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Charlotte Berridge prints at The Wonderland Collective pop-up shop

Get your teeth into new skills at Ealing Bites

Fancy learning how to take great photos, become a craft beer expert or make some tasty handmade chocolate? Then you are in luck. Ealing Bites runs every week, featuring bite-sized talks and demos from local businesses on a range of subjects.

As we reported last month, an empty shop unit next to the George and Dragon pub (185 High Street, Acton W3 9DJ) has been taken over for six months as a pop-up shop, thanks to a partnership between the pub and Ealing Council.

The Wonderland Collective kicked things off in February for an eight-week stint which lasts until 2 April. It brings together the best of local designers and other creative businesses (including Charlotte Berridge’s localised prints, like the one above).

Ealing Bites evenings
Ealing Bites evenings

During this time, the pop-up shop is also hosting a series of shopping evenings called Ealing Bites. Running on Thursday evenings, they include short talks and practical demonstrations on various topics and a chance to ‘meet the makers’ involved in the Wonderland Collective.

This week (9 March) will feature a talk and demonstration by photographer Jonathan Cole talking about how to take great photos.

Future events include a guide to craft beer by the Dragonfly Brewery and a chocolate workshop by Handmade in Ealing. From business talks to hands-on tastings and demos there is something for everyone. Places are limited – to attend one of these events go to http://eat-me-drink-me.co.uk/wonderland-collective/ to RSVP.

The pop-up shop is one of a number of initiatives forming part of the council’s Acton High Street Fund Programme, which is being paid for through the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund and New Homes Bonus.

The Wonderland Collective
  • Open: Until Sunday, 2 April
  • Opening times: 10am-6pm (Weds-Sat), 11am-5pm Sun
  • Ealing Bites Shopping Evenings: Thursdays, 6-9pm

Are you a business interested in using the pop-up shop space?

The council is still open to other local businesses interested in using the pop-up shop – email India Thomson for more information and an application form.

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