Summer has officially started and what better way to show off what’s happening during the hotter months, than in the surrounding areas of Syon Park. Over the course of the summer, there are a huge range of events taking place, all of which vary from each other to ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy, including you!

The Hunt Academy for Young Actors

3rd July 2016

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The Hunt Academy for Young Actors, which is also known as HAYA, provides professional drama master classes in all areas of acting for young people. HAYA workshops give young individuals a fantastic opportunity to focus on the different acting methods and techniques, all in safe and supportive environment.

The Hunt Academy for Young Actors not only aims to enhance the acting skills of young people, but also they aim to give students confidence and other skills to benefit them in other areas of their lives.

The training given to the students will then culminate in a Showcase which will be performed in the main auditorium which will be performed to an audience. The classes are run by professional actor/direction Sarah Hunt whose approach brings both fun and focus to the sessions.

Grand Summer Steam Up!

27th August 2016

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The historic Lancashire Boiler is back to steam the mighty Cornish and Rotative engines for August Bank Holiday! Why not visit the Waterwheel Courtyard and experience the fun this summer – families can enjoy hands on activities, including giant bubble making in the Splash Zone, right before taking a ride on the Waterworks Railway. The steam powered Shand Mason Steam Fire Engine will also be making a special appearance, to make sure this event is one not to miss!

All of the tickets include a small donation to the Kew Bridge Engines Trust.

The Hounslow Hootenanny at Musical Museum

16th June 2016

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Give back to others this summer by attending the Hounslow Hootenanny in Brentford – a charitable concert in Hounslow created in aid of the homeless.

Already, four local bands have signed up to play for free at the Hounslow Hootenanny which will take place on July 16th. With bands already have been confirmed to perform their original music, a fifth band is now being sought to complete the line-up – making the concert even bigger and better!

The evening will be filled with completely original songs of different music genres, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and blues – there’s something to please all preferences.

Building the Bridge between Science and Art

13th June – 21st July 2016

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Do you ever rattle your brain about why things are the way they are? Or maybe do you question how random organic processes lead to beauty and even geometry? One person who lives to analyse this is Andy Lomas.

Andy Lomas pursues these fascinations in his work and has decided to display his work in an exciting new exhibition which will be held this summer. Try something different and explore the world of science.

The Hive at Kew

Open from 18th June 2016

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The Hive at Kew is a unique structure, designed by the UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress, who created it after being inspired by scientific research into the health of bees.

The impressive installation is made up of thousands of pieces of aluminium and is fitted with hundreds of LED lights to allow it to glow and fade as its soundtrack hums and buzzes around guests.

Starting from June 18th 2016 this multi-sensory fitting can be experienced by anybody right up until November 2017. Over the course of the summer, there will be talks, tours, activities and films explaining the story behind bees and pollination.

This critically acclaimed sculpture was the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo in 2015.

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art Displays Artists Influenced by Brazil

20th February 2016 – 29th August 2016

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Step into the world of Brazilian influenced art, where you’ll be able to view masterpieces from the contemporary Shirley Sherwood Collection, as well as other artists who have been inspired by Brazilian flora. Discover the beauty of Brazilian flora, as well as the work of Margaret Mee and her legacy which has been extremely influential to a generation of contemporary artists.

The exhibition takes place in the well-known and stunning venue that is the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art which is situated in the Royal Botanic Gardens. A beautiful venue which is featuring breath-taking artwork – sounds like a perfect summer day out.

Kew the Music

July 12th 2016 – July 2016

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After being a huge success during 2015, with so many of its shows being sold out the fabulous festival of summer concerts in Kew Gardens returns for its seventh year. The concert has kept to its tradition of featuring famous artists to perform, Simply Red, Will Young with Billy Ocean, Bjorn Again, The Corrs and Gipsy Kings.

Richmond Run Fest

18th September 2016

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Richmond Run Fest, which is known as one of London’s most exclusive races, just got even better! This year the Richmond Run Fest has joined forces with the Richmond Half Marathon and Kew Gardens 10k. The run will begin inside the well-known beautiful Botanic Gardens, which will then tour onto London’s greenest borough and then onto a scenic route which features Hampton Court Palace.

The aim of the run is to organise a fun local event which involves the entire family and others in the community. In addition to this, the organisers hope that this even will show everything which is great about the Borough of Richmond and share it with everybody.

Don’t be put off by this event if you’re don’t have a love for running, as the Richmond Run Fest also offers live music from bands and DJ’s and beer gardens to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family.