When I first started at The Skip Garden, planning summer events seemed obvious and easy, winter ones not so much so, writes Gwen Mainwaring. But with a little help from one of our earliest and most pivotal human discoveries, we lit-up the garden, made it warm and made it light. We had festive suppers in the Sky Room, cosy gatherings in the Yurt, outdoor cooking in the wood-fired oven and people (lots of people) coming together around the fire. All culminating in a magical Fire Feast with good food, lots of fires, mulled wine, and a winter market run by local young people.
With each evening came a different crowd, the structures took on their varying qualities: warmth and stillness in the Yurt, wonder and enchantment in the polytunnel, unity around the open fire. The perfect way to spend a winter’s evening in an urban garden.
Now back refreshed from our holidays we are preparing for more feasts, more fires, more exquisite 3 course private dining experiences and being braver with bigger and brighter winter revelry amongst the sleeping plants and resting trees. So time to select your best and warmest winter finery and head down to the garden on a winter’s evening.
We are starting the year as we mean to continue, celebrating light in all its forms by participating in Lumiere London from 14-17 January. We will be hosting workshops, a talk from the artist, a pop-up bar and al-fresco winter dining in the evenings.
For more information or to see what else is happening at The Skip Garden this year visit our What’s On page