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The AlFayed Charitable Foundation is honoured to help organise Lawnfest

(London, 19 March 2012) – LAWNFEST, the one-day boutique festival for music, arts and food lovers at the New School at West Heath in Sevenoaks, Kent, returns this year on Saturday 30th June from 3.00pm-10.00pm; and it is promising treats around every corner!

Set in 32 acres of picture-perfect grounds, its music line-up is shaping up nicely, with Mercury Music Nominees, The Magic Numbers, already confirmed, and more acts being announced soon. Lawnfest is also great for showcasing upcoming talents – carefully selected to complement Lawnfest’s vibe, these unsigned artists will be the ones to watch during 2012/2013.

The Programme

Lawnfest’s imaginatively curated programme is a fantastic mix of traditional festival activities, with a few surprises along the way. It includes:

· Art exhibition, installations and auction – original; eye-catching; affordable. Artworks, photography and sculpture by some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists will be on display and auctioned throughout the day. Art-lovers also have the opportunity to bid on some items prior to the event in Lawnfest’s silent online auction at www.lawnfest.co.uk.

· Drinks – a fantastic selection of soft and alcoholic drinks, and exquisite locally produced artisan wines.

· Lawnfest Food Shed and Farmers’ Market - tasty seasonal organic foods, freshly sourced from Canterbury’s most respected farmers, then sliced, diced and prepared to entice by Olympic menu-maker and chef to Hollywood’s elite, Nicole Walshaw. And that’s not all; festival-goers will be able to hand-pick their favourite ingredients from the very farmers that supplied the Lawnfest Food Shed, thanks to a brilliant new addition to the festival: the Lawnfest Farmers’ Market. The market comprises 10 stalls including a baker, butcher and green grocer.

· Vintage Teas – steaming-hot restorative brews served in vintage china cups, and accompanied by some sizeable slices of homemade cakes, scones and a mini-mountain of clotted cream. Seats can be reserved in advance.

· Boutique stalls – shop chi-chi clothes, kitsch furniture and much more

· Kids’ Garden – bubble shows, story-telling, wigwams, fancy dress, games and magic. Plus plenty of hands-on activities including Chocofrolics chocolate workshop, cupcake decoration, t-shirt design, circus-school, and face-painting by celebrity make-up artist Emma Miles! What’s even better is that both entrance to the kids’ garden and access to most of its activities are absolutely free!

Loved by festival-goers of every generation, Lawnfest is impressive in every sense of the word. Not only does its one-day boutique status means festival-goers can enjoy more of life’s little luxuries, every penny raised by the festival goes directly to help fund bursaries for children at West Heath School, a highly-respected charity that uses education to rebuild the lives of emotionally traumatised children..

“The AlFayed Charitable Foundation is honoured to help organise Lawnfest. It’s a amazing one-day event, and what makes it even better is that all proceeds from Lawnfest go to fund bursaries at West Heath, a very special school which uses education to rebuild the lives of emotionally traumatised children.” - Camilla Al Fayed, AlFayed Charitable Foundation (ACF)

Christina Wells, Principal at The New School at West Heath said “Lawnfest is the biggest event on the School calendar. All the students are very excited. Our focus as a music, arts and food festival is proving to be very popular and we are hoping to have around 3,000 people attending this year.

“It is important to remember why we put this event on. It is to raise much need funds to enable vulnerable youngsters who are not currently funded by their Local Authority to be able to come to our School. Camilla Al Fayed is very much at the helm in terms of the organisation of the event again this year and our charity is very dear to her heart.”

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BOOK YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW! www.lawnfest.co.uk

Children under 8 free; 9-16 year olds £10; Adults £20 and Family Tickets (2 x adults and 2 x children) £40.

Media Contact:

Louise O’Loughlin

Athena PR

Mobile: 07764-194273 or Office: 01932-796920

E:mail: louise@athenapr.co.uk

Notes to Editor

The AlFayed Charitable Foundation (ACF) has been improving the lives of terminally ill, impoverished and emotionally traumatised children since 1987. Run by Mohamed Al Fayed and his youngest daughter Camilla, the Foundation supports specialist children's causes via regular donations,personal visits and the provision of specialist medical equipment, and play and living essentials. The Foundation also focuses on increasing public and private support for children's hospices, hospitals and other children's charities. The ACF is now celebrating its 25th year, and sees Camilla Al Fayed championing new initiatives to ensure the Foundation and its causes continue to reach children who really need their help.

The ACF was founded by Mohamed Al Fayed and is a registered charity, number 297114.

For the latest ACF news and information about who the Foundation helps, please visit: the-acf.com

The New School at West Heath uses education to rebuild the lives of traumatised children. It is attended by children aged 11yrs-19yrs. These children will have suffered emotional damage by way of abuse, bereavement, bullying or similar trauma that leaves them unable to cope with mainstream schooling. Only when they are ready, do they leave The New School at West Heath and return to the education system.

Lawnfest is organised by West HeathCentre Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Heath School to which allprofits are donated. West Heath 2000 Reg. Charity no.: 1069677






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