A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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Chelsea History Festival

For history-buffs and budding-historians, the Chelsea History Festival will launch this October to bring the past to life through a programme of world-class speakers, historians and performers. The inaugural festival will take place from 9-13 October 2019 along the Royal Hospital Road at founder venues, the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden. In it’s first year, the Festival will host a programme of more than 35 free and ticketed events which include talks, concerts and family activities making history more accessible.

Headline Events

Wednesday – the event launches on Wednesday 9 October, on the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, one of the most daring campaigns of WW2. Celebrated Arnhem veteran, Victor Gregg will be in conversation with bestselling historian Rick Stroud, followed by a lecture from Antony Beevor on the famous ‘battle for the bridges’.

Thursday – join an evening performance of The Lark Ascending, featuring one of the world’s leading lyric baritones, Roderick Williams, taking place in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Wren Chapel.

Friday – Max Hastings headlines with a talk on his new book Chastised: The Dambusters Story, 1943 which will be published in September.

Saturday – the principal day of the Festival with over 20 scheduled events including the formidable Sonia Purnell with her New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance, history walks around the neighbourhood and David Nott sharing his experiences as a surgeon in Aleppo.

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Win an ice cream from Ice Cream Union

No summer is complete without overdosing on delicious ice cream so we have arranged for you to be in with the chance of winning an ice cream from Pavilion Road’s Ice Cream Union, for you and a friend.

To enter, simply like the competition post on @pavilionroad, tag a friend and make sure you are both following @pavilionroad and @icecreamunion

The competition will start on Tuesday 20 August and end of Tuesday 27 August 2019.

Good luck!

Terms & Conditions

  • The prize includes one ice cream cone or cup for the winner and their friend. 
  • The winner and their friend can choose up to three flavours on their ice cream cone or cup. 
  • The prize must be claimed by Monday 30 September 2019. 
  • The prize cannot be exchanged for cash.

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Captain Fantastic, Feeling Fantastic

Keep the little ones occupied throughout the summer holidays can be tiring work. Bluebird are here to help you out and introduce you to their playtime partners in crime, Captain Fantastic.

On 18 August, join them to celebrate the launch of their brilliant new mental health programme for little ones – reminding you of the importance of mindfulness in and amongst all the mania.

Order of events: 

1:30-2:00pm – Arrive and mingle

2:00-2:15pm – Wellbeing talk with company owners

2.15-3:00pm – Mindfulness and wellbeing magic party

3:00-3:30pm – Disco for the children and activities for adults

3:30-4:00pm – Mingle and goodie bags

Tickets are £15 per child (including delicious food, a drink and party bag), as well as a bar and refreshments for parents on the day. 10% of ticket sales will be donated to Rays of Sunshine partner charity.

Book yours here.

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Chocolate Tuesday

Chelsea Physic Garden’s benefactor, Sir Hans Sloane, observed the use of chocolate mixed with milk as a remedy (yes, chocolate was medicinal!), on his voyage to Jamaica. He licensed the recipe to Mr Nicholas Sanders of Soho, and so ‘Sloane’s Milk Chocolate’ drink was created.

Book tickets for you and the children on 6 August to take part in Chocolate Tuesday, to learn more about the history, geography and science behind the fascinating Theobroma cacao – the tree that eventually leads to chocolate. A brilliant way to spend the morning for those with a sweet-tooth!

The day includes craft activities, a Garden tour, chocolate tasting (delicious), and for mini-chocolatiers in the making, the chance to create your own mixtures to take away.

Tickets cost £15 (per person/child). Book yours here.

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Global Champions Tour – 2-4 August

Global Champions Tour, one of Chelsea’s sporting highlights of the summer returns to the Royal Hospital over the weekend of 2-4 August. The London leg of the world-class showjumping championships will take place at the iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Number 14 out of 20 on the circuit, the competition will be at it’s peak and will give you the opportunity to see the world’s best show jumpers, including Olympic, World and Continental champions, battle it out.

To receive an exclusive 15% off your Grandstand ticket price, enter “GCTCADOGAN” when purchasing online.

Find out more here.

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ZOG Cadogan Hall

ZOG

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved ZOG comes to life in this magical stage adaptation with a sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians and designs that life the book from the page to create a real and fantastical world. ZOG promises to be roaring fun for all ages.

To receive 20% off ticket prices, excluding Saturday performances, use ‘INCOFFER’ at the checkout. Buy yours here.

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Strawberries & Screen 2019

Strawberries & Screen returns for another year, from 12 to 14 July 2019. Make sure you’re sat in front of the giant screen on the running track so you don’t miss a single swing of this year’s Wimbledon’s men’s semi-finals (12th), women’s finals (13th) and men’s finals (14th).

Catch the nail-biting action of this year’s tournament, whilst enjoying traditional tennis treats and refreshments from pop-ups by Partridges and The Pretty Little Tea Company. For the little ones channelling some Murray magic, there will also be complimentary tennis coaching. So pack up your picnic blanket or book your VIP seat on the front row, before they all go, and we shall see you there!

Please note, Duke of York Square don’t allow umbrellas in the VIP area and dogs won’t be allowed on the running track for hygiene purposes.

Book your VIP seats here.

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