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Summer in the City: 100s of free or low cost activities for young people and families…

Looking for things to do with your children during the Summer holidays? Then look no further than Summer in the City – the free guide produced by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster Councils.

Whether it’s keeping active, playing sport, learning about creepy crawlies or joining the take-over of Regent Street as it closes to cars and opens up for play every Sunday, all event details can be found at



InTransit Festival 2015 – Utopias and Realities

InTransitInTransit returns for its ninth year from June 19 – 28 with an urban beach, a Garden of Eden, Toxic Monks, mass sculptures and more at locations across Kensington and Chelsea.

For a full list of events, information and ticketing do visit the InTransit festival website – – but here are a few picks of the performances that will be transforming local spaces in June…

Origins: Voladores De Papantla

Where? Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance, Bosworth Road W10,

When? Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June, starting at 6pm.

02_voladores_side1webTickets: Free – no booking required.

On the opening weekend of the festival, witness the amzaing Voladores De Papantla, the first time this UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage event will be seen in the UK.

Michael Walling, director of the Origins Festival of First Nations, writes: “The famous bird-men of Mexico are one of the great spectacles of the world, and their ritual ceremony is truly unforgettable.  Flying down head first from the top of a 20 metre pole, they combine beauty and daring in an ancient ceremony that brings to life their myth of creation.”

National Trust: Urban Beach

Where? Acklam Village, under the Westway Flyover, W10

When? Entertainment on Friday 26 June  – 4pm til late, Beach Market on Saturday 27 and Sunday 2 June – 11am-6pm

04_national-trust_urban-beach_side1webTickets: Free – no booking required.

Bringing coastal celebrations to London – join the National Trust at Acklam Road to experience all the fun of the seaside – sunbathing, sandcastles, wind breakers, beach huts, Punch and Judy, deckchairs, carousels, dunes, cut out scene photo ops, bunting, windmills, end-of-the pier attractions, cabarets and donkey rides.

Chelsea Arts Collective: Paradise on Earth

Where? Sunken Garden, Sutton Estate, Cale Street, SW3

When? Sunday, June 28 – 3pm.

Tickets: Free – no booking required.

09_paradise on earth_side4_compThe Chelsea Arts Collective (CAC) present excerpts from a multi-generational performance research project centred around the 100+ year-old housing association Affinity Sutton, which faces both opposition and support for its redevelopment plans.

The creators write: “Paradise On Earth: Give and Take is the umbrella title for a collection of short, playfully unpredictable performance pieces spearheaded by arts journalist (The Times) and curator (GOlive) Donald Hutera and visual artist/thinker Lilia Pegado, co-founders of the grassroots Chelsea Arts Collective.”

Nuture our Nature: St Charles Community Garden Club Open Day, this Saturday

Come meet, greet and eat with the plot holders and friends of the St. Charles Community Kitchen Gardens, this Saturday, September 6 from 1.00pm-5.00pm.

There will be a range of activities forst charles green-fingered families including basket weaving, art and dances performances, an introduction to Tai Chi, children’s entertainment and the of course, an unusual vegetable competition.

The free event will be held in the grounds of the Kitchen Garden Club on Exmoor Street, W10 6DZ

The St Charles Community Kitchen Garden Club were recently sponsored by City Living, Local Life.

Sing to Live, Live to Sing! Sign-up for a Good Singsong…

This September, the Royal Borough is launching a free singing for health programme and inviting interested residents to Sing to Live, Live to Sing!Sing to Live, Live to Sing

The health benefits of singing are numerous and can help to improve breathing, relieve stress, develop core muscles and improve posture.

Drop-in Sing to Live, Live to Sing! taster sessions will be held at Chelsea Theatre and Dalgarno Community Centre (details below) for people to find out more and get a feel for the programme.

The taster sessions will be followed by a course of ten weekly workshops, which are free with registration open to all residents aged 16 and over (no previous singing experience necessary!).

Participants from previous workshops have reported a range of benefits such as meeting new people, building confidence, calming anxiety, feeling uplifted, and enjoying something new.

Irene Lyford, who attended the Dalgarno Community Centre workshops in June, said:

“I’ve just been to the singing workshop and want to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I thought the teacher was wonderful and made the evening such fun.”

All workshops are led by experienced leaders and focus on breathing, movement and relaxation, as well as learning to sing.

Drop-in taster session details

Chelsea Theatre (World’s End Place, SW10 0DR)
Tuesday, 9 September, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Friday, 12 September, from 10.00am to 12.00pm

Dalgarno Community Centre (Dalgarno Way, W10 5LE)
Monday, 22 September, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Thursday, 25 September, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm

The weekly workshops will follow at the same venues and times for a further ten weeks.

Signing up

Participants can sign up for the workshops by contacting the venues directly, dropping in to either venue to register, or by going along to a taster session.

Chelsea Theatre contact:
Michelle Abbey
World’s End and Cremorne Community Champions
020 7352 1967

Dalgarno Community Centre contact:
Marie Mulcahy
Dalgarno Community Champions team
020 8969 6300

For more general information on the programme please contact Jennifer Wood in the Arts Service on 0207 3614 378 or email

What’s free in K&C?

whats free in K&CWe’ve just picked up a handy guide from the Social Council listing free activities that are taking place across Kensington and Chelsea. Whether it be community centres and clubs, or parks and playgrounds, there is lots going on in the Borough that is free of charge.

Why not get in touch with the Social Council to get hold of one of these excellent little booklets!

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