Chelsea Fringe in the Bloomsbury Squares 17 & 24 May

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Chelsea Fringe, now in its third year, comes to the Bloomsbury Squares for the first time     with three events on 17 May and  one on 24 May:


Talking, drawing Bloomsbury squares:  A close, and unusual, look at three of Bloomsbury’s squares and gardens. This event takes place twice : May 17, from 2:00 to 5:00 and May 24th, 2:00 to 5:00 Led by two specialists, this three hour workshop will offer an unusual twofold approach to looking at, thinking about, and using urban parks and gardens.We will meet in Bedford Square Gardens, (not normally open to the public!), walk to Tavistock Square, and from there to Brunswick Square. At each site, Landscape historian, Deborah Wolton will begin with a brief talk on interesting aspects of the square and garden.This will be followed by an opportunity to draw, for around thirty minutes, with help, hints and suggestions from painter Gilly Hatch. For further information and booking this workshop contact: Gilly Hatch,, 07740552877, 02076092053,

Gardeners enjoy the ongoing tussle with nature: an art display involving handmade paper that is embedded with seeds. The seeds will grow into flowers (mostlysunflowers) and herbs once the paper is planted. Tavistock Square, May 17, 11-4 pm.

Keep off the Grass: Access to urban green spaces and their histories. A day of thought-provoking case studies exploring the complex and contradictory traditions that effect access to Britain’s gardens, parks and landscapes, both public and private. The discussions will address the concerns of those who are engaged with the nation’s green spaces personally and professionally. Tickets £42 includes lunch. Booking: Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St. WC1H OHA tel: 020 3108 1000

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