Sunday, 24 March 2019

Chelsea Fringe festival returns for fifth year

Chelsea Fringe festival returns for fifth year

ORGANISERS of this year’s Chelsea Fringe Henley say they can’t wait for it to begin.

Jane Macfarlane-Duckworth and Victoria Newton say the alternative gardening festival is an opportunity for people to showcase their work.

This is the fifth year of the festival, which will take place from May 18 to 26, climaxing in a floral flotilla on the River Thames on the final day.

The Ratty’s Refuge garden at the River & Rowing Museum in Mill Meadows, which supports the water vole, will be open and the Henley Quakers will open their “secret” garden in Northfield End. There will also be a heritage day at the Berkshire College of Agriculture in Burchetts Green.

Mrs Newton said: “It is the world’s fastest-growing fringe. It’s about encouraging people to participate at whatever level or run their own event. People have used the fringe to kick-start new business ideas.

“We always really look forward to the events because it is an opportunity to showcase all the great activity that is going on.”

There will be a festival “hub” at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Upper Market Place, which will host workshops and have information.

Ms Macfarlane-Duckworth said: “The gallery space will allow us to keep people updated with what is going on at the festival.

“We are also going to be using it for workshops. It will be great to have somewhere people can come and learn about flowers and horticulture.”

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