After the endless talk of Brexit and a General Election, we are all ready for some serious summer fun. Luckily for us, the Hampstead Summer Festival starts next week. It’s one of the highlights of a London Summer. Property Divas has been supporting this event since it started, as it’s a brilliant display of our community coming together.
The Festival opens with the Art Fair at Whitestone Pond on 25th June, displaying an open art exhibit, judging of the Picture the Heath, children’s and over 60s art competitions, live music, craft stalls from designer-makers, great street food and summer drinks. Run by the Hampstead School of Art, there is a tent for children’s art activities, and adults can try clay modelling or add to a community canvas. Entry is free and it’s open from 12-4pm.
On Saturday 1st, Keats Library will hold their summer Garden Party with local author Fabi Santiago reading from her enchanting book Tiger in a Tutu, and, also for the children, a lively “rhyme time”, an art table, and a treasure hunt with prizes. The whole family can enjoy tea and cake on the lovely lawn of Keats House. Entry is £5 per child or £10 for a whole family; from 2-4pm.
Hampstead Summer Festival reaches its climax on Sunday 2nd July from 12-5pm with Big Fair Day. Over 100 stalls will set up along Heath Street, with delicious artisan food and drink from all around the world wafting enticing smells over Heath Street, and there will be craft stalls and unique items to buy.
There’s an awe inspiring opportunity to get up-close to beautiful iconic birds of prey. Children will be fascinated by the donkey rides, and the ever popular circus performers. It’s a great day out for all the family.
On the Big Stage there will be a plethora of local musical talent which usually results in some serious boogying.
At the Upper Stage all day dance workshops for all ages, including Better B Hip Hop Dance Group, are guaranteed to keep you practising your moves, until you reach the funfair at the top of London at Whitestone Pond. So bring your dancing shoes.
The SportZone in association with UCS Active, has a popular penalty shoot -out, kids’ mini tennis, and lots of demonstrations.
And as ever, there will be a chess café. It wouldn’t be Hampstead without chess….You can pit your wits against UK-Israeli Master Tomer Eden who takes on all comers, and the giant chess set is always fun for the kids.
This is the 7th year of the Big Fair Day, each year has been bigger and better. Run entirely by volunteers, HSF raises much needed funds for three vitally important local charities – Age UK Camden’s Hampstead resource centre Henderson Court, Hampstead School of Art, and Keats Community Library. Fundraising has been challenging for charities this year, and local charities depend on local community support so this is a fabulous way to help them, while having a great day out. See you there.