Lauderdale House holds its annual heritage fair this weekend with family activities, news of local history projects, and even a talk on Highgate's pubs.

The free event has run every year since 2016 to get people engaged with their local heritage.

Lauderdale House director Katherine Ives said: "It gets bigger and better each year and is a great way for people to find out more about the organisations and venues involved with local heritage and history, and a valuable chance for those organisations to network with each other."

A heritage fair on Saturday (February 24) will feature stalls from Camden History Society, Channing School, Friends of Kenwood, Friends of Waterlow Park, and The Highgate Society among others.

Ham & High: The heritage fair includes stalls from local history groups and projectsThe heritage fair includes stalls from local history groups and projects (Image: Lauderdale House)

Visitors can discover the latest plans for Highgate Cemetery, a scheme to restore the grave of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in St Michael's Church, and news of The Highgate Roman Kiln Project  project which has won a National Lottery Heritage grant to restore a Roman pottery kiln in Highgate Wood.

Students from la Sainte Union will be encouraging people to share memories for Lauderdale House's archives, and talks include That’s Entertainment with Nick Peacey from Lauderdale, Ade Berry from Jacksons Lane, and John Plews from Upstairs at the Gatehouse talking about how the venues came to be what they are.

Hospitality in Highgate will impart knowledge on local pubs and taverns such as the odd ritual of the 'Swearing of the Horns,' how a shortage of small change once forced landlords to issue their own coins so thirsty punters could buy a pint, and where to get the warmest welcome and cheapest pint in Highgate.

Sunday 25 is family day with chocolate bars up for grabs for those who complete the history trail, and craft workshops making ruffs and masks.