South London’s biggest outdoor event, the Lambeth Country Show, is celebrating its 40th birthday this summer with what promises to be its best show to date.
Around 200,000 people are expected to join the fun in Brockwell Park over the weekend of 19th and 20th July to take in the live music, animal parks, food stalls, garden displays and lots more.
Special 40th birthday surprises are planned and the theme for the weekend is the 70s, 80s, 90s and the noughties. Retro fancy dress is actively encouraged and there will be prizes for the best costume.
Lambeth Council Leader Lib Peck said: “The Lambeth Country Show really is the highlight of the year.
“It attracts a huge variety of people to Lambeth from all over London and is a great way to celebrate the diversity and welcoming nature of our wonderful borough.
“There is something for everybody and I can’t wait for this year’s show celebrating its success over the last 40 years.
“It’s an incredible achievement and the event goes from strength to strength – every year you think it can’t get any better and then it does!”
Lambeth Country Show was named the National Outdoor Events Association Friendly Event of the Year for last year’s show.
Headlining on the main stage on Saturday is the soul-shaking voice of R&B dance diva, Jocelyn Brown, whose performance will include the smash-hit ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’.
Top of the bill on Sunday is the original Aswad, whose performance will include some of the best British rock-reggae tunes from their impressive 40 year back catalogue.
As well as the usual mix of farmyard animals at the show, there will be new areas housing meerkats, snakes and an array of creepy-crawlies.
Visitors can also take in a spot of horse jousting or camel-racing, as well as the ever-popular vegetable sculpture competition, horticulture displays and some of South London’s finest street food.
For the first time, this year visitors will be able to ride to the show and lock up their bike in a bike park that will be free to use and fully supervised.
Entry is free to the family-friendly event, which has been running since 1974, but donations are welcome to help the show continue in future years.
Visitors can make donations on entry or at designated donation points across the site. The show couldn’t survive without the support of local people and visitors and it’s their generosity that makes the event what it is today.
To celebrate the event, a souvenir programme is being produced and visitors are invited to send in their stories, memories and photographs of their time at the show over the years.
If you would like to contribute please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 926 7085.