What to do this weekend in London: Brompton Cemetery Open Day

A cemetery may not be the most obvious destination for a day of family fun, but Brompton Cemetery is no ordinary final resting place.

Brompton Cemetery, between Old Brompton and Fulham Roads, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. The Open Day, on Sunday 22nd July 2018 (between 11am–5pm) provides a rare opportunity to visit the cemetery and its historic catacombs for free.

 

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What are the activities?

A variety of guided tours of the cemetery (between 12h and 17h, 75min) and of its catacombs (between 11h30 and 17h, 25min) take place every hour from 11.00am to 5.00 pm and a number of events will take place in the Chapel.

Specialist exhibitions include an Apiary, Birds of Prey, a Vintage Edwardian Hearse, as well as an exhibition by Heatherley’s School of Fine Art.

There will be a variety of stalls selling among other things, glassware, natural cosmetics, gothic handmade clothing, handicrafts, and gothic artefacts.

Family activities include a sketch and a drumming session as well as storytelling and this year we shall also have police horses and fire engines.

 

 

What is the programme?

Miscellaneous tours

Each tour will be approximately 90 minutes long.
11.30: Behind the Scenes: Project Restoration
12.30: Landscape & Horticulture
13.30: Walking with Trees
14.30: Amazing Women of Brompton Cemetery
15.30: Behind the Scenes: Project Restoration

Chapel programme

All day: Art Exhibition by Heatherley’s School of Art
12.00: Rise Up, Women. Protest song performance
13.00: Inspired by Brompton Exhibition: Curators Tour
15.00: Comali Consort. Explore classical baroque, from handling instruments to exploring musical sounds, in this relaxed family friendly concert.

Family activities

11.00: Family Sketch Session. Sketch the wildlife in Brompton to take away with you!
                        Location: Storytelling Area (follow signs from North Lodge to NE Corner)
12.00: The Amazing Story of Chief Long Wolf by storyteller Vanessa Dreamtime
                        Location: Outside Chapel, end of Colonnades
14.00: Family drumming session by SMART. Drum along to the sounds of wildlife in our outdoor drumming workshop for families!
                        Location: Storytelling Area (follow signs from North Lodge to NE Corner) 
15.00: Comali Consort. Explore classical baroque, from handling instruments to exploring musical sounds, in this relaxed family-friendly concert.
                        Location: Chapel

 

How to get there?

Nearest Tube Station: Earl’s Court Station, Warwick Road Exit
Buses: On Fulham Road – 14, 211, 414; On Old Brompton Road – 74, 430; Other buses nearby – C1, C3, 190, 328

 

Source: http://brompton-cemetery.org.uk/openday.html

 

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