Tree Adventures & Magical Fairytales on the Embankment Sunday 19 May 2019

The Inner Temple Garden is opening its doors on Sunday 19 May for the Chelsea Fringe Festival with a magical day of tree adventures, storytelling and magical fairytales.
Photo by: The Big Tree Climbing Company

The Inner Temple Garden will be opening its historic gates for the Chelsea Fringe festival. This year on Sunday 19 May 2019 the Garden will host a day of Tree Adventures and Magical Fairytales.

This will be the first time visitors to the Garden will be able to ascend into one of the Inner Temple’s mature trees to experience the beauty of the tree from up above and gain unique aerial views of the garden and London skyline.

This will be run by The Big Tree Climbing Company, the largest provider of recreational tree climbing in the country who will be on site. There is a charge for this experience: the minimum age is 6 and pre-booking is advised here.

Photo by Hobgoblin Theatre Company

In the mid-afternoon, the Hobgoblin Theatre Company will be staging a performance of Hansel and Gretel on the lawns. This fun take on the classic fairytale features the woodcutter’s children Hansel and Gretel who are left to fend for themselves in the forest and stumble across a house made of sweets.  Set against the backdrop of the beautiful gardens, this production will entertain young and old.

Alongside the tree climbing and performance there will be arts, crafts and activities. For those wishing to get especially creative, multi-media artist Lou Smith (capturedontherye.com/) will be carrying out screen printing sessions (this activity has a fee). There will be also plenty of other free arts, crafts and games to entertain visitors, in addition to live music to finish the merriment.

As always, picnics on the lawn are encouraged. So please do bring a blanket and set up for the day.  Entry to the Garden is free.

Head Gardener, Sean Harkin, commented: “The Inner Temple Garden has been cultivated since the 12th century and is one of London’s ‘secret’ Gardens set just off the Embankment overlooking many of the capital’s famous landmarks. For the Chelsea Fringe Festival, our day of ‘Tree Adventures & Magical Fairytales’ is an opportunity to invite all to our glorious and historic garden for a unique and fun experience.”