Sunday 24 July 2011

Pagan events near London for Lammas

Lammas, or Lughasadh, is the festival of first fruits and is celebrated at the start of August, usually on August 1 or the closest weekend.

Here are some open rituals taking place in the UK to celebrate the start of the harvest:

Monday, 25 July; Witches, Wizards and Warlocks: A Guided Walk in Magical London with Delianne Forget, organised by Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. 6.50pm for 7pm start. Ticket price £8 in advance. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email:

Tuesday 26 July - 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

Tuesday July 26, Chertsey Moot at The Golden Grove Pub, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey. Time: 8pm - 11pm. This moot meets on the last Tuesday of each month.

Wednesday 27 July; Sacred Egypt. Talk by Katy Noura Butler at 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

Thursday 28 July; Paganism in Britain Today: Observations, Issues, Trends. Talk by Dr Christina Oakley Harrington, owner of Treadwells at her shop at 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £7 in advance. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email:

Thursday 28 July; Pagan Federation London Lammas Open Ritual with Romuva. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London. Turn up by 7.30pm for pre-ritual social. The ritual starts at 8pm. Entrance: PF members/conc £5. All others £6. Please bring seasonal/home-made food and drinks to share at the feast after the ritual. For more information, visit the PFL website at

Friday 29 July; Through A Glass Darkly: Performance Inspired by Victorian Seances of the Fraudulent Mediums by The London Magician at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £10 in advance. Tel: 020 7240 8906 or email:

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:

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

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:

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: or Yahoo:

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.

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