & Care Agency
- £1468 to Richmond Borough Mind
- £1284 to Richmond Foodbank
- £1250 to Together As One
- £1167 to Kew Neighbourhood Association
- £1000 to The Holly Lodge Centre
- £990 to Homelink Day Respite Centre
- £981 to Skylarks Charity
- £971 to Age UK Richmond
- £861 to Kew Scout Group
- £824 to Riverbank Trust
- £250 to REACT
This year’s fete was a day of fun and laughter and great community spirit with wonderful, talented acts on The Stage, including fabulous Bollywood dancing from girls at the Old Vicarage School who opened the show, to Darrell School Choir, local newcomer, singer Tom Wykes, performances from Q2 Players, Richmond Symphonic Concert Band, karate from FSKA in Kew and Crouching Tiger Karate and Kew Dance Arts. The Deputy Mayor of Richmond also addressed the crowd to praise the event’s charity fund-raising.
Over 110 amazing stalls did brisk business, including charities and those selling some incredible hand-crafted goods with everything from jam to jewellery, cards to cushions, paintings to plants, candles, bags, clothes, hats, scarves, baked goods, glassware and ceramics. Then there were all the adorable dogs parading in the Dog Show, competing in seven categories with some fantastic entries in the ‘Dog Most Like Its Owner’. Celebrity judge, actor Russell Tovey who is a huge dog fan took on the tough challenge of choosing the winners and brought along his own French bulldog ‘Rocky’! Then there was the fun of Reuben Bond’s traditional Victorian fun fair, the mobile farm and inflatables, beat the Goalie, run by Kew Park Rangers, a show of strength in the tug of war and loads of delicious food and drink to suit all tastes including the Fuller’s Bar and our great Tea Tent run in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society with cakes baked by volunteer group, Bake A Difference. The charity raffle sold more tickets than ever before and the Lucky Dip sold out! It was the happiest of days for the Committee and all the fantastic sponsors and volunteers who make the whole event possible and everyone who came along seemed to have a great time.
Since 2010 Kew Fete has raised and donated over £150,000 to local charities in Kew & Richmond
‘The Riverbank Family Christmas Party is the highlight of our year and is also a really practical way to demonstrate that our community loves and cares for vulnerable families experiencing difficulties. A big thank you for you donation to fund it this year.’
‘Our music sessions have a positive impact on mental health for our clients, allowing them to express themselves and create opportunities to build friendship networks through shared experiences. We are extremely grateful that with your generous donation we can continue to offer this service.’
Together As One
‘It will be a blessing to those who come for a food bag but also get a meal. Very many thanks!’
‘We are very grateful for the Kew Fete funding which is crucial and means we will be able to make two more 'My Life' films for people living with dementia and their families. Dementia is such a cruel disease taking away people's memories and eroding their sense of who they are. These films help them retain those memories, improve their self-esteem and help family members, carers and neighbours to stay connected with them and provide the support that is needed and so highly valued. Thank you.'
My Life Films Ltd
‘We’re thrilled! Thank you so much – this funding will enable us to book three training events for our carers and volunteers to our dementia day respite charity. We are so grateful for your support. ’
‘Thanks to your donation we can continue to send a Christmas and birthday card to our registered beneficiaries in Kew who have mobility issues or are mentally or physically disabled. Each year we receive the most touching feedback from this simple act. We are also immensely grateful for the funds towards helping our charity ensure good governance so we can continue to connect safely people who need a helping hand with local volunteers. ’
Kew Neighbourhood Association
‘Thank you so much for the donation which will support our allotment project, giving local older people the chance to access a safe green space, meet new and existing friends and improve their health and well-being.'
Age UK Richmond upon Thames
‘Funding from Kew Fete has an enormous impact on our volunteer counsellors, many of whom would struggle to attend the essential training if the costs were not covered.’
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
‘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
‘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 absolutely delighted and will be using this money to provide activity days for young carers, giving them the chance to get outside, have fun and very importantly make friends. The children we work with can often be very isolated and have few opportunities to play outside. Your support will enable us to provide drama and forest school sessions for these young carers.’
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 have sometimes struggled to have enough tents for boys and girls to be accommodated in separate tents when we go camping. Your grant has helped us to solve this challenge. Your support for scouting in Kew is very much appreciated. ‘
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 fund our specialist crisis counsellors to support 50 young people in the borough over the next year, through providing a crisis counselling session when they most need it.'
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
‘A really big THANK YOU from all of us for your donation to fund our monthly Carers Lunches, which provide an opportunity for carers to seek support from each other and benefit from guest speakers and workshops geared to helping with their responsibilities.’
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.’
‘We are very grateful for the ongoing support from Kew Fete. It is only through the support of the local community that we are able to offer a comprehensive recovery service to transform lives from homelessness to independence.'
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 2020, please check this website early 2020 when applications will open
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 2020 for their 11th 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 5 years competitions this year we’ll be holding our sixth 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