Lammas - the first harvest festival - is on August 1, but celebrations are taking place over the week ahead. Here are a list of events that could be of interested to pagans - most are in the London area, but some are in other parts of southern England.
Thursday 31 July; PFL Lammas Open Ritual facilitated by Amherst Grove. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn London. Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start. Ritual ends around 9pm followed by feasting until 10pm. Entrance: £6/£5 PF members. Please bring seasonal food and drinks to share at feast after ritual. For more details, visit http://london.paganfed.org/
Thursday, 31 July; The London Salon: Exploring city stories and curious cartography with the makers of Curio City. Venue: Waterstone's Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD. Starts at 7pm. Free, but reserve your place by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Details: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/
Thursday 31 July; Talk at the London Fortean Society. Venue: Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4NR. Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Entry: £3/£2 concessions. For more details, visit http://forteanlondon.blogspot.co.uk/
Thursday 31 July; Book Launch Party for Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin - Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic by Tobias Churton. Venue The Atlantis Bookshop, Museum Street WC1. Time: 7pm. This is strictly a guest list only event. Contact The Atlantis Bookshop on 020 7405 2120 if you want to ask about being put on the guest list.
Friday, 1 August; Wheel of the Year Festival, Fruition Meditation at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. 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/
Friday, 1 August; Circle of Ankerwycke Lughnasadh/Lammas open event at the Ankerwycke Yew. Meeting location: Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, TW19 5AF. Time: 7.30pm arrival for 8.pm start. All are welcome. Contact Gina on 07735528320 and email email@example.com.
Saturday 2 August; Sigil Magic. Half-day workshop with Mark Vincent. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm to 5.30pm. Tickets £30, advance booking and £30 deposit required. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Saturday 2 August; Hendon Heathens Moot, Venue: Greyhound Pub, Church End, Hendon, London, NW4 4JT. Time: 6pm. Hendon Heathens meets at this pub the first Saturday of every month.
Saturday 2 August; Free and Open Gorsedd of Caer Aribi Lughnasadh Ritual. Druidic ceremony to celebrate the First Harvest and the festival of Lugh at Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire. Time: meet at the Red Lion pub from noon; ritual 1.30pm - 3pm. Free event but offerings of bread, cake, mead and Bardship welcome. Camping in tents in the overflow car park is allowed on the nights of Friday 1 and Saturday 2 August.
Sunday 3 August; 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.
Monday 4 August; Psychic Circle run by Shamanic Spirit at a venue in Croydon, South London. The circle is held on Mondays fortnightly starting at 7.30pm. Cost £5. For more details and to book places call 07952 041477. For more information, visit http://shamanicspirit.co.uk/.
Monday 4 August; Sacred Heart Awakening: The Water Element with Aang organised through the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Latvian House, 72 Queensborough Terrace, London, W2 3SH. Time: 7.15pm to 9pm. £15. http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/events/
Monday 4 August; Healing and Meditation Circle - no experience required. Venue: Spirit of Isis, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex. Every Monday 11am - 1pm. No booking required, £7. Free parking in the Abbey Gardens car park. www.wendystokes.co.uk
Wednesdays-Sundays, 6 - 31 August; The Ring Cycle - free open air theatre at The Scoop. Series of plays adapted from Richard Wagner's librettos by Lisa Kuma. Times: 6pm: The Rhine Gold; 7pm: The Valkyrie; 8.30pm: Siegfried; 9.30pm: Twilight of the God. The Scoop at More London is on the South Bank of the Thames between Tower Bridge and London Bridge. Nearest station is London Bridge. Free event, just turn up. More details: http://www.freeopenairtheatre.org/
Tuesday 5 August; Cobwebs and Cauldrons Moot. Venue: White Horse Pub, Chadwell Heath, Essex. Moot normally takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. 7.30pm start. https://www.facebook.com/cobwebs.cauldrons
Tuesday 5 August; Sensing Mayfair: Energy and Abundance Meet organised by the Sensing Energy and Intuition Meetup Group. This is a two-hour walk. Meet at Bond Street Tube Station, London, at 7pm. For more details and to sign up visit: http://www.meetup.com/Sensing-Energy-and-Intuition-Development/events/
Wednesday 6 August; Thou Shalt be as Gods: Eve and Eden - a talk by Jane Meredith at Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum St London, WC1A 1LY. Time: 7pm. Cost £10. To reserve a place, contact Bali on either 020 7405 2120 or email@example.com
Wednesday 6 August; The Witches' Inn. Pagan moot at The Feathers Hotel, 42 High St, Merstham, Redhill, Surrey RH1 3EA. Starts at 8pm. Moots are on the first Wednesday of each month. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Witches-Inn/1568424150049437
Thursday 7 August; Give YourSelf Permission to Live Your Life.Talk and book signing by Priya Rana Kapoor at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit the website http://www.watkinsbooks.com/
Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 August; Wilderness Festival. Camping event with music, feasting, theatre, talks, wellbeing events and children's activities. The festival is organised by the same people who put on the Mind Body Spirit festivals. Location: Cornbury Park, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, OX7. Camping tickets cost £151.50/£143.50. For full details and to book tickets visit: http://www.wildernessfestival.com/
Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 August; Woman Witch and Goddess Camp 2014 in the Ashdown Forest, Sussex. This witchcraft festival is a camping event. Deposit of £25 to secure a place. For more details email WWAGcamp@hotmail.co.uk
Friday 8 - Monday 11 August; Artemis Gathering 2014. Outdoor witchcraft festival organised by Children of Artemis in Oxfordshire countryside. Camping event with talks, workshops and stalls. Tickets: £36 for CoA members, £42 for non-members. For full details and to book tickets: http://witchfest.net/artemis_gathering.htm
Friday 8 August; Group Social and Healing Night organised by the London College of Spirituality. Venue: Westminster Quakers Meeting House, 8 Hop Gardens, off St Martins Lane, London WC2N 4EA, London. Time: 7pm. Cost: £10, booking essential. Details: http://www.meetup.com/londonspirituality/
Friday 8 August; Open Evening at the College of Psychic Studies. Short demos and lectures by college tutors on a wide range of topics, refreshments and short readings. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 5pm-9pm. Cost: £20 Advance booking essential. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/
Saturday 9 August; Hieroglyphs for the afterlife: the ancient Egyptian funerary cult, Gallery talk at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm-2pm. Free event. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx
Sunday 10 August; Woodland Wicca Circle - an introductory-level Wiccan ritual with some basic instructions in Wicca, witchcraft and ritual magic, suitable for newcomers and beginners to the Craft. These rituals are part of a monthly training programme facilitated by Gardnerian HP Mani of Pagan Frontiers and take place outdoors at London locations including Richmond Park, Trent Park, Queen’s Woods, woods in Croydon, Hyde Park and riverside locations by Thames. The events are free but small donations to running costs are appreciated. For more details and to reserve a place, visit: http://www.witchcraftandmagic.org/html/wicca_full_moon_rituals.html
Sunday 10 August; Druidic Lughnasadh Celebration on Primrose Hill with the Loose Association of Druids. Gather in the Hawthorne Grove at Primrose Hill, London, NW1 8YH, 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 food and drink to share. All are welcome.
Sunday 10 August; Golden Dawn Open Day. The Maat Temple of the Hermetic Order of the Godlen Dawn offers a full day of talks on developments and practices involved in personal developments according to the Golden Dawn. The theme of the day is ‘the Transformation of the Golden Dawn Magi’. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. All are welcome. Time: 10am to 5pm. Cost: £10. Register with Keith Magnay on 07958746208 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For further details: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/