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July 2017 Events in South London


1-3 Brockley Open Studios
Artists living and working in the Brockley area of south east London have opened their studios to the public every year since 1992. It’s a great opportunity to meet and buy direct from the artist, and view their work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in a variety of interesting workspaces - all within walking distance of each other

1st-9th Streatham Festival
The Streatham Festival (est. 2002) has grown into an acclaimed London arts festival with varied events including comedy, film, art, photography, food, music and dance


3rd-16th Wimbledon Lawn Tennis
Wimbledon (est. 1877) starts on the first Monday in July  and has described itself as “tennis in an English country garden” (it is the only major  tournament still played on grass). In 1927 the BBC first broadcast Centre Court matches on radio and in 1937 on television, Around 6,000 staff are needed for Championships, including 250 ball-kids, and 360 umpires and line officials. A Park and Ride scheme is available at Morden Park, accessed from the A3 at Tolworth and via the A240 and A24

6th-16th Sydenham Arts Festival
Sydenham Arts Festival (est. 2009) is a nine day celebration of the arts giving you the opportunity to ‘Discover the Arts on your Doorstep’. It provides a platform for emerging, local artists as well as bringing high-quality, established artists to the area. Alongside its event programme it has regularly run free participatory workshops, partnered with local schools and colleges on original projects and provided mentoring for young actors, singers, musicians, playwrights and poets.

7th-9th Kent Show
The Kent County Show (est. 1923) is a showcase event for farming, countryside and rural life.  The three day event brings together the very best of Kent with animals and food, fun and excitement and above all a sense of what ’The Garden of England’ has to offer. 
Kent Showground, Detling,  Kent, ME14 3JF map

8th-9th Urban Art Fair  
Started in 2002 as a South London Art Fair, this is an Open Arts Project providing affordable and credible exhibition space for artists, positive events for local communities and fund raising opportunities for good causes.


14th Waterloo Carnival
Annual one day festival (est.2003) with workshops, music & dancing and a magnificent Carnival procession.

15th Rotherhithe Festival
The Rotherhithe Festival is a community based festival run by local volunteers. Their aim is to create a better understanding of all the different groups of people who in live in the area. Live music plus food and drink vans and entertainment and activities for children. 11am to 8.30pm, Tube Canada Water. 
King Georges Fields,  Moodkee Street SE16 7BL map      


15th Tom Simmons
Tom Simmons launches London’s first Welsh restaurant (with  French inflences) this month at the One Tower Bridge development. He plans to  elevate the simple cooking of his homeland with dishes such as cockle popcorn, laverbread mayonnaise, leek bread and a “refined” version of the lamb stew, cawl. Simmona says: “Wales isn’t known for its culinary delights, but it’s all about making the ingredients speak for themselves”  Most of the produce will be sourced in Wales.
Tom Simmons. One Tower Bridge, 2 Still Walk, SE1 2RA

15th-16th Lambeth Country Show,. Brockwell Park           
Est. 1974. All the attractions of a traditional country fair such as home grown vegetables, jams and chutneys. horticultural shows along with sheep dog and owl displays happen throughout the weekend, but with a distinctly urban South London vibe. Celebrating the very best of the countryside


22nd Camberwell Fair
Re-established in 2015 with a market, games, two live music stages, food, drink and strong representation from the local community. There was a Camberwell Fair on Camberwell Green from 1279 until 1855 when it was shut down by local authorities for causing ‘immoral and riotous behaviour’. 
Camberwell Green. SE5 7AF map  

25th Doggetts Coach & Badge Race
In 1715 Thomas Doggett founded the prize of Doggett's Coat and Badge in honour of King George I's accession to the Throne. Only young watermen (a river “taxi driver”) in the first year of their Freedom of the Watermen’s Company were entitled to enter the race,  The Race is held on the Thames, between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea) - the sites of the Old Swan Tavern and the Swan Inn Chelsea. Up to six young watermen will row under 11 bridges on the 4 mile 7 furlong course. 

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Food in Season
The raspberry (Rubus idaeus) belongs to the same botanical family as the rose and the blackberry. Botanically speaking it is not a true berry (a fruit with many seeds scattered throughout the pulp) but an etaerio (or aggregate fruit) made up of drupelets (individual sections of fruit each with its own seed). Raspberries are high in fibre, iron, potassium and vitamins A and C and are super high in fibre, low in calories and supply you with a good dose of folic acid. They are thought to have been eaten since prehistoric times, but only began to be cultivated in England and France in about the 1600s
Producer: Stonepitts Farm, Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0ER

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