Had a wonderful day in Brixton yesterday with my friend Sophia. The sun was shining so it was the perfect day for two of Brixton’s infamous and long running events.
First we popped down to Josephine Avenue for the Urban Art Fair which always has a great range of artists exhibiting. I think I first went in 2004 when I lived round the corner and have bought various pieces of art there over the years, this year included. I consider it a must visit event every year!
We then went to rest and refuel at Effra Social. We found a lovely shady spot in their large front garden, drank beer and margaritas, while tucking into small plates of calamari and chorizo croquettes – all of which were delicious.
It was then time to wander down to Brockwell Park for the Lambeth Country Show. I’ve not been for a few years, and it obviously hasn’t happened for the last couple of years, but it was great to be back.
There’s something for all the family, from fun fair rides, shopping (including a fab secondhand and vintage clothes stall), an on site farm, various horticultural events, sporting events, live music and, of course, plenty of food and drink options – though the queues for beer were ridiculously long!
One of the highlights of the show is always the vegetable sculpture competition. We had to queue to get into the tent to check out this year’s entries, but fortunately it was worth the short wait. It’s always interesting to see what cultural influences people work with – both Top Gun: Maverick and Shane Warne were represented more than once. You can vote for your favourite over on the Lambeth Country Show’s Instagram account.
It sure was toasty in south London, but that didn’t put people off heading out to support these wonderful local community events. There was such a great atmosphere everywhere and it was the perfect way to spend a sunny Saturday.
Both events are on again today so if you can get down to Brixton I’d thoroughly recommend it. Otherwise, make a note to keep an eye out for dates for next year.
* Sadly it looks like this one didn’t pass the rest of time or gravity. You can see how it originally looked here.