Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

Residents welcome people to the Gayton Road Street party.

Residents welcome people to the Gayton Road Street party. - Credit: Archant

A vibrant street festival, a Roald Dahl-themed quiz and a poignant seminar on the lives of Jewish refugees in World War Two are three of our top five things to do in the area this week.

Tuesday and Wednesday

A two-day seminar reflecting on the lives and culture of the German and Austrian Jewish refugees who fled from Nazi rule will take place for the second year at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, North End Road, Golders Green, from 10.15am until 5pm, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The discussion, called German and Austrian Refugees: Their Impact and Personal Legacy, will focus on the legacy of refugees and the effect they had on subsequent generations.

The seminar, held by Sussex University’s Centre for German-Jewish Studies, costs £60 for both days in advance, £70 on the door, and £35 per day in advance, £40 on the door.


A film celebrating stories of Ireland, London and the lives of everyday people will be screened at the London Irish Centre in Camden Square, Camden Town, from 7pm.

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The nostalgic film, called Carnaby Street, The Kings Road and the Dancehalls: London Was Your First Stop, follows the London Irish Centre’s AGM at 6pm.

Refreshments will be served.


A public meeting to protest against plans to close Swiss Cottage Crown Post Office in Finchley Road and move it into a shop will take place between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, at Unit 2 of the O2 Centre in Finchley Road.


A quiz to celebrate Roald Dahl Day will be held at Primrose Hill Community Library in Sharpleshall Street, Primrose Hill, between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.

Kids and families will be asked easy, medium and difficult questions to test their knowledge of Roald Dahl’s creepy characters.

The quiz is free to attend.


A festival in its 36th year returns to Hampstead with traditional fete games. a chocolate fountain, live music, morris dancers and fairground rides on Sunday.

Following on from the success of hit BBC show The Great British Bake Off, organisers of the Gayton Festival will again put on a Great Gayton Bake Off, where eager cake makers are invited to whip up and decorate half a dozen cupcakes to bring along to be judged at the competition.

There will be plenty to do at the fair, which runs from midday until 5pm in Gayton Road, Hampstead, in order to keep families entertaining for hours with a children’s performer, face-painting, hook-a-duck, fair rides, and ice cream.

Stalls will be selling second-hand books. bric-a-brac, sweet treats and tea while music will be provided by local bands Hats of Gentlemen, The Hampstead Players and The New End Dolls.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome to come along.