Community Walks in Kensington & Chelsea

Ref: C2421124

Kensington and Chelsea is a borough of many contrasts historically, culturally and socially. In these five walks we shall see the contrasts between palaces and piggeries. between Notting Hill Carnival and the Albert Hall. Stories of saints and certainly sinners, Tightrope walkers across the Thames,the People's Republic of Frestonia, a private royal road which became a cultural ikon of the 1960s. We'll learn how to pick a mandrake, about the man who introduced chocolate to this country, visit the second oldest botanic garden in the UK, remember the great 1930s department stores. Chelsea pottery, Chelsea buns, Kensington Gore. The man who tried to fly over Chelsea. The poet who fell in love with a wombat. Politicians, authors and artists all over the borough. What to see in K&C is a cornucopia of interest.

Additional information about this course

Funded by RBKC

Course aim

These five walks will present the cultural, social and historical aspects of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • You will be sufficiently mobile to walk for two hours at a reasonable pace.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Develop an appreciation of the historical and social aspects of Kensington and Chelsea.
  • Acquire a fresh knowledge on a range of different identified aspects of Kensington and Chelsea.
  • Health benefits from a weekly two hour walk.
  • Feel part of a group and have made friends.
  • Follow up the topics covered in the course either by individual research and study or taking up other related courses.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • The class will be encouraged to express their opinions and make contributions throughout the course and to shape its content.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Appropriate shoes and clothing for walking. Students may wish to make notes so writing materials/camera could be brought along, At least bring a pen..

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No preparation is required. Student notes on each walk will be provided and will include suggestions for further reading/activity.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Similar courses on London are available at other adult education centres and lectures at the Museum of London and the Guildhall Library. Guiding courses on London and the South East are also available..

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Community Walks in Kensington & Chelsea

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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