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:

IYAF 2015

International Youth Arts Festival

3rd - 19th July 2015

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

11th - 12th July 2015

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

19th July 2015

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 19th July 2015.

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

2nd & 9th April 2015

28th May 2015

23rd July - 27th August 2015

29th October 2015

Thumbs Up It's Thursday offers activities and events for children over the school holidays. Every Thursday during the day there are children’s activities planned throughout the town, including storytelling, face painting, craft activities and entertainers.

food Fest

Food Festival

1st - 9th August 2015

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

19th November 2015

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