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Annual Fulham festival offers action packed week

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Summer's here - and that means it's time to celebrate all that is wonderful about life in Fulham.

The annual Celebrating Fulham festival runs from Saturday June 26 to Sunday July 3, showcasing the very best in our area’s history, talent and entertainment and providing the chance to discover some of Fulham’s hidden treasures.

Cllr Frances Stainton, Mayor of H&F and a local resident, says: " Celebrating Fulham has become one of the highlights of the year and this year sees Wandsworth Bridge Road joining in.

" The festival offers a huge variety of attractions for people of all ages throughout the week. The aim of the week is not only to give residents, families and visitors a great experience, but to promote Fulham and boost business trade.

" Make sure you take advantage of the 50 + local business offers and visit some of the exciting events that have been planned. My congratulations to all those organising this special week.”

The Mayor will officially open Celebrating Fulham at 1.30pm on Sunday, June 26 at Fulham Island, Jerdan Place/ Farm Lane by St Johns’ Church SW6 1PB. During the day there will be a market running from 10am to 5pm, live music and children’s entertainment from 11am to 2pm.

The Fulham Food Lovers Market & Jazz event will also be taking place at Jerdan Place throughout Sunday June 26. The event features superb quality, great tasting, local, regional and international food stalls including cheeses, cured sausages, olives, pastries, breads and more.

There will also be live jazz from The Jimmy Beckley Trio with jazz and world music player Jimmy Beckley from Ghana on saxophone, flute and vocals. Jimmy Beckley has worked with many Jazz greats including Nina Simone and Manu Dibango. There will also be Capoeria, children’s entertainment, Gambado the Lion, balloon modelling, face painting and more.

Other highlights of Celebrating Fulham include:

Wandsworth Bridge Road Fun Day – Saturday, June 25 – 11am to 4pm
This free event sees Wandsworth Bridge Road businesses put on a fantastic day out in their street for all the family. There will be a pottery workshop, live music, wine tasting, children’s entertainment and games and much more.

The event is being organised by Karen Harrington of Harrington’s children’s clothes and toy shop. She said: “We did something similar around 15 years ago and are all looking forward to this event. All the shops are involved and there will be face painting, stilt walking and plenty of food. It should be a really great day!”

Fair on the Green - Parsons Green – Saturday, July 2 – 12 noon to 5pm

A fabulous free day out for all the family. Two live stages of music and entertainment, hundreds of stalls, food court, fun fair and more

Graham Whittle of the organising committee says: "The event has been running for 20 years and the aim is to provide a fun day out for children and families. All the profits go to local charities and it is an opportunity for local businesses to promote their services.

" The main stage will feature three dancing schools, a 60s cover band and the Fulham, Brass Band and the children’s stage will feature a magician, a ventriloquist and a stiltwalker. There will also be over 100 stalls.”

Fulham Palace Bat Walk – Saturday – June 25, 9pm

This free event is led by John Tovey of the London Bat Group. Meet at the pedestrian entrance to the Palace Grounds, Bishops Avenue, SW6 6EA. Wear solid footwear and bring a torch.
Call 020 3080 0655 to confirm your place.

The St John's Chamber Singers presents Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem, Saturday, July 2, 4pm, St John's Church, Fulham Island

Conducted by Ben Woodward, piano duet with Andrew Robinson and Alex Wells, two of London's most renowned pianists. Soloists performing are Elizabeth Capener and Peter Brooke. This concert has been underwritten by an anonymous donor and is free to enter with a retiring collection. Call 020 7385 7634 or visit St John's Fulham more details.

The Fulham Swish – Sunday, July 4, 2pm to 5pm, Durell Arms, 704 Fulham road, SW6 5SB
Swishing involves getting people together to swap gorgeous clothes and party at the same time.
Bring along up to five items of unwanted clothes from 2pm. Items must be clean, good condition and something that you are proud to hand on.

Booking required and places are limited. Email swishing@lbhf.gov.uk or call 020 8753 1888.

For more information please contact Nicki Burgess Fulham Town Centre Manager on 020 7835 5695 or nicki.burgess@lbhf.gov.uk