Saturday 24 August 2013


The Village Fair

The Village Fair Day 1

Foyer Spaces

Southbank Centre brings you a quintessential village fair with an urban twist. Browse stalls, play traditional games and get stuck into some crafting. It's all about getting together and being creative, so remember to bring your knitting needles!

Drop in on Stitch London or enter The Make Escape's craft den featuring their famous collage corner. Watch the Southbank Centre Dog Show or visit Vauxhall City Farm in Octavia's Orchard.

Test your skills on traditional games such as hoopla or take a ride in the helter skelter.

Enjoy local brass bands and traditional folk music played by local handbell ringers, and join us for a Strip the Willow at The Village Fair Ceilidh with Cut a Shine and Fitty Gomash, taking place on The Clore Ballroom floor in the evening.

10am -11.30am

The Southbank Centre Dog Show
Herb Garden at Riverside Terrace
Bring your dog and try your luck at Southbank Centre's Dog Show, with Crufts compere Dave Currier. Is your pooch the best puppy? Or, perhaps, the best dressed? Show off your dog on our Riverside Terrace. Registration begins at 9.30am. Send for an application form via

11am- 1pm

Craft Code Village: The craft community revival and the internet
The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Come and listen or join in the discussion. A morning of presentations from craft clubbers, bloggers and online groups who share a passion for creating fabulous handmade objects.

Hear how they have created digital 'villages' with a strong ethos of open access, skill sharing and technique revival. Chaired by Rachel Coldicutt from Caper.

Contributors include: Sarah Corbett [] Lauren O'Farrell, [] Momtaz Begum-Hossain [] Katie Harris [] Chloe Burrow [] and Kim Winter [].


All the fun of the Village Fair!
Across the site
Test your strength on the mighty Striker, hook a duck or try a breathtaking ride in the helter skelter.

Vauxhall City Farm
Octavia's Orchard
In the spirit of neighbourhood collaboration, the National Trust's London Project brings Vauxhall City Farm to Octavia's Orchard. Goats, alpacas and more are introduced into the orchard for a day, inspired by Octavia Hill's vision of creating green spaces for city dwellers to enjoy. National Trust volunteers will be on hand if you want to meet the animals or learn more about the project

The Make Escape's Collage Corner
Level 2 Green Side
Make, take and create at The Make Escape's craft den featuring the famous collage corner. The Make Escape believe that making should be accessible to all and run free monthly craft nights for adults who want to learn new skills and have fun. At the collage corner you can make everything from jewellery and decorations to cards and gifts or simply cut and paste to your heart's content. Materials are provided but donations are welcome - so do bring along any unwanted collage scraps you have at home to share with other participants.

Stitch London: Knit Meeting
11am-4pm (workshop from 2pm-3pm)
The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall
Bring your needles and yarn and join Stitch London - possibly the biggest stitching group in the world. It's a free, friendly and feisty stitching group who come together each month to support, inspire and challenge each other stitch after stitch. Crafters of all abilities, working in knitting, crochet, cross stitch, sewing, embroidery and other stitching, can join from anywhere in the world. The group's mission is to spread fibre-based love and convince every last person to submit to the knit.

Ringing Folk: Handbell Ringers of Great Britain with The Whitechapel Bell Foundry
11-4pm (every hour)
Southbank Centre Square
The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain play a rolling programme of traditional folk songs underneath our bell tower in Southbank Centre Square. The HRGB are the only national organisation 'to advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms.'

Makers Market
Herb Garden at Riverside Terrace
An eclectic mix of makers, craft clubbers and bloggers come together to display their products and skills. The line-up includes London Knaughty Knitters, Nana, Craftivism Collective, GranMade, Crafternoon Cabaret Club, Makerhood and members of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme, plus others.

Craft Bloggers Kate Macdougall [], Lynne Robinson
[], Davina Drummond [] and Anna Simmonds [] live-blog tutorials throughout the weekend.
A virtual crafting stall features:

Papermash Mini Notebook Workshop
Level 2 Blue Side
Join Lynne Robinson from, who leads mini notebook-making workshops. Places are limited so sign up in advance on the day.

Brixton Makerhood's Garden Garland and Bunting Workshops
Level 2 Blue Side
Brixton Makerhood's gorgeous garland and bunting-making workshops use appliqué and needlefelting techniques. Their pampering workshops teach visitors how to create scrubs, bath salts and foot soaks using natural floral and herbal ingredients from the garden. Places are limited so please sign up on the day.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Gardens
Come and see bodging in action with the Southbank Centre's very own gardeners in our woodland garden on the Queen Elizabeth Hall roof. Bodging is a traditional wood-turning craft, using green unseasoned wood to make furniture


Fortismere Community Brass
Riverside Terrace, Royal Festival Hall
Fortismere Community Brass is a traditional British brass band based in Muswell Hill, North London. The band invite players of all ages to come along and make music together, and welcome enthusiastic learners, lapsed players and the more experienced. Relax by the river and soak up the sounds of summer.