A Londoner’s Festival – On Blackheath:
On Blackheath has become one of the annual events that I really look forward to, we’ve been lucky to go each of the previous 3 years, and we’re excited about the 4th outing especially after hearing the plans from the festivals creators recently.
Their vision is to have a festival that all the family can enjoy; where there is a wide range of music, great food, and plenty of entertainment for the children. On Blackheath want to create an i-pad free weekend for the young and young-at-heart alike.
So for the young there is family playground with an adventure area, a giant art wall, lots of craft activity, street theatre and storytelling. One highlight for the children will be the appearance of the CBeebies show, Mister Maker. It seems that Michael Rosen is a local, the author of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (a firm favourite with my son when he was young) and he is going to be present reading to the kids. Julian Clary will be showing his many talents as co-author of Meet of the Bolds; I can only imagine that this will be a truly wonderfully engaging session. I’m wondering if anyone has a child that I can borrow so that I can see this and look legitimate.
For the Foodies, the John Lewis Demonstration Stage is going to be curated by Masterchef Finalist Tony Rodd. We were extremely fortunate to have Tony cook a private dinner for London Unattached contributors just over a year ago, so it will be fun to see him again, and very enjoyable to get the chance to watch some exciting guest chefs in action, including Jane Devonshire who was another Masterchef winner. Local brewer, Meantime, will be on hand to provide adult refreshments. I’m not sure that everyone will be as spoilt as we were by being given personalised bottles of their beer.
For the music lovers, the line-ups on both days look to be a great mixture of talent, both old and new. Travis, De La Soul, Kate Tempest, Jake Bugg, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and the Libertines are just the tip of the musical iceberg available. I did ask the festival organiser about what time he’s planning for The Cuban Brothers to be on stage. I’m a huge fan of this fun and talented act, but the banter can be a little risqué. Maybe that’s the time for parents to ensure that the children are in a storytelling tent!
Day tickets are priced at £49.50, weekend tickets at £90.
To celebrate the launch of the programme, festival tickets for under 12s are currently free until Friday 30th June. From July, the under 5s remain free, with 5-12 prices at £10 per day or £15 for the weekend. Teen tickets will be prices at £30 per day or £55 for the weekend. Please not all children’s tickets are limited in number, so it’s best to get your skates on.
The latest information can be found by following @OnBlackheath on Twitter and @OnBlackheathFestival on Facebook or visit the website