Now in its 13th year, the annual Notting Hill Mayfest returns to the streets and venues of the area next month, offering a full line-up of exciting events with something for everyone! What started as a small community festival centred around the popular May Fair is now a month-long, multidisciplinary arts festival – with music recitals, film screenings, children’s events, a tea dance, area tours, lunchtime concerts, talks and much more.

2015 Notting Hill Mayfest

One of the best known events of the Mayfest, as mentioned, is the May Fair which will take place at St John’s Notting Hill on Saturday 9th May, 1pm to 5pm. One of Notting Hill’s best loved events, which has taken place annually for over 25 years, the Fair is well known for its traditional village games and stalls, music, Maypole dancing, a fancy dress competition and dog show. A true family event with something for all ages – including a vintage coconut shy, face painting and even a bouncy castle!

On Wednesday 6th May, Dr William Taylor – Vicar of St John’s Notting Hill – will give a big screen presentation of his recent three-month journey along the Silk Road, during which time he travelled light and stayed with monks and hermits. The evening will include music, dance, food and drink inspired by Silk Road. This will also be the launch event for THE SPACE at St John’s, which will showcase the new community, arts and business facilities within the church. More details on THE SPACE and its use can be found at www.stjohnsnottinghill.com/thespace/.

On Friday 15th May, the silent classic Steamboat Bill Jr (1928), starring Buster Keaton, will be projected onto the big screen at St John’s Notting Hill with music accompaniment by the church’s recently restored organ. This follows a screening of the classic film Wings (1927) last year in what was a sell-out show.

Other highlights of the Mayfest include Love Your Local Market tours of Golborne and Portobello Markets (selected dates); the Bach to Baby classical concert for adults, babies and tots (19th May); the Flores de Mayo/Santacruzan Parade, a traditional festival of the Philippines (30th May); and a Tea Dance that will feature a number of different ballroom dancing styles (23rd May). The Mayfest will also see another opportunity to climb the tower at St John’s Notting Hill (16th May) for panoramic views across the area.

There’s of course plenty more happening during Mayfest as well, and many events are free to enter (or very affordable indeed!). The Notting Hill Mayfest also showcases some of the best known venues in the area, including St John’s Notting Hill, St Peter’s Notting Hill, St George’s Campden Hill, The Gate Theatre, and The 20th Century Theatre, and it’s a lovely chance to experience a variety of cultural events at these locations.

For a full line-up of all the events taking place during Mayfest (and to book tickets, where appropriate), please see www.nottinghillmayfest.org.uk.

2015 Notting Hill Mayfest
1st – 30th May 2015
various venues

Transforming the 20th Century Theatre into a speakeasy next week, Pop Up Screens return with a fantastic cocktails & movies event featuring some of your favourite films.

Pop Up Screens

Tickets for each screening cost £22 which includes three cocktails, a little alcoholic sweet treat and some nibbles too. There’s also alcohol free cocktails as well – tickets for the virgin cocktails option cost £14.

During each screening, visitors will be encouraged to ‘taste what they see’ and given prompts for when to eat and drink during the film. So if you come to see The Big Lebowski, you can sip on a White Russian; for Cocktail, you can sample a Red Eye (beer, vodka and tomato juice); and for The Goonies, a Baby Ruth Hard Milkshake (vanilla milkshake, Baileys, hazlenut liquor) with a Baby Ruth Bar. For When Harry Met Sally, the cocktail couldn’t be anything but A Screaming Orgasm, whilst it’s obviously a Sex Panther (Triple Sec, Drey Vermouth, Vodka, Grenadine and orange juice) for Anchorman!

The line-up of films:

  • Friday 13th March 2015The Big Lebowski
    Doors at 8pm/film starts at 9pm
  • Saturday 14th March 2015Anchorman
    Doors at 4.30pm/film starts at 5.30pm
  • Saturday 14th March 2015Cocktail
    Doors at 8pm/film starts at 9pm
  • Sunday 15th March 2015The Goonies
    Doors at 4.30pm/film starts at 5.30pm
  • Sunday 15th March 2015When Harry Met Sally
    Doors at 8pm/film starts at 9pm

David Leydon from Pop Up Screens said:

“Cocktails are cool. Movies are cool. Put them together and you get something doubly cool. Well that’s the thinking anyway! It’s exciting (and possibly a little scary) to be doing something so different to our normal screenings.”

For more details, and to buy tickets for any of the screenings, please see www.popupscreens.co.uk.

Pop Up Screens Cocktails & Movies
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2015
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA

Hot on the heels of their Halloween-themed film screenings, Pop Up Screens return to the 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove for a line-up of magical Christmas and winter films. They’ll be kicking things off on 12th December at 8.30pm with that absolute classic, Elf, and will be running their own version of the ’12 days of Christmas’ (but with movies instead of…things…) with screenings up until 23rd December!

On top of that, the 20th Century Theatre will be transformed into a snow-filled (you read that right!) winter wonderland, so if we don’t have a real white Christmas this year (although, when do we ever?), at least you can attend a ‘cinema in the snow’! If that’s not enough, you reach this winter wonderland through a magic wardrobe…!

Pop Up Screens Christmas Winter Wonderland

As mentioned, films will be shown daily up until 23rd December, and weekends will see three screenings a day. There’s a great variety of films with something for all ages – whether you’re taking the kids, going along with friends, or getting in the festive spirit after work. You’ll also be able to buy some special winter treats to enjoy during each screening, including boozy hot chocolate, mulled wine and plenty more, and with doors opening an hour before each film starts, there’s plenty of time to take in the ‘wintery’ surroundings, grab your snacks and drinks and make yourself comfortable.

Pop Up Screens founder David Leydon said:

“Our Christmas screenings are really special and incredibly satisfying.  It’s wonderful seeing the disbelief on people’s faces as you ask them to walk through a wardrobe to enter the cinema and then watch as a burley bloke instantly reverts to a 9 year old and starts throwing snow at his friends.  I say it a lot, but Christmas is genuinely the most special thing we do.”

The full schedule of films is as follow:

Friday 12th
8.30pm – Elf

Saturday 13th
1pm – Frozen
5pm – Bad Santa
8.30pm – Love Actually

Sunday 14th
1pm – The Muppets Christmas Carol
5pm – Home Alone
8.30pm – Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Monday 15th
8.30pm – Gremlins

Tuesday 16th
8.30pm – Elf

Wednesday 17th
8.30pm – Scrooged

Thursday 18th
8.30pm – Home Alone

Friday 19th
8.30pm – Love Actually

Saturday 20th
1pm – Santa Claus: The Movie
5pm – National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
8.30pm – The Muppets Christmas Carol

Sunday 21st
1pm – Arthur Christmas
5pm – Trading Places
8.30pm – Miracle on 34th Street

Monday 22nd
5pm – Home Alone
8.30pm – It’s a Wonderful Life

Tuesday 23rd
5pm – Elf
8.30pm – Nightmare Before Christmas

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for kids. You can buy tickets and find out more details at www.popupscreens.co.uk.

Pop Up Screens Christmas Winter Wonderland
12th – 23rd December 2014
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA

Following a joyful run of Christmas-themed screenings last year, Pop Up Screens returns to Notting Hill later this month with a ‘spooky’ series of films…right in time for Halloween!

Their 2014 Halloween Fright Fest takes up residency at The 20th Century Theatre on Westbourne Grove from 30th October to 2nd November. The Theatre will be transformed into a creepy space…but one that’s also got plenty of treats! To help you get through all the scariness at each screening, there’ll be special hot chocolates, delicious Drum & Kernel popcorn and a selection of sweets for you to buy.

Pop Up Screens

The films shown during Pop Up Screens’ Halloween run are:

  • 8.30pm, Thursday 30th October – Friday 13th
  • 8.30pm, Friday 31st October – Poltergeist
  • 1pm, Saturday 1st November – Ghostbusters
  • 5.30pm, Saturday 1st November – Pet Sematary
  • 8.30pm, Saturday 1st November – Nightmare On Elm Street
  • 1pm, Sunday 2nd November – Dark Crystal
  • 5.30pm, Sunday 2nd November – Candyman
  • 8.30pm, Sunday 2nd November – Nightmare on Elm Street

Times above indicate film start times; doors open one hour before the time shown for each screening.

Tickets to all screenings cost £20 and can be purchased now at www.popupscreens.co.uk. Availability is limited, so make sure you snap up tickets quick!

Pop Up Screens founder David Leydon says:

“We’re going to be doing something special this Halloween and creating a very unique environment for everyone to enjoy (or endure) their favourite scary movies.  Last year was our first foray into a scary immersive Halloween cinema experience and this year we’re taking that ball and running with it even further.  I’m genuinely excited by what we’ve planned, so hopefully our guests will be too.”

Pop Up Screens
30th October – 2nd November 2014
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA