Watching our favourite local spots struggle through lockdown has been tough for many of us, but one group of Chiswick locals has banded together to help a W4 icon by launching a new alfresco festival
All photography provided courtesy of Chiswick festival
Chiswick Festival is a brand new series of alfresco events set to take place at the iconic Chiswick House & Gardens this summer.
With the English Heritage venue having to cancel all of its major events due to coronavirus, the team of Chiswick locals – event organisers, park users, comedy fans and music lovers – put their heads together to get people back into the park and help with fundraising efforts.
Kicking off in the gardens on 21 August and running for 20 consecutive days, until 6 September, the festival will feature big names in comedy like Dara Ó Briain, Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen, as well as local bands, classical performances, inspirational speakers and daytime fitness classes.
Other highlights include a comedy bingo game-show with Bogan Bingo, Queen Tribute Band The Bohemians and an evening with broadcaster and Chiswick local Jeremy Vine, who will be trying to make sense of the world around us in a time like no other.
The 18th century Palladian villa, set within 65 acres of multiple award-winning gardens, is facing a shortfall of about £500,000 this year, and is currently asking for donations to help secure its future.
‘I spent most of my childhood growing up climbing trees and riding bikes in the woods in Chiswick Park, so it really is quite a passion project for me’
Despite the financial burden, the grounds of Chiswick House & Gardens have remained open throughout lockdown which, proving invaluable to locals who use the green space for family strolls, exercise and mental wellbeing.
The festival will also run its own fundraising initiatives for the venue, including sharing some of the revenue from ticket sales.
Times and ticket prices vary, but most events take place from 7.30pm and cost around £20-£25. Fitness classes cost £12.
For further information and to book, see chiswickfestival.com