2020 At a Glance

Want to make sure you’re here for the main events in the Chiswick cultural calendar? Or maybe planning an event of your own and don’t want to clash. Scroll down to see the main events happening in Chiswick in 2020.

January

The Chiswick Calendar Party

The Chiswick Calendar’s annual birthday bash. Celebrating five years of The Chiswick Calendar website. The most informal AGM you could possibly find! Music from the Greg Davis trio. Thursday 16 January 2020 at George IV, 185 Chiswick High Rd, W4 2DR

February

Hounslow schools half term

Monday 17 – Friday 21 February

Photograph by Alina Saranti

March

Chiswick House Camellia Show – 10th Anniversary

Admire the rare and historic Camellias in the Grade 1 listed Conservatory, a gorgeous array of blooms; pink, red, white and striped. Visit the collection of 33 different varieties, many of which are descended from the original planting in 1828.

Thursday 12 March – Sunday 5 April
Entrance is free

chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk

Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race

The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race will take place on Sunday 29 March, finishing by Chiswick Bridge.

Women’s race 3.44pm
Men’s race 4.44pm

Photograph by Anna Kunst (2016 winning team)

April

Chiswick Through the Camera Lens

An exhibition of photographs taken in Chiswick by professional photographers who live locally. Organised by The Chiswick Calendar.

Dates: Monday 30 March – Saturday 16 May

Hounslow schools Easter holidays

Monday 6 April – Friday 17 April 2020

Easter weekend – Friday 09 – Monday 13 April

May

May Bank holidays

May Day – Monday 8 May

Spring Bank Holiday – Monday 25 May

Hounslow School half term
Monday 25 – Friday 29 May

Photograph by Jon Perry

June

Lovebox festival

Summer music festival showcasing artists from the worlds of house, techno, hip-hop, R&B and grime across two days. Held last year for the first time in Gunnersbury Park.

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 June

festicket.com

Bedford Park Festival

Two weeks of cultural and community activities based in and around St Michael & All Angels Church.

Friday 12 – Sunday 28 June
Green Days – Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June

Photograph by James Cox

Artists At Home

Artists Open Weekend in artists’ homes and studios in Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush.

Friday 19 – Sunday 21 June

artistsathome.co.uk

Photograph of Ben Johnson by Daniel Lewis

Gifford’s Circus

The hugely popular ‘village green circus’ is returning to the grounds of Chiswick House.

Thursday 25 June – Monday 6 July

giffordscircus.com

July

Hounslow schools summer holidays

Wednesday 22 July – Tuesday 1 September

August

August Bank Holiday

Monday 31 August

September

Chiswick In Pictures

An exhibition of pictures by professional artists living locally, interpreting the place where they live through their art. Organised by The Chiswick Calendar.

Dates: Monday 31 August – Saturday 7 November

Pub in the Park

Tom Kerridge and his chef friends will once again be bringing incredible food, world-class chefs, chart-topping musicians and all around summer vibes to Chiswick House and Gardens. There’ll be Michelin-starred and award-winning pubs and restaurants serving tasting dishes showing their signature style and as with last year there will be chef demonstrations, shopping and other festival fun.

Dates: Friday 4 – Sunday 6 September

pubintheparkuk.com/chiswick

Tidefest

A celebration of the river Thames with water sports, boat trips, history and photography walks and activities all along the riverside at Strand on the Green.

Date TBA

thamestidefest.net

Photograph by Anna Kunst

The Great River Race

As part of the Totally Thames Festival the Great River Race runs upstream from London Docklands to Ham. The gruelling 21 mile course attracts both the true racer and the leisure rower. Around 330 crews from all over the globe take part – all traditional style with a minimum of 4 oars or paddles and carrying a cox and passenger.

Saturday 5 September

Chiswick Book Festival

Chiswick Book Festival attracts fantastic authors from every genre – fiction, children’s and young people’s literature, biographies, history, politics. Every year there’s a programme of famous authors and some not so famous but just as interesting.

Tuesday 8 – Monday 14 September

Tuesday 8 – Quiz
Wednesday 9 – Local authors party
Thursday 10 – Launch at Chiswick House
Friday 11 – Monday 14 Book Festival weekend

Photograph by James Cox

Cookbook Festival

Last year Chiswick had its first Cook Book Festival. Running alongside the main Book Festival, with the proceeds also going to charity, celebrity chefs came and told us about their new books, and more importantly gave us a taste of their latest recipes. This year the Cook Book Festival returns, with a number of supper clubs throughout the year to whet our appetites.

Dates: Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September

Chiswick House Dog Show

The Dog Show in the gardens of Chiswick House attracts thousands of visitors – many of them dogs – to watch and take part in competitions such as Prettiest Bitch and My Dog’s Got Talent. A show that doesn’t take itself too seriously, there’s always a theme which inspires some creative costumes in the Fancy Dress, and plenty to see and do even if you aren’t a dog owner.

Date: TBA

October

Hounslow schools half term

Monday 26 – Friday 30 October

November

Fireworks displays

Big displays at Ravenscourt Park, Dukes Meadows  and Chiswick Business Park (free) with smaller ones including St Paul’s Church at Grove Park.

December

Hounslow schools break up for Christmas

Last day of school – Monday 21 December