Lambeth Country Show returns this weekend (20/21 July) for its 45th free family festival in Brockwell Park. Mixing traditional country show attractions with music, workshops, food and educational masterclasses, there is something for everyone!
Arts & Culture Village will have stalls from Black Cultural Archives, Book Love The Multicultural Travelling Book Carnival, Own History and The Chocolate Museum.
The Demonstration Village will be home to chainsaw sculptures makers, blacksmiths and woodcrafts.
Discovery area is where you can head for immersive experiences, to learn about science in a Lab in a Lorry and activities from Reach the Core which include Longbow Archery and Crossbows, Ancient Artillery, Warrior Training, Medieval Sword School and Barbaric Battles.
Masterclasses from British society for Gene and Cell Therapy, Bee Urban, Brixton People’s Kitchen, TedxLambeth and Royal Society of Arts, Love Music Hate Racism, ‘Tracing your Windrush Roots’ with Adrian Stone The Chocolate Poetry Club, will all take place too repeated over both days.
Workshops from Institute of Imagination, as well British Pharmacological Society where you can become a Medicine Maker and take part in a hands-on science activity. While the Royal Society of Chemistry will be teaching people about the elements, from atomic number card games to Periodic Painting.
The Eco Village will host BeeUrban a honeybee-centric social enterprise based in Kennington, South London, which aims to positively influence the urban environment through supporting local people and promoting positive, ecologically sound practice around urban greening, building, farming and particularly bee-keeping.
Pupils at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School and artist Hannah Littlejones are building a giant, interactive sculpture of the earth goddess Gaia, protector of our planet and of life-giving water. If you visit their space, you too can create a leaf for Gaia’s hair and add your pledges and pleas to the climate crisis dialogue!
Every Can Counts will also be in attendance and aims to make it easier to recycle your drink cans and make a difference. Aluminium and steel – the materials used to make drink cans – are infinitely recyclable. This means they can be melted down and endlessly reused with absolutely no loss of quality, in what’s known as ‘closed loop’ recycling. Learn more from them at the show.
Lambeth advance care planning consortium will be back at the Country Show with the “Before I Die” tent, an initiative to get people thinking about their care wishes for the end of life or for situations where they’re unable to communicate or make decisions – an important conversation which is too often avoided. The tent will include a wall for sharing bucket list dreams, information on how to record your wishes, and opportunities to talk about death and dying. You can pop in for a chat, whether it’s to talk about your own future or your loved ones’ and find out how to better plan for it.
There will be a Flower Show with music from Tooting Clarinets (Saturday), Lambeth Wind Orchestra, South London Saxophone Quartet (Sunday).
The Main Arena will have rotating performances from Essex Dog Display, Dog and Sheep Show where Stuart Barnes will be showing the crowd his shepherding skills, The Cavalry of Heroes who will display their trick riding, stunts, jousting and sword fighting. Finally, The Adrenaline Tour ex-world championship moto-cross rider Jason Smyth performing motorcycle stunt.
Those who would like to spend more time with animals can head over to The Farm where livestock best in show, Vauxhall City Farm, birds of prey and Diggerland will be.
If you fancy a more active country show there will be sports events taking place in different locations including tennis, netball, cricket club, Windrush Triathlon Club Brixton Dance School, and Fierce Grace Yoga.
Music from the Main Stage will have its classic mix of soul, funk, jazz, Afrobeat and reggae, including sets from Bukky Leo & Black Egypt, SISTA Women in Reggae, Vanessa Haynes (Incognito) and more!
Gates open at 12pm and close at 8pm (last entry 7.30pm). Full timetable here.