Past venues have included gothic churches, old court rooms and an actual real life rave with fire jugglers!
This amazing building is not only a shop, but also a wonderful fully operational workshop. The smell of wood and bees wax hits you as soon as you enter this treasure trove of old tools, beautiful bespoke beds and handmade furniture. As I strolled from floor to floor (or rather excitedly skipped) I soon realised there was not one, but three floors of bespoke furniture heaven.
So with the scene set, the evening began, as always there was the Magic Cafe with delicious homemade cakes & pots of tea. This was set up in the workshop area, with lines of beautiful old tools hanging in the windows and a sea of work benches serving as a backdrop.
After much oohing, aahing and excitement from the film goers, we all made our way upstairs. Armed with tea and cake and finding ourselves in a beautiful, airy, white brick room full of hand crafted beds, which of course served as the cinema seating, it was time to relax.
As everyone settled down and the light was fading, well kind of, blocked out with some sheets. It was time for a lullaby.
At Magic Lanterns request people had brought along they’re favourite lullabies and a few verses were read and sang aloud, some poignant and some funny. Now it was time to snuggle down and watch the hilarious, very sweet and psychedelic in places (cue flying beds and sparkles), Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
With childhood nostalgia and laughs sweeping the room, this was a sure sign of yet another successful Magic Lantern film night.
This wonderful evening raised an amazing £297, which went towards helping Magic Lantern founder Kerry reach her total VSO (Voluntary service abroad) amount. This will enable her to carry on the awesome work with the kids over in Kampala, Uganda.
The Magic Lantern team usually raise vital funds for the small social enterprise Awamu helping women and children in the slums of Kampala. This August they will be boosting funds by cycling to Amsterdam, I am lucky enough to be one of the support drivers along with the awesome @katycoo Whoop! To find out more or sponsor please check out the support page
Night folks x