The 60th anniversary of the twinning of the three towns will be celebrated in Richmond in 2020. The highlight of the year will be a long weekend of festivities from 26th – 28th June involving the whole community. We hope to welcome many guests from both Fontainebleau & Konstanz as well as from the rest of the world.
The celebrations will begin with a real tennis tournament between le Cercle de Jeu de Paume de Fontainebleau & The Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court, at the Château de Fontainebleau on 13th-14th June. This will commemorate both the 500th anniversary of the famous meeting between Henry VIII & François I on the Field of Cloth of Gold & the 60th anniversary of the twinning.
This will be followed by the reaffirmation in Richmond from 26th-28th June.
An information evening is being hosted in the Salon of York house at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 19th November. The mayor & council leader will be in attendance. Representatives of all local clubs, societies, associations & schools are invited to attend, but please write to
to reserve your place
A provisional programme, around which community groups can plan their own activities, is outlined below. Everyone is welcome to attend each event unless otherwise indicated.
Many Richmond clubs & associations already have partners in Fontainebleau & Konstanz & will be arranging joint activities. However any club or association can participate in the weekend of festivities simply by adopting a French or German theme.
For further details please write to
Friday 26th June. (Evening) There will be two receptions for guests followed by unveiling ceremonies. The first will be at Orleans House & the second on Richmond Riverside. Further details to follow shortly
Saturday 27th June.
10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. A celebration of our French & German partnerships on Richmond Green with live music, parades and much more.
5.45 p.m. A revue by the Richmond Shakespeare Company at the Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham.
6 – 8 p.m. “The Sixties on Thames” at the Eel Pie Island Museum.
The museum, in central Twickenham, celebrates all that has made this tiny island in the Thames so famous – from its heritage working boatyards, nestling side by side with the island’s creative community, to the significant part the Eel Pie Island Hotel played in the 1960s British Blues Explosion, helping superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Rod Stewart & many more kick start their musical careers. All presented with music playing from the museum’s extensive collection of vinyl records. (Translation packs available in French & German.)
Entrance Free. Wine (small charge) & water (free) available.
To see photographs & archive footage of the island please click on the following link to watch a documentary made by the museum staff.
7 p.m. A formal dinner, hosted by the Mayor, for invited guests at York House.
Sunday 28th June
Morning. 9.30 a.m. An ecumenical service at St. Mary Magdalene’s, Richmond followed by a parade from Richmond Bridge, via Marble Hill & Orleans House, to York House.
Approx. 12 noon. York House. The formal reaffirmation ceremonies will take place, the bands will play & everyone will be invited to picnic & to visit an exhibition of twinning memorabilia in the Terrace Room.
The afternoon will be free for everyone to attend a wide range of community events including:
1 – 4 p.m. Richmond Brass Brand performing a mixed repertoire of English, French & German pieces in the Diamond Jubilee Gardens, Twickenham Riverside. (Entrance free. Seating provided. Refreshments available or bring your own picnic.)
3 p.m. A polo match between Ham Polo Club & their partner club in Fontainebleau in Petersham.
7 p.m. A performance of the European Youth Orchestra, comprising musicians from Fontainebleau, Konstanz, Lodi & Richmond. Admission free. Venue to be confirmed
If you would like your club, association or society to participate in the celebrations please write to
or telephone 0208 890 0202/ 0208 892 5244
For a downloadable version of the official poster for the event which is copyright free please click on the following link.
The 55th Anniversary
The 55th anniversary was held in Fontainebleau in 2015. For details of the programme then please click on the following link.