Bedford Park Festival Is Back In June
Something for everyone at Chiswick's favourite fortnight
There's something for everyone at the 49th annual Bedford Park Festival which runs from 12 – 28 June 2015.
'Chiswick's favourite fortnight' runs from the Green Days weekend on 13 and 14 June 2015, culminating in the Festival Mass at St Michael & All Angels Church and the Bedford Park Open Gardens on Sunday 28 June 2015.
Events this year will range from the World Premiere of Fondly Remembered by Gareth Armstrong, to Oscar Wilde; from poetry with BBC journalist and author Fergal Keane, to an interview with radio presenter and ante-natal class leader Beverley Turner.
Music is well represented with Opera, Jazz and Tango and the London Welsh Rugby Club Male Voice Choir, and even a family Frozen Sing-A-Long;
Deborah Cadbury is launching her new book Princes at War and there's art and photography, plus walks, open gardens and much more.
Tickets are now on sale at the Festival’s website: www.bedfordparkfestival.org
Green Days Fête and Craft Fair
Each year, thousands of people enjoy the traditional village Green Days Fête and Craft Fair, which is great fun for all the family. The weekend includes a bandstand with live music and entertainment, fairground rides and games, food & drink, a craft fair with 20 exhibitors offering a wide selection of high-quality craftworks , many different types of stalls, competitions and a Cycle Zone , which has cycling advice, free bike maintenance and police security marking, as well as bikes from Woolsey of Acton and Brompton.
For children, there's a five-a-side football tournament and a fancy dress competition (theme: Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass), as well as face painting, games and activities in the children’s corner.
There are also a great range of competitions over the weekend, including the Great Green Days Bake-Off, for which local bakers are invited to submit cakes - to be judged by the Guardian’s Allegra McEvedy - and then sold on the refreshments and cakes stalls, in aid of the Festival charities; the new Jam and Chutney Making Contest which will be judged by Natalie Bayliss (founder of Turnham Green Ethical Hampers) and Lucy McDonald (Crumbs Food), the Win-A-Meal competition, the High-Roller-Tombola and the Champagne Lottery. The Photographic Exhibition and Competition will be on display in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall throughout the weekend.
London Welsh Male choir- pic by John Downing
The Bedford Park Festival
The Festival is proud to present two new plays this year. Fondly Remembered by Gareth Armstrong, stars five distinguished actors - Frank Barrie, Lucinda Curtis, John Griffiths, Josie Kidd and Philip York – in a wickedly funny comedy full of revelation, rediscovery and revenge. It will play at the Tabard Theatre for 5 performances from 17-20 June. Tim Waller’s new comedy, Cast Aside, is about love, loneliness and the roles we play in the world of show-business.
Regular Festival favourites include the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition, showcasing more than 100 works by local artists; Artists at Home, in which over 50 local artists and craftworkers display their works; the Photographic Exhibition and Competition, the Bedford Park Walk and the Bedford Park Open Gardens.
The Bedford Park Festival is run by St Michael & All Angels Church, with the active support of dozens of local people and businesses. It was set up in 1967 to foster a sense of community, celebrate the arts, and raise money for urgent repairs to the Church. Since then it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities.
May 11, 2015