Tickets On Sale For Bedford Park Festival This Weekend

James Cracknell, Kate Dimbleby and Unexpected Items Amongst Star Attractions

Bedford Park Festival

June 12th to 27th 2010

Video - Torin Douglas on this year's Festival

Dates for your diary

Tickets for most events are available on the door, unless sold out. Some events require advance booking because places are limited. Advance Booking Forms are available in many Festival leaflets and from: the Parish Office, Priory Avenue, W4; the Church (porch & inside); Lad’s Newsagents; and
Box Office information 020 8995 3285 or email:

Summer Exhibition Preview Party - Friday June 11th. Exhibition runs till June 18th.

Green Days and Craft Fair weekend: June 12th and 13th.

Festival Mass, Bedford Park Walk and Bedford Park Open Gardens: Sunday June 27th.


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Tickets go on sale this weekend for Chiswick's 44th Bedford Park Festival. An evening with Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell and the return of jazz singer Kate Dimbleby are two of the highlightsl. "Chiswick's favourite fortnight" of arts and community events is held every June, in and around St Michael & All Angels church, Bath Road W4.

The Festival opens with Green Days weekend on June 12th and 13th, opposite Turnham Green tube station. Thousands of people are expected to enjoy the stalls, fairground attractions, craft fair and live music on the Green. For children, there's a football tournament, fancy dress competition, talent contest, facepainting and games in the childrens' corner.

During the Festival fortnight, James Cracknell will discuss his latest adventures, including new TV series for the Discovery Network, Chiswick's global TV company. Kate Dimbleby will premiere her new cabaret show, I'm A Woman, about the generation of women juggling and struggling to "have it all."

Other highlights include:

  • a live performance by The Unexpected Items, the comedy team behind the hit YouTube video "GapYah!", filmed in Chiswick
  • writer and film-maker Polly Devlin, selecting her favourite poems in the Poetry of Gardens
  • Candida Lycett Green, author of Unwrecked England, who'll celebrate her father John Betjeman's love of Bedford Park, the world's first garden suburb
  • Rohan McCullough performing in My Darling Clemmie, the one-woman drama about the wife of Sir Winston Churchill
  • a cookery demonstration and tasting with Ian Leckie, head chef at Sam's Brasserie.

Musical events include:

  • violinist David Juritz, leader of the London Mozart Players, performing in St Michael & All Angels, the beautiful Arts & Crafts church, with the celebrated accordionist Milos Milivojevic and other top musicians
  • international pianist Peter Bithell giving a recital in an elegant Bedford Park House, with champagne and canapes
  • Retorica, the young violinists Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo, performing in a beautiful Bedford Park studio.

The 2010 Festival also includes all the regular events - the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition of work by local artists, which runs throughout the first week; the Bedford Park Walk and Open Gardens; the photographic competition - as well as other concerts, talks, and meals. Full programme details can be found at:

Profits from this year's Festival will go to St Michael & All Angels Church - which organises the Festival - and its chosen charities for 2010: the Upper Room, the LAMB Health Project in Bangladesh, and USPG - Anglicans in World Mission. Last year's Festival raised £43,000 for good causes, helped by generous sponsorship and other support from more than 150 local businesses. Their names are listed on the Festival website.

May 15, 2010