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Books & Writers, Chiswick walking trail

January 19
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Image above: Nancy Mitford; Rose Cottage, Strand on the Green, where she lived Torin Douglas, Director of the Chiswick Book Festival, has made it his mission to research Chiswick’s literary history. Chiswick can lay claim to two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature (and one nominee) plus one Booker Prize winner, three Oscar winners (and two nominees), a Poet Laureate and several writers who merit blue plaques. All of which prompted the Observer to comment: ‘Chiswick may be the…

Arts & Crafts walking trail, Hammersmith

January 19
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Riverside trail taking in the homes of some of the leading lights of the Arts & Crafts movement. The riverside at Hammersmith was an important hub for the Arts & Crafts movement. Arts & Crafts Hammersmith launched the trail along the River Thames in June 2019 so you can follow in the footsteps of poet, novelist, designer and socialist William Morris and his great friend Emery Walker, the founder of the Doves Press. This is a walk that you can…

Art & Artists, Chiswick walking trail

January 19
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Image above: Jan Pienkowski's image of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Chiswick Chiswick has been home to several very famous artists over the centuries. When Karen Liebreich and Sarah Cruz of Abundance London created the the Chiswick Timeline mural under the railway bridge at Turnham Green Terrace in 2017, they included images of paintings by some of the area's best known artists. At the same time they launched a map of 19 sites of artistic interest, including Johan Zoffany’s house…

Visit Syon Park

January 19
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Syon is one of the last great houses in London which is still lived in by a member of the aristocracy. It has been in the family of the present owner, the Duke of Northumberland, for more than 400 years. The park land, which is also home to the Syon Park Hilton hotel and children’s indoor play area Snakes and Ladders, never closes. Gardens The Gardens, created by ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century, are open 10.30 am – 4.30…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

January 19
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Gunnersbury Park is considered by English Heritage to be one of the most important parks in the country. Originally a country estate, it is now bordered by Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Ealing. Gunnersbury is jointly owned by Hounslow and Ealing councils and run by a not-for-profit company, Gunnersbury CIC. The park has beautiful ornamental gardens with woods and lakes and a new sports hub with nine-hole golf, tennis courts, football and cricket pitches. The sports hub is currently open for…

Visit Chiswick House Gardens

January 19
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Gardens open every day, open 7.00 am - dusk

Chiswick House is a beautiful example of Classical architecture in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Built by Richard Boyle, 3rd earl of Burlington, 1727-9, the villa was famous in its heyday during the 18th and 19th centuries for some of the most sumptuous entertainments ever held in Britain. The rich decoration and many paintings are well worth the entrance fee. Image above: Chiswick House; photograph Jennifer Griffiths Chiswick House and the Kitchen Garden are open 27 May to…

Visit Kew Gardens

January 19
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Kew Gardens is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is a UNESCO World Heritage site. An outing for all seasons In winter the Palm House welcomes you into the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the world’s climatic zones and the Waterlily House shows off its amazing, giant lily pads.…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

January 19
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A green oasis created by intersecting railway lines, saved from development in the 1980s and managed by the London Wildlife Trust for wildlife and people. This wet woodland nature reserve is a haven for birds and small mammals, which take advantage of the sheltered birch and willow.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_8SvLBhxCI Walkways and footpaths help guide visitors around the ponds and acid grassland areas through this wild oasis in Chiswick. You can just wander round and enjoy the peace and beauty of…

In Georgian footsteps, Chiswick walking trail

January 19
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Brentford & Chiswick Local History Society and William Hogarth Trust have co-created In Georgian Footsteps, a guided trail of 18th Century Chiswick. In Georgian times what we now know as Chiswick was three villages: Chiswick Town, Strand on the Green and Turnham Green, with fields, nursery gardens and orchards between them. The ancient Bath Rd, which today is Chiswick High Rd, ran east-west across common land on which Turnham Green grew up as a settlement with blacksmiths, farriers and inns…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

January 19 @ 9:30 am4:30 pm GMT
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WWT London Wetland Centre is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. An urban oasis for wildlife, with wading birds, ducks and otters. A lovely place to go, with or without kids. Find out about WWT’s conservation work and the birds they are helping to save from extinction. Enjoy the lakes, ponds and gardens, café and play areas. The Wetlands Centre has reopened on a timed entry ticket system. Every visitor will need to pre-book. The centre…

Wellbeing Gardening for People Affected by Cancer

January 19 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm GMT
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One event on February 26, 2022 at 10:00 am

Weekly gardening activities including monthly wellbeing talks. Relaxed, fun and friendly sessions in the Phoenix Farm community garden. You are also welcome to pop in to the garden at this time, visit the chickens and small animals, have a cup of tea and enjoy this calm space. Open to all Hammersmith and Fulham residents. These sessions are funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. Tickets Free Book tickets: eventbrite.co.uk All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick:…

ParkTennis Sessions

January 22
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This event runs every Saturday morning from 10am-11am at Gunnersbury Park. Parktennis is for players of all ages and abilities. They have a family court for parents to play with their young children using softer red balls, typically for children aged 9 and under. The remaining courts are used for the teenagers and adults. The adults play a mixture of singles, doubles and fun team games that are designed for all levels of ability, active and inclusive of large numbers.…

Gunnersbury Park Farmers Market
Every Sunday 10am – 3pm

January 23 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm GMT
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Come along to Gunnersbury Park farmer's market each Sunday Run by RMS Markets, you'll find everything you could want from a farmers markets with top quality, fish, meat, artisan bread, cheese, fruit and veg. Every first Sunday of the month they'll be joined by artisan craft traders. Find it in the field next to the car park. All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in Chiswick: whats-on-in-chiswick Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is…

The Food Market Chiswick

January 23 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm GMT
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The Food Market Chiswick is a collection of stalls where the stallholders are also the producers of the food, so the food is fresh and seasonal. There are stallholders offering prepared food: a selection of street food, handmade bread, cakes and pastries, and those offering the ingredients: fine rare breed meats, fish, fresh seasonal vegetables, unpasteurised milk and artisan cheeses. The market puts you, the customer, in direct contact with the farmers, fishmongers, growers and bakers, so you can talk…

Thames Foreshore Archaeology Guided Walk: Chiswick

January 24 @ 1:00 pm2:30 pm GMT

Join Thames Discovery Programme for a guided walk exploring the surprising heritage of Chiswick. From trade and transport to naval engineering, the stretch of foreshore at Chiswick tells a rich story. Join one of their expert archaeologists on a guided walk along this part of the Thames. Their guided foreshore walks help support their work to monitor and record the vulnerable archaeology on the Thames foreshore. Places are limited so booking is essential! The foreshore surface is uneven and muddy –please…

Chiswick Cheetahs running club

January 25 @ 7:00 am GMT
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Join Chiswick's latest free running group. Set up by running coach Jonathan Geitner, the group aims to be motivating & supportive – ‘particularly if you’ve committed and then you don’t feel like going, which happens to the best of us’. Jonathan was the lead long distance coach at the Serpentine Running Club for many years taking the 10 milers out every Wednesday. Attendees meet outside the Chiswick House cafe at 7am on a Tuesday morning (use this link to What3Words…

Wildlife Photography – Exposure and managing the light

January 27 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT

Photographer Jackie Rado will guide you through a practical and hands on photography workshop which explores exposure settings and how to manage the light in wildlife photography. You'll look at the variables and how to cope with the ever-changing and often elusive winter light, as well as manual controls on the camera and how to create the perfect exposure. The day will begin with an introduction inside, before heading out into the WWT nature reserve. This course is suitable for…

Duck Pond Market – Chiswick House

January 29 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT
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Duck Pond Markets run artisan markets in the garden of Chiswick House on the first, third and fifth (if there is one) Saturdays of the month. Open air market beside the Grade I listed Palladian villa, set in 65 acres of beautiful gardens. Stalls selling jewellery, cushions, cards, plants, pottery and art as well as food and ‘eco homeware.’ duckpondmarket.com SEE ALSO: Our This Is Chiswick Pages about the history of Chiswick House Gardens See our events listings of all the events happening in…

Chiswick School – Car Boot Sale

February 6
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One of the most successful car boot sales in the South East, the Chiswick Car Boot sale offers a glorious serendipitous mix of stuff: clothes, plants, DVDs & CDs, books, furniture, toys, you name it. Most of it is second hand, some new, but there are some real bargains to be had. The sale is held on the first Sunday of every month except January, at Chiswick School, Burlington Lane, London W4 3UN. The car entrance is on Staveley Road…

Chiswick Flower Market

February 6 @ 9:30 am3:00 pm GMT
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Outdoor flower market on Chiswick High Rd, the first Sunday of every month. Chiswick’s new flower market is already rivalling its East End counterpart in Columbia Rd. Traders sell cut flowers and live plants, bouquets, dried arrangements and plant accessories. Come here for your bedding plants, bulbs, houseplants and flowers. Chiswick Flower Market is the first new flower market to be established in London for 150 years and is run by a group of volunteers who are local residents. The…

It’s a Wild Life – February Half-Term at London Wetland Centre

February 12February 20

Create some magical memories this half-term and treat the family to an adventure at The London Wetland Centre. Enjoy a creative outdoor experience, meet a wide array of thriving wildlife, and tackle a range of special hands-on activities. Children and family events this half-term: Mud Kitchen Give your young adventurers the chance to finally create their imaginary, culinary concoctions. The Mud Kitchen is a free-play activity that provides a healthy dollop of mud, pots & pans, and all the utensils…

Coppicing and pollard walk

February 12 @ 1:00 pm GMT

Trees are an integral part of the ecosystem at London Wetland Centre, providing benefits to wildlife and biodiversity. During the Centre’s creation more than 27,000 trees were planted. Now their team of wardens work hard to manage this essential habitat throughout the year. On this walk learn about the historic value of trees, how they’re managed here at the Centre and their value to us today as a haven for wildlife. Duration 1 hour, meeting Point: Courtyard Tickets Price: £10 per…

Chiswick Antiques & Vintage Market

February 13 @ 9:00 am3:00 pm GMT
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Outdoor antiques and vintage market on Chiswick High Rd on the second Sunday of every month, run by the organiser of the open air Antiques and Vintage market in St Albans, Jennifer Titmuss. Traders sell all sorts of antique and vintage objects, including architectural salvage, furniture (upcycled and not), French Brocante, ‘collectables’ such as china dolls and World War II memorabilia, ‘ephemera’ – printed materials such as post cards – and ‘kitchenabilia’ (old kitchen stuff). The market stalls start in…

Barnes & Mortlake: A Walk Through the Centuries

February 13 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm GMT

Join Blue Badge Tour Guide Chris Van Hayden and discover the rich history of these two pleasant towns on the River Thames’s Surrey bank. Olympic Studios, the Stag Brewery, the Mortlake Tapestry Works, the Royal Astrologer, Barnes Terrace & grand houses, the St Mary’s Churches, Burial Grounds & London's most extravagant tomb, the River Thames, the Boat Race & more… The group will meet between Olympic Studios and the church on Church Road, Barnes, SW13 9HL. The walk ends by…

Southfield car boot sale

February 20 @ 8:00 am12:30 pm GMT
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Southfield primary school runs a monthly car boot sale on the third Sunday of the month, from February to November. The first one of 2021 will be on Sunday 18 April. Run by PTA volunteers, the car boot sale raises money for the school. The event is held in the school playground so the pitches are all on hard ground. They operate a 'turn up on the day' Car Boot; ie. pitches are not bookable in advance. Buyers Gates open…

Chiswick Cheese Market

February 20 @ 10:00 am3:00 pm GMT
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Outdoor cheese market on Chiswick High Rd on the third Sunday of every month, run by a group of local women who are all cooks, collectively known as Cookbook Kitchen. Traders sell cheeses and ‘provisions’. Chiswick was originally known as Cheesewick. Chiswick was first recorded c.1000 as the Old English Ceswican meaning “Cheese Farm”; the riverside area of Duke’s Meadows is thought to have supported an annual cheese fair up until the 18th century’. (Source Gillian Clegg, Chiswick Past &…

Birds swimming at London Wetland Centre

Wildlife Photography Talk – Composition

February 25 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT

Photograph the winter wildlife wonders of the wetlands with practical guidance and tuition from photographer Jackie Rado. Discover and learn about seasonal wildlife of the reserve and how to photograph it. This course takes a closer look at composition and the placement of subjects in your photography. You'll look at compositional examples and guidelines, as well as how to translate what you saw in your mind’s eye into a striking photographic image. The day will begin with an introduction inside,…

Adventure Weekend at London Wetland Centre

February 26 @ 10:30 am12:30 pm GMT
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Dust off your Indiana Jones’ hat and explore the wetlands through a fresh pair of eyes. Top up your natural survival instincts with some hands-on, practical outdoor wilderness workshops. Get a feel for what the animals around you are doing, and learn how to navigate your way back to civilisation. These workshops are a perfect way to enhance the wetlands’ experience, whilst learning exciting new skills. Navigation Workshop - Saturday For those adventurers who want to understand the nuts and…

Introduction to Freshwater Ecology

March 12 @ 10:00 am GMT

Think pond-dipping for grown-ups! This one-day workshop will introduce participants to the principles of freshwater surveying, with a focus on the aquatic invertebrates and flora found on our reserve. Suitable for beginners keen to understand the basic principles behind environmental surveying. Participants will spend most of the day out on the reserve doing practical work. Refreshments will be provided but attendees will need to provide their own lunches. Time: 10am (Duration 5 hours) Location: H20 Thames Water building at courtyard Tickets £50…

Wildlife Photography – The Colours of Spring

March 26 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm GMT

A delight for the senses, London Wetland Centre looks at the colours which mark the arrival of Spring. This workshop examines the use of colour in nature photography and how to integrate colour into your composition for impact and effect. They also examine the nature of light and how to capture moving versus stationary subjects, covering key elements of exposure and how to light your subject. They also look at focal points and focal modes, as well as the details…

Easter Duck Trail

April 2
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until April 18, 2022

Can you ‘quack the case’ this Easter and find the bright yellow ducks hiding around The London Wetland Centre. Pick up a trail card at admissions and crack the clues to find the bright yellow, cheeky ducks that are hiding around the wetlands. You’ll need all your special detective skills to track them. Look up as well as down, The LWC ducks like to perch above you sometimes. They also love splashing around, so they won’t be far from the…

William Morris in Oxford – A Walking Tour

April 6 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm BST

This day long walking tour of Oxford, led by Martin Stott and Jane Bingham, will include some of the places most associated with Morris as a designer and maker, and his later political engagement with the city. Lunch and any admission charges are extra. Full joining details will be confirmed a few days before the event. Please note: the walk will start promptly at 10am from a central location, which will be confirmed before the event. there is a significant…

Easter at Hen Corner

April 16 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm BST

Celebrate the seasons! Join with Hen Corner as they explore the garden looking for signs of new life and celebrate... You will be welcomed with drinks and home-made treats then after your introductions it's time to explore the garden, meet the chickens, hunt for eggs then get creative in the conservatory. Activities may include: Making your own Hot Cross Buns Hunting for eggs (real and chocolate) in the garden Easter craft activity Hugging a hen You will finish your time…

Hen Corner – Full Day Bee Keeping

April 20 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm BST

Sara, a member of the Ealing & District Bee Keeping Association, the London Bee Keepers Association and the British Bee Keeping Association, invites you to join her on her weekly hive inspection in her urban back garden… You will be welcomed with drinks and home-made honey & oat cookies then introduced to the joys of keeping bees! Their bee keeping began with our first training course at River Cottage in Dorset in May 2009. They've had honey bees here at…

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Urban Hens – Keeping Chickens in London

May 25 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm BST

A summer’s evening in the kitchen garden… You will be welcomed with home made refreshments and introduced to the joys of keeping chickens! Hen Corner have been keeping hens, pure breeds, hybrids and bantams, here in London, since 2007 and currently have Pure Breed hens in an Eglu Cube (mark 1), Hybrid hens in the new Eglu Cube and Bantams in an Eglu Classic... Your time together will include: Equipment required for keeping chickens Different breeds available The needs of…

Kew The Music 2022

July 5July 10

Iconic names in spectacular surroundings – Kew the Music is coming back in July 2022 with more unforgettable summer nights. Following the postponement of the 2021 event, Tickets purchased this year will remain valid for the new dates. With headline acts from Van Morrison to DJ Spoony, don't miss Kew's open-air concerts. 5 July 2022: Van Morrison 6 July 2022: James Blunt 7 July 2022: DJ Spoony 8 July 2022: Will Young and James Morrison 9 July 2022: Bananarama - Supported by Gabrielle…

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