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FESTIVALS & ENTERTAINMENT The Vaisakhi Mela held in Lampton Park, Hounslow, also in April, is a celebration of Punjabi culture that aims to strengthen community cohesion. With live entertainment, comedy, bhangra music, a funfair, trade stalls and lots and lots of food, this largely dry and non-smoking event is a great day out for the family. Beside Christ Church on Turnham Green, there’s often a traditional fun fair and special performances during spring and summer to be found, known as friendly and relaxed affairs. Bedford Park Festival is an annual event held in June on the very edge of the borough in Acton Green Common, opposite Turnham Green Tube station. There is a bandstand featuring live music, craft exhibits, children’s fancy dress competitions and junior five-aside football tournament, a cycle zone teaching people how to ride bikes safely, a cake competition, one for jam and chutneys, and lots more. Also in June is one the newest festivals in the borough, EatChiswick An opera performance at Brentford Lock

celebrating all kinds of foods and drinks available locally. There’s walking tours of the local pubs and bars, tours for coffee and sweet foods, a street food market in the High Road and special cut price mealtime deals available. The day-long London Mela held in Gunnersbury Park in August is Europe’s largest outdoor South Asian festival. Some 70,000 people go for the live music, theatre, dance and visual arts and for the wonderfully tasty food. The event, which features home-grown talent as well as artists and musicians from abroad, is hosted by the London boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing, and supported by the Mayor of London. Shop owners in Chiswick’s Devonshire Road hold a street party in September, to raise money for charity and give something back to the community. Last year saw lots of live music, cookery demonstrations, a dog agility course, face-painting and a design a T-shirt competition. In the past 10 years the Brentford Festival has grown into a major community event with over 10,000 visitors. Held on the first Sunday in September in Blondin Park, this is a free community event of live performances, a dog show, fairground attractions, food stalls and a real ale bar for real ale enthusiasts.

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Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

Hounslow Pocket Guide 2015  

Published in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. 20,000 copies printed and distributed in July/August 2015.

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