Bedford Park Festival – Green Days

When:
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June

Where:
Acton Green Common, 7 Hardwicke Rd, London W4 5EA

What:
Green Days is huge fete over two days on Acton Green with a fun fair, live music stage, beer tent, craft village and all manner of food and drink on sale from wonderful cakes baked by the congregation of St Michael & All Angels Church and supplemented by the American High Rd bakers Outsider Tart, to the produce of the local distillery Sipsmith and local brewery Fuller’s. There’s all that you would expect of a village fete – fancy dress, tombola and five-a-side football, but in London proportions.

Green Days is just the beginning of a two week arts festival in early June. For more about the two week festival go here.

The Bedford Park Festival celebrated 50 years of ‘Green Days’ in 2016.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor performs ‘Murder on the dance floor’

50 Years of Green Days

Chiswick’s resident ‘celebs’ were out in force to support the 50th festival. Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, former Blue Peter presenters Janet Ellis and Sarah Greene, Downton Abbey actress Phyllis Logan and journalists Jeremy Vine, Rageh Omaar and Fergal Keane have all opened the fete in past years. They all came back to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

Chiswick’s resident ‘celebs’ celebrate 50 years of Green Days.

Downton Abbey’s housekeeper Mrs Hughes, aka Phyllis Logan.

Artist Sir Peter Blake at Green Days 2017

Sir Peter Blake CBE was asked to design a special picture for the Chiswick Timeline mural of maps and art work in Turnham Green Terrace in 2017. Having lived in Chiswick for more than 50 years, he’s been to many a Green Days weekend. The artist, who designed the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album cover, chose the Chiswick Empire as his theme, a theatre where he saw many music hall acts as a young man. He came to the 2017 Green Days weekend to award one of his limited edition prints as a competition prize.

Artist Sir Peter Blake CBE designs Empire Theatre picture.

The 50th anniversary of Green Days in 2017.

Top of the bill at Green Days in 2017 – Creak.

The craft village at Green Days

One of the highlights of the Green Days weekend is the craft village. There’s always stiff competition to get a stall and the artisans who show their work range from blacksmiths to bee keepers, jewellers to jam makers.

Bee keeper John Chapple.

Craftsman Jeremy Cuss.

Ginspiration from the local artisan distiller.

Pecan strudel, lemon drizzle and scones.

Preparing for Green Days.

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