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The Ponds (15)

In a world of flux and chaos, it is almost a shock to discover some experiences remain natural, unhurried and unchanged.


In the middle of London lies Hampstead Heath, 320 hectares of forest and parkland plus three swimming ponds. People swim in them all year round, whatever the weather, just as they did in the time of Keats and Constable. Capturing the beauty of the English seasons, co-directors Patrick McLennan and Samuel Smith filmed the swimmers over 12 months as they laughed, sang, complained, ruminated, philosophised or simply sought respite from all that life threw at them.


Followed by a Q&A with film-makers Patrick and Sam plus Ella Foote, an ambassador for the Outdoor Swimming Society.

Book Tickets

Thursday 7 Feb 201919:30 (Sold Out)