From history buffs and nature lovers, to retail bunnies and party animals, however you want to enjoy our magnificent town, you’ll find a whole host of ways to make summer in Kingston.
Don’t forget to take advantage of late night shopping across the town and squeeze every last drop out of summer. And once you’ve revelled in a spot of retail therapy, why not soak up the evening sunshine in Kingston too?
There are al fresco suppers to be enjoyed every night on the riverside and on Thursday 9 August, Kingston’s Ancient Market Place will be hosting an entertainment evening complete with summery food pop-ups and a bar, perfect for a few post-work drinks.
Contested on the Thames since 1857, Kingston Regatta is a magnificent celebration of the riverside. Featuring 720 crews from across the country, teams will compete in 320 races over two days.
Situated just the other side of Kingston Bridge, the Regatta offers a brilliant summer day out. There’s a public area to bring a picnic, or you can enjoy a spot of lunch from one of the specialist street food stands. You can also get in the party mood with family entertainment, or simply relax on the banks of the Thames to watch the action.
Alternatively, why not get a group of family and friends together and treat yourself to a table at CNM Estate’s Charity Luncheon on Saturday 14 July? Hosted in a VIP marquee, you’ll feast on a three-course summer banquet, enjoy live musical entertainment and an auction, all whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.
This August, a 2.4 metre-high real hedge maze is coming to Memorial Gardens – and it’s FREE to have a go!
What’s more, if you crack the maze, you could have the chance to win a Thomas Cook holiday voucher.
The maze will be open daily from 10am – 8pm throughout August.
Have you ever looked at the stunning facade of the Jack Wills shop in Market Place and wondered what the carvings represent? Immerse yourself in an historical experience and learn all about our beautiful town with the Kingston Tour Guides. Dressed in costume, they’ll bring these historical figures to life, and share stories and insights about Kingston's rich heritage.
Listen to King Athelstan describe how he and six other Saxon Kings were crowned in Kingston, hear from Queen Elizabeth I who founded Kingston Grammar School and find out why the three fishes became Kingston's ancient coat of arms on this enchanting mini-tour of Kingston.
No tickets required. Please arrive promptly at 6pm by Jack Wills in Ancient Market Place to begin the tour.
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Relax in the fresh air this summer and take in a movie at Canbury Gardens with Pop Up Screens outdoor cinema nights.
Why not grab a takeaway or pick up a picnic from one of the many restaurants and cafes in Kingston on your way through? Just don’t forget to take something to sit on and be sure to dress for the good old British weather!
This August Bank Holiday, our market will be bigger and better than ever, featuring top quality street food, live entertainment, plus a variety of handpicked stalls selling handmade products.
In fact, there will be something for everyone – from children’s fun rides, a wide selection of tasty hot and cold foods, local craft beers, a collection of arts and crafts and musical entertainment.