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Latest news from our festival community…


Now only two weeks until SouthWestFest 2019 begins with our Pimlico Proms – are you ready?

Information on events, competitions and vounteering…

Over 70 free and low-cost events and activities taking place in South Westminster.

Check out the online brochure here!

Pimlico Proms / Tin Pan Alley Film Screening / Intergalactic Circus of Truths / Photography Workshops / Film Workshops / Pop Up Planetarium

All these events require either booking a free or low-cost ticket, make sure you do that here to avoid missing out!

We have two competitions on the go…

1) We have partnered with Georgian House Hotel to offer you, our wonderful newsletter readers the chance of winning one of 5 prizes!

*Brunch for 2* *2 x Pimlico Pictures for 2* *Wizard Cocktail/Mocktail Experience for 4* *Cheese Afternoon Tea Experience (with bottomless bubbles!)*

Sign up to our newsletter to be in with a chance of winning one of these fab prizes!

2) Our Gold Sponsors Westminster Adult Education Services sponsoring our Opening Festival Weekend are offering you the opportunity to win an Ipad!

All you need to do is fill out a short survey to be entered into the draw. Head to WAES’ website for more information:

Want to get more involved in SouthWestFest? Want experience of live events? Want to give back to your community?

We’re looking for volunteers to help us, especially at our Opening Weekend, information and application form here!

SouthWestFest 2019 Brochure Now Online

SouthWestFest Launches 2019 Festival Programme!

SouthWestFest – South Westminster’s Award Winning Cultural and Community Festival Returns for 2019 with the Most Exciting Festival to Date! From the 28th June to the 21st July, hosting over 60 events in 20 local venues.

Festival Director Joanna Hedges said “We are pleased to announce the return of SouthWestFest a community led festival for all of South Westminster. The festival would not be possible without the passion of local residents and volunteers, plus our new Gold Festival Weekend Sponsor – Westminster Adult Education Service, who we are very pleased to have on board as a partner for this year’s festival.”

The Pimlico Proms launches this year’s festival on the 28th of June. Sip Pimms in the sunshine and enjoy al-fresco music from the Colla Voce Singers and Kew Wind Orchestra, end the evening in style with exciting sparks and fireworks. The Pimlico Proms is a free event so register now for your free ticket at

Then join thousands of local residents in celebrating SouthWestFest at the free Festival Day from 12pm – 6pm on the 29th of June at St.Georges Square. You can expect live performances on the Shooting Stars Stage, circus shows, fairground rides, a city farm, Health Zone, Workshop Zone, art installations, crafts, market stalls, food and fun!

Following the launch weekend, SouthWestFest offers you a 3 week festival with a ‘Space’ themed programme of free and low-cost events promoting the best of South Westminster.

From Space Station installations, to Intergalactic outdoor theatre performances and Pop Up Planetariums, there is something for everyone. Highlights include our workshops for young people and adults with Graphic Design Taster Sessions, Documentary Filmmaking and Photography. Plus an exclusive showing of the Tin Pan Alley documentary at our Pop Up Cinema in Lillington Gardens and the opening of Embrace your Space Art Exhibition at the Cave.

This year our Children and Families programme is sponsored by Leyf Nurseries and is brimming with fun free events including our Galactic Gathering – Fun Family picnic at Millbank Gardens, an Intergalactic Game Show by theatre company 6 Foot Stories, The Shambush Space Station Art Installation which will be touring neighbourhoods across SW1, and our finale event the Out of this World Fun Afternoon hosted by The Pimlico Million, at Churchill Square on the 20th of July.

Plus there are plenty more free and low cost events, activities and workshops as part of this year’s festival. For more information go to

Two Week Registration Deadline!

Just 2 weeks to go to make it into our printed brochure
DEADLINE Thursday 25th April, 5pm.
Just a quick reminder to invite you to register an event, workshop, open day, taster session or other public activity in the SouthWestFest Festival Programme and Brochure for 2019, registration is entirely free, as long as your listing is for a free or low cost activity which is accessible to all. 
SouthWestFest is South Westminster’s award winning community and cultural festival, and our aim is to link local people with the incredible organisations and services available to them through out the area.
Our brochure gets distributed to over 10,000 people in the South Westminster, we also promote all events in our programme both online and through our social media channels.The festival programme takes place between the 29th of June and the 20th of July so your event/activity must take place between these dates. We can’t list events before or after these dates. You can register any kind of activity for all age ranges, from arts and entertainment, health, well-being, education, walks, tours, classes, exhibitions or workshops! You name it and we’ll help you let people know about what is going on.
Important Registration Info
– Your event/activity needs to take place between the dates of the 29th of June and the 20th of July
– Your event / activity needs to take place in a venue or space within South Westminster – If you have an idea for an activity but are not sure about where to hold it, get-in touch! We can help you find a local venue or space
– Your event/activity needs to be free or low cost ( ideally under £5.00) this is to reduce any barriers to access
– You need to jointly promote your event/activity with and as part of SouthWestFest
– You need to register your event/activity by 5pm the 25th of April, in order for us to get your listing in time to include it in the printed brochure
How to Register
Fill out this simple programme registration form here – MAKE SURE YOU FILL IN THIS FORM BY 5PM ON THE 25TH OF APRIL, TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME

SouthWestFest 28th June – 20th July 2019 – Get Involved!

We’re happy to announce that SouthWestFest is confirmed to return from the 28th of June through to the 20th of July 2019! The festival is open access and we encourage local community groups, organisations, artists, creatives and individuals to host their own events as part of this cultural community celebration.

Festival Weekend

Join us for our launch weekend of outdoor events which include the Pimlico Proms and the Community Festival Day on the 28th and 29th of June,  plus our 3 week programme of festival events, workshops and activities in the weeks after.

Festival Day Stalls and Activities 

Want to take part in the festival day? You can register for a stall here,  or if you want to produce an activity, area or performance at the festival, contact us here.

Produce and Promote your Event in the Festival Programme

You can register your event within the festival programme and it will be advertised in our brochure which is distributed to over 10,000 homes and people, and on our website, visited by thousands during June and July. Register your event or activity here.

Sponsors, Partners and Advertisers

Supporters of SouthWestFest not only support a very exciting and important local initiative, but they also get to reach an audience of thousands of people who live and work in SouthWestFest. There are a range of opportunities from small adverts through to gold festival sponsorship packages. Just get in touch and we’ll arrange a bespoke package to suit your needs.

Join the Team

Do you love taking part in SouthWestFest? Would you like to help us come up with great event ideas, plan creative and fun community activities and celebrate the people culture of South Westminster?  We’re always looking for new volunteers and charity trustees, get in touch with us to find out more!