|Huge turnout at Community Arts Festival|
Thousands flock to Chiswick House & Ground's celebrations
The inaugural Community Arts Festival held at Chiswick House and Grounds proved a huge success last weekend as thousands flocked to join in the celebrations.
Visitors were treated to live music, art exhibitions and an urban farm. The Lilly Dog Show had almost a hundred entrants over the two day show.
Best in Show was Boris, owned by Kitty and Freddy, shown right celebrating his victory at the monument to Lilly. At the end of the show, a canine procession laid a wreath of lilies at the monument, to ‘a delightful little dog and a cherished companion’ whose loss is still commemorated by his 'mournful mistress' centuries later.
The historic Walled Kitchen Garden was open during the weekend, and thousands came to admire the vegetables, to explore the hidden garden, and see how the work of local schoolchildren and volunteers is progressing.
Visitors were also able to see a demonstration bee hive, participate in cookery demonstrations with the Kids Cookery School and try out the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Hand Cream prepared by local aromatherapist Dee Murphy.
Hundreds tried to guess the weight of the enormous pumpkin, and win a bottle of champagne or a cuddly rabbit, and although estimates veered as far out as 120kg, it turned out to be a very substantial 22kg or 46lbs. Three children and one adult guessed right and their prizes are on their way to them.