Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Pagan Events over Samhain and Halloween


Samhain and Halloween, both festivals of the dead, are just a week away. Here is a listing of some of the events over the next couple of weeks that could be of interest to witches and pagans. Most of the ones I list are in London, because that's where I live, but I also include a few big festivals, exhibitions and rituals in other parts of England. If you know of an event that you want listed, please email the details to me at badwitch1234@gmail.com

Now - 9 January 2019; Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft exhibition in Oxford. Venue: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH. Tickets: £6/£11.25/£12.25. https://www.ashmolean.org/  You can also view the exhibition catalogue, Spellbound, on Amazon.

Now - 28 October. Roman Dead. Exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands. Venue: No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL. Free entry.  https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/roman-dead

Now - 12 January 2019; Divine Proportions. Dinner cabaret from Shotgun Carousel, based on the story of Dionysus, God of Pleasure and Mischief. Venue: The Vaults, Arch 234-236, Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN. Tuesday - Sunday, doors open 6.30pm. Tickets: Previews: £30, general admission: £35/£55. https://www.thevaults.london/divine-proportions

Now – Tuesday 19 February 2019; Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War. Exhibition at the British Library. Venue: PACCAR Gallery, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB. Full price tickets £16. https://www.bl.uk/events/anglo-saxon-kingdoms

Now - Wednesday 31 October; London Month of the Dead events organised by Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation. A month of talks, concerts and other events on the theme of death at venues including Kensal Green Cemetery, Nunhead Cemetery, Brompton Cemetery and The Petrie Museum. Ticket prices vary but include a Hendrick's Gin cocktail. http://londonmonthofthedead.com/

Now - 3 November; Ghosts for the Black Country - Paintings for Halloween. Art Exhibition at The Atlantis Bookshop. Venue: The Atlantis Bookshop, 49a Museum Street, London, WC1A 1LY. Exhibition open 11am-6pm Monday to Saturday. Tel: 020 7405 2120.

Now - Friday 26 October; Hocus Pocus - exhibition about the history of witchcraft in Chelmsford, with half-term activities for children. Venue: Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 9AQ. Free event. https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums/whats-on/hocus-pocus-exhibition/

Wednesday 24 October; Full Moon Peace Fires. Light a candle or fire for peace wherever you are in the world, for as short or long a time as you like between 9am and 5pm PDT (US) time, which is between 4pm and midnight GMT (UK time). You can light a candle just for an hour or so and state the intention: “Let there be peace on earth and love for one another.” Details: http://peacefires.org/

Wednesday 24 October; The Pantheon of Pancras - a new guided walk from the writers of The Thin Veil of London. Meet at a pub in St Pancras, London. Time: 2pm - 6.30pm. Tickets: £20 per person (£15 for students and concessions). https://www.minimumlabyrinth.org/the-pantheon-of-pancras.html

Wednesday 24 October; Time to Meditate - group meditation (every Wednesday). Venue: Buddha on a Bicycle, Covent Garden, London. Arrive 6pm for 6.10pm start. Donations of £3 recommended. Details: http://www.meetup.com/meditation-trust-london/

Wednesday 24 October; Full Moon Magic Ceremony. Venue: London, NW1 7SU (Exact address will be provided after booking). Time: 7.15pm. Tickets: £18. http://uk.funzing.com/funz/full-moon-magic-ceremony-11769?

Wednesday 24 October; TLC: Full Moon Ceremony by the river Thames with London Woodland Witches Magicians and Outdoor Pagans. Venue: Meet at Tate Modern green outside Tate Modern and Bankside Gallery, London SE1 at 7.30pm for a Wiccan circle ritual on the banks of the Thames. Cost: £3 You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Wednesday 24 October (one week earlier than usual); 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 usually meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 8pm. https://www.facebook.com/groups/104788436218047/

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October; Morning tour: an introduction to ancient Egypt. Venue: Room 4, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 8.50am. Tickets £30. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Thursday 25 October; Anthropology and Folklore in Conversation - Revisiting Frazer, Lang, and Tylor. Hosted by The Folklore Society. Venue: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T5BT. Time: 10am-5pm. Free. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anthropology-and-folklore-in-conversation-revisiting-frazer-lang-and-tylor-tickets-43305336427

Thursday 25 October; Zen Naikan. Talk by Leonardo Anfolsi Reiyo Enki. Venue: 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 25 October; Earthstars Group Meeting - Warren Farm and the Hanwell Triangle. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 6XT. Doors open 7pm. Entry by donation. https://www.facebook.com/events/2260158487547802/

Thursday 25 October; Margaret Murray and Modern Witchcraft. Talk at London Fortean Society. Venue: The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX. Time: 7.45pm. Tickets: £4.40/£2.20. https://www.wegottickets.com/event/449356

Friday 26 October; Witches, Monsters and Beasties - drawing workshop. Venue: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. Time: 11am-4pm. Tickets: £27.84. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witches-monsters-and-beasties-tickets-48673496739

Friday 26 October; Gods and Goddesses 1001. Gallery Talk. Venue: Room 4, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 1.15pm. Free entry. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Friday 26 October; Elen of the Ways. Talk by Caroline Wise. Venue: Rilko (Research Into Lost Knowledge). Public lecture. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35, Park Road, London, NW1 6XT. Time: 6.45pm,  Entrance: £8/£10. http://www.rilko.org/lectures-2018-winter/

Friday 26 October; Rings, Wings and Spindle Whorls - Archaeological Treasures and the Stories They Tell. Performance. Venue: Stephenson Lecture Theatre, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £8. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Friday 26 October; Celtic Drum Circle - open Shamanic drumming group. Venue: Aho Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London, E9 5LX. Time: 7pm. Tickets: £15. For more details: www.aho.community

Friday 26 October; Holistic Sound Bath Meditation - Summoning The Sacred (weekly ceremonial gathering). Venue: Training Points Fitness and Therapy, 5-6 Coopers Yard, Crystal Palace, London SE19 1TN. Time: 7pm. Entry £15/£13. For more details: https://www.facebook.com/summoningthesacredsound/

Friday 26 October; Intuitive Dance and Sacred Sound. Venue: 42 Acres, 66 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LW. Time: 7.30pm. Tickets: £29.70. For more details visit: https://www.42acresshoreditch.com/events/

Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 October; Samhain Weekend at the Henge Shop, Avebury, SN8 1RF. I will be running a workshop on poppets and signing copies of my books on the Saturday. The workshop costs £5 and runs from 2pm-3pm. Other events include free oracle card readings, a ghost tour and a Celtic shamanic workshop with Danu Forest. https://www.hengeshop.com/  You can find details of my own book signing and workshop here: https://www.facebook.com/events/883133008556632/

Saturday 27 October; The Solitary Mage: A Workshop with Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki. Venue: Islington Ecology Centre, 191 Drayton Park, London N5 1PH. Time: 9am-5pm. Tickets: £120. https://www.facebook.com/events/633431043718080/ or email or email mariateresaharmer@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 27 October, Unleash the Goddess Within. Venue: London Rehearsal Space,Templeton House, 33-34 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SF. Time: 10am-6pm. Price tbc. https://www.einatfreedomyoga.com/london-workshops2018

Saturday 27 October; Creative Goddess Workshop at a south-west London venue. Time: 10-30-5.30pm. Cost: £95. http://www.crystalhealingbysarahjane.co.uk/workshops/creative-goddess/

Saturday 27 October; Voices of the Ether: Stone Tapes, EVP and Conversing with the Dead. Talk as part of London Month of the Dead. Venue Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Rd, London SW10 9UG. Time: 1pm. Tickets: £12. http://londonmonthofthedead.com/

Saturday 27 October; Terrifying Tales for Enchanted Nights at Shakespeare's Globe with London Dreamtime. Venue: Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside, Southwark. Time: 11am. Price: tba. For more details, email vanessa@londondreamtime.com or visit https://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Saturday 27 October; Magical Baths. Afternoon Class with Tanya Moulding. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 1pm start. Tickets £30. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 27 October; Samhain Sisters Circle hosted by the Sisters of the Stones of Caer Abiri within the Avebury stone circle, Wiltshire. Time: 1pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/309280106553300/

Saturday 27 October; Watchers of the Old Ways Samhain Ceremony at the Rollright Stones, off the A3400, Chipping Norton, OX7 5QB. Time: 2pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/316182315836569/

Saturday 27 October; All Souls Festival. Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 4SH. Time: 4.30pm-9pm. Entry by donations at the door. http://www.rsh.anth.org.uk/

Saturday 27 October; Death in the Dock: The Law and the Supernatural. Party of London Month of the Dead hosted by A Curious Invitation. Venue: Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9UG. Time: 3pm. Tickets: £12 includes a Hendrick's gin.
londonmonthofthedead.com

Saturday 27 October; Avebury Samhain Labyrinth 2018. Venue: Avebury Stone Circle, Wiltshire. Those who want to walk the Labyrinth should meet at the Cove for a 7pm start. If you want to join in weaving the web around the Labyrinth, arrive at the Cove for 6.30pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1184517038355533/

Saturday 27 October; All Hallow's tours by Lamplight with The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. Venue: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, London E3 4PX. Time: 8.30pm. Tickets: £11.43 – £13.48. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-hallows-tours-by-lamplight-tickets-50279134244?

Sunday 28 October - 11 November; International Online Congress of Witchcraft and Magic. Free grimoire of articles and spells in both English and Spanish from international personalities - including myself. My own contribution is an article about poppets and three poppet spells for the collective grimoire. There will also be a selection of online classes. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2213895181984914/

Sunday, 28 October (tbc); Max Meditation class with Lisabetta every Sunday. Drop-in class suitable for beginners and more experienced meditators. Venue: The Little Escape Therapy Centre, 4 Paxton Mews, off Westow St, London SE19 3RW. Time: 10am-11am. Cost: £12 per class, £30 for 3 classes.

Sunday, 28 October; Foraging Walk with John the Poacher on Hackney Marshes. Meet at: Aho Studio, 13 Prince Edward Rd, London, E9 5LX. Time: 11am-3.30pm. Tickets: £35. www.aho.community

Sunday 28 October; Open Samhain Ritual and Picnic. Venue, Buchan Park, West Sussex, RH11 9H. Time: 1pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/485075971977075/

Sunday 28 October; Institute of Witchcraft and Magick Social Gathering. Venue: pub in central London. Time: 2pm. You must be a member of the Meetup group to attend. https://www.meetup.com/INSTITUTE-OF-WITCHCRAFT-AND-MAGICK/

Sunday 28 October; Ageless Wisdom for Everyone. Lecture at the Theosophical Society in London. Venue: The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8EA. Time: 2pm. Donations welcome. http://theosophicalsociety.org.uk/

Sunday 28 October; The Witches' Inn Family Samhain Kite Fly and Picnic. Venue: Millennium Stones At Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey. Meet in the free National Trust car park at the top of Wray Lane near the junction with Reigate Hill. Time: 3pm. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/543135812781527/

Sunday 28 October; Samhain 2018 - Woodland Witches Ritual and Halloween Gathering with Woodland Witches, Pagans and Magicians in Queen's Wood, Highgate. Meet at the Woodmans' pub garden at 4pm. At 4.30pm everyone will walk to the woods. Cost: £5/£3. You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Sunday 28 October; Women Goddess Circle - Descent to the Underworld - a ritual journey. Monthly ceremony led by Lisabetta Vilela. Venue: Training Points Fitness and Therapy, 5-6 Coopers Yard, Crystal Palace, SE19 1TN. Time: 6pm-8.30pm. Tickets: £30. harmoniousshiatsu@ymail.com https://harmonious-healing.com/

Sunday 28 October; Evening Gathering: ‘Samhain’ Pagan Celebration (aka Hallowe’en) with Rev Kate, Hillary Ratna and Ingrid Tavkar at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, 3 Pilgrim's Place, London NW3 1NG. Time: 7pm. Tel: 020 7433 3267. http://www.rosslynhillchapel.com/

Monday 29 October; The Hidden School - Return of the Peaceful Warrior. Talk by Dan Millman at Alternatives. Venue: St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. Doors open 6.30pm. Event starts: 7pm. Tickets £10/£15 online. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Monday 29 October; The Vengeance of the White Goddess? Lecture on Robert Graves by Grevel Lindop. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm start. Tickets £9. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Tuesday 30 October; An Evening of Soul Portraits and Clairvoyance with Angela Watkins and June-Elleni Laine. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Pl, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Tickets: £14/£12. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Tuesday 30 October; Twenty-first Century Ghosts. Talks at London Fortean Society by Caron Lipman and Sarah Sparkes. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.15pm. Tickets: £7. http://forteanlondon.blogspot.com/

Wednesday 31 October; Witches, Monsters and Beasties - drawing workshop. Venue: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN. Time: 11am-1pm. Tickets: £21.55. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witches-monsters-and-beasties-halloween-special-tickets-48677320175

Wednesday 31 October; Earth Festival: Wheel of the Year - Resting. Venue: Chalice Well World Peace Garden, in Glastonbury. Gather at the well head for midday meditation until 12.30pm, followed by conversation on the lower lawn. Free admission to the gardens from 10am to noon. For more details, visit the website http://www.chalicewell.org.uk/

Wednesday 31 October; London Halloween Walk and Thames River of Souls Ritual with London Woodland Witches Magicians and Outdoor Pagans. Venue: Meet at Bankside Pier, next to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, at 7.30pm for a walk along the banks of the Thames and a ritual. Cost: £3 You must reserve a place in advance. Wear warm outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share plus a torch. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November Morning tour: an introduction to ancient Egypt. Venue: Room 4, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 8.50am. Tickets £30. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Thursday 1 November; The Labyrinth as Your Path to Self Discovery. Talk by Tony Christie. 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 1 November; PFL Samhain Open Ritual. Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Time: 7.30pm. Entry: £6/£5 (PF members and concessions). https://pflondon.info/

Thursday 1 November; Arab Protective Magic. Lecture by Ziad Haloub. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.30pm start. Tickets £9. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Friday 2 November; Witches’ Pyramid. Book launch with talk with Robert Hardy. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 7.15pm-10pm. Tickets £9.99. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Friday 2 November; Art and Conscious with Mary Attwood. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, Kensington, London, SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Tickets: £14/£12. https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday 3 November; Gippeswyck Pagan Conference 2018. Venue:
Martlesham Community Hall, Martlesham, IP5 3. Starts: 9.45am. Tickets: £10. https://www.facebook.com/events/165337174073527/

Saturday 3 November; Witchfest Market and Halloween Ball in Reading. Venue: Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG1 8EQ. Time: 10am-11pm. Admission to the market is free, talks and workshops cost extra. https://witchfest.net/events/witchfest-market-halloween-ball/

Saturday 3 November; Labyrinth – Your Path to Self-Discovery. Workshop with Tony Christie at Alternatives. Venue: De Vere West One, 9-10 Portland Place, London W1B 1PR. Time: 10.30am-4pm. Tickets £70/£85 online. http://www.alternatives.org.uk/

Saturday 3 November; The Pantheon of Pancras - a new guided walk from the writers of The Thin Veil of London. Meet at a pub in St Pancras, London. Time: 11am - 4.30pm (with stop for lunch). Tickets: £20 per person (£15 for students and concessions). https://www.minimumlabyrinth.org/the-pantheon-of-pancras.html

Saturday 3 November; Samhain Wild Hunt 2018 with Glastonbury Dragons at Glastonbury, Somerset. Time: 2.30pm. Free event. https://www.facebook.com/events/261095108003884/

Saturday 3 November; Talk and Heathen Rite for Winternights. Short Lecture and Blot with  Andre and Amanda Henriques. Venue: Treadwells, 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS. Time: 3pm-5.30pm. Tickets £10. Tel: 0207 419 8507 or email: info@treadwells-london.com http://www.treadwells-london.com/

Saturday 3 November; Heart Beat Drumming Collective with Olaf Nixon. Venue: The College of Psychic Studies, 16 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2EB. Time: 7pm - 8.30pm. Cost: £20/£22. Advance booking recommended. For details call: 020 7589 3292 or visit https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/

Saturday 3 November; The Beautiful and the Damned costume party at Vout-O-Reenee’s - with storytelling by London Dreamtime. Venue: Vout-O-Reenee's 30 Prescot Street London E1 8BB.
Time: 6pm till late. Tickets: £8.97. Tickets must be bought in advance. For more details email vanessa@londondreamtime.com or visit https://londondreamtime.com/calendar/

Sunday 4 November (tbc); North West Kent Green Pagan Circle Moot. Venue: Chislehurst Caves, Bromley, BR7 5NL. Time: 11am. https://www.facebook.com/groups/445487428816887/

Sunday 4 November; Druidic Samhain/Hallowmas 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/498397013967751/

Sunday 4 November; Stag Watch and Wand Making in Richmond Park with Woodland Witches, Pagans and Magicians. Venue: Richmond Park, Richmond Hill TW10 6RP. Meet at Coffee shop in Richmond Station ticket hall by 1pm or by Richmond Gate at 1.30pm. Cost: £5. You must reserve a place in advance. Wear outdoor clothes and bring food and drink to share. Details and bookings: https://www.meetup.com/London-Woodland-Witches-Pagans-Magicians/

Sunday 4 November; The Crick Crack Club presents The Gods and Monsters Show. Performance. Venue: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG. Time: 2.30pm. Tickets: £8. For more details visit: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar.aspx

Note: I am not responsible for any of these events except my book signing and poppet workshop at the Henge Shop and my contribution to the International Online Congress of Witchcraft and Magic. I try to ensure the details I list are accurate, but please contact the organisers before turning up to any event in case of changes. If you spot something that needs correcting, please email me at badwitch1234@gmail.com

1 comment:

pecor said...

OMG. Yet more proof that I was meant to live in the UK.