What’s on soon


Lambeth Palace Gardens Opening – Friday 7 July  – 12:00 noon – 3:00pm

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is once again opening the garden of Lambeth Palace to visitors on a regular monthly basis. Until recently, members of the public have only been able to visit the 11-acre garden on special occasions during the year, or during pre-booked guided tours.

This year it will be open on the first Friday afternoon each month for anyone who wishes to visit.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available to purchase, together with plants from the garden, Lambeth Palace honey and souvenirs.

There is plenty of interest all-year-round, from masses of spring bulbs and blossoms, through to summer tranquillity and lovely autumn colours. Visitors can also see Cardinal Pole’s historic white-fleshed fig tree, first planted on the site in 1556. Cost: £5 to go to a chosen charity


Kent County Show (Detling, Maidstone, ME14 3JF) – Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July

Open from 8:00am to 6:00pm every day, the Show is a wonderful day out with plenty of displays, entertainment and local food.  With over 400 exhibitors and trade stands and over 300 competitions, activities and displays.


Pride in London Parade – Saturday 8 July – Trafalgar Square at 1:00pm

London’s getting its annual helping of rainbow flags, fun-loving crowds, and LGBT+ spirit with the Pride in London Parade. This year’s a bit special, because it’s 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in the UK. With so much to celebrate, the parade should be bigger, bolder, and brighter than ever. In a much-needed response to recent events, the theme is ‘Love Happens Here’. 


A Summer Fete at Westminster Abbey – Saturday 8 July – 11:00am – 3:30pm

A traditional Summer Fete in Dean’s Yard at Westminster Abbey. Free entry.

Events include: BBQ food, Birds of Prey display, Morris Men, stalls galore, etc. etc. Welcome by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall at 11:30 am. Followed by Evensong at 5:00 pm.


National Gardens Scheme: Open Day – Sunday 9 July – 10:00am – 5:00pm at Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH.
Explore their beautiful gardens with the Head Gardener, Sue Harris.  Sue will guide you through the gardens. Tours at 11:00am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Booking is essential. Please call on 01843 842168 to book your place or to buy tickets for this event for more info visit www.powell-cotton-shop.co.uk. Adults – £4, Concessions – £3 (all proceeds will be donated to NGS)


Lambeth Country Show (Brockwell Park, SE24 0PA) – Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July – 12:00 noon – 8:00pm – Free

Now in its 43rd year, the show has all the attractions of a traditional country fair. You can expect all the attractions of a traditional country show plus much more. Horticultural shows, sheep dog and owl displays, home grown vegetable and flower competitions, numerous craft and food stalls and a very own on site farm will be there for all to enjoy. All this will be on offer and more with a distinctively urban south London vibe.

Music always plays a big part to the show too featuring a mix of dub, afro-beat, disco, folk, ska and soul. Sunday will welcome back Roots Reggae Day to the Main Stage and the Village Green stage will showcase an eclectic mix of local talent playing acoustic folk, soul and pop, along with steel orchestras and samba bands.


Cherry Fair – Sunday 16 July – 10:00am to 4:00pm at Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, ME13 8XZ

The National Fruit Collection preserves over 325 different varieties offering the chance to explore the history of cherries along with the rare and unusual varieties. Cherry Fair will feature a display of cherries from the collections and the chance to try and buy a selection of tasty varieties. You won’t find many of these varieties anywhere else! Don’t miss the unique opportunity to discover varieties lost to history and learn how cherries have become one of Britain’s favourite fruits through the ages. More info on their website.


Somerset House Summer Series Gigs

On throughout July – see their website for more details. Good for the Summer Project.


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