An exciting regular fixture at the start of the summer season, the 2019 Hampstead Summer Festival will be the ninth… and the biggest yet.
Dates have been announced:
The opening event, on Sunday 23rd June, will be the Art Fair at Whitestone Pond. At midday it starts with an All Dogs Matter Dog Show, followed by the official opening of the Festival by actor and QI contestant Alan Davies. The Art Fair includes an open art exhibition with a chance to buy pictures, many featuring the Hampstead Heath and local landmarks in the Village, a children’s art competition, children’s activities, clay modelling, live music, beautiful and affordable craft stalls and great food. As the Festival is sponsored by Lexus, there will be a range of beautiful Lexus cars to look at.
It costs nothing to visit. It’s the perfect way to spend a leisurely summer afternoon, with time to sit and enjoy home cooked food with a glass of wine, and a stunning view of Hampstead Heath towards the City of London from the highest geographical point of London.
The Garden Party at Keats Community Library will take place on the following Saturday, 29th June, in the beautiful grounds of the Library in Keats Grove. This is a firm favourite with families as the children are entertained with face-painting, rhyme-time, storytelling, and a treasure hunt, while the adults can enjoy tea and delicious cake, on the lawn under the tree where Keats wrote Ode to a Nightingale. This year a special attraction will be an appearance by a well-known children’s author.
And finally, the ultimate day out, the Big Fair on 7th July, with over 120 stalls along Heath Street, the funfair, birds of prey, donkey rides, the circus school and the chess challenge. As ever, there will be rocking music, jazz, hip hop to make you boogie down the street, dance and sports demonstrations.
The Summer Festival aims to raise much needed funds for two popular local charities, Keats Community Library and Hampstead School of Art. The Art School is a non-profit making charity which brings creativity into our lives by encouraging everyone to have a go. The funds raised have enabled the Art School to support learners with differences, widen participation and develop established skills.
The Library goes from strength to strength, providing up-to-date books for adults to borrow, and also a fabulous children’s library, used not only by young families, but also by local primary schools. Funds raised by the Hampstead Summer Festival will enable the library to replace children’s books which are heavily worn by constant re-reading by youngsters.
Els Bauer, Festival Organiser, said: “We are really excited about this year’s Festival. It brings people together to celebrate our vibrant community. After 9 years local people know about it and put it in their diaries, and they come from all over north London for the super street food and the happy atmosphere. It’s really rewarding to bring thousands of visitors into our beautiful Hampstead village, and to see so many people having fun.”
For more information, call: Victoria Bobasch 0207 794 5510