Kensington Mums Fit Club
every Saturday, 10.30am – 11.30am
More details on our blog: Kensington Mums’ Social Events this August and September.
Action for Happiness Course
6.30pm, every Tuesday, 5th May – 23rd June 2015
The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
Action for Happiness has created a unique and inspiring 8-week course to explore what matters for a happy and meaningful life. The course is intended for people of all backgrounds and particularly those who would like to live more positively and see a more positive and caring society.
Each session has a theme, based on a ‘big question’, such as What really matters in life? What actually makes us happy? or How should we treat others? Each 2 hour session follows a similar interactive format with an inspiring mix of learning, discussion and activities. The course has been shown to boost mental wellbeing.
Although there is no charge for attending, we ask for voluntary donations to contribute towards the costs of our venue hire (recommended £5 per session).
90% of people who’ve done the course have given it a maximum 5 out of 5 rating. Here are a few of the lovely things they said:
“Overall I can say that this course has had a tremendous affect on my wellbeing and happiness.”
“It just gets better and better and there’s a shift from caring for oneself to caring for others”.
“The course has really had a profoundly positive impact on my life”
Life Drawing Classes – Art with Benedict
6.30pm – 8.30pm, every fortnight from 14th May to 2nd July 2015
The Ram, 32 Burnaby Street, SW10 0PL
See full details on the blog: Life drawing classes in Chelsea at The Ram start on 14th May.
Designer Sales UK May Bank Holiday Sample Sale
12pm – 7pm, Saturday 23rd May 2015
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE
A great way to spend part of your May Bank Holiday weekend – snapping up some amazing spring/summer bargains at Designers Sales UK’s sample sale! With 26 years of experience of hosting designer sample sales – and renowned for sourcing both big fashion brands and unusual labels at incredible prices, DSUK have everything you need to help update your wardrobe this season.
There will be womenswear, menswear and accessories on offer, with labels expected including Hale Bob, Equipment, See by Chloe, Ocansey Bianchi, Nicole Farhi, N1 Angel, Ralph Lauren, Publish, cult US brand Brooklyn Circus and more; shoes and sandals from Prada, Marc Jacobs, Tods, Valentino and others. Prices start at £8 for t-shirts & tops, £20 for shirts, £45 for jackets; many items are priced at 50-90% off their RRP.
Entry is £2 with VIP tickets for £30 also available – these give early access to the sale. (5% of all sales will go to help ladies who sew school uniforms in the camps of the IDPs in Kenya.)
For more details and to sign up to DSUK’s mailing list to receive discount vouchers and details of future sales and other events, please go to www.designersales.co.uk.
Saint Stephen’s Festival of Arts & Faith
1st – 7th June 2015
St Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, SW7 4RL
This popular festival returns to St Stephen’s Church this June, bigger than ever! As well as the lunchtime concert series featuring leading students from the Royal College of Music, there will also be a major art exhibition, a schools’ art competition and special services. Three major events will also be taking place during the festival:
7.30pm, 3rd & 4th June 2015 – The Murder in the Cathedral
Acclaimed production starring Philip Franks in the church where TS Eliot regularly worshiped.
7.30pm, 6th June 2015 – Die Schopfung (The Creation)
The renowned Orpheus Sinfonia offer a rare chance to hear Haydn’s masterpiece sung in the original German with three top soloists: soprano Gillian Keith, tenor Nicky Spence and bass-baritone Andri Bjorn Robertsson. Tickets: £10/£15/£20
6.30pm, 2nd June 2015 – Symposium on T.S. Eliot
8.15pm, 2nd June 2015 Poetry Reading
Following a special symposium on life and work of TS Eliot, husband and wife team Edward Fox and Joanna David will be reading a selection of Eliot’s poetry on Tuesday 2 June. Tickets: £10
Ruck & Rollers Gala Dinner in Aid of Asthma UK
7pm until late, 4th June 2015
The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, Chelsea Harbour Drive, SW10 0XG
Ruck & Rollers’ gala dinner will feature a three course meal with wine, live entertainment, music and dancing, a silent auction, a Q&A panel with the rugby internationals and much more!
The Gala Dinner precedes the Ruck & Rollers’ participation in the Race Across America (RAAM) – the world’s toughest cycling race covering a distance of 3,000 miles (and ascending 55,000 metres!) from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. The Ruck & Rollers will be entering two teams of eight riders, including eight international rugby players – Alix Popham, Denis McBride, Rob Wainwright, Colin Charvis, John Hall, Warwick Waugh, Damian Cronin and Paddy Johns.
Both the Gala Dinner and Ruck & Rollers’ teams in the RAAM are raising money for Asthma UK, a charity that works to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma altogether. Ruck & Rollers aim to raise £500,00 for this important cause.
Tickets for the Gala Dinner cost £195 and will be worth every penny. To book tickets or a table, please go to ruckandrollers.com/the-gala-dinner.
Art Antiques London
12th – 18th June 2015
Albert Hall Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, SW7 (opposite the Royal Albert Hall)
Set in the beautiful parkland of Kensington Gardens, the Fair’s Pavilion is positioned next to the Albert Memorial and opposite the Royal College of Art and The Royal Albert Hall; it is the first fair to take place on the historic site of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
The sixth edition of Art Antiques London will bring together more than 60 exciting international art and antiques dealers offering exceptional works of art, among them many of museum quality. Furniture, paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, glass, clocks, watches, jewellery, objets de vertu, silver, antiquities and Asian art are among the many different categories included and for sale.
The superb lecture programme is a particular feature of the Fair, underpinning its academic credentials and always receives acclaim from collectors and museum curators. On 15th June, lectures will be devoted to Waterloo – in Face to Face: Dame Rosalind Savill in Conversation with the Duke of Wellington, the Duke will consider the Battle of Waterloo (with 18th June being the Bicentary of the first Duke’s defeat of Napolean at Waterloo), as well as talking about the celebrations at Apsley House and the collections and the artistic legacy of the first Duke. Napolean – The Man and the Phenomenon: A Lecture by Count Adam Zamoyski will look at Napolean’s Egyptian campaign, his looting of works of art from all over Europe, his foundation of the Louvre and more.
The Fair will also host Study Days for The Silver Society, The English Ceramics Circle and The Jewellery Historians together with a number of other important lectures.
Admission to the Fair costs £15 – tickets can be bought in advance via www.haughton.com or at the door.
Take a look at a video of last year’s Fair below:
Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair
18th – 28th June 2015
Olympia National, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
Over 160 of the world’s leading antiques specialist dealers will be present at the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, which is now in its 43rd year. With pieces ranging from £100 to £1 million, the Fair offers the most diverse variety of high quality, vetted art, antiques and collectors’ pieces than any other event in London.
A number of exhibitors will be returning to the fair after time away, including Anthony Fell Antiques & Works of Art Ltd, Anthony James & Sons Ltd, Arts International, Freshfords Fine Antiques, J.M. Baptista, Moxhams Antiques, Pearse Lukies Antiques Limited, Wick Antiques and Woodham-Smith Ltd. The Fair is also delighted to announce the return of HALI after ten years, who will bring together a group of internationally renowned dealers exhibiting the best antique carpets and textiles in a single location.
Plenty of regular exhibitors will return to the Fair for 2015 as well, including Anthea A.G. Antiques, Clive Loveless Primal Art, Hansord, Howard Walwyn Fine Antique Clocks, Kinghams Art Pottery, Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts, Titus Omega, Walker Galleries and more.
The Fair will be open daily from 11am to 7pm (to 9pm on Thursdays). For full details of the fair and to purchase tickets – priced at £15 – please see www.olympia-art-antiques.com.
Parallax Art Fair
11am – 5pm, Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July 2015
Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 5EE
The next edition of the Parallax Art Fair will see 3,000 pieces of wholesale fine, decorative and applied art from around the world exhibited. There is 0% commission on every piece, and no VAT on some UK/EU exhibitors. Parallax also has the lowest exhibitor fees (£35.99) of any artist fair in the UK, so prices stay low for buyers/gallery stockists.