Camberwell Fair returns for a fourth year

News Desk (08 August, 2018)

The fair, with roots dating back to 1279, now celebrates Camberwell's diverse community


An historic free festival will take place on Camberwell Green, on 1 September,  after it was revived just four years ago, writes Clara Gaspar… 

Camberwell Fair is a celebration of the area’s diverse culture and will feature music stages, market stalls, food, bars, games and a special daytime carnival.

In previous years, the day-long event has attracted over 3,000 visitors to Camberwell Green.

It will offer three music stages and 30 stalls, showcasing local community organisations and independent traders.

In the run up to the fair itself, various free events are on offer for the local community, including a carnival costume making workshop on the Aylesbury Estate, poetry workshops and ‘Rare Doings at Camberwell’, a Heritage Lottery funded project to explore the roots of the Fair.

An artist showcase is also being held at Louie Louie in Walworth, offering  aspiring artists a chance to compete to perform at the festival.

The fair has a rich history. The first recorded fair was hosted on grounds of St Giles Church in 1279, later moving to Camberwell Green in 1444. South London locals would flock to the annual event to socialise, drink, eat and trade. However, it was banned by the authorities in 1855 for causing ‘immoral and riotous behaviour’.

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