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Hampstead Summer Festival: The Big Fair

  • Heath Street, Hampstead NW3 1DR, London (map)

A fun and colourful street party with a fabulous carnival atmosphere, the Big Fair draws crowds of tens of thousands.

Over 100 stalls line a bustling Heath Street to a backdrop of live music and street entertainment, a traditional fun fair, street circus, and family attractions. 

The festival stages give a platform to established and emerging local talent from the music, theatre and dance scenes. From hip hop and contemporary performances to the classic and traditional, there’s an eclectic programme that’s sure to appeal to all.

The SportsZone is an energetic hub of activity, whilst there’s quiet contemplation at the Chess Cafe. A wonderful smell of Artisan food drifts through the fair and there's a fabulous offering of beautifully crafted arts, boutique clothing, gifts and more to peruse and purchase.

Are you interested in volunteering?

If so, the organisers are looking for volunteer runners, donation collectors, people to help set up stall tables (which involves heavy lifting) and assistants for the information stall. Volunteers are needed from 12 noon to 5pm, either for the whole time or a two hour shift. You can contact Ali Nathan on 0207 794 4821 or by email on