Chelsea Summer Fete 2019

Celebrate the start of summer with the return of the annual Chelsea Summer Fete on Saturday 22 June which takes place across Pavilion Road and Duke of York Square. From yoga classes to traditional fete games and wine bars and delicious food offerings, this is the perfect day for all the family and free to attend.

Duke of York Square will become the ultimate garden party; relax and enjoy the music by roaming musicians programmed by Cadogan Hall, or take part in sporting events and games. Start your morning with a yoga class hosted by KXU at 11am, then refuel with something delicious from the Fine Food Market. The running track will be open for picnics throughout the day as well host football skills sessions by Chelsea FC Foundation from 1pm-2.30pm as well as polo-swing practice, hosted by Westcroft Park.

For the very first time, the running track will become a racecourse of Austin J40 pedal cars that will compete for the prestigious Settrington Cup at the Goodwood Revival. Heats are to be held from 12pm in which children aged 5-10 years old will compete for the chance to take part at this year’s Goodwood Revival, the world’s foremost historic motorsport event (which will be held on 13-15 September).

Enjoy your favourite stories told by Peter Jones & Partners or visit the National Army Museum pop-up for an interactive army experience. The much-loved Chelsea Pensioners will be back by popular demand with a pottery stand, and the Chelsea Physic Garden Flower Crown Workshop will also taking place throughout the afternoon. And to top it all off, children’s entertainers Sharky & George will be hosting the ultimate children’s party.

A stone’s throw away from the Square, Pavilion Road’s artisan shops will open up their restaurant and shop doors to create a wonderful street party. Wander up and down to taste exceptional foodie offerings from Provenance Butcher’s BBQ, patisseries and pizza at the Bread Ahead stall, a seafood BBQ from ‘fishmonger by day, seafood bar by night’, The Sea, The Sea and refreshing ice cream and sorbet by Ice Cream Union. Or, relax with a glass of wine or cocktail at Pavilion Wine, accompanied by cheese at London Cheesemongers, or at Hans’ Bar & Grill’s cocktail stand. Roaming musicians, face painters and balloons will there throughout the day as well as Sharky & George keeping the little ones entertained.

The Summer Fete is complimentary to attend and will begin at 11am. Please note the Fine Food Market will open as usual at 10am. The full map of activity can be downloaded here soon.

See you there!


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Living Medicine: Self-Care Basics

Join the experts at the Chelsea Physic Garden for an award-winning course on 10 March 2019 on living medicines; perfect for anyone interested in healing plants and foods, health, gardens and working with communities. This is the first of a five-part course to give you a grounding in you wellbeing using foods and herbs and will cover the basics of herbal therapeutics, basic food self-care, and remedy making.

Take part in a discussion, taste and identify healing plants, enjoy practical remedy making and learn how to assess your own health and diet.

Participation is £108pp and includes morning tea and coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and cake along with handouts and your own remedy to take home.

More info and how to book can be found here.


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Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair

Soothe any holiday season stress at the annual Christmas Fair at the Chelsea Physic Garden on 24 and 25 November.

Over 100 stands selling unique gifts and produce from the finest British suppliers will fill the Garden. Enjoy warming winter herbal lattes and generous helpings of reviving mulled wine, tuck into seasonal refreshments and even stretch those vocal cords with some carols.

Take part in a wrapping masterclass from Jane Means, the gift-wrapping expert, to ensure your presents are dressed in the glorious packaging they deserve. Father Christmas will be on hand for the little ones to sort out the naughty, the nice and those who are a bit of both.

Yule not be disappointed!

Tickets are £6 (children free). Book yours here.


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Supper Talk: The Social History of the Pub

Head to the Chelsea Physic Garden for the latest in their Supper Talk series; the social history of the pub. Join James Kneale on 6 September for a fascinating insight into the development of the drinking culture.

It could be argued that Britain’s relationship with drink mirrors the evolution of the nation and is interwoven with themes from colonial and imperial history, industrialisation and social change. Follow a brief overview of this history, Kneale will then concentrate his talk on the changing fortunes of the pub from the end of the  18th Century through to mid-20th Century and examine the reasons for its evolution, uses, character and form. He will take you through the different places that we recognise today – gin shops, gin palaces, beer houses, ‘jerries’ and ‘she beens’, improved pubs and teetollers pubs, roadhouses, flash city taverns and bucolic country inns.

Tickets cost £17 which include Garden entry and a glass of wine. Supper tickets can be bought separately at an additional £17. Both tickets can be bought here.

The talk commences at 7pm and sittings for supper start at 5.45pm or 8pm.


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Chelsea Summer Fete

This Saturday, 23 June, the Chelsea Summer Fete returns for an even bigger celebration of summer.

For those enjoying a sunny staycation in the Capital this summer, come to Chelsea for day of entertainment, perfect to enjoy with family and friends. From 10am – 6pm across Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road, welcome in the sunny season with traditional fete fun, delicious food and drink and fabulous live music programmed by Cadogan Hall.

At Duke of York Square, grab some food and a glass of fizz from the Fine Food Market and head to the running track, open for picnics. Chelsea FC will be onside to help with those footie skills, Sharky & George are hosting the ultimate summer party throughout the afternoon, Ham Polo Club will be on hand to help perfect your swing and Peter Jones will be out and about with storytelling and garden games for all the family. Don’t miss out on the fantastic stalls as well hosted by Chelsea Physic Garden, the National Army museum and all the traditional games you’d expect from your favourite summer fete! Visit Pavilion Road for face painting and a fantastic BBQ to fill you up of for your fun day ahead as well as many other treats and games, perfect for all the family.

Download a leaflet and map of what’s going on across the area here.



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Beverages, Bubbles and Blues

Celebrate Father’s Day with a wonderful day of live music and delicious drink themed fun at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Music from Rachael Calladine Jazz Trio from the 606 Club will be performing throughout the afternoon whilst you enjoy pop-ups from the Mondo Brewery and Coolhurst wine. Take part in talks, trails and even pond-dipping, providing fun for all the family.

Tickets include entry into the garden and price is reduced for children.


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Chelsea Physic Garden Royal Wedding Open Day

Aside from the gardens of Windsor Castle themselves, where else could be more beautiful to witness the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle than Chelsea Physic Garden.

From 11am – 6pm on 19 May, entrance will be free to honour the special day and there will be lots on offer for the whole family.

Take part in the self-led ‘Royal’ mystery tour or sit and watch the ceremony on the outdoor screen. Should you get peckish, tuck in to some of the delicious food on offer or sip on a ‘Minty Markle’ cocktail then when you’re feeling a bit more creative you can learn how to create a floral crown with Bloomologie or enter into the best hat competition.

Make sure you add this to your diary!



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An Elixir of Letters

15 of the UKs’ most forefront letter carvers were invited to the Chelsea Physic Garden to explore and become acquainted with this historic and unique garden and all it has to offer. These artists, who include Martin Cook, Annet Stirling and Charlotte Howarth, responded to theme of 2018 ‘Beverage, Bubbles and Brews’ with proposals for sanding stones and sculptures, sundials and ornaments with witty and wise inscriptions of poetry, drinking songs and recipes.

Inspired by a myriad of plants are ingredients in teas and tisanes, wines, cordials, beers and herbal brews, the exhibition, ‘An Elixir of Letters’ will shake the thirst of art lovers and gardeners alike. The exhibition is spread out around the Garden from 9 May to 31 October 2018 and all works are for sale.

For more information, click here.


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Tea Masterclass with Jing Tea

In celebration of National Tea Day, grab yourself a ‘cuppa’ and book yourself onto this fantastic masterclass at the Chelsea Physic Garden.

There will be a morning and afternoon session where you can meet the Jing Tea Consultant, Kat Pietrowski, and discover a new world of tea. Discuss and taste test some of the finest examples of loose leaf teas and master the art of making the perfect brew.

You will leave with a deeper understanding of tea, a curated set of teas and all the tools you’ll need for your new skills.

Tickets cost £38, including Garden entry, materials, teas and tools.


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Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny will be hopping around the Chelsea Physic Garden for three days this Easter; 31 March as well as 1 and 2 April.

For a lovely family day out, head to the Garden and follow the Easter Bunny’s trail to find the clues to win a delicious Rococo Easter Egg.

Tickets cost £6, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Book your Easter treat here.


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