This weekend and over the coming weeks, Pagans are celebrating Lammas - or the festival of the first fruits of the harvest. Here are some of the events taking place in and near London, plus a couple further afield:
Now - 31 August; Akhenaten: Heretic, Visionary, Icon Exhibition at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT. Lunchtime tours: 1.15pm-1.45pm. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7679 4138.
Now - 11 September; Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings Summer Showcase. Exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN. Tickets £9, free for members. Details: http://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/what-on/exhibitions-displays/georgiana-houghton-spirit-drawings
Now to 30 September; Folklore, Magic and Mysteries: Modern Witchcraft and Folk Culture in Britain - exhibition of artefacts, manuscripts and documents from the Doreen Valiente Foundation. Venue: Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton BN1 6SD. Time: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 2-5pm. Free entry to exhibition with Preston Manor admission (adult £5.85, child (5-15) £3.15). Details: http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/prestonmanor/
Now to 27 November, Sunken Cities - Egypt’s Lost Worlds. Major exhibition at the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Tickets £16.50. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Wednesday 27 July; Hertford Pagan Moot. Venue: White Horse Pub, 33 Castle Street, Hertford, Herts SG14 1HH (45 mins from central London). The pub does not have disabled access. This moot meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm. contact via Facebook page Hertford Pagan Moot
Thursday 28 July; Meetup with Taz Thornton, author of Whispers From The Earth at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit http://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks/
Thursday 28 July; The Afterlife in the Modern West Lecture by Prof Philip Almond. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Ticket price £8. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: email@example.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Friday 29 July; Kick-start a Spiritual Ecology Hub! One-day practical workshop. Venue: St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AG. Time: 10am start. Tickets £25/£18. Details and booking: https://www.stethelburgas.org/
Saturday 30 July; Wild Food and Remedies. Foraging and preparation workshop run by London Wildlife Trust. Venue: New River Studio - Woodberry Wetlands 1 Newnton Close, London, N4 2RH. Time: 10am to 1.30pm. Tickets £37.75. Details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wild-food-remedies-registration-23201974731
Saturday 30 July; Sensing Energy Healing Walk in Hyde Park and Gloucester Road with Sensing Energy and Intuition Development Meetup Group. Meet at Gloucester Road Tube Station (outside the station), Gloucester Road, London at noon. Cost: £5. You must reserve a place in advance. Details and booking: http://www.meetup.com/Sensing-Energy-and-Intuition-Development/
Saturday 30 July; Ecstatic Dance London: Dancing with Trees and Silent Disco free event. Meet between 2pm-2:20pm at Hampstead Heath Tube Station to walk to the site. You must reserve a place in advance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecstatic-dance-london-presents-dancing-with-trees-silent-disco-free-tickets-26543085082
Saturday 30 July - Sunday 31 July; Reiki level 1 two-day workshop hosted by Return of the Goddess. Venue: The Yoga Shed, 62b College Rd, Bromley, BR1 3PE. Time: 11am-5pm. Cost £150. Advance booking necessary. More details: http://www.hayleyrogers.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/events/1026518114070322/
Sunday 31 July; Meditation at Russell Brands Trew Era Cafe, 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA. Starts 10.15am. Free weekly event.
Sunday 31 July; Mugwort Lucid Dreaming Workshop run by Apiary Studios. Venue: Apiary Studios - 458 Hackney Road, London, E2 9EG. Time: 10.30am-4pm. Tickets: £48.67 – £64.49. Details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mugwort-lucid-dreaming-workshop-tickets-26051986192
Sunday 31 July; Wicca Lammas 2016 Pan's Picnic at Trent Park with London Woodland Witches Wiccans Ritual Magicians and Pagans. Meet at Cockfosters Gate,Trent Park, Cockfosters Road, Enfield, Barnet, North London. Time: 1.30pm-7pm. Wear suitable clothes for an outdoor event and bring a packed lunch. Details: http://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Outdoor-Pagans/
Sunday 31 July; July Kith of the Tree and the Well Moot. Heathen moot. Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, 26 Melior Street, London SE1. Time: 2pm-6pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1739856852945840/
Sunday 31 July; Psychedelics and Nonduality, hosted by The Psychedelic Society. Speakers: Peter Russell, Bernardo Kastrup and Stephen Reid (Director of The Psychedelic Society). Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL London. Time: 6pm-8.30pm. Tickets: £10. Details and tickets: https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/psychedelics-and-nonduality
Monday 1 August; Wheel of the Year Festival - Fruition Meditation at Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at the Well Head at noon for celebration and meditation until 12.30pm, followed by a chance to chat on the lower lawn. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon. http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/
Tuesday 2 August; Cobwebs and Cauldrons Moot. Venue: Romford White Horse Pub, 118 High Road, RM6 6NU. Entry £4. Moot takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. 7.30pm start.
Wednesday 3 August; The Sacred Landscape of Avebury Day Trip including a talk by Francine Blake on crop circles. Organised by Alternatives. Meet at St James's Square, London, at 8.45am for the coach. Tickets £85/£65 online. For more details and to book tickets: http://www.alternatives.org.uk/
Wednesday 3 August; From Garden to Garret: The Apothecary Tour. Venue: The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret - 9a Saint Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY. Time: 2pm-3.30pm. Tickets £6.50 adults/£5 concessions. Includes admission to the museum. Details and booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-garden-to-garret-the-apothecary-tour-tickets-26301789360
Wednesday 3 August; Hertford Moot on Tour! Moot at a haunted pub. Venue: The Kings Arms, Berkhamsted, 147 High Street, HP4 3HL Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Time: 7.30pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/533422110179422/
Thursday 4 August; Lecture: Greek Kings and Egyptian Gods. Venue: BP Lecture Theatre , British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.30pm-2.30pm. Free, but advance booking essential. For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Thursday 4 August; Meetup with Helyn Connerr and learn about The Mercury Model at Watkins Books, 19-21 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. Time: 6.30pm. Free event. For more details Tel 020 7836 2182 or visit http://www.meetup.com/WatkinsBooks/
Friday 5 August; Magickal circle at the Covenant of Hekate sanctuary in Clapham, London. This is an ongoing circle for people who have an already established connection with Hekate and who would like to develop their psychic and magickal skills and to share with others their present knowledge. It happens every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, until September. Time: 7pm to 10pm. No admission fee. Bring an offering for the sanctuary - which can be wild flowers, herbs, incense or candles, plus a food contribution for sharing. For the address please write to the sanctuary Torch Bearer, Andrea Meryem Angelos: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 6 August; Digital workshop: Code the Collection: Lucky Charms. Samsung Centre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 11am-4pm. Free, just drop in. Suitable for ages 11+ (must be accompanied by an adult). For more details visit: https://www.britishmuseum.org/
Saturday 6 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 6 August; Mud and Magic with Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime. Mudlarking and storytelling in a secret woodland location by the Thames, near Bermondsey Tube. Tickets £3. Starts 7pm. Booking essential email email@example.com or visit http://londondreamtime.com/calendar/
Sunday 7 August, Pagan Pride UK 2016 Festival in Nottingham. Venue: The Arboretum, Nottingham
NG1 4. Starts with a parade gathering at the Old Market Square at 10:30am, with the festival opening at noon. Free event with lots of talks, entertainment, ritual, food and drink. http://www.paganpride.org.uk/
Sunday 7 August, Lughnasaah- Druid Lammas Ritual 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. Meet at 12.30pm for a 1pm start, ends at around 2.30pm. Nearest tube: Chalk Farm.
I am not responsible for any of these events and I recommend checking with the organisers before turning up to any of them. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.