Friday, 26 October 2012
Halloween & Samhain Events in London and Elsewhere
Here are some of the pagan events taking place over Samhain - or Halloween - in London and southern England:
Now to 6 January 2013; Collective Observations: Folklore and Photography from Benjamin Stone to Flickr. Exhibition at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne, Sussex. Free event. The photo at the top of the page, Skeletons, Samhain, Chalice Well, Glastonbury, Somerset, 2007 by Sara Hannant, author of Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year, is one of the photos at the exhibition. For more details, visit http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/collective-observations-folklore-photography-from-benjamin-stone-to-flickr/
Now to Sunday 28 October; The Yoga Show 2012 at Olympia in London. Admission: Adults £12; Concessions £10; Children free. Book early online and save money. For details visit: omyogashow.com
Saturday 27 October; London Ghost Conference, presented by London Fortean Society. Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH. Time: 10.30am-6pm. Tickets £20 plus £2 booking fee. Tickets can be booked here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/183287
Charles Dickens' ghost storieswith eerie electro music at Woolfson and Tay bookshop, 13 Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN. Time: 2.30pm-3.15pm. Free event but advance booking essential. Suitable for adults and children aged five and above.Visit http://www.woolfsonandtay.com/night-walks.html or call 02074079316
Saturday 27 October; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Abiri Samhain Ritual at Avebury Sun Circle, in Avebury, Wiltshire. Open druidic style ceremony to mark Samhain, the end and beginning of times. Meet at the Red Lion Pub, Avebury, around noon for rite at around 1.30pm, ending at around 3pm. As it is Halloween there will be small gifts for children in fancy dress. Contributions of song, poetry, mead and cakes are welcome. There will be music and entertainment in the Red Lion pub in the evening. Overnight camping will be allowed in the nearby overflow car park.
Saturday 27 October; Hern's Tribe Outdoor Samhain Open Ritual. Venue: Lloyd Park, Croydon. Meet at Coombe Lane Tram stop by 3pm the latest. Bring masks and drums if you have them.
Sunday, 28 October; The Shamanic Journey and Personal Creativity. One-day workshop suitable for both novices and experienced practitioners by Zoe Bran of Shaman UK at a venue in Covent Garden, London. Time: 10am until 5pm. Tickets £90. For more details visit http://www.shaman.uk.com/ or call 07847 894453.
Sunday, 28 October; Anderida Gorsedd Samhain 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, 28 October; The Mantra Of Life, The Song Within. Workshop with Bruce Scott at Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, North Kent. Time: 10am-4pm or 5pm. Cost: £35 bring a packed lunch. To book a place email Bruce on email@example.com. For more details, visit http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/
Sunday 28 October; Samhain Celebration to Honour the Ancestors. Wheel of the Year ritual drawing from Celtic earth/pagan traditions at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. Tel: 020 7433 3267.
Sunday 28 October; Ghosts, Revenants and Witch Hunters - Hallowe'en at the Rose. Hallowe'en walk with Boo Tours and the Rose Bankside. Venue: The Rose Theatre, Bankside, 56 Park Street, London SE1 9AS. Tickets: £22/£20 Concessions. Time 7pm. For more details and to book tickets visit http://www.rosetheatre.org.uk/events/
Thoth Tarot:A celebration of the tarot deck inspired by Aleister Crowley. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Price: £7, advance booking recommended. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Monday 29 October; Songs of the Prophet. Evening Concert at Alternatives, St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £10/5 concs. To book tickets and for more info visit the Alternatives website: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/Site/Talks.aspx
Tuesday 30 October; Tarot - A Potted History and the Practical Value Of Oracles. Talk by Avril Price at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 12.30pm - 1.30pm Cost: £5/£8. Advance booking advised. Tel: 020 7589 3292. http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Tuesday 30 October; Destiny and Purpose Demonstration. Talk by Tracey Ash at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm Cost: £5/£8. Advance booking advised. Tel: 020 7589 3292. http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Tuesday 30 October; Chertsey Moot. A social moot held on the last Tuesday of the month at the Golden Grove pub, Ruxbury Road, St Annes Hill, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9EN. All welcome. From 8pm to 11pm. For more details, email: email@example.com
Tuesday 30 October; Journey to the Dark Goddess. Talk by Jane Meredith, author of the book of that name. Venue: Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 5.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Wednesday 31 October; Journey to the Dark Goddess. Talk by Jane Meredith, author of the book of that name at The Moot with No Name. Venue: The Blue Posts at 81 Newman Street just off Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 3ET. Meet from 7.30pm, event starts at 8pm. Admission £5.
Wednesday 31 October; London Dreamtime will be taking part in free family storytelling as part of Newington Green’s community celebration of Halloween. Free event, just turn up on Newington Green. Time: 4pm-6pm. For more details, visit http://www.londondreamtime.com/Events.html
Wednesday 31 October; Circle of Ankerwycke Samhain ritual under an ancient yew tree, deep in the woods near Staines, just west of London. Meeting at 7.30pm in a car park and at 7.45pm processing through the woods to the ritual site where the ritual will begin at 8pm. Advance booking essential as numbers are limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 31 October; All Hallow's Eve at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Programme of events including activities for children and fancy dress. Gardens open at 4.30pm and go on until a resting ceremony at 8pm. Price £7 adults, £4.50 children. For more details about Chalice Well, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Wednesday 31 October; Tamesa: River of Souls Samhain ritual by the Thames with Tamesa London Circle. Meet at London's Millennium Bridge, on the St Pauls' side of the Thames at 8pm. Bring lanterns and food and drink to share.
Thursday 1 November; Druid Order Open Introductory Evening. A chance to learn more about at The Druid Order (A.D.U.B.) at an evening with talks and a meditation. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Price: £7. For more details, call Druid Order on 020 8659 4879.
Thursday 1 November; The Pagan Munch - a social event for pagans and other spiritually inclined people interested in kinks and fetishes, including BDSM. All welcome, regardless of level of experience; respectful and understanding essential. Venue: The Feathers pub, St James Park 18-20 Broadway, London SW1H 0BH. Starts 6:30pm. Free event.
Friday 2 November - Sunday 4 November; Yoga, The Brain and Mental Health - a three-day conference exploring the role of yoga in emotional healing, affect regulation and neurobiology. Venue: The Brunei Gallery SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG. Price: Self-funded all three days: £250 + VAT; single day: £150 + VAT. For more details and to book online visit http://www.confer.uk.com/yoga.html
Friday 2 November; Seize the Day. A chance to embrace the inevitability of death and celebrate while we still have the chance. Activities include coffin decorating, planning a fantasy funeral with the Natural Death Centre, hear stories about the mythology of death and listen to talks on the maths of death and the science of zombies. Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. Time 7pm to 11pm. The event is free, but the talks are ticketed.
Friday 2 November; Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki speaking on the Nephilim, the Fallen Angels. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm pm for a 7.30pm start, ends at 10pm. Price: £15, advance booking recommended. For further details: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Friday 2 November; Messages From The Masters - Demonstration. Talk by Edwin Courtenay at The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm Cost: £8/£12. Advance booking advised. Tel: 020 7589 3292. http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Saturday 3 November-Sunday 4 November; The Four Faces of the Pyramid with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. Weekend workshop of Egyptian magic. There will be an evening ritual, so basic knowledge of ritual techniques is required. The event will take place at a London venue. Times: 9.30am - 8.30pm Sat, 9.30am - 4.30pm Sun. Cost £80, which includes a light supper before the ritual. For more details and to book tickets call Maria-Teresa on 07963428992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 4 November; Celebration of Samhain with the loose association of druids of Primrose Hill. Gather in the Hawthorne Grove at Primrose Hill, London, between 12.30pm and 12.45pm to prepare the site ready for a prompt 1pm start. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm. Bring a small contribution of picnic food and drink to share. All are welcome. For more details, contact Jeremy on 07956 831503 or visit the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LooseAssociationOfDruidsOfPrimroseHill
The photo Skeletons, Samhain, Chalice Well, Glastonbury, Somerset, 2007 is © Sara Hannant, author of Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year