The Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick is one of London's best-loved arts and community events, usually attracting thousands of people of all ages. It's been organised for 55 years by St Michael & All Angels Church to raise money for its work and its three chosen charities.
Last year we ran the Festival online because of the pandemic. This year we'll be back with events in person - see The Bedford Park Festival 2021 on The Chiswick Calendar.
Sadly there will be no Green Days weekend due to the pandemic - Fr Kevin Morris, the vicar of St Michael's, explains why, here. But we shall still run a fortnight-long arts and community Festival, starting with the popular Bedford Park Summer Exhibition, which will run from Saturday June 12th to 19th in St Michael & All Angels Church, again in conjunction with The Chiswick Calendar. Artists are now invited to submit their work. Download the details and entry form below.
The Photographic Exhibition will take place over the middle weekend (June 19th and 20th) and the Festival will reach its climax on the final Sunday, June 27th, with the Festival Mass in the morning and the 39th annual Bedford Park Open Gardens in the afternoon.
There will also be several recitals, including sopranos Milly Forrest and Luci de Nordwall Cornish, violinist David Juritz, organist Jonathan Dods and pianist Mark Viner; as well as interviews, drama and children's events. Tickets will go on sale in May, via this website. Watch here for more details.
On Saturday June 26th we are holding a traditional Church Fete to take place around the grounds of St Michael & All Angels Church with a variety of stalls which will include some children’s activities. Another new event will be a week long Flower Festival in the Church itself. In all events, social distancing measures will be put in place; Health & Safety rules are paramount in all our planning.
You can still catch up with most of our virtual 2020 events on our Streaming now: Festival catchup page.
Green Days featured Jeremy Vine, Sophie Ellis Bextor and others on the virtual Bandstand, as well as our 29 online Craft Fair exhibitors. We had great entries in our children's Football Skills and Fancy Dress competitions - and some wonderful paintings and photographs in the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition and Photographic Exhibition, and beautiful Virtual Open Gardens.
We also featured Dusted with Sugar, starring Phyllis Logan and Fr Kevin Morris; the Poetry Evening with Louise de Bernieres; The Trio Mancouche; Virtually Milly Forrest & Friends; Jeremy Vine, Phyllis Logan and Kevin McNally in Creature Features; Eddie Marsan in Death of an Inquisitor; Mark Fox on Frank Matcham & the Chiswick Empire; and several more great events. Catch up with them all via the link above.