Term may have ended but there’s still plenty to do if you’re sticking around the Big Smoke this summer. There’s a myriad of open air film screenings, pop-up food markets and music festivals to keep you busy over the coming months. We’ve put together our top picks of the wallet-friendly events happening on your doorstep.
Lambeth Country Show
Urban edge mingles with rural twee as the 44th Lambeth Country Show returns to Brockwell Park this year on 21st and 22nd July. If you thought it was all hokey vegetable competitions and sheep shearing, think again. The long-running fair showcases music acts featuring dub, Afrobeat, disco, jazz, folk, ska and soul artists, alongside the traditional horticultural shows, sheep and owl displays, and home grown vegetable contests. Pitstop in the beer tent aside, the entire event is completely free.
As temperatures soar in the capital, take a dip in Brockwell Lido, an Olympic size 50-metre outdoor swimming pool that has been a landmark in south London since 1937. Concessions tickets for swimming start from £2.10, so it won’t break the bank.
The annual Pride parade takes place this year on Saturday 7 July from 12pm. The iconic event celebrates the achievements and highlights the ongoing struggles of LGBTQ+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant people) in the UK and the world.
The parade is powerfully rooted in a history of protest, emerging in the wake of the 1969 Stonewall Riots against police raids on gay nightclubs in New York City. It offers a chance for LGBTQ+ people to be proudly visible in the city and assert demands for true equality and liberation. There’s also a host of events taking place as part of the wider Pride festival throughout the summer. For more details check out the official Pride in London website.
Zip Wire Across London
Fantasising about hurtling across the Southbank at the height of nine double-decker buses stacked on top of each other? Well this summer, Zip Now London have hitched up a 225-metre long zip wire in central London which enables you to do precisely that. Happily, they do a student discount that means you will still get change out of a crisp twenty for the hair-raising experience.
Turning Earth Ceramics Fair
Take advantage of the summer to overhaul your kitchen cupboards and stock up on some crafted ceramics. For six weeks from 2nd June, makers from East London ceramics studio Turning Earth will be selling their work at the Hoxton Square Market for Farmers and Makers. They’ll be joined by other local crafters, artisanal food producers, street food vendors, and local breweries so you can make a day of it. More information can be found on the Hoxton Square Market website.