This weekend and over the coming week, Pagans are celebrating Lammas - or the festival of the first fruits of the harvest. Here are some events taking place in London and within travelling distance of the capital:
Now until Sunday 31 July; Glastonbury Goddess Conference. Goddess event with ceremonies, workshops, talks, visits to holy wells and entertainment. The events of the conference take place at venues in Glastonbury including Glastonbury Town Hall, The Goddess Hall and Glastonbury Assembly Room. Some events are open to the public, while rituals and some other events are only open to conference members and ticket holders. For Information and to book tickets, visit The Goddess Conference, 2-4 High St, Glastonbury, BA6 9DU, Somerset, call 01458 831518 or visit the website http://www.goddessconference.com/
Saturday 30 - Sunday 31 July 2011; The Eastbourne Lammas Festival. Two-day festival with live music, belly dancing, Morris dancing, stalls, pagan ceremonies and more. Location: Western Lawns, Eastbourne Seafront, Eastbourne, Sussex. For more details, visit the website: http://www.lammasfest.org/
Saturday, 30 July; Free and Open Gorsedd Lughnasadh by the Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri at The Sun Circle, Avebury stone circle, Wiltshire. Druidic style open ceremony to celebrate the first harvest - all faith paths welcome. Meet at the Red Lion pub at Avebury from noon for a ceremony from 1.30pm. Offerings of bread, cake, mead, poetry and song are welcome.
Saturday 30 July: Lughnasa at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane, Chalton, Hants. Celebration of the Celtic harvest festival with music, dancing and a BBQ. Time: 7pm - 10pm. Tickets £10/£8. For more details, call 02392 598838 or visit http://www.butserancientfarm.co.uk/
Sunday 31 July; Understanding Lammas. An intensive one-day course on symbolism, folklore, custom and magic by Wiccan priestess Suzanne Corbie at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 11am - 6pm. Cost £35, advance booking and deposit essential. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email: email@example.com. www.treadwells-london.com/lectures.asp
Sunday 31 July; Druidic Lammas Ceremony on Primrose Hill with the Druid of Wormwood Scrubs. The event starts at 12.45pm and ends at 1.45pm. Meet on Primrose Hill, London NW1 8YH at the entrance opposite Rothwell St.
Sunday 31 July; Anderida Gorsedd Lughnasadh open ritual at the Long Man of Wilmington, Sussex. Meet near the car park between 1.30pm and 2pm for a walk up to the chalk hill figure at 2pm. Afterwards back to the Giants Rest pub in Wilmington for a social drink together.
Sunday 31 July; Lammas Picnic Moot in the Park in Reading with Kennet Pagans, starting at 2pm For full details, join the Kennet Pagans groups on Facebook: http://www.kennet.tk or Yahoo: http://www.kennetpagans.tk
Monday, 1 August; The Circle of Ankerwycke Litha Lughnasadh Ritual and Celebration. Location: woods at Ankerwycke, near Staines. Event starts at 7.30pm. Places are limited, if you want to attend, call 07889 126311.
Monday, 1 August; Race of Magicians - Judaic Pagan Magic. Talk by Richard Levy at pagan forum Secret Chiefs. Venue: Devereux public house, 20 Devereux Court, off Essex Street, London WC2R 3JJ. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8.30pm. Admission £2. http://secretchiefslondon.wordpress.com/
Tuesday, 2 August; Romford Sacred Hart Moot. Magical Morality. Peer-led discussion of ethics. This pagan moot meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month, from 7pm to 10.30pm in La Tasca, The Brewery, Romford, Essex RM1 1AU. Email Sarah at: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details on http://www.sacredhart.350.com/
Wednesday 3 August; Weekly pagan moot The Moot with No Name. Venue: Devereux public house, 20 Devereux Court, off Essex Street, London WC2R 3JJ. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm. Admission £5/£3. Visit http://www.theatlantisbookshopevents.com
Friday 5 August; Pagan quiz night at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £3 on the door but advance registration necessary. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email: email@example.com. www.treadwells-london.com/lectures.asp
Friday 5 August; Open House and Social Evening at The College of Psychic Studies 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 4.30pm - 9pm. Cost: £10. Advance booking essential. Tel: 020 7589 3292. http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Saturday, 6 August; The Nurturing of Kerr. Goddess workshop with priest of Avalon David Spofforth. Venue: Bonnington Centre, 11 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1TD. Time: 1pm for 1.30pm start. Ends at 5.30pm. Cost: £15 on the day, £10 in advance. For more details and to book places visit http://www.priestofavalon.com/
Saturday, 6 August; Lammas Gathering at Richmond Park, London. Family-friendly gathering and picnic organised by Hern's Tribe, from 2pm-5pm. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 077689-41373. http://www.hern-tribe.org/