Summer Festivals around Barnet

This summer we are spoiled for choice with exciting events in and around Barnet. Following on from last week’s piece on school fêtes here is a summary of upcoming local festivals to help you plan your weekends.

Saturday 27th June

Summer Soulstice
EN5 2AG
12–11pm
2015 is the 9th year of Soulstice and the crew are readying themselves for more ‘soulful’ fundraising. A line-up of DJ’s and main stage live acts includes Bah Samba, Juliet Roberts and SouLutions. Most of the proceeds go to Cherry Lodge Cancer Care.

Sunday 28th June

Fold Farm Open Day
EN5 4RA
10am–4pm
Lots of fun for all the family and the chance to taste their delicious Lewis of London ice creams and cheese.

Grassroots in the Park
Courthouse Café, EN5 4BD
11am–10pm
Dee Stringer’s fundraising event in support of The Grassroots Trust was huge hit locally last year. There will be live music throughout the day from Popchoir, Choirsrus, Welwyn Harmony Chorus and other local musicians as well as children’s activities including bouncy castle and face painting. There will also be arts and crafts stalls, dog show, barbecue, prosecco and beer tent, ice cream stall and delicious cakes and sandwiches, coffees, teas and soft drinks from the café. Adults £2, children free.

Jazz on the Green
Hadley Green, EN5 5SU
From 1pm
Now in its 3rd year: a great afternoon of music on The Green. All are welcome. Just bring a blanket and a picnic.

Tea in the Park
Barnet Museum, EN5 4BE
2–6pm
Next door to Grassroots in the Park is Barnet Museum’s ‘Tea in the Park’ with archaeologists and members of the Battlefields’ Trust attending to talk about the Battle of Barnet survey, bringing everyone up-to-date with its progress. Some interesting examples of medieval weaponry will also be on display.

Friday 3rd–Sunday 5th July

East Barnet Festival
Oak Hill Park, EN4 8JS
A weekend of live music, dance, arts and sports in surroundings at the largest community event in the North London area.
Check website for details.

Saturday 4th July

Feel Fabulous Fundraiser
St Martha’s School, EN4 0NJ
2–6pm
Organiser Sharon Down explains ‘We have lots of exciting therapies and treatments for you to try, and all at an incredibly good price. Only £10.00 for 15 minute treatments and £18.00 for 30 minutes. There will be the chance to browse arts and crafts stalls, have a lovely relaxing treatment and finish off with afternoon tea or a nice glass of wine.’
Please book treatments in advance on website.
Adults £5, children £2.

Sunday July 5th

Cars in the Park
Oak Hill Park, EN4 8JS
10.30am–9.30pm
The ‘Cars in the Park’ car show is part of the East Barnet Festival. All clubs and individual owners are most welcome. Entry is free. Gates open 10.30am, presentation of Show & Shine Awards at 4pm, live bands until 21.30. No pre-booking required.

Sunday 12th July

Summer Arts Festival
Chickenshed Theatre, N14 4PE
10am–4pm
Building on the huge success of last year’s free family festival, local arts groups will once again come together for a celebration of all forms of art at Chickenshed. 2015 sees the BBC launch its Get Creative initiative, which is a celebration of art and culture across the UK, and Chickenshed’s Summer Arts Festival is a wonderful chance to be inspired by and get close to the local arts. Try your hand at a variety of arts activities as well as be entertained by different music, theatre, dance and performers from across the boroughs of Enfield and Barnet.

(More information and full addresses are included in the What’s On listings.)

Image: courtesy of Dee Stringer and Grassroots in the Park 2014.

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