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My London village festival…
Categories: lifestyle, London

Summer in not quite-the-city is always pretty quiet; families head off on extended holidays, once the schools have broken up the rush hour is quieter, while the Chelsea tractors and perilous parkers have given up the ghost until September.  But we’re not quite there yet.  It’s the beginning of June which means the Summer Fete season is upon us and in sleepy Chiswick it’s the turn of the Bedford Park Festival.

But that’s not to say it’s all vintage and fusty, there’s some great stuff going on which I might just be signing up for and here’s my highlights

Author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,
Louis de Bernières will read
personal poetry favourites.
Hosted by local poets Anne-Marie Fyfe and
Cahal Dallat. 7.30pm for 8pm. St
Michael & All Angels Parish Hall.
Tickets £7.50.

From NME and Live Aid to Whistle Test
and Radio 1, Chiswick’s Mark Ellen has
been at the centre of rock music for
over 30 years. He tells all in his new
book. Interview by Torin Douglas. 8pm.
St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall.
Tickets £12.

70 artists and craft-workers open their home-based studios
across Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush. Meet the
artists, buy at studio prices, place commissions or just browse the
artwork. Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm. Admission free.

Kicking it all off is the two-day fair, which has everything from brass bands, a coconut shy, beer tents and cooking demos.  The first time I went I felt like I’d stepped back in time…

rosy rosie lilac candle There are lots of great things to explore, including the craft stalls which are always worth a look out for as you might find some great stuff.  I for one know that Rosy Rosie will be there tempting you to dump your designer candles for her handmade organic soy wax specials.  She also sells really great kids clothes, accessories and toys so give her a look. I’ve bought a few things from her recently as presents and the recipients have all been under 10 and overjoyed!

If you pop down there, you might also meet these artisans, and it’s a great way to celebrate the down to earth creativity and innovation which the area has been famous for since the Arts and Crafts movement took up residence here:

Sweet Bubbles
Handmade soap and bath bombs, all made in England.
Sarah Griffin:, 07740676891

The Print Rescuer
Old rescued children’s prints, frames included.
James Frederick:

The Turnham Green Woodturner
A range of turned objects in a variety of woods, including bowls, platters, boxes, pens, condiment grinders, table lamps, candlesticks etc.
Paul Rabusch:

Velvet Mutineer
Handmade bags and accessories using Italian leather, upholstery fabrics and PVC coated cotton prints.
Amy Walker:



Download the full programme here.

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