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Chiswick's Favourite Fortnight

Video: Two days of glorious sunshine - The Chiswick Calendar 
Video: Sir Peter Blake at Green Days  - The Chiswick Calendar

Thousands of people enjoyed the sunshine and entertainment at the Green Days weekend which opened the Golden Jubilee Bedford Park Festival. The Festival continues till the 24th, with lots more events including a jazz concert by Kate Dimbleby on Friday June 16th, the opera Cosi fan tutte on Saturday 17th, the Alan Ayckbourn comedy Relatively Speaking for four nights at the Tabard Theatre (June 21st to 24th), the Festival Mass and Bedford Park Open Gardens on Sunday June 24th. (photos right).

The Festival was opened by Maggie Philbin OBE, who judged the fancy dress competition, and on the Sunday Sir Peter Blake made the draw for a signed print of his collage of 55 entertainers in front of the Empire Theatre, Chiswick. He said he had been at the first Green Day in June 1967, popping in when he happened to be walking by. More than a dozen other veterans of the first Green Day were there too.

“We were very lucky with the wonderful weather this year and it was undoubtedly the best Green Days ever” said Father Kevin Morris, vicar of St Michael & All Angels Church, which has organised the Bedford Park Festival for the past 50 years.


- Sir Peter Blake to present Chiswick Empire prize at Green Days Fete - Chiswick Herald
Maggie Philbin to open Bedford Park Festival -
Tickets on sale for Bedford Park Festival - Chiswick Herald
Sunflower Celebrations for Festival's Golden Jubilee -

The Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick is one of London's best-loved arts and community events, attracting thousands of people of all ages. It opens with the Green Days Fete & Craft Fair, on the Green opposite St Michael & All Angels Church and Turnham Green tube station. That is followed by a fortnight of talks, walks, music and drama performances and social events.
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This year it's our Golden Jubilee, and we're celebrating 50 years of the Festival. See photos of our 50th Green Days weekend last year and the video below. This year we're highlighting Festival favourites such as the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition, Open Gardens, Festival Mass and Poetry Evening. We'll also celebrate 'The Saving of Bedford Park' in 1967.

The Festival raises money for charities and the work of St Michael and All Angels Church, with the support of the community and local businesses.


This year's Green Days weekend takes place on June 10th and 11th, from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and 11.30 to 5.30 on Sunday.  Last year we celebrated the Festival's 50th Green Days Fete: a dozen local stars including Jeremy Vine, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Rageh Omaar, Phyllis Logan were there to open the Festival and they told Chiswickbuzz why they love the event.