The Royal Ballet School to perform at Wild London to celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Want to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty The Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year ? On Tuesday, May 15th, Her Majesty The Queen will visit Wild London in Richmond Park as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It’s 23 years since Her Majesty last made an official visit to the Borough, and the event is free. Wild London is open to the public between 11.00am and 5.00pm. For those wanting to get a glimpse of The Queen on her drive into the park, she will be arriving at Richmond Park’s Sheen Gate in the early afternoon. More details will be released to the public on Monday.
Wild London aims to showcase how important the Royal Parks are in bringing people closer to nature and will pay tribute to Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.
The Queen will also be treated to a specially commissioned performance from The Royal Ballet School, who, as you may know, are based at White Lodge, a glorious historical building within Richmond Park, and there are other dance performances too.
Here’s a list of all the stallholders at Wild London – it’s pretty comprehensive!
- Ham Polo Club
- British Military Fitness
- Rugby Football Union
- Donkey Rides
- Richmond Lawn Tennis Club
- Richmond Archery Club
- Petersham Sea Scouts
- Horse Rangers
- Wildfowl and Wetland Trust
- London Wildlife Trust
- Bat Conservation Trust
- Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards
- Friends of Richmond Park
- Kingston University
- The Tree Company
- The Royal Parks
- London in Bloom
- Worshipful Company of Gardeners
- London Parks and Gardens Trust
- London Parks and Green Spaces forum
- London Gardens Society
- Children’s Flowers society
- Metropolitan Parks and Gardens Association
- River of Flowers
- Richmond and Twickenham Arts Society
- Orleans House Gallery
- Rural Crafts
- The Royal Ballet School
- Sound Tent
- Outside Space
- Visit Richmond – Visit Richmond will be promoting the local attractions and hotels distributing the popular Visit Richmond Guide 2012. Ham House will be having organic herbs that one can smell and touch and The Museum of Rugby will have memorabilia that you can touch and feel. We will have Harlequins and London Broncos players signing balls and hope to have the Olympic athletes visiting our stand.
- Richmond in Bloom – learn how to create gorgeous hanging baskets and all items are for sale.
- Kew Gardens
- The National Trust
- Museum of Richmond – children can make their own royal puppet and more hands on activities.
- The Richmond Society
- Strawberry Hill House – showcasing Horace Walpole’s Gothic house and promoting the Strawberry Hill Jazz Festival with a saxophone player.
- Richmond Theatre – beautiful displays and promoting the upcoming season.
- Richmond Mencap
- Premier Inn – make your own Jubilee flag and try out a similar mattress to that which the Queen sleeps on!
The organisers warn that here are likely to be a large number of people wanting to attend, and as you can imagine, space will be limited – so be early !
As well as at the event held on the sports pitches, there will also be excellent viewing on the roads between Sheen Gate and the Rugby pitches near to Richmond Gate.
Several roads will be closed in Richmond Park on this day and there will be no parking near the event. Sheen Lane car park will be closed all day and other car parks in the park are likely to be very busy. There will be no vehicle access between Richmond Gate roundabout and Roehampton Gate roundabout all day and Sheen Gate will also be closed to vehicles. However, all pedestrian gates in the park will be open as usual and there will be ample cycle parking.
There will be a free Routemaster bus service making its way around the Park to transport visitors from the gates. The timetable is as follows :
Diamond Jubilee Field 10.40 11.00 11.20 15.00 15.20 15.40
Roehampton Gate (Water Trough) 10.41 11.01 11.21 15.01 15.21 15.41
Robin Hood Gate 10.45 11.05 11.25 every 15.05 15.25 15.45
Broomfield Hill (Isabella) Car Park 10.49 11.09 11.29 15.09 15.29 15.49
Ladderstile Gate 10.54 11.14 11.34 20 15.14 15.34 15.54
Kingston Gate 10.57 11.17 11.37 15.17 15.37 15.37
Ham Cross 11.01 11.21 11.41 mins 15.21 15.41 15.41
Pembroke Lodge 11.04 11.24 11.44 15.24 15.44 15.44
Richmond Gate 11.08 11.28 11.48 until 15.28 15.48 15.48
Holly Lodge 11.10 11.30 11.50 15.30 15.50 16.10
Sheen Cross 11.13 11.33 11.53 and 15.33 15.53 16.13
Diamond Jubilee Field 11.15 11.35 11.55 15.35 15.55 16.15
Diamond Jubilee Field 16.00 17.20 (17.35)
Roehampton Gate (Water Trough) 16.01 17.21 (17.36)
Robin Hood Gate 16.05 every 17.25 (17.40)
Broomfield Hill (Isabella) Car Park 16.09 17.29 (17.44)
Ladderstile Gate 16.14 20 17.34 (17.48)
Kingston Gate 16.17 17.37 (17.51)
Ham Cross 16.21 mins 17.41 (17.55)
Pembroke Lodge 16.24 17.44 (17.58)
Richmond Gate 16.28 until 17.48 (18.01)
Holly Lodge 16.30 17.50
Sheen Cross 16.33 and 17.53
Diamond Jubilee Field 16.35 17.55
(a): These journeys may be curtailed due to road closures between Richmond Gate and the Diamond Jubilee Field
(b): Operates as required. Not shown on public timetable.
In addition a frequent shuttle will operate between Richmond Gate and the event site 11.00am-2.15pm and 2.45-5.30pm
A special shuttle for people with disabilities will also be available until 13.30. Pre-booking by 14 May is essential and you can sign up by emailing: [email protected]
To arrive at Richmond Park the following public transport options are available:
Tube/Rail: Richmond Station – British Rail or District Line (and then catch the 371 or 65 buses to the pedestrian gate at Petersham)
Bus: 190 Hammersmith – Richmond, 391 Hammersmith – Richmond, 419 Hammersmith – Richmond, R68 Bushy Park and Richmond.
Northside: 33 Hammersmith – Richmond, 337 Richmond – Clapham Junction, 485 Richmond – Wandsworth.
Southside: 85/N85 Hampton – Kingston, 265 Putney – Tolworth, K3 Roehampton Plough – Esher
Eastside: 72 Roehampton – East Acton, 493 Richmond – Tooting.
Westside: 65 Kingston – Ealing Broadway, 371 Kingston – Richmond
For further information, visit the Transport for London website.