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Must Do: May Day festival at Kentish Town City Farm

Be warned: some gratuitous pictures of cute animals. And all the news on this weekend's family bash

Everyone loves the City Farm, of course, so why not ooohhh and ahhhh at those cute-faced creatures on their increasingly active Instagram account? We’ve posted a few of our favourite images above.

Anyway, the big news is the annual upcoming festie this Sunday, 3 May. Not been before? Expect a maypole, green man, live music, face-painting, a barbecue, arts and crafts and pony rides. Phew.  A raffle will be on hand too with prizes from Meat NW5, Jonathan Norris and Ruby Violet among others.

Poster for the May Day festival.
Poster for the May Day festival.

Also happening this year for the first time is a vogueish community bake-off. This is an opportunity for Masterchef wannabes to submit their finest sweet or savoury creation in the face of local judges, including peeps from the brand new Spence Bakery on Fortess Road. Entries should be dropped off by 1pm on 3 May, judging take places at 1:30pm and all tasty submissions will be available for purchase on the day.

Finally, it’s worth pondering some farm facts: did you know, for example, it costs £5 per day to feed one horse? £70 a month for hay and straw for one cow? And a whopping £250,000 a year to run the farm? After next year, the funding from Camden Council will be slashed to zero (how is this possible?), so if you value this brilliant facility it’s worth getting involved in any way you can.


Entrance to May Day festival is £1 for adults and 30p for children, Sunday 3 May 1-4pm. The farm is open seven days a week, 9am – 5pm. 1 Cressfield Close, off Grafton Road NW5 4BN. T:020 7916 5421. More info  

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