Kites fly high on Hampstead Heath to mark 1871 Act's 150th anniversary

Kite event on Parliament Hill

Kite event on Parliament Hill - Credit: Polly Hancock

A series of events were held over the weekend to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1871 Hampstead Heath Act.  

Sunday, the community fun day around Parliament Hill Bandstand - organised by Heath Hands - saw children's music and guided walks to toast the one-off occasion.

There was also bug hunting, art classes, an egg and spoon race and a kite-flying display as part of festivities, with organisers including the City of London Corporation (CoLC) and the Heath and Hampstead Society. 

London Youth Folk Ensemble from Cecil Sharp House play on the bandstand

London Youth Folk Ensemble from Cecil Sharp House play on the bandstand - Credit: Polly Hancock

Heath hands volunteers Mary Goyder and Jean Early create a display of artwork and people's memories of the Heath

Heath hands volunteers Mary Goyder and Jean Early create a display of artwork and people's memories of the Heath - Credit: Polly Hancock

Burgh House was another involved in the activities which celebrated the good and the great of the Heath.  

There are more events planned for summer, with a special hideaway cinema lined up for September 8.  

A cricket match between the Heath and Hampstead Society and Hampstead Heath staff is also planned, likely to be held on September 11 or 12. 


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And to round off the series of celebrations, swimmers will take the plunge for the traditional Christmas Day swim in the bathing ponds.

Kite event on Parliament Hill

Kite event on Parliament Hill - Credit: Polly Hancock

Hampstead Heath Act 1871 150th anniversary celebrations

From left: Maddy Gomez-Diez Burgh House learning and outreach manager, Lara Greenfield-Byers, art tutor Rea Stavropoulos and Linda Chung - Credit: Polly Hancock

Live music on the bandstand with Mad Dog Bites

Live music on the bandstand with Mad Dog Bites - Credit: Polly Hancock

Display of artwork and people's memories of the Heath to the netting around the bandstand

Display of artwork and people's memories of the Heath to the netting around the bandstand - Credit: Polly Hancock

Kite event on Parliament Hill

Kite event on Parliament Hill - Credit: Polly Hancock

Kite event on Parliament Hill

Kite event on Parliament Hill - Credit: Polly Hancock

People stop to read the panels on the Heath 150 art installation at the South End Green entrance to Hampstead Heath

People stop to read the panels on the Heath 150 art installation at the South End Green entrance to Hampstead Heath - Credit: Polly Hancock

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