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Top 10 local festivals on your doorstep

With festival season on the horizon, we look at the best music, food and cultural events and local festivals in south west London and Surrey


Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Taking over Wandsworth borough for two weeks is a fabulous fest celebrating the best in creative arts. The programme includes an eclectic range of arts events, with theatre productions, live music, exhibitions, talks, dance, comedy and so much more, open to all. WAF transforms every nook and cranny of the neighbourhood into a venue, with church halls, coffee shops and outdoor stages popping up.
 3-19 May,

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Barnes Children’s Literature Festival

On a mission to get children inspired by the world of reading, the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival is well into its fifth year. This community event brings big name authors, such as Charlie and Lola creator, Lauren Child, illustrators and children’s shows to the heart of Barnes. There will also be theatre sessions, drawing classes and friendly workshops.
 11-12 May,


Chelsea Flower Show

For a festival of all things flora, designers, plant experts and gardeners will be congregating in Chelsea for a celebration of the great outdoors. Whether you’re a green-fingered gardener or just looking for inspiration, Chelsea is a quintessential part of the British summertime. This year’s event will look closely at how our outdoor spaces are faring in the face of climate change.
 21-25 May,

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Happy Days Festival

Travel to Esher on the late May bank holiday for a journey back in time. Devoted to looking back over the 70s, 80s and 90s, this year’s festival has a stellar line-up including singing siblings, Sister Sledge, Angie Stone, The Sugar Hill Gang and reggae great, Jimmy Cliff. Festival-goers can head to the Gastro Grub tent for fusion cuisine and veggie options.
 25-26 May,


Foodies Festival

This May bank holiday is a key date for foodies, as Foodies Festival takes to Syon Park with a street food village, workshops and talks. This year’s menu includes a host of chefs like Celebrity Masterchef champion, John Partridge, who will be cooking up an array of his favourite dishes. There will be a stage with some much-loved musicians, plus a kids cookery school and a vegan beer tent.
 25-27 May,


Hampton Court Palace Festival

Taking place in the lavish palace grounds of Hampton Court, this summer series is a prime opportunity for you to picnic in the grand gardens before enjoying live music from a plethora of artists from across the musical spectrum. This year’s line-up includes pop sensation Kylie, Tears for Fears, The Jacksons, guitar guru Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Busted, plus VIP packages are available.
 7-19 June,
 25-27 May,

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Kew The Music

As the gardens at Kew explode into their summertime prime, the botanical grounds opens its doors to revellers for a series of outdoor picnics and balmy summer evenings. Returning for a ninth year, Kew will be taken over with live music from some iconic musicians. This year’s line-up features Jess Glynne, 80s icon Rick Astley and Billy Ocean.
 9-14 July,


Mighty Hoopla

Returning with all the pizzazz and glitter of Pride, Mighty Hoopla will be converging on Brixton’s Brockwell Park for another spectacle of live music. On this year’s bill is Chaka Khan and Kate Nash among other names. It’s not all about the pop, there will be a full programme of entertainment including drag queen lip-sync battles, so don your most colourful garments, Mighty Hoopla is all about going all out.
 8 June,


Chiswick Proms

A brand new event featuring comedy, musical theatre and concerts taking place al fresco in leafy Chiswick. Visitors will be treated to comedy from the likes of Shappi Khorsandi and Jason Manford, plus family shows and rousing celebrations of classical music.
 7-9 June,


South West Four

Returning to Clapham for the ultimate bank holiday bonanza is South West Four, a dance music festival that promises big names for a final farewell to the summer. The festival is putting on a line-up of stars for the 2019 series, with Basement Jaxx and Devlin among others sure to keep Clapham partying.
 24-25 August,