Tickets are now on sale for this year's Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick - one of London's best-loved arts and community events. It's organised by St Michael & All Angels Church to raise money for its work and that of its three chosen charities.
This year we're delighted to be holding events in person again but seats will be limited, because of the pandemic, and sadly there will be no Green Days weekend, which usually attracts thousands of people of all ages. Fr Kevin Morris, the vicar of St Michael's, explains why, here. But children can still enter the Fancy Dress competition, as part of a Children's Fun Day on Saturday September 12th, and we are still running a fortnight-long arts and community Festival.
It starts with the popular Bedford Park Summer Exhibition from Saturday June 12th to Friday 18th in St Michael & All Angels Church, run with The Chiswick Calendar. Artists can now submit their work - please download the details and entry form below. The Photography Exhibition will take place over the next weekend (June 19th and 20th): read how to enter on The Chiswick Calendar website. Please note: the popular Artists at Home open studios event - which usually takes place this weekend - is postponed till September 2021.
You can book tickets now for recitals by sopranos Milly Forrest and Luci de Nordwall Cornish, violinist David Juritz and friends, organist Jonathan Dods and pianist Mark Viner; the West End's Rosie Ashe in a tribute to Dora Bryan; a wine tasting with Victoria Daskal; the drama Hauntings, with Gerard Logan, and talks. At Chiswick Playhouse, there's An Evening With Phyllis Logan, star of Downton Abbey, and another with Torin Douglas, director of the Chiswick Book Festival and former BBC media correspondent. At St Michael's, author Charles Sale talks about his new book The Covers Are Off.
On the final weekend, there's a Flower Festival - which you can enter - and on Saturday June 26th there's a traditional Festival Fete in the grounds of St Michael & All Angels Church, with a variety of stalls. The Festival reaches its climax on Sunday June 27th, with the Festival Mass at 11am and the 39th Bedford Park Open Gardens in the afternoon.
You can still catch up with most of our virtual 2020 events on our Streaming now: Festival catchup page. Green Days Online featured Jeremy Vine, Sophie Ellis Bextor and others on the virtual Bandstand, as well as our 29 online Craft Fair exhibitors. We had wonderful paintings and photographs in the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition and Photographic Exhibition, and a dozen beautiful Virtual Open Gardens. Plus Louis de Bernieres; The Trio Mancouche; Milly Forrest; Jeremy Vine, Phyllis Logan and Kevin McNally in Creature Features; Eddie Marsan in Death of an Inquisitor; and Mark Fox on Frank Matcham & the Chiswick Empire.