Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (24 June to 2 July)

greenwichfair-2011GDIF is back, putting free outdoor arts firmly on the map.

From Greenwich to Woolwich, Canary Wharf to Mile End, the Festival offers a free and inclusive programme of world class theatre and dance, family entertainment, two extraordinary spectacles and for the first time since 1857, a Greenwich Fair.

trollskitchen2011Until 150 years ago, when it was closed down for being too unruly, the Greenwich Fair was the largest and most uproarious gathering of outdoor entertainment in Britain. Much loved by Charles Dickens, the high spirited activities included sideshows, dancing booths, travelling menageries and melodramas boasting 3 murders and a ghost in 25 minutes!

This year a 21st century version of the Greenwich Fair returns as a “festival within a festival” with a huge programme of outdoor performing arts.

As London’s first ever showcase of its kind, you can expect to experience the best of UK and international outdoor arts.

Festival date: 24-26 June 2011
Festival location: Greenwich, London
Festival times: 1pm-10pm

Full details about the entire festival available at