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Tuesday 15 June

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Theatre at Chiswick Playhouse – The Woodcutters Tale

June 15 @ 8:00 pm10:30 pm BST

Set in the near future, The Woodcutter’s Tale is the story of a young couple who flee the city to the man’s family home in the country. They find a landscape seemingly devoid of life, and his father and brother living on the edge of survival. The couple’s arrival precipitates the unearthing of a terrible secret that will test the bonds of love to the limit. Part fairy tale, part dark comedy, Orlando Wells's play asks the big questions that…

Free Online Talk – Introducing the Hidden World of Garden Bees with Bridget Strawbridge Howard

June 15 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm BST

Brigit is a wildlife gardener, amateur naturalist, and advocate of bees.  She writes and campaigns to raise awareness of the diversity and important of native wild bees and other pollinating insects.  She is author of Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature. During this talk Brigit will explain some of the basic differences between honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees, including their roles as pollinators, and their myriad relationships with flowering plants. The talk also touches on bee decline, and,…

Watch the Royal Windsor steam express pass through Chiswick

June 15 @ 6:45 pm BST
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The Royal Windsor steam express is due to pass through Chiswick rail station every Tuesday from 1 June until the end of August. The Steam Dreams Rail Company run pleasure trips out of Victoria station. The first trip of the 2021 season was the Flying Scotsman taking a journey out to the Surrey hills and back, which came through Chiswick on Thursday 20 May. "We have a fabulous season ahead of us with lots of varied itineraries" said owner of…

Free Online Talk – Unsettled: Citizens, Migrants and Refugees

June 15 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm BST

'Today, no one thinks of Britain as a land of camps. Instead, camps seem to happen "elsewhere," from Greece to Palestine to the global South. Yet from the 1930s to the 1980s, dozens of refugee camps in Britain housed tens of thousands of Jews, Basques, Poles, Hungarians, Anglo-Egyptians, Ugandan Asians, and Vietnamese. Within these camps, refugees shared space with Britons who had been displaced by war and poverty, generating unique intimacies and frictions.' In this talk The Jordanna Bailkin will…

Visit the Musical Museum, Brentford

June 15 @ 10:30 am3:30 pm BST
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The Musical Museum will be reopening on Friday 28 May The Musical Museum is a museum of musical instruments which also hosts live concerts. From tiny music boxes to the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ, the Musical Museum tells the story of how people have captured and listened to music in Europe over the past four centuries. The collection includes an impressive array of instruments and inventions, including reproducing pianos, orchestrions, self-playing violins, pipe organs, gramophones & synthesizers. Find out how…

Visit the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

June 15 @ 9:30 am5:30 pm BST
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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…

Visit the National Archives, Kew

June 15 @ 9:30 am3:30 pm BST
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Open Tuesday – Friday but please check as they close for the usual public holidays throughout the year.

The National Archives is home to millions of historical documents covering a huge range of subjects, including more than 70,000 images, from ancient maps to iconic advertising. The building houses records which have been created and collected by UK central government departments such as the Home Office and the Foreign Office, and major courts of law such as the Central Criminal Court. The National Archive is a unique resource for those interested in the history of the United Kingdom. For…

Visit Osterley Park

June 15 @ 9:00 am5:00 pm BST
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Osterley Park is a Georgian country estate in west London, now owned by the National Trust. Described by Horace Walpole as ‘the palace of palaces’, Osterley was created in the late 18th century by architect and designer Robert Adam for the Child family to entertain and impress their friends and clients. While the park is open every day from 09.00 and the café is open for takeaway, the bookshop, house and shop remain closed until further notice. The garden is…

Chiswick Cheetahs running club

June 15 @ 7:00 am BST
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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…

Books & Writers, Chiswick walking trail

June 15
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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

June 15
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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

June 15
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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

June 15
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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 10.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday…

Gunnerbury Park and Museum

Visit Gunnersbury Park

June 15
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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

June 15
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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

June 15
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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 Gardens are open, but visitors have to book a time slot in advance. 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…

Visit Gunnersbury Triangle, nature reserve

June 15
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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

June 15
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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 William Morris Museum

June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 pmJanuary 25, 2022 @ 5:00 pm BST
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William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain whose work dramatically changed the fashions and ideologies of the era. As a craftsman, designer, poet, printer, socialist, novelist, and environmentalist, Morris was not only influential in his own time, but his legacy remains alive and important today. The William Morris Society is based in the Coach House and the basement of the Kelmscott House, where he lived from 1878 until his death in…

Bedford Park Summer Exhibition: Art in the Time of a Pandemic

June 12 @ 12:00 pmJune 18 @ 6:00 pm BST

Image above: The Happy Gardener by Francis Bowyer Local amateur and professional artists exhibit works they made during lockdown. Art has been deeply important to many during lockdown, and Bedford Park Festival is excited to celebrate people’s creativity. The 2021 Bedford Park Festival Summer Exhibition is being held in St Michael & All Angels Church from Saturday 12 to Friday 18 June. Sadly, there will be no private view drinks on the Friday night as in previous years, but the…

Bedford Park Festival

June 12June 27

Thursday Opera Lectures with Ross Alley – Opera and Colour

June 10July 22

Colours speak louder than words and, when communicating, tone of voice is all. In opera, music’s hues enhance the expression, enabling us to respond even in settings of foreign language texts. The English language luxuriates in expressions invoking colour such as “seeing red”, “green with envy", “feeling blue”, “in the pink”, “browned off” and more Research has repeatedly shown that individuals often associate colours with various emotional terms: red was most associated with anger, green with disgust, black with fear,…

Shooting Stars: Behind the scenes at Ealing Studios

June 4July 11

In a new outdoor exhibition, Gunnersbury Park Museum celebrates the life and work of Ealing Studios stills photographer Roy Gough. Roy Gough’s archive was donated to Gunnersbury Park Museum in 2016, after the death of Roy’s wife, Beryl Booth. Both long-time Ealing residents, Roy and Beryl worked for decades in film and television - Roy as a Stills Photographer and Beryl as a Continuity Girl. A Stills Photographer had the important role of photographing film sets, studio shoots or portraits…

Visit London Museum of Water and Steam, Brentford

May 29December 31

The museum will be reopening Saturday 29 May. The London Museum of Water & Steam is an independent museum founded in 1975 as the Kew Bridge Steam Museum. It was rebranded in early 2014 following a major investment project. ‘Based in the historic buildings of the former Kew Bridge Waterworks, the London Museum of Water & Steam tells the story of London's water supply, the site, its people and the amazing pumping engines that helped to make London the great…

Online Childrens Theatre – Myths and Adventures from Ancient Greece

May 27December 31

In this new series of tales from Ancient Greece, children will enter a miniature world full of exciting adventures, with the battered insect Hope as their guide. Hope journeys into the world of Ancient Greece to escape Pandora's Box, warn King Midas of his greed, seek Persephone in the Underworld and help Theseus to defeat the Minotaur. In this third tale, everyone needs a little Hope - including King Midas. Tickets: Free Book Tickets: The online plays are available at…

Hounslow Visual Arts Programme – A World Between Us

May 27June 27

A World Between Us was developed by Heston & Cranford Local Advisory Group with artist Becky Warnock in early 2020. The purpose of the project was to support the Hounslow community in a time of isolation and physical distancing, and to encourage confidence when discussing mental health and asking for help. Running over the winter Covid-19 lockdown months, weekly photography workshops, zine-making and writing workshops encouraged participants to explore the intersections between communication, physical isolation and photography. Together, they explored…

Hounslow Visual Arts Programme – What Do You Not See

May 27September 11

This exhibition from the Creative People and Places Hounslow Visual Arts Programme brings together the work of seven UK-based contemporary visual artists illuminating what it’s like to live with a hidden disability. The exhibition has been curated in collaboration with members of the local community who devised the idea, and have selected the artists and works for the exhibition. The members of the group were inspired to create this exhibition by their own experiences of hidden disability, for example, as a disabled person, or…

Hounslow Visual Arts Programme – HOME

May 27September 11

Documenting everyday life lived almost exclusively in domestic spaces, these works respond creatively to sudden and increased restrictions and limitations. As home increasingly became a space where we worked, socialised and learned during lockdown, it also inspired new creative outputs. From using family as subjects of portraits, to recording the moments of connection using digital tools, these beautiful and often poignant images capture experiences that many of us will recognise. HOME is an exhibition of work by ten students on…

Hounslow Visual Arts Programme – Regeneration on Hounslow Heath

May 27June 15

“Fires are not always bad for forested areas. They provide space for new plants to grow. Volunteering with local groups, I learnt more about the fire's potential origin: from glass bottles magnifying sunlight in the heat to people lighting their own fires.” Regeneration on Hounslow Heath utilises different media, and focuses on the act of walking to document the changing landscape of an important area of public land. At a time when the rights and freedoms of borders are increasingly restricted,…

Hounslow Visual Arts Programme – Animal Stories

May 27September 11

From the rare species of snails found in Isleworth Ait, to the thousands of animals entering the UK through Heathrow Airport’s Animal Reception Centre from across the world, this intriguing story is told through the recollections of local people and research of historical records and archives. Travel through time from the Chiswick House Menagerie of the 19th century to the present day to see how our relationship to animals has shaped Hounslow and the communities that live and work here.…

Hounslow Visual Arts Programme – Music and Me

May 27June 17

Image above: Johnny Kalsi by Rehmat Rayatt. ‘Music and Me’ celebrates the extraordinary wealth of musical talent in the London Borough of Hounslow. Artist Rehmat Rayatt has chosen to photograph the musicians in and around the local area using Hounslow as a vibrant backdrop to the portraits. Featured musicians include drummer Johnny Kalsi (Dhol Foundation), rock band Chains of Daisy, classical musicians from Hounslow Symphony Orchestra, DJ Bick and Gallileo Damascus. Each portrait is accompanied by a text from each…

Chiswick House: Bring Into Being art exhibition

May 27October 31

Bring Into Being is an experimental programme of art commissions, events and workshops marking a new chapter for Chiswick House and Gardens.  Presenting three site-specific artworks by Peter Adjaye, Jaimini Patel and Turner Prize winning Mark Wallinger, alongside workshops and events, Bring Into Being  'responds to the many incarnations of Chiswick House and tests the future possibilities of our Grade 1 listed site'. Chiswick House Trust is looking to widen the scope and the appeal of the House and Gradens, to attract more visitors, and to encourage existing visitors to use the park…

Summer Cycle at Kew Gardens

May 21August 11

Join Kew to celebrate summer with a magical evening bike ride. As bicycles are not usually allowed in the Gardens, this is a unique opportunity for you to explore Kew’s most beautiful spots with friends and family. Take in the enchanted woodlands and beautiful blooms; stop for a picnic or summer drink and listen to live music; smell the aroma of the Rose Garden as the sun begins to set. Make an evening of it with your own picnic, or dine at one…

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