Our Hampstead team don’t get much downtime; they’re usually too busy showing prospective tenants around properties and taking on new instructions from landlords. But every now and then, they get the chance to let their hair down and enjoy the attractions that this NW3 postcode has to offer.
The Hampstead Summer Festival, which takes place between the 20th of June and the 5th of July, gets our team more excited than any other event. We think they’re in a pretty good place to judge, since our Hampstead office was the very first branch to open over half a century ago in 1956 – we really know the area.
You can expect two weeks of fun-packed activities, where the main attraction is The Big Fair. Taking place on Heath Street on the 5th of July, over 100 stalls will line the street to the backdrop of live music, a circus, funfair and other family attractions.
Read on to find out more about the activities taking place, as well as what it’s like to live in the area. We’ll be showcasing some of the properties available to rent which might just get you singing and dancing into a new home.
Saturday 20th of June
The Festival kicks off with a special screening of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland at the quaint Everyman Cinema on Heath Street. After the movie, why not check out this three bedroom apartment on Carlingford Road, which looks like it might have taken inspiration from one of Burton’s artistic sets.
Sunday 21st June
Hampstead has always had an affiliation with art, being home to many fine galleries in the area. The Art Fair takes place on Whitestone Pond between 11am-5pm, and has joined forces with the Hampstead School of Art this year. You may even find a piece that would look perfect in one of our Hampstead rental properties.
Saturday 27th June
Keats House is a literary centre and museum dedicated to John Keats, a famous English poet in the 1700s. On the 27th June, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will commemorate the 150th anniversary since the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Tea Party will be held in the beautiful grounds of Keats House, situated moments from Hampstead Heath. We have a selection of properties close to one of London’s most popular open spaces, which will certainly appeal to those who enjoy their outdoor pursuits and Sunday walks.
Sunday July 5th
The Big Fair takes place on the last day of the event, where thousands of people flock to Heath Street to enjoy a variety of events suitable for all ages of the family. Heath Street and Hampstead High Street are closed to vehicles, allowing over 100 stalls to put on lots of fun activities.
Taste many of the delicious foods on sale, visit a sports and fitness zone, take part in a chess tournament, go for a donkey ride or enjoy the small funfair at the top of the hill. Not only is it a great day out for the whole family, but also helps to support Hampstead’s local traders; something the local community hold dear to their hearts.
All the profits from the festival will go to two local charities, Age UK Camden’s Henderson Court Resource Centre and Keats Community Library. £21,000 was raised in 2014, and they’re aiming to raise even more funds this year.
Hampstead isn’t the only North London area benefitting from a summer festival this year. On the 4th and 5th of July, the Jester Festival will take place in West Hampstead, NW6. It’s certainly worth checking out, either before or after you’ve visited The Big Fair on Heath Street.
Taking place on Fortune Green, the festival is free to attend and fun for all the family. Activities on the day include stage performances, arts and craft stalls, children’s storytelling, face painting, fun dog training and a selection of classic cars which you can have your picture taken with.
West Hampstead is a lively residential area with high-street shops, restaurants, cafes and open spaces. It’s incredibly popular with young professionals as it’s a slightly cheaper alternative to Hampstead. It also benefits from very good transport links via the Underground which is situated on the Jubilee Line, the Overground station and Thameslink.
Check out our West Hampstead properties, or pop into our Hampstead branch to discuss what we have available in both Hampstead and West Hampstead.
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