Chelsea Fringe – fun with fete, felting & film

Yesterday was our big event for the Chelsea Fringe Festival – a fete in the afternoon followed by an outdoor screening of ‘The Creeping Garden’ film in the evening.

Thankfully the weather held and it was botanical ice creams all round, and only a few rugs on the knees later on in the evening.

Sarah and Nell did their usual wonders with the ice creams, with 4 fantastic flavours to choose from.

IMG_7905 Ices  IMG_7901 Ice menu

Another highlight of the afternoon was our drop-in felting workshop run by Carol from Women of the Cloth (running a full workshop here on 30 May), with visitors of all ages enjoying making a little hand-made ladybird by our pond.

IMG_7907 Felting bits  IMG_7923 Felting kids

Our beautiful herbarium specimens were also on display:

IMG_7897 John  IMG_7915 Herbarium

We were then excited to have the film makers of ‘The Creeping Garden’ film, Jasper Sharp and Tim Grabham, arrive to set up their film for the evening. It was touch-and-go whether to hold it outside, but we decided to be optimistic!

It was the first time they’d shown the film outside, and the first time we’d had an outdoor film – so given that, it was a huge success all round! Everyone seemed to enjoy it – complete with botanical ice, glass of wine or cup of tea. It was extra special to have Jasper and Tim saying a few words at the start and end, and also to have Tim Richardson, Director of the Chelsea Fringe, in the audience!

IMG_7931 Jasper day  IMG_7928 Tim R

IMG_7938  Film  IMG_7943 Lights

Thanks to everyone who came along – looking forward to more fetes and films in the future!

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