The Return of the OnBlackheath Festival

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OnBlackheath - London’s biggest family festival - takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September on Blackheath in South East London and to celebrate the launch of the programme, festival tickets for under 12s are free until Friday 30 June 2017.

The children’s line-up includes comedian and writer Julian Clary reading excerpts from his book series, a visit from children’s Laureate (2007-2009) novelist, poet and author of the classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen and an appearance by CBeebies favourite Mister Maker, who'll be teaching and entertaining pre-schoolers in his signature fun and imaginative way.

Families can also take part in the festival’s classic Village Green Sports Day with egg and spoon races, three-legged races and tug-of-war. The children’s area will include festival favourites face painting, a craft zone with Daemon and Doppelganger, Hugh Jart painting wall, flower creation workshops, circus workshops, a pirate ship for climbing adventurers, wandering performers and soft play areas for under 5’s.

OnBlackheath, in partnership with John Lewis, isn’t just for kids – there’s an impressive food demonstration stage in the John Lewis Food Village. The food line up has been curated by MasterChef finalist and private chef Tony Rodd and will feature chefs:

  • Andy McLeish – Chapters, Chapter One and Great British Chefs
  • Jane Devonshire – MasterChef winner 2016
  • Gary Maclean – MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2016
  • Adam Simmonds – The Test Kitchen, Great British Menu winner 2014
  • Tony Rodd – MasterChef finalist 2015
  • Dave Mothersill – The Salt Room
  • Guy Awford – Hand Made Food, The Guildford Arms
  • Saliha Mahmood Ahmed – MasterChef winner 2017
  • Mark Stinchcombe – MasterChef: The Professionals winner 2015
  • Michael Bremner – 64 Degrees, Great British Menu
  • Emma Spitzer – Author or Fress, MasterChef finalist 2015
  • Laura Petersen – The Coal Shed, The Salt Room

Saira Hamilton and Juanita Hennessey are MasterChef finalists who have formed a female
cooking double act, ‘Ham + Hen’. Keen to represent the ‘real’ cook out there, Saira and
Juanita will be using the cookery school to demonstrate how to create delicious and
seasonal food just using home appliances.

The John Lewis Cookery School will be kitted out with six stations that feature the latest
innovations in home cooking for customers to get their hands on and try out. Punters can
learn to cook like professionals with top of the range equipment from John Lewis including
induction cookers, hobs and even a Sous Vide, the latest sensation in cooking that offers
perfectly cooked meals thanks to its precise temperature control.

With music from Travis, The Libertines, Metronomy, De La Soul, Jake Bugg, Kate Tempest, KT Tunstall, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.

Day tickets start at £49.50 and can be purchased in person at Blackheath Concert Hall or online via or

Festival tickets for under 12s are free until Friday 30 June 2017. From July 1, entry will remain free for children under 5 and there will be a limited number of tickets available for children aged 5-12 for £10 per day or £15 for the whole weekend. Teen tickets will also be limited and will be priced at £30 per day and £55 for the weekend.

We’re going on the Saturday – maybe see you there?