Each year Twickenham comes to life with the sights and sounds of Carnival in a free summer celebration for the whole family. A riverside parade leads crowds to the Carnival Village in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery in an explosion of music, dance and spectacular costume, where celebrations continue throughout the afternoon.
We will not be holding Twickenham Carnival this year due to the building works that are taking place as part of the Transforming Orleans House project.
However, we are planning for Carnival to return in 2018 and more details will be displayed nearer the time.
Last year’s Carnival took place on Sunday 19 June and celebrated 300 years of Royal Gardener and landscape architect ‘Capability’ Brown through a parade of music, dance and carnival creations to the rhythm of steel pans, Samba and Soca.
The parade ended at the Carnival Village, as the gardens of Orleans House were packed with live music and dance on the main stage, an avenue of arts and crafts stalls, world food, and an afternoon of workshops and fun activities.
Main stage highlights included:
Twickenham Carnival was sponsored by Real Ale.
The Twickenham Carnival was part of Capability Now, supported by the Capability Festival, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames.
Updated: 20 February 2017