As we approach Lammas, it’s time to think seriously about the summer and the host of Pagan events being held up and down the country. Here are some of the main ones we know about.
We start off with the Online Lughnasadh Festival which is following in the wake of the highly successful Beltane and Summer Solstice events staged by the PF disabilities team. Full details will be released in the next day or so, but for the moment the team writes the following: “This festival will be looking at Life’s Transitions. We will have speakers talking about Namings and Parenthood as well as the other end of life with death and the afterlife. We will be looking at the transitions of disability too! We can’t wait!”
The event runs over the weekend from 31 July to 1 August.
Following that, PF London is staging another in its series of open rituals from 19:30 – 22:00 at the Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London. WC1R 4RL. More details, as usual, on their excellent website.
Then it’s the big one: Pagan Pride UK 2016 on Sunday 7th August 2016 from 10.30 to what the organisers simply refer to as ‘late’. Bands include Inkubus Sukkubus, there are four (count them, four) speakers’ venues, a dance arena featuring performances from bellydancers to morris dancers to hoop dancers, an arts tent, plenty of family activities and more. There will also be the odd stall or two we suspect…
The Artemis Gathering takes place the following weekend on the 12th to the 15th, a four-day outdoor event featuring talks, workshops, entertainment and more set in 34 acres of countryside in the heart of Oxfordshire. If you’re going, consider this a reminder to check your tent for moths etc; if you’re not then we’re afraid to say that it’s sold out.
If you’re down the southern end of the country, console yourself with a visit to the ever-popular Pagan Federation Devon And Cornwall Lammas Picnic 2016, Sunday 14th August 2016 (2pm-6pm). It’s a free event with games (welly boot hurl, discus challenge, skillful quoits and creative crafts), a picnic unsurprinsgly, and a ritual. What’s more it’s held at one of the best ancient monuments in the area, The Hurlers on Minions Moor. Details on the website.
The Magic & Mind: PF London Conference takes place on Saturday 20th August 2016. A one day event, with speakers, workshops, stalls and music, it’s held at Westside School, Galena House, 8-30 Galena Road, Hammersmith, London W6 0LT. It boasts a stellar line-up of speakers including Philip Shallcrass, Cat Treadwell, Lyn Baylis, Rebecca Beattie, Gemma Stacey, Amelie Summer, Phoenix Robins, Jonathan Woodley, Lucya Starza, Sascha Cooper and Caroline Wise.
And lastly for August there is the inaugural Pagan Pride South 2016 which is being held on Sunday 21st August 2016 at Palmerston Park in Southampton. Beginning with a parade from The Bargate through the city centre, this one day festival features its own blend of musicians, performers, stalls workshops, demonstrations and more, and looks to sign off the festival season with a certain amount of south coast style.and we’ll make sure we keep this post updated.
Pic: Author’s own photo of the Cheesewring, situated just above The Hurlers, and given the currently ubiquitous Prisma treatment.