Camp Bestival, 30 July–2 August, Lulworth Castle, Dorset… ‘But that’s not in Kensal or QP’, you cry! No. But half of Kensal and QP will be there…


We’re usually pretty damned strict about only posting about our postcode – and try only to talk about events and occasions right on our doorstep or a small stagger beyond – but since we’ve noticed a ridiculous amount of you head off to festivals over the summer, especially in the case of Camp Bestival, we thought we’d flag up some fun happening this family-friendly li’l sis to Bestival…


Set at Lulworth Castle’s sprawling grounds, you probably know all about its music mayhem – but did you know it will have a new wellness retreat and spa area, The Hideaway this year? So now Camp Bestival is clinically proven* to be good for you. Book a restorative massage, a family-orientated yoga class or even a hot tub… here.

As for giving this festival a local spin… there are no doubt lots of ways in which its headliners and favourite acts are connected to our neighbourhood… such as ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit (playing Friday night; pictured below) was recorded at South Kilburn Studios, and the Cuban Brothers and Dub Pistols are former Kensal/QP residents and much-loved regulars at the Paradise and Masons Arms…

Maybe next year they should organise a special transfer from NW10 straight to this little corner of the Jurassic Coast. Book tickets here.

*A small exaggeration, possibly.

rather be by clean bandit


Chief Wild Thing Rob da Bank says: “Camp Besti’s creative team have outdone themselves once again with an absolute truckload of wild and wonderful fun for all the family. From the brand new adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s brilliant Scarecrows’ Wedding, and hip-hop’s answer to ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ with the Freestyle Funk Forum, to the hugely inspiring Gorilla Gardening and our old fave Marawa the Amazing, the Greatest Tent on Earth is certainly living up to its name. Add in Albert’s Band, Musical Bingo, Gospeloke and Morris Dancers, Blue Coats and the brilliant Insect Circus and you’ve got a recipe for a properly wild weekend! So we’ll be seeing you at Lulworth Castle in July”.


INTRACEUTICALS at BeautyWorksWest, 8–9 Lambton Place, W11 (020 7221 2248


This boutique spa just off Westbourne Grove is rather special. You may know it from back when it was connected to Body Works West (previously Lambton Place Health Club, this 1896 building was the Sisters of Sion’s convent school in Chepstow Villas) – but this stand-alone spa just along in Lambton Place (behind Aesop) is now a destination in its own right for the medi-spa treatments. In this neighbourhood, this is where to go for a beauty boost that isn’t just about a bit of pampering…

I experienced this extra-special 50-minute facial recently upstairs and it was honestly like a mini facelift (thank you to the recommendation of lovely local, Naihala Lasharie, who I actually met in Trancoso, Brazil – small world). This treatment was especially welcome the month before my wedding. I was lucky to have therapist Yamina who got this hyperbaric-oxygen treatment working its wonders with a wand-like spray which infuses all the serums into the skin. I’m telling you, short of actual cosmetic surgery nothing makes you look this fresh faced. Smooth, plumped-up hydrated skin with a good few years of wear and tear erased in under and hour. £135

What Intraceuticals says…

Our treatments address the most challenging skin conditions through breakthrough science. Intraceuticals treatments and products are formulated to deliver immediate, dramatic effects and accumulative, long-term changes in skin both at home and in-spa. The result is visible improvement to the skin and noticeable benefits to self-perception and confidence. 


FORK to FORKJust received this exciting news release: Thomasina Miers and Laura Harper-Hinton have announced the first Fork to Fork food festival at ARK Franklin Primary Academy in Kensal Rise!

Thomasina Miers, MasterChef winner and co-founder of Mexican restaurant group Wahaca, and her friend Laura Harper­‐Hinton, co-founder and creative director of Caravan, have come together to launch the first Fork to Fork Food Festival. 

Tickets – £5 (£8 on the day), kids under 12 – free.

Fork to Fork food festival brings together some of London’s most talented and creative chefs, restaurateurs and producers, with the aim to raise funds in support of the Open Air Classroom project which will launch at ARK Franklin Primary Academy following the festival.

The one-day festival this June will feature chef demos, talks and tastings, food and produce stalls, a bar serving craft beer, wine and gin, a secret picnic garden, a world fete, live music and numerous children’s activities. Guests of all ages will have the chance to mingle with the great and good of London’s food scene in a relaxed and family-friendly environment. Stalls will be manned by chefs from Hix, Ottolenghi, Koya, Soho House, Polpo, Caravan & Caravan Coffee Roasters, E&O, Moro, Union Street Café, Granger & Co, Vinoteca, Gracelands Café, The Shop, The Whippet Inn, Fed By Lillie and Gail’s Bakery. Plus food trucks from Wahaca, Dirty Burger, The Bowler and Young’s, as well as drinks stalls from Beavertown and Camden Town breweries, New Zealand Wine Cellar, Borough Wines, Portobello Gin and Vinoteca.

The idea behind the Open Air Classroom at ARK Franklin is backed by considerable research taken from edible garden projects in the US and Australia, which shows that creative outdoor spaces have a huge benefit in developing children, particularly those with behavioural difficulties or who are not classic ‘academic’ learners. In 2011 Ofsted stated, in relation to a garden project: ‘Enrichment opportunities are particularly good and contribute strongly to pupils’ good personal development.’ Evidence shows that when children are taught science in the open air with mechanisms that work in front of their eyes, the subject comes alive, and when children grow food, they are more willing to eat it.

Thomasina Miers

The Open Air Classroom will be a place where pupils and locals can be creative and learn a range of disciplines in a stimulating environment. The garden, endorsed by restauranteur and activist Alice Waters, who pioneered the Edible Schoolyard organisation, will have raised beds to grow food (the school also has a kitchen to cook the produce) and a place to sell it at the Queen’s Park farmers’ market (voted best UK farmers’ market in 2014). Through the cooking and selling of food, the children will learn and understand nutrition, health, science and commerce. The Open Air Classroom will also include a pond to teach marine science, a conservation area with wildflowers to attract butterflies and a beehive, a wormery to recycle food waste, an amphitheatre, a sundial and several climbing frames.

The experience of an Open Air Classroom feeds back into the indoor classroom, improving focus and the ability to concentrate. Through the project, the school hopes to foster links to its community and will throw the garden doors open to the local community at the weekends and during school holidays. Fork to Fork Festival, which Thomasina and Laura will become an annual event, will offer a day of entertainment for all the family whilst raising the funds to make the Open Air Classroom come to life.

Laura commented on the festival, ‘We hope that people will be excited and embrace the first ever Fork to Fork festival this June, and that our space will become a loved and respected local West London landmark and an inspiration for many other schools across the country to see the learning benefits for children and open their own open air classroom.’

 Fork to Fork Festival will be on Saturday 13 June at ARK Franklin Primary Academy in Kensal Rise from 12pm–6pm. Follow them on Twitter @forktoforkfest and Instagram @forktoforkfest and you can donate here too.


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