Fashion Outfits

Lambeth Country Show + Anchor Dress

The weekend before last, Sam and  I went to the Lambeth Country Show.  If you thought that London would be far too cool and urban to have what is essentially a country fair, you are (luckily) mistaken. On the third weekend in July, just a short walk from Brixton in Brockwell Park, you can find the Lambeth Country Show.

Last year nearly 180,000 people attended, making it one of the largest free community events in Europe. The best part of it is its diversity. You can see traditional village fete attractions across the path from a Vegan Jerk Chicken tent. It’s amazing. There are local musicians and bigger acts; from reggae to ska to indie acoustic. From sheep shearing to bird shows to tea dances to cooking demonstrations to free holistic checkups. It’s hard to describe the scale that the festival encompasses.

Just take a look at this official video from last year to see and the happy, dance filled fun that can be had!

Of course, it’s tradition to buy a pint or several of the festival staple Chucklehead Cider. And don’t miss my personal favourite, the vegetable animal competition. (Where vegetables are carved into amazing creatures.) Take a peak at the official website, and keep an eye on it for next year!

The flower marquis.
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My old friend, Bessie the Cow.
looking at sheepprize badgesheep shearingscarecrowsvegetable art

I told you I loved that vegetable carving exhibit.

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The dress that I wore to the country show is one of my favourites so I wanted to so a special What I Wore highlight in it:

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Dress: from a small boutique in Stratford upon Avon (similar print here) . Shoes: Nina. Swallow Necklace: We Dream in Colour (pictured in silver).

Are you going to any fairs or fetes this summer?

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  • I love fairs, Sweden is sadly very lacking in the fair/festival/market arena.

    • That is a bummer. I imagine lots of Christmas markets in the winter in Sweden or is it just too cold? x

  • So cool! I wouldn’t have expected such thing in London but it sounds like a lot of fun!

    • Right?! I love that awesome mixture of city-farm. And kids there were going nuts so it must have been even more fun for them! x

  • You look gorgeous in that dress and looks like a lot a lot of fun! Also loving the new layout of the blog!!! xxx

  • I have heard of that and wanted to go there as well, but in the end time was too short πŸ™
    But your pictures look just awesome! And I love your dress πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much! Maybe it’s a sign that you just need to try and go next year! x

      • I am going to mark it as thick and colourful as possible in my calendar πŸ˜‰

  • How cute! I love that even huge cities have fairs like this!

    • And I loved that in the spirit of community you don’t have to pay entrance fees! Awesome!!! x

  • This is awesome! I had a few friends who went to this, looked like a great day.

  • oh man, country fairs! How I miss them. I’m always a sucker for the animal tents, baby goats get me every time.

  • I’ve never been to a country fair, it looks amazing!

  • TheJessaOlsonBlog

    I love this fair.. I want to go!!

    • Haha thanks! It was bigger than any county fair I’d been to in the US and I thought I had been to some big ones! x

  • I really love country fairs and miss all the local fairs we have in Oregon. Vegetable carving is always an awesome exhibit!

    • Haha I loved it all. But the surreal vegetable carvings were the best! I bet you have some beautiful fairs in Oregon! x

  • Too cute, ohemgee a cute dress with pockets!!

    • Pockets are a crucial design item for me. Where else am I going to hide all my crap? Besides my bag, which is also filled with junk… x

  • Gracey

    I love the photo of the guy in the old-timey farm clothes..talking on a cell phone….the juxtaposition of it…..and sheep pictures are always appreciated…

  • Oh I want to see vegetables carved into cool things! And I must say that dress looks amazing on you πŸ™‚

    • Ah, thank you Camila! They had to be carved into fantastical sea-scenes- mermaids etc. I love that kind of weird thing! x

  • Em

    I love that this is a stone’s throw from gargantuan London! It looks so quaint and very similar to the fairs where I grew up in the American Midwest.

    • Yep! It’s in Brixton is one of the diverse, urban areas in London so it’s such a great mash up of quaintness with everything else! x

  • Oh my gosh, what is this! I hate saying it, but this looks like it would definitely make me feel like I’m back home in the states – amazing! I can’t wait to go next year!
    Very pretty dress too!

  • Marielle

    Looks fun! I actually have no idea if any fairs/festivals like that are going on in my area. . .it’s funny how I loved that stuff when I was abroad and now I’m like meh. There are some art shows/markets with local crafts that I want to check out though. And love that dress! Dresses with pockets rock!

    • Dresses with pockets are the best because I need them to hide all my crap. Ha! (But seriously, I do.) I get really excited for pretty much all fairs. But I think it’s because my mom growing up would never take us to the New Mexico State Fair because a) she was convinced it was ludicrously overpriced (it was). and b) No, actually there’s just option a. πŸ™‚ x

  • I’m majorly crushing on that dress!!! So cute πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Sara! xx

  • Thank you! Is there anything similar in Italy? (It was almost overwhelmingly large! I feel like I must have missed tons of booths!) x

  • I love that your cell phone has ears… You are so cute. A county fair in London- who would have thought!

    • Hahaha it totally does. I’m not even ashamed to admit it. This one is a mouse, and the case before was a rabbit. And I totally loved rocking the rabbit eared phone. But then one ear snapped off and it just looked sad…. Ha! x

  • Gotta say, dresses with pockets are my absolute FAVOURITE! <3