Welcome to Kington upon Thames

Key Annual Events

In addition to the permanent cultural offering in Kingston, there are a number of events that take place every year. Details of these are below. Around these regular fixtures, there is always something happening in Kingston, so make sure you view our ‘What’s On’ pages so you don’t miss out.

Click the links below for more information:

create in kingston

Create in Kingston 2014

5th May 2014

The historic town of Kingston Upon Thames is debuting its Create in Kingston Design Festival on May 5, Bank Holiday Monday.

For more information, click here.

International Youth Arts Festival

International Youth Arts Festival

5th - 27th July 2014

The International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) showcases some of the best work from young artists – through dance, theatre and other art forms. The festival runs throughout July.


River Festival

River Festival

12-13th July 2014 

Kingston’s Regatta has occurred in Kingston for over 150 years, and brings together schools and clubs to compete in 300 rowing races. The Kingston River Festival runs alongside the Regatta and highlights Kingston Maritime heritage. If you enjoy messing about on the river, don’t miss July’s Kingston Regatta and River Festival where hundreds of local and national schools and clubs compete in over 300 races. Many Olympians have graced the event as they began their rowing careers, so it provides an opportunity to look out for future rowing superstars.

Dragon Boat Challenge in Kingston upon Thames

Dragon Boat Challenge

20th July 2014

In July each year, Kingston is home to its own Dragon Boat Challenge ,which is organised by Kingston Rotary Club with teams from across the country competing in this unique event, with drums, shouting and colourful boats it is an impressive event to watch. This year the event is due to take place on Sunday 20st July 2014.

For more information visit www.kingstonrotaryclub.org.uk/dragon-boat-challenge.

Thumbs up its Thursday event in Kingston upon Thames

Thumbs up it's Thursday

24th July – 28th August 2014

Thumbs up its Thursday offers a summer filled calendar of events for children over the school holidays. Every Thursday afternoon from July 24th to August 28th there are children’s activities planned throughout the town, including storytelling, face painting, craft activities and entertainers.

food Fest

Food Festival

28th July - 3rd August 2014

Tickle your tastebuds at Kingston’s annual Food Festival, in previous years there have been visiting markets, award winning produce and demonstrations from top chefs.

For more information, or to participate, visit www.kingstonfoodfestival.com

Christmas Lights Switch On in Kingston upon Thames

Christmas Lights Switch On

13th November 2014

Kingston Town Centre provides free family entertainment with choirs, Christmas street entertainers and Father Christmas switching on Kingston Town Centre’s Christmas Lights.