Kensington Mums Fit Club
every Saturday, 10.30am – 11.30am
More details on our blog: Kensington Mums’ Social Events this August and September.
6.30pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
This Christmas, discover more about the decadent balls at Kensington Palace, the role of the Georgian dance master and the importance of presentation and royal patronage with historian Moira Goff. Dress in Georgian costume or your best evening gown and enjoy an evening of live performances, entrancing talks, and festive refreshments.
Tickets cost £18 (£16 for HRP members) – for more details and to book tickets, please see www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/educationandcommunity/Adultlearning/talks-workshops-events.
World Child Cancer’s Christmas Carol Service
7.30pm, Thursday 4th December 2014
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ
World Child Cancer will be hosting a Christmas Carol Service which will feature musical performances by the amazing Dulwich College Chapel Choir. Those attending the service will include World Child Cancer patrons and special guests including actress Susannah Harker. All guests will be provided with mince pies, kindly donated by Harrods, and either soft drinks or wine after the concert.
World Child Cancer is a small local charity that works to support children in low and middle income countries who are suffering from cancer, helping improve their cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.
Trinity’s Light up a Life
7.15pm, Thursday 4th December 2014
St Mary’s the Boltons Church, The Boltons, SW10 9TB
Trinity Hospice’s annual Light up a Life celebration will see the local community come together to remember loved ones and celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us.
The evening will feature music and readings from special guest speakers, plus minced pies and wine after the service.
The local charity is hoping to raise £50,000 from this year’s Light up a Life Appeal to fund a Trinity nurse for a year. Trinity Hospice is the local hospice for Kensington and Chelsea and provides skilled, compassionate end of life care to over 2,000 Londoners every year in their inpatient and outpatient centre in Clapham, and in patients’ own homes. Trinity receives less than a third of its funding from the NHS, and must raise £7million every year to continue providing its vital services to people in central and south west London.
The event is free to attend, but you can make a donation and write a message for the dedication book at trinityhospice.org.uk/lual, or give to the collection on the night.
Trinity will also be hosting a Light up a Life service in Clapham on 11th December, starting the evening with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6.45pm, followed by a procession to Holy Trinity Church for a carol service at 7.15pm.
Designer Sales UK Christmas Sample Sale
12pm – 5pm, Saturday 6th December 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE
The final sale of the year for DSUK will offer up some wonderful stock at fantastic prices! How about a wool and cashmere Nicole Fahri coat for £100, a seasonal party frock for £30, or a pair of D&G boots for £225? Handbags from Jimmy Choo and Prada, or Westwood Jewellery starting at just £25? There will be plenty of designer labels available, side by side with up and coming brands – pick up something for the party season or some winter goodies!
DSUK founder Elaine Foster-Gandey will be on hand with her brilliant team of stylists to point you in the right direction. You can also bring along a piece of clothing to upcycle it with Marion Davies, who’ll be offering ideas of clothes ‘reinvention’ for Christmas!
If you email DSUK by 1st December saying why you love their sales, you could be in with a chance of winning a ticket worth £75!
Tickets cost £2 (£1 concessions) and can be bought on the door. VIP tickets – which let you into the sale an hour early, with a glass of bubbly and a goodie bag to keep – can be bought online.
Twilight Tours at 18 Stafford Terrace
6.30pm – 8pm & 8pm – 9.30pm, Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th December 2014
18 Stafford Terrace, W8 7BH
Mrs Sambourne requests the pleasure of your company…
Step back in time as you enter this unique preserved Victorian house and treat yourself (and chums) to a night of intrigue and drama as you experience a wonderful performance based on material from the Sambourne family diaries. Eavesdropping on Mrs Sambourne and her housekeeper’s conversation, explore the rooms and gain an insight into a Victorian family home.
Complimentary mulled wine, mulled fruit juice and mince pies will be served before the tour!
A wonderful opportunity to view this Victorian gem of a house after dark on a very unique tour.
Tickets cost £25 and can be purchased online – booking in advance is essential!
A Celebration of Christmas
7.30pm, Wednesday 10th December 2014
All Saints Church Fulham, Bishops Park London SW6 3LJ
The Brain Tumour Research Campaign’s (BTRC) annual A Celebration of Christmas is taking place at All Saints Fulham, a church chosen because of its proximity to Charing Cross Hospital where over 600 patients with brain tumours are diagnosed each year.
The service will include Christmas readings and carols, followed by ‘bites and bubbles’ which will celebrate the season of goodwill as well as dedicating awareness of the plight of brain tumour patients, and funding research.
Readers at this year’s service will include actress Geraldine James, Charles Collingwood and Judy Bennett (Brian Aldridge and Shula of the Archers), Bob Cryer, Rob Curling (Sky News presenter), actress Jill Baker and Deputy Lieutenant Sandy Cahill.
BTRC co-founder Wendy Fulcher comments, “This will be our fourth carol concert and the research we fund is directly focused on finding new treatments and better outcomes for these (and other) patients, for whom the outlook is bleak. We hope the concert will help us reach our Christmas Appeal target of £25,000.”
Tickets for the event cost £25 (which includes prosecco and canapes), with children under 12 going free if accompanied by a ticket holder.
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity Christmas Carol Concert
6.30pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 11th December 2014
HTB Onslow Square, SW7 3NX
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity are hosting a festive carol concert in the beautiful Holy Trinity Church on Onslow Square this Christmas!
There will be readings from celebrities such as Jane Asher and Betty Boothroyd and carols and songs by the Holy Trinity’s Chamber Choir. Royal Brompton’s very own ‘Singing for Breathing’ group, made up of patients from the hospital with respiratory problems, will also be performing; many of the patients have found that singing is a great aid in their recovery as it improves their lung capacity.
The concert will finish off with minced pies and mulled wine, and there will also be the opportunity to chat with some of the Charity’s staff.
Tickets cost £20 for adults, £10 for children and can be purchased online or by calling 020 7352 8121.
Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th December 2014
Opening Times: Friday – 10am-8pm; Saturday – 10am-6pm; Sunday – 12pm-5pm
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE
The 2nd annual Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair returns this year bigger and better. This now three day weekend shopping event is ideal for the last minute Christmas shopper who wants something unique not found anywhere else. This popular gift fair will bring together a unique group of over 60 quality exhibitors under one roof, selling quality fashion, jewellery, childrenswear, homeware, and yummy food & drink. FREE Prize raffle for all who attend – £700 worth of prizes! Also FREE photo framing workshop for kids and FREE professional portrait courtesy of Image Thirst Family Photography.
So bring your Christmas shopping list and do all your Christmas shopping in one go! See event website for full up to date details of this exciting event.
Admission is £3. Part of the proceeds go to the children’s charity Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Chelsea Green Carols
6.30pm, Tuesday 16th December 2014
Chelsea Green, Cale St, London SW3 3NS
With Chelsea Green bedecked with festival lights and an illuminated Christmas tree taking pride of place, the choir from St Luke’s Church – supported by a brass band – will be leading carols on the green with everyone encouraged to join in. Mulled wine, mince pies and hot sausages will be provided by local ‘Green’ tradespeople; there will also be a raffle and a collection in aid of West London Churches Homeless Concern.
Organised by John D Wood & Co., as it has been for the last 25 years, this is a popular event; Andy Buchanan, Director of John D Wood & Co., comments: “We are all looking forward to our annual carol service on ‘Chelsea Green’, a highlight of the year which attracts a huge turnout and gathers local residents, retailers and puts everybody in the Christmas mood. Once again all the businesses around the Green are fully involved, whether by printing the song sheets, providing and cooking the sausages or supplying and serving the mulled wine. I hope you will be able to join us.”