Brentford Festival Promises to be Biggest Ever

See Boston Manor Park come to life on September 2nd


Friends of Boston Manor

Brentford Waterside Festival

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The 2007 Brentford Festival will be held on Sunday, 2nd September between 12 noon and 5.30 p.m. and is likely to be even more successful than the previous year.

The event will be opened by the Mayor of Ealing and the Mayor of Hounslow, jointly, and they will also be unveiling a restored portrait of Col. James Clitherow whose family owned Boston Manor House from 1760 until 1923. This year there will be two stages with bands playing all day

Preparations are already well on their way for the 2007 Festival, with the following already arranged: Brentford Football Club and Grasshoppers Rugby Club will be present and there will be taster sessions and/or coaching in football, rugby, canoeing, as well as cycling proficiency sessions, provided by Hounslow, and a tennis tournament organised by Boston Manor Tennis Club.

There will be a repeat of the ever popular car boot sale with up to 40 spaces available. Download an application form from the Friends of Boston Manor web site or turn up on the day but be prepared to part with £10.00 cash (cars and non-commercial), £20 (vans and commercial) and vehicles must be on site by 11 a.m.

In addition to crafts (hand-made jewellery, garden trugs and much more), the following have already booked to attend:

  • Hounslow/Ealing Friends of the Earth
  • Ealing Veggie Group
  • Brentford Recycling Action Group
  • Cranford Kestrels Trampoline Club
  • Forever Living Products
  • Brahma Kumaris
  • Green Trading Co.
  • Mulberry Centre/Friends of Mulberry
  • Breathe Easy
  • Usborne Books
  • Phoenix Trading
  • Hounslow Toy Library
  • Osterley Park
  • Hounslow & District Acquarist Society

Two licensed bars will provide a variety of refreshments, serving anything from soft drinks, beer (real ale and lager), shandy and wine, to a delicious cool glass of Pimms - No 1, of course! The Old Fire Station Brentford will be offering cocktails with a carnival feel and a variety of Food Stalls will be attending plus there will be a Farmers' Market

Flyte Entertainments will provide a small, traditional fair with:

  • Swing Boats
  • Chair o Plane ride
  • Tea Cup Ride
  • Toy Set Ride
  • Cork Shooter
  • Ball in the Bucket
  • Children's Prize Striker
  • Candy Floss Stall

There will be a giant inflated slide. The Park Children's play area will be open as usual but children must be accompanied by parents or other responsible person. There will also be many children's activities, such as face painting, dance workshops, etc. Teas, coffee and cakes will be served from the Pavilion Cafe, as usual - a place to rest and recharge the batteries!

S.I.T. will be giving a dog training demonstration and organising a dog show - so make sure you enter early on the day for this event. There will also be a rare opportunity to visit the rooms of the 16th Century Boston Manor House.

Contact the Friends of Boston Manor if you can help to organise football, tennis, car boot sale, setting up band/stage equipment, preparing and selling afternoon cream teas, or can provide any back-up help with administration, printing, photocopying, posters, etc., by emailing

The Friends of Boston Manor will be running a Quiz on Saturday, 1st September at 7 p.m. in order to raise funds for security at the Festival as well as facilities for the Pavilion Cafe and other projects in Boston Manor Park. Entry and an up-market ploughman's meal costs £10.00 per person for teams of up to 6 people. There is also a licensed bar. If anyone is interested in entering a team, contact Jan Jones at or by telephone on 020 8758 0565 and be ready to give a team name. Further information can be found at

August 31, 2007