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Art in the Squares – Bloomsbury Festival 15-24 October

The Bloomsbury Festival 2021 starts today with many things to interest you. Look out especially for the Open Air Art Gallery in eight of the Bloomsbury squares. Nick Andrew’s watercolours were created while skecthing in the squares and provide the illustrations for the recent book Bloomsbury’s Squares and Gardens (available from Skoob Books in the […]

Wellbeing Walks through the Bloomsbury Squares

The Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens invites you on healthy brisk daytime walks around Bloomsbury with our expert guides starting 22 September Just turn up on the day for a 1 hour circular walk. Spaces limited – allocated on a first come, first served basis. Walks will go ahead in all weathers. Free of […]

Green spaces and lockdown III

An increasing proportion of the population lives in cities. In Europe it is expected that around three quarters of the population will live in urban settings by 2020. Urban living limits access to nature and can increase exposure to certain environmental hazards, such as air and noise pollution. Many urban areas face increasing pressure from […]

No Open Garden Squares, instead a Victorian flower show

This weekend would have been the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend, when normally closed gardens open and the open gardens in Bloomsbury take on a festival air too.  Not this year, thanks to coronavirus Covid-19, not yet anyway.  However, here is a previous floral celebration  in Bloomsbury to enjoy as some small compensation. In 1863, […]

Public parks have played a vital role during lockdown

As you will have seen in the news, and from the evidence of your own eyes in Bloomsbury, our green spaces are playing a hugely important role in contributing to people’s mental and physical health during the Covid-19 crisis. As Gardens Trust board member David Lambert says, the crisis has demonstrated unarguably just how important […]

Season’s Greetings

Season’s greetings to Bloomsbury from the Friends groups of Bloomsbury’s squares and gardens. Last Saturday Friends of St. George’s Gardens welcomed passers-by to carols, mulled wine and mincepies and made a collection for St Mungo’s work for homeless people and the foodbank.

Singalong Christmas Carols in St George’s Gardens, 14 Dec, 12-1 pm

Friends of St George’s Gardens invite you to join them in the gardens for carols with mince pies and mulled wine on Saturday 14 December 12 noon -1 pm. There will be a collection in aid of  St Mungo’s  work for homeless people  or give to their food bank collection.  And you might also like […]

Tackling litter

I was impressed yesterday when, just ahead of me in the street, I saw a young man bend to pick up an abandoned drink can and carry it to a litter bin further down the road. In the gardens, however, lovely summer weather has left the litter bins often too full for lunchtime picnickers to […]

Much Ado About Nothing in St George’s Gardens

Much Ado About Nothing will be performed in the Gardens on July 22-26. Tickets are now on sale – just go to https://www.shakespeareswanderers.co.uk/productions. We’ll be there, so hope to see you too!

Words of the Wood, St George’s Gardens

Friends of St George’s Gardens report that their fringe event during Open Garden Squares Weekend on 8-9 June 8-9 was very successful. The weather was good. Friends member Annette Freeman put her word clues on the trees early on Saturday morning and she and a rota of Friends welcomed visitors with the Words of the […]