Going country: Enjoying the last days of summer at the Lambeth Country Show

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Parklife: The Lambeth Country Show returned to Brockwell Park in Herne Hill this weekend

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A topiary cyclist (perhaps Bradley Wiggins, who cycled as a boy in Herne Hill) against the backdrop of Grade II-listed Brockwell Hall

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Last of the summer strawberries… with cream of course

To those who live in the vicinity of Herne Hill in south London, the Lambeth Country Show is a must-do annual event. After rumours this year’s would be cancelled, fortunately it was moved from its usual slot in July to September… and just as well! With July a pretty soggy month, and September full of glorious sunshine, it was a good move.

Over two days (15-16 September), 100,000 people were expected to attend the extravaganza of entertainment, food, drink, farm life and general revelry in Brockwell Park.

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Thrill-seeking: No festival would be complete without a funfair

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A bit of olde England: The jousting competition

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Colourful: One attendee at the LCS attracted a lot of attention

To first time visitors, the park alone is a great place to visit. As well as 125 acres of green land and trees, Brockwell Park is home to the Grade II-listed, Georgian Brockwell Hall situated on the top of the hill, with a lovely view across London, where you can see The Shard, London Eye and Canary Wharf. It’s also home to the Art Deco Brockwell Lido, which includes a popular cafe and gym.

To those who are thinking the Lambeth Country Show is just a fair – its a lot more than that. It’s essentially a mini festival, with live music, farmyard displays, flower and vegetable competitions, a fun fair and even a jousting competition. I went along today for a few hours (although wasn’t quite enough to do everything) in the sunshine and had a great time. Here’s just a few photos to give a flavour of the day.

  • The Lambeth Country Show’s final day is on Sunday 16 September from 11am to 6pm with free entry. Brockwell Park can be accessed from Norwood Road, Dulwich Road or Tulse Hill. Nearest train station: Herne Hill (9 minutes from Victoria) or a 15 minute walk from Brixton tube. For more information about what’s on offer, visit the official LCS website or follow their Twitter page.
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Big draw: People check out the plants, flowers and vegetables in competition at the Lambeth Horticultural Society tent

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All the people: Vegetable people in the Lambeth Horticultural Tent

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Summer sounds: The main stage featured a mix of funk and reggae bands

Posted on 15 September 2012, in Activities, Festivals, Grub, London and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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