Bloomsbury Festival 2017

Each year at around this time the College becomes one of the ‘hubs’ of the famous Bloomsbury Festival. This festival features a host of amazing events many of which are hosted by Goodenough College and take place either in London House or William Goodenough House. 

Please see below for the College highlights- and pay very special attendance to the Goodensemble’s first orchestral concert of the academic year that will take place in the Great Hall this Sunday evening, 22 October. This is an unmissable event so book early to disappointment!

Art of Symph poster jpeg

Bloomsbury Festival Events held at Goodenough College Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 October:

Wednesday 18 October  

  • William Goodenough House, Large Common Room,
  • 19:00 – 22:00 Memory Maps from 26 by Alan Dein and members of 26
  • Fee: £12 & £10 Concessions.

Thursday 19 October

  • London House, Small Common Room, 14:00 – 17:30
  • Dark Angels Workshop - John Simmons Creative Writing for businesses – John Simmons
  • £12 & £10 Concessions
  • London House, Large Common Room
  • Bloomsbury: Beyond the Establishment - Dr Matthew Ingleby
  • Free event, booking in advance is advisable

Friday 20 October

  • William Goodenough House, Large Common Room, 20:00
  • Backstory Cabaret 
  • Tickets: £8 & £6 Concessions
  • Churchill Room, 13:00 – 14:15
  • A Secret Sisterhood: The Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot & Woolf. 
  • Tickets: £5

Saturday 21 October

  • Churchill Room, 15:00 – 16:45
    • FREE – but pre-booking is recommended
    • Spanish Crossings: The Bloomsbury Tale by John Simmons 
    • Churchill Room, 17:00 – 21:30
    • Deeper Than Indigo by Jenny Balfour Paul 
    • Tickets: £5
    • William Goodenough House, Large Common Room, 19:00 – 22:00 
    • Funoon Salon

    Sunday 22 October

    As part of the ‘Family Hub’ on Sunday based at Goodenough College- William Goodenough House Drop in to the special Family Hub with the little ones and enjoy crafts, music, dance, games, storytelling and more. 11 – 4pm.

    All these events are FREE to Goodenough College Members & Children. Please take your Goodenough Card to the event to gain free entry. •

    • What Did the Hippie Have in His Bag - Tjinder Singh and Peter the Librarian
    • Fairytales for Terrible Children
    • Spirit Sound Colour Machines
    • Bollywood for All • Bloomsbury Songs
    • Plus a Kid's play and activity room open all day

    Sunday also sees the first Goodensemble performance of the year:

    • London House, Great Hall, 19:30- 21:30
    • The Art of the Symphony - Goodensemble 

    To learn more about the festival, including a full line up of events outside the College many of which feature Goodenough alumni, and to book your tickets please visit

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