The village takes over London town at the Fete

So what were you up to over the weekend? Well, I was rolling around in bales of hay, making tender sweet music on the ukulele, playing with rabbits, being kidnapped by an alien…. These were but a few of the things I was up to in the Village Fête organised by London South Bank University at the Southwark campus.

LSBU Village Fete 2009

LSBU Village Fete 2009

Me being kidnapped by an alien

Me being kidnapped by an alien

The campus was covered in real green grass and had a petting zoo with  chickens, ducks and rabbits. There were craft stalls for bunting and bag making workshops, face painting, henna tattoos, marionette/puppet shows and storytelling.

An Octopus Balloon

An Octopus Balloon

Henna Painitings

Henna Painitings

The kid in me loved the Giant board games that included noughts and crosses, chess and table tennis. I also took part in a row-athon where you had to row 100m as fast as you can, I managed to row under 20 seconds, but am sure I could have gone under 15 seconds if I really put an effort into it (that’s my excuse anyway).

Those who were looking forward to a lazy Saturday, were also catered for through deck chairs in front of the Bandstand where live entertainment included an Orchestra, Break dancing and my favourite an interactive Ukulele performance by the Dulwich Ukulele Club.

Lazy Saturday relaxing in Deck chairs

Lazy Saturday relaxing in Deck chairs

A couple joining in with the Ukulele band

A couple joining in with the Ukulele band

And for the more classic countryside seating arrangements, there were bales of hay to sit on in front of the Village Green stage where the younger audience were entertained by circus performances, puppet shows, African drumming and also a break dancing class for beginners.

Puppet masters with their puppets, you decide who is who :)

Puppet masters with their puppets, you decide who is who 🙂

Overall, The Fête was very upbeat and lively and even that little bit of rain did not dampen the fun had by visitors of all ages. It is always great to escape the urban jungle even though it was only for an afternoon.

Thanks to Tunji Bada for the pictures!

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