The festival of Lammas, at the start of August, celebrates the time of the first fruits of the harvest, when the grain has been gathered in from the fields. Here are some of the pagan events taking place over Lammastide in London and a few elsewhere in southern England:
Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 July; Eastbourne Lammas Festival. Lammas ritual plus music, dance, stalls, food and drink on Eastbourne seafront. Western Lawns, Eastbourne Seafront West, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4EE. Free. http://www.lammasfest.org/
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Saturday 27 July; Exploring Folklore: Telling Stories - Narrative. One-day course as part of a summer school series. Venue: City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, Camden, London WC2B 4BA. 10.30am to 3.30pm. Full fee of £21 per class, a senior rate of £13 and concessionary rate of £7. http://www.citylit.ac.uk/
Sunday 28 July; Kith of Yggdrasil London Moot. Free open meeting, from 2 – 4pm, at The Horseshoe Inn, 26 Melior St, London SE1 3QP, close to London Bridge Station. https://www.facebook.com/groups/161481960584/
Sunday 28 July; One Love Tribal Mega Sunday Gathering. Organised by London College of Spirituality. Venue Hoxton Gallery, Drysdale Street, London N16 NG. Time 5p, Cost: Suggestion donation £15.
Monday 29 July; The Rose Above the Door - Rumi Concert with Coleman Barks and Chloe Goodchild. Venue: Alternatives, St. James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Time: 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £15/£10 concs. Advance booking required. To book tickets and for more info visit the Alternatives website: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/Site/Talks.aspx
Monday 29 July; Exploring Folklore: Customs and Festivals in the English Year. One-day course as part of a folklore summer school series. Venue: City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, Camden, London WC2B 4BA. 10.30am to 3.30pm. Full fee of £21 per class, a senior rate of £13 and concessionary rate of £7. http://www.citylit.ac.uk/
Tuesday 30 July; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 30 July; The Crystal Palace Moot. A social moot held on the last Tuesday of the month at the basement bar, Lucius Italian Bar/Kitchen, 128 Gipsy Hill, Upper Norwood, London SE19 1PL. Time: from 6.30pm. Free event. For more details, email email@example.com
Tuesday 30 July; Introduction to Witchcraft with Cobwebs and Cauldrons. Venue: Bonlife, North Street, Romford. Start: 7pm. Cost £15 (£5 deposit). For details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/418207944959412/
Wednesday 31 July; Exploring Folklore: Ghosts, Witches and the Supernatural. One-day course as part of a folklore summer school series. Venue: City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, Camden, London WC2B 4BA. 10.30am to 3.30pm. Full fee of £21 per class, a senior rate of £13 and concessionary rate of £7. http://www.citylit.ac.uk/
Thursday 1 August; The Pagan Munch - a friendly social event for pagans interested in exploring their kinks and fetishes including BDSM. Tonight is its second birthday! Venue: The Old Nick, 20-22 Sandland Street, London WC1R 4PZ. Time: 6pm-11.30pm.
Thursday 1 August; Fruition Meditation at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury to celebrate the Wheel of the Year. Gathering at the Well Head at 12pm for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, then gather on the lower lawn for quiet conversation. Free admission from 10am until noon, then normal price admission. For more details about Chalice Well, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Thursday 1 August; Celebration of Edward Kelley's birthday at Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm. Price: £7. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Thursday 1 August; Lammas Ritual and Celebration at Ankerwycke near Staines. Run by the Circle of Ankerwycke. Time: 8pm. email email@example.com for details
Friday 2 August, An Evening of Angelic Readings with Amanda Roberts. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm. Cost: £10/£12 Advance booking advised. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit http://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/index.html
Infinite Being.Event organised through London College of Spirituality. Venue: Conference Room, Canterbury Hall, 12-18 Cartwright Gardens, London, WC1H 9EF. Entrance: £12 prepay, £15 on the door, £5 Concessions. http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/
Saturday 3 August; Exploring Folklore: The Superstitious World Old and New. One-day course as part of a folklore summer school series. Venue: City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, Camden, London WC2B 4BA. 10.30am to 3.30pm. Full fee of £21 per class, a senior rate of £13 and concessionary rate of £7. http://www.citylit.ac.uk/
Saturday 3 August; Lammas Sabbat Rite and Picnic. This event is for members of the The London Wicca Meetup Group. Venue: Pub near Primrose Hill and Chalk Farm, North London (actual venue details to be given to Meetup group members. Time: 1.30pm – 4pm. To find out more about the group and event, visit: http://www.meetup.com/The-London-Wicca-Meetup-Group/events/126044442/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=126044442&_af=event
Saturday 3 August; Free and Open Gorsedd Lughnasadh Rite at Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire. An open Druidic style rite to celebrate Lughnasadh and the first harvest. Meet at the Red Lion pub around noon for a ceremony about 1.30pm. Offerings of song, poetry, mead, bread and cake welcome.
Saturday 3 August; Hendon Heathens Moot. The Greyhound, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT. 6pm until 9pm (then over the road at a blues and rock club until the early hours). This moot meets on the first Saturday each month. https://www.facebook.com/groups/151618854867807/
Sunday 4 August; Drum Birthday Celebration at Caer Corhain Shamamic Development Centre of the Isle of Sheppey, North Kent. Bring your drum. For more details and information on how to book, visit http://www.touchtheearthuk.com/
Sunday 4 August; Lammas on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Open ritual hosted by Jeremy Morgan, the Druid of Wormwood Scrubbs. Venue: The Hawthorne Grove, Primrose Hill, Regents Park, London NW1. Starts at 12.45pm, ends at around 2.30pm. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm.