Don’t forget, it’s the Blackheath Christmas Fair today 10.30am-4pm. It’s in Blackheath Halls, and costs £1 to enter. All proceeds go to Age Exchange. Alan Williams, author of The Blackheath Seance Parlour will be selling signed copies of his book too.
On sale will be a wide range of beautiful hand-crafted presents, most of which are not readily found on the high street. From cashmeres to award-winning ceramics, Bolivian knits to finger puppets, limited edition prints to jewellery, organic babywear and recycled bags, to enamel bowls and gorgeous Christmas decorations, spectacular Indian silks and kitchen linens. There will also be plenty to tempt the taste buds with gourmet delicacies including flavoured vodkas, hand crafted chocolates, plum rum, homemade saucy sauces and chutneys. Something for everyone to suit all pockets and with most items £10 and under.
The Blackheath Christmas Fair has been organised by The Friends of Age Exchange, and local Blackheath based artist Fiona Bell-Currie. In an effort to keep it local, most of the selected independent traders and designers exhibiting are based in South East London and Kent.
There’ll also be live music, face painting, a tombola and the opportunity to buy charity Raffle tickets at the Fair, with fantastic prizes, from a week’s self-catering accommodation for six on the Isle of Wight, to an original framed pastel by artist Fiona Bell-Currie.
All proceeds from the door ticket sales (£1 entrance), and the Raffle go towards supporting the work of Age Exchange, a registered charity whose work using reminiscence based projects transforms the quality of life for older people. Proceeds will also support the volunteer-run lending library which shares its building with Age Exchange in the heart of Blackheath Village.
Entrance to The Blackheath Christmas Fair is £1 adults, free to Friends of Age Exchange and under 16s. More details at http://www.friends-of-age-exchange.org.uk. Twitter @blackheathfair. Blackheath Halls 020 8463 0100.
Here’s a GPS trace of the Blackheath Funfair fencing. It’s the first time I can remember them fencing the funfair off, and several people have tweeted asking whether this is legal. I have no idea, but I suspect that the police would view it as not worth the bother, even if it isn’t… Much like the council’s attitude towards Foxtons and their illegal lighting.
Anyway, at least you’ve got a record of the first encroachment. So that when the funfair decides to declare the Independent People’s Republic of Fairgroundia, you can say that you remember where it began.
GPS trail made using the Trails app.
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12 noon until 10pm Friday-Tuesday inclusive.
£1 Entrance Fee
£2.50 The Terminator
£4 2xtreme (terrifying looking spinning thing seen from miles away)
£3 Oblivion (another spinning thing)
£2.50 Hook a duck
£2 Ghost train
£2 Ferris wheel
£2 Candy floss
UPDATE: About a zillion people are googling this blog asking “where is blackheath fun fair?”, so here’s a map. Not sure about the circus location though.. If it’s wrong, let me know in the comments. I’ll try to make a more accurate version later. Come by train (parking is terrible in Blackheath), turn left out of the station and walk up the hill. When you get to the heath, you’ll see the fair.
UPDATE: For photos and prices of the current fun fair, see Blackheath Fun Fair 2011
The funfair has been back on the heath all weekend. Lots of people coming to the blog, looking for the opening times. Today (Monday) it is open from 12noon until 10pm. Spooky photo by flickr user superba_ (would have posted this even spookier one, but it’s copyrighted unfortunately).
Lovely video of the Bike and Kite Festival by youtube user kristalismurphy
Here are some photos from the first day of the Bike & Kite festival taken by someone with an eye for a photo, rather than me.
UPDATE: This is an old post – for info about the funfair at the end of August 2010, go here!
There’s a fun fair on the Heath! It’s only a small one, and they’re still setting up as I write this, but it looks like a nice manageable size, not like some of the massive sprawling fairs over on the Greenwich end of the Heath. Definitely aimed at younger kids, there’s a mini helter-skelter, a merry go round, lots of inflatables, a bungee trampoline, a big wheel, as well as dodgems (as used by non-specific Royalty, see photo below) and other arcade-type attractions along the back row of the fair for adults/older kids.
It’s open from 12-9pm today, and 2-8pm on Sunday.
Here’s a Google map showing a GPS trace around the perimeter, and a few rides nearby:
(PS: Thanks to Mrs Bugle for looking after the blog during my trip away!)
“The gigantic machines of cheap jouissance that towered in the heath’s vast expanse, swinging screaming youth back and forth”
A great set of photos here by Flickr user R.I.Pienaar
Another set from last year here.
And the quote from the previously mentioned nastybrutalistandshort article – although I’m not sure exactly what jouissance is, and neither is Firefox…
If you didn’t manage to go to the Bike and Kite festival on Saturday, then try and go on Sunday. It was really something special, as the video above by YouTube user Jadepike4 demonstrates.
There are always two distinct camps of kite fliers: The model fliers, like inverse puppeteers with their enormous hovering cats, people and teddy bears looming over us. And the stunt fliers, flinging their synchronised kites through the air. I wonder whether the two tribes get along. Do the stunt fliers look down on the modellers as tacky and gauche? Do the modellers think of the stunt fliers as showy and macho? Or maybe not. Maybe they’re just happy to be up in the air.
Here’s an idea for next year – one up from the flying cats (great though they were). In the 16th Century, the Chinese invented a man-lifting kite. This would draw in the crowds next year! Okay, it may be a little dangerous, but could be very exciting too… Perhaps I’ll volunteer to get hoisted up. Makes a change from attaching an old Nokia to a kite.
Click on the Keep Reading link below to view my hundreds of photos – apologies for the dodgy quality, there are far better ones inside the Flickr Blackheath collection.
UPDATE: This post has been modified from the original – please see the comments for details.