A global field guide to shopping, style and hidden gems
est. 2007

Summer fete, London-style

Ahhh, a village fete in high summer – a perfectly quaint English tradition that sounds right up my alley, especially when the V&A’s in charge.

Last year's fete in the V&A's John Madejski Garden


I’m still kicking myself about missing out last year, so tomorrow night you’ll find me at the Late Night Village Fete, playing hoopla at Tatty Devine’s booth in a bid to win a limited-edition ring, getting into a scratch-off for art prizes at Rob Ryan’s stall, and lining up at Lady Luck Rules OK for a bespoke wooden rosette brooch.

Moustache necklace £23, by Tatty Devine.

There’s an impressive line-up of other creative games and stalls by leading as well as up-and-coming designers in Britain, and kooky events like helium karaoke (uh, that's heli-oke), “The Beard Tent” (compete for the largest and most object-filled beard) and “Anarchy in an English Country Garden” (winning topiary trimmers score bondage-style wellies). See you there amongst the bunting … and the beards.

Friday Late Village Fete
Friday 25 July, 6.30pm-10pm
Saturday 26 July, 10am-5.45pm
The V&A Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tel. 020 7942 2966

Click here for a Wee Birdy map.

  •  <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/02088257801400843909" rel="nofollow

    Oh I think that moustaches are the new black! I hope you are well well well, lovely lil birdy!

  •  <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/01356289871296166832" rel="nofollow

    Yep, must get myself a lovely new tache. Fingers’ crossed I win one tonight (although I don’t much fancy my hoopla skills).

    Lovely to see you in this neck of woods, Pip! xx