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June Events in South London




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June 2017 Events in South London

9th-11th Pullens Yard  Open Studios
Located near Elephant and Castle,  Pullens Yards were created in the 1880s as ‘live to work’ The workshops offer a  range of established arts and craft businesses. The three yards (Clements Yard,  Iliffe Yard and Peacock Yard) offer book publishers, ceramicists, jewellers, potters, painters, furniture designers, architects and a lute maker.
Pullens Open Studios      


9th-18th  Meltdown
M.I.A., born Mathangi 'Maya' Arulpragasam, curates the 24th Meltdown. Sri Lankan-born and London-bred, she is recognised worldwide as a rapper, producer, director, visual artist and activist. The singer and artist has promised to ‘redefine the concept of a melting pot’ with global acts from Parisian afro-trap star MHD to Californian queer rapper Mykki Blanco
10th-18th Camberwell Arts Festival
Founded by Selina Hamilton and a group of local residents and artists, who sought to highlight the diversity of the local arts scene by establishing an annual arts week and open studio programme. It developed into the annual Festival, since June 1994, and has become a regular feature in the local calendar.  As one of the first and now longest running local arts festivals in the UK, Camberwell Arts Festival works in partnership with local residents and artists studio’s, galleries and arts organisations to programme a 9 day festival of exhibitions, events, open studios, walks, talks and workshops.

12th-18th Crystal Palace Overground Festival
Established in 2006 and after a year off in 2016, the Crystal Palace Overground Festival is back bigger and better than ever before with a move from Westow Park to Crystal Palace Park. The main park event at Crystal Palace Park will be held on Saturday 17 June with the return of the Crystal Palace community fringe festival events taking place between Monday 12 June and Sunday 18 June 2017.

16th-17th Kent Real Ale & Cider Festival 
A range of Real ales, cider and perry available on some train departures from 10.40 am. Barbecue Friday evening and Saturday all day into the evening. Live music: Saturday afternoon and into the evening. Morris Dancing.

Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, TN30 6HE
16th-18th Cockpit Arts Open Studios
Meet 170 makers at the Cockpit Arts two centres in Deptford and Holborn. Visitors can see behind the scenes in the studios and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present. Jewellers, glass makers, weavers, ceramicists… and a host of other crafts.
Cockpit Arts Open Studios
18th Father’s Day
Father's Day is held on the third Sunday of June in the United Kingdom. It is a day to honuor fathers and father figures, such as grandfathers and fathers-in-law. Many people make a special effort to visit their fathers or to send them a card or gifts The day does not have a long tradition; The English Year (2006) states that it entered British popular culture "sometime after the WW2”

21st Summer Solstice     
Solstice' means 'sun-stopping'. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it's visible in the sky for a longer period of time. Although the June solstice marks the first day of astronomical summer, it's more common to use meteorological definitions of seasons, making the solstice midsummer

23rd - 8th July Greenwich & Dockland International Festival Founded in 1996., GDIF brings the greatest and daring outdoor performance art to London and create unforgettable, once-in-a-life-time experiences accessible to everyone.  This year the GDIF will again present a nine day rollercoaster of free outdoor arts and spectacle! The best of UK and international street arts will bring extraordinary sights and sounds to Greenwich and Woolwich where you can experience everything from awesome, night-time spectaculars to exquisite outdoor dance performances, gravity defying circus, puppets of all shapes and sizes and entertainment for everyone from toddlers to grandparents. @gdif

23rd-25th Carters Steam Fair @ Peckham Rye
Carters Steam Fair (est. 1975) is a unique experience. It is the largest travelling vintage funfair in the world, patronised by the public, celebrities and royalty.  All the rides are beautifully restored, dating from 1895 to the 1960's, with real mechanical organs and rock'n'roll keeping the atmosphere of the mid 20th Century alive.
24th- 8th July St George’s Festival for Beckenham
The Arts at St. George’s has its origins in St. George’s Arts Festival founded in 1992, now St. George’s Festival for Beckenham. The central aim of the Arts at St. George’s is to produce a year round programme of Arts events, including an annual Arts Festival, for the benefit of the community of Beckenham and its surrounding areas enabling St. George’s Church to be a valued resource for the whole community Website

In Season

Food in Season
Bass are often called ‘King of the Sea’ -  it feeds on small fish (e.g. sardines and mackerel) and therefore has a high oil content and fabulous taste. Seabass caught by handlining methods in the southwest of England is the best choice, as this is a selective and low impact method of fishing and all fish can be identified by a tag in the gill, providing traceability back to the individual fisherman who caught it. Fishermen in Cornwall and South Wales have a bigger Minimum Landing Size than the rest of the UK meaning that at least the male fish caught off Cornwall are larger and have had more chance to reproduce. Availability: May to January,
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British Asparagus is a naturally grown crop, growing in the notoriously fickle British climate, the time at which it makes its first appearance each year is always a subject for much speculation. Asparagus growers generally say that the season lasts from 23rd April (St George;s Day) to 21st June – but don’t hold them to it! 
Producer Crockford Bridge farmshop.

Watercress is harvested from April to October. The vital ingredient for growing it is pure, mineral-rich spring water, from which this peppery little super-food derives its power house of nutrients. Brimming with more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals, its health giving properties have been known since ancient times. Gram for gram, watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more folate than bananas 
Producer: E Tyler & Sons  The Water Cress Beds, Moor Lane, Sarratt, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 6BZ, 01923 265842 Farm visits only - producers since 1886.

The brown crab has an oval shaped body with a distinctive ‘piecrust' edge. It is reddish-brown in color with black tipped pincers. Crabs are generally in season from April until November Choose crabs that feel heavy and don't have liquid sloshing around inside them. If you like white meat buy a cock or male crab. Brown crabs are a good source of protein whilst still having a low-fat content and very few calories (about 84 per 100g/4oz). Crab meat also contains fatty acids, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium and selenium is a good source of vitamin B12. Fresh crabs should be eaten immediately. Alternatively, freeze cooked crabs and use within three months. Boiled and served with mayonnaise or in a Mediterranean-style stew laden with garlic and tomatoes. 
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