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The Best Free Festivals In London 2020

Billie Manning

Festivals you can enjoy without burning a hole in your pocket

Walthamstow Garden Party
Produced by the Barbican, this community-focused festival sees big talents coming to East London. 2018 had Toots and the Maytals performing (for FREE! For FREE!), so this year’s special guests are sure to be very exciting. Apart from music, guests can enjoy acts as diverse as circus and spoken word, as well as dance and arts and crafts.
18 - 19 July 2020

Lambeth Country Show
Got a big marrow you want to show off? Got a penchant for a prize-winning owl? Lambeth Country Show has all of the fun of a country show in the heart of the capital, from horticultural shows to animal displays (including sheep and owl) as well as home grown vegetable and flower competitions. There’ll also be music stages with local and international talent from disco to ska, so there’ll be something for all the family to enjoy, all for the price of a tap water.

Brockwell Park, 18 - 19 July 2020
 

Notting Hill Carnival
Carnival is one of the biggest dates in any Londoner’s diary, having been going since 1959 and now attracting more than a million revellers every year, and you can enjoy it for the price of zero quid. Celebrating everything Caribbean culture, this is the place to come to dance your feet off to some bashment and enjoy the incredible colourful costumes of the parade groups. Sunday is family day, with smaller crowds and family-friendly floats, whereas Monday is all about spectacular festivity. Carnival isn’t ticketed, so you can just turn up whenever, though be sure to grab a carnival map and plan your journey around closures.

30 – 31 August 2019
 

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is an outdoor theatre and performing arts festival where almost all the shows are free and do not require a ticket. Last year saw over 100 shows come to the festival and being its 25th anniversary, 2020 is sure to be just as spectacular. The festival will be opening with a spectacle from French performance company Gratte Ciel, featuring a huge suspended dreamcatcher, aerial performance and 360-degree pyrotechnics - zoinks.
19 June – 4 July 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It's Valentine's Day! <3 Here are 25 things we LOVE about #GDIF: 1. It's free! 2. It's accessible, with BSL and captioned shows, viewing areas, photo routes, and relaxed and speech-free performances 3. We do lots of community engagement work, connecting with new people every year 4. Fireworks! We love fireworks. 5. We get to work in lots of different locations 6. It's all outdoors - this brings all sorts of challenges every year, but it's so much fun 7. We're based in beautiful #Greenwich, and spend lots of time in the historic town centre as well as #Woolwich and #Thamesmead 8. We work with INCREDIBLE artists, locally and internationally, as well as photographers, producers, caterers, technicians... you name it 9. We get to commission fantastic work like Beautiful Thing, Rise! and Windrush 492 in 2018, Passenger in 2019, and The Four Fridas in 2015 10. Because we work hard to stay free and accessible for all, we bring the arts to new audiences, and hopefully inspire more people to engage and be creative 11. We have a great team who redefine team spirit every single festival 12. We always have yummy food on site 13. Sometimes we have animals... see Pasture with Cows in 2019 and Fly By Night in 2018! 14. We get to open up new spaces and places to the public, and use them in innovative ways 15. Everything is bright pink. You can't miss us. 16. We have AMAZING volunteers who come back year after year and keep us going 17. We have wonderfully supportive patrons who help to keep the festival free for everyone 18. We have a network of community groups and contacts who do inspiring work every day in their communities 19. We get to see loads of circus, dance, theatre, and art all of the time 20. We have a gold standard for excellence from _attitude_is_everything_, for our work with D/deaf & disabled audiences and we are always striving to make our performances as accessible as possible 21. We get to platform brand new outdoor arts performances through working with commissioning bodies like Without Walls and Stomping Ground 22. We get to work with some big names on campus, from Sir Ian Mckellen, to Sharon D. Clarke, Bernardine Evaristo, and Akram Khan 23. We get to ta

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Feria de Londres
Returning to the UK for its fourth year, Feria de Londres will be bringing the Andalusian carnival spirit to London over the last weekend of May. Colourful ‘casetas’ will be popping up on the South Bank, serving up delicious Spanish tapas, refreshing cocktails and live Spanish music. Throughout the weekend, there will be chances for everyone to fully immerse themselves in the celebrations. The UK's first-ever paella competition will be held, while kids can enjoy face painting and fan making.
23 - 24 May 2020
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