More summer events: Lambeth Country Show this weekend, Get Set Southwark: One year to the Olympics next

Lambeth Country Show
This weekend Saturday 16 — Sunday 17 July 2011 11am-5pm, as you may be aware, is the fabulous Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill

I know its not Camberwell strictly speaking but its reach is wide and dubbed ‘South London’s premier summer event’.

If you’ve not been before it features live music, food, drink information on Lambeth and other agencies’ work, information on local charities, farm animals, a flower and vegetable show, country displays such as sheep shearing and of course owls. Well worth a visit! More information is available on the Lambeth website

Get Set Southwark: Southwark celebrates a year to go to the start of the London 2012 Games 
And more directly of relevance to Camberwell next weekend, 23 July 2011 12–5pm, is an event on Camberwell Green marking one year to the Olympics with activities including

  • Southwark Community Games with a full day of sports activity
  • Give it a Go Village, where local clubs will demonstrate their sports
  • Butterfly Ballroom, showcasing dance and music
  • Libraries summer reading challenge, this year all about circuses
  • The Big Swim at the Camberwell Leisure Centre pool, round the corner
  • The Amazing Southwark Gymnasts and their daring displays
  • Groundwork Southwark Spots vs Stripes.

In addition there be the usual monthly farmers’ market operating.

Further information on the event is available on the Southwark website

12 thoughts on “More summer events: Lambeth Country Show this weekend, Get Set Southwark: One year to the Olympics next”

  1. Am going along to the Lambeth Country Show today, despite the potential for rain. What are umbrellas for, after all?

  2. Don’t miss this Saturday 23 July: ON Camberwell Green. Get Set Southwark; Lambeth Forum Network. Fun for everyone for FREE; English Summer permitting. SE5 Forum brings them together. 365 days to the Olympics!

  3. A NICE AWAYDAY is to go to Leamouth, across the river. There is a marvellous ecology park, simply crawling with nature — you will never see so many herons in the mud banks of the astonishing tight bends of the River Lea estuary — and Trinity Wharf with its container city is like a scene from the coast of Nova Scotia. There is an old, red lightship and a decommissioned Vorwegian lifeboat. The small museum is open at weekends. Fat Boy Diner — physically transported from America — is open all the time.

  4. It may be a small trawler, the Vorwegian lifeboat. It is registered at Bergen, which is in Vorway.

  5. The Big Swim

    Have just been told about this event which seems to have got no publicity at all! It is only being held in two places in England and is part of the Cultural Olympiad. Info which follows is from the Digital Cultures Research Centre. Wow.

    Saturday 23rd July 2011, from 6 pm to 10 pm Camberwell Leisure Centre Artichoke Place, off Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TS Sunday 24th July 2011, from 4 pm to 8 pm Barton Leisure Centre Waynflete Road, Barton, Oxfordshire, OX3 8GA.

    The Big Swim is a unique interactive art installation in a swimming pool which encourages members of the public to truly immerse themselves in the spirit of the London 2012 Games.

    The event is free and gives participants the chance to experience swimming in a cloud of light and colour, based on the five Olympic colours: blue; yellow; purple; green and red.

    The project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is created by artist Tine Bech. The Big Swim is supported by the Creative Campus Initiative, the largest university creative programme to be part of the London 2012 Inspire programme.

    The Big Swim aims to act directly at the interface of art and sport. It has taken up this challenge in the spirit of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Movement, who said, ‘The Olympics is the wedding of sport and art’. The project has been awarded the Olympic Inspire Mark and is fully funded and endorsed by the University for the Creative Arts as part of the Creative Campus Initiative, the largest Cultural Olympiad programme.

    The work is part of Tine Bech’s doctoral research which investigates theories of play and interactive & participatory art through a range of relevant practitioners and the analysis of a series of playful, interactive artworks. It focuses specifically on developing a play matrix showing the different kinds of play initiated through playful interactive artworks, in order to facilitate a model for making playful interactive art installations.

  6. Hi Bathlady — we, the general public, can go and swim in coloured light/water? Or just sporty-artistes?

    The Southwark Gymnastics display should be good. The older ones at squad-level are amazing. Even the younger ones can pull some moves: flicks, tumbles, somersaults.

    On shops, today I’m recommending Persepolis in Peckham. Good deal on 5L cans of cold-press olive oil.

    Anyone see Horace Andy at the Lambeth show?

  7. @Gabe. Yes indeed I understand that the whole idea is that general public of Camberwell can participate in cultural Olympiad artistic loveliness. Might be worth checking the times though as the Fusion site says 5–9pm and not 6–10pm as the artist’s site says

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