After a successful first season, the beautiful Secret River Garden returns for 2020, providing a stunning outdoor playground for summer parties and away days.
Tucked behind winding lanes and a hidden wooden gate is a stunning garden which runs down onto the River Thames. The Secret River Garden is a wild riverside lawn and woodland right on the banks of the Thames in Twickenham. If you didn’t know about it you would never know it existed, its tucked away and feels really private, a little slice of country only a few miles from central London.
Where the river runs wild….
Nestled among the wild garden and woodland, two elegant marquees will be installed for selected dates in June, July and September offering clients everything they will need for their summer event. This is a secret river garden venue you won’t have heard of – there’s no website and everything is bought in for events – it really is off the grid and only for those ‘in the know’. It’s also only available for a few select dates each year, making it truly exclusive – so you’ll need to book ahead if you want to secure this romantic outdoor location. Perfect for up to 130 – 200 people, guests can enjoy welcome drinks on the main lawn over-looking the Thames before following a winding path through the woodland as the stunning main marquee is revealed and a late lunch enjoyed, with views of the river through the dappled light of the weeping willow and, as the day drifts into evening, an open bonfire can be lit for guests to gather round whilst sipping drinks from a pop-up gin or whisky bar hidden in the woods. This is a very special place where you are transported back in time, a place where you feel in the depths of the countryside but only 20 minutes by train from Waterloo – or if you fancy something extra special you can even arrive by boat.
Sweeping woodland and riverside views
The Secret River Garden is the most exquisite, private summer venue. From corporate picnics to stylish soirees, nothing says summer like a gorgeous garden party. Our lush lawn is perfect for a game of croquet or funfair stalls, whilst wandering musicians will create a relaxed vibe as guests enjoying canapes and a glass of sparkling wine in the most perfect riverside location.
Host riverside barbecues for lunch or dine in the summer twilight with great food, great wine and great company. How about choosing a Dingley Dell piggie roast, infused with a special cider and spice marinade and finally given a rub with clarified butter and lemon and pepper infused sea salt (imagine the crackling). The end product is moist and super tasty.
Looking for something a little lighter? Treat your team to a truly indulgent champagne afternoon tea by the waters edge, surrounded by seasonal blooms in the lush gardens. You might fancy our sharing Millefeuille – an elegant, but gloriously messy, generous, utterly delicious dessert, which encourages everyone to get together and get stuck in!
There’s plenty to do, messing about on the river
If you’d like to challenge and excite your guests, why not add an interactive element to your afternoon? We got plenty of ideas for engaging activities and have lined up some of the most creative people offering workshops to help you make the most of your afternoon out of the office as this is the perfect place for a bit of escapism. Activities we can offer include Circus Training, Transformational Masks Workshops, Paddle Boarding, Life Drawing, Vintage Milliner Skills, Mindful Yoga, Treasure Trail, Rowing Races and Bush Tucker Trials.
Dates for 2020
Teepee or frame marquee
Teepee or frame marquee
How We Can Help You
The Secret River Garden is perfect for summer parties, away days and AGMs with a difference. The venue holds 130 (for teepees) or 150 (seated conventional marquees) for a seated lunch and 200+ for standing. If you’d like to find out more holding a summer event at The Secret River Garden then please get in touch. In addition to offering packages the venue is perfect is you are looking to create your own bespoke event such as Festival In A Day with teepee tents, food carts, glitter artists and circus acts. We have sourced a number of creative partners and are able to offer an exciting selection of additional activities if you’re looking to provide something extra to give your event some added wonder.