Hampton Hill Festival, Summer 2010


Hampton Hill Festival

Walking down Hampton Hill High Street on one of the gloriously warm days we’ve had this summer, I was struck by the relaxed, friendly feel of the place. Although enviously placed in Richmond Upon Thames, between Teddington and Kingston with Bushy Park as the ‘green-bridge’ that joins the two, there is a real sense community and level-headedness and a distinct lack of self-consciousness that you get in some London suburbs. Hampton Hillers live in a lovely town, and still smile and acknowledge each other! We are mainly families with children, but the full age range and diversity of ‘the hill’ were represented at the Hampton Hill Festival and there was plenty to keep everyone amused.

From chakra healing and reggae to Russian folk music and nursery school games to book sales and Italian ice creams and fresh produce, there was something for everyone to enjoy. There have been lots of recent developments in Hampton Hill, including the opening of a local Sainsbury’s store, the arrival of Costa Coffee, the beautiful new high street location for the library as well as the continued presence of the Hampton Hill Playhouse as a focal point for high quality dramatic productions. Crowds blocked the pavement outside the Playhouse as the talented youth from Starlight Theatre danced and sang their socks off. What amazing local talent we have.

As Hampton Hill changes and becomes an even nicer place to live, the Hampton Hill Festival will become soon become a ‘must-attend’ event for residents and neighbours alike. As the first of its kind, it was a testament to the dedication and talent of local residents and businesses alike and made me really proud to be a resident of Hampton Hill.

Here’s the published article in Families Upon Thames:

http://tinyurl.com/34kbyf4

Suzy Rigg

Press Officer, Hampton Hill Association

July 2010

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