Monday, 30 January 2017

Love Kingston Day takes place on Tuesday 14th February to raise funds for charities and community organisations in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

It’s an opportunity for everyone to get involved and have fun in fundraising to support the amazing work of our local causes who make a vital, often unseen contribution to making Kingston a better place for all.

Our theme for the big day is 'Hidden Kingston', celebrating the gems that make our borough beautiful, best kept old and new secrets and our borough's talents, places and spaces.

Pledge to create an event or donate a special product. Alternatively join us at one of the fun following public events…


Dare to Dance

Wednesday 8 February, 3.30pm to 4.30pm, lower ground floor, Bentalls Centre

Dance like no one’s watching and join Kingston College staff and students in a special Love Kingston performance. Open to all. 


Masks and Basques: Lovers Revenge

Cabaret - Music - Burlesque – Circus
Saturday 11 February, 6.30pm til late, Ravens Ait

The perfect Valentine’s cinematic love story… be whisked away on a dream boat to a paradise island for a sumptuous ball, dressed to impress with your mask glinting in the moonlight reflecting images of regal Venetian parties of days gone by. Little do you know what lies behind those ballroom out for Love Kingston's 'Sinners Corner'!

Book now for a smoking hot evening. Tickets £25.

Kindly hosted by Creative Brain.


Love Virtual Reality Experience

Tuesday 14 February, 10am to 4pm, DoubleTree by Hilton

Stand on the edge of a mountain, fix a robot, defend a castle or paint your canvas with fire! This is a unique opportunity to experience a room scale virtual reality experience, set in a pocket universe in the heart of Kingston. 

It's time to immerse yourself in the Virtuality. Booking essential.

Tickets are only £23!

Kindly hosted by IQinIT and DoubleTree by Hilton. 


Explore the Hidden Undercroft

Tuesday 14 February, 10am to 4pm, The Undercroft, entrance is under Kingston bridge, riverside

A rare public open day with a difference at the Undercroft will see you travelling through time, starting in Kingston in the 12th century. Expect tales of yore, coffee and cookies to take with you on your journey and unwind with a massage courtesy of Clarins.

Kindly hosted by Kingston Tour Guides, Double Tree by Hilton and John Lewis. Free to attend, donations very welcome.


Art Exhibition with Aspire Day Nursery

Tuesday 14 February, 2.30 to 3.30pm, The Undercroft, 1a Howard Road, Surbiton

Our youngest members of the community will be displaying their artwork, showing them doing the things they love, to the Mayor of Kingston and parents. This is a private event.


Secrets of Science

Tuesday 14 February, 10am to 4pm, Ancient Market Place, Kingston

You don't have to be a forensics expert to look for the fun in science - there's a lab in a lorry heading to the heart of Kingston. Fun for all the family at half term. No need to book. Free to attend, donations very welcome.

Kindly hosted by Kingston University and Kingstonfirst.


Something old, something new…Love Songs

Tuesday 14 February, 11.30am, Rose Theatre

Euphonix community choir will be singing a selection of love songs for Love Kingston on Valentine’s Day: something old, something new, something happy, something blue…

Treat yourself to a coffee, a cake or two, and beautiful singing. Free to attend, donations very welcome.

Look out, too, for Euphonix giving some brief pop-up performances in central Kingston on the morning of February 14th.

Kindly hosted by Euphonix Choir and The Rose Theatre.


Love Stories

Friday 17 February, 6pm to 8pm, Dorich House Museum

A sparkling evening reception of music and spoken word including a guided museum tour of the stunning, art deco inspired, Dorich House.

This is the Grade II listed home and studio of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband Richard Hare. Completed in 1936, it is a fine example of a modern studio house and if you haven’t visited before, we can’t think of a better way to see this beautiful, historic building.

Book now for this special event - public tickets start at £35.

Kindly hosted by Tessa Kind Communications and Dorich House.


Grand Opening of Aldi, Wheatfield Way

17 - 19  February, All day

Love Kingston volunteers will be joining Aldi for the Grand Opening of their Wheatfield store in central Kingston, helping customers with their shopping in return for small donations.


We want everyone in our communities from Chessington and Kingston, New Malden and Norbiton, through to Surbiton and Tolworth to get involved to support the amazing work of our local charity and community organisations.

DON'T FORGET to let us know what you are doing and we'll help to promote it for you. 


Orginally published on 30 January 2017.