Top 10 July events

From al fresco theatre to summertime festivals, here’s our pick of what’s on in July in south west London and Surrey


Urban Art Fair 2019

London’s largest annual open-air contemporary arts fair will be once again taking place along Josephine Avenue in Brixton. Artists will use the street’s railings as an open air gallery, exhibiting works along the length of the pavements. It’s a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see original pieces, talk to artists, and learn all about the creative processes behind them.
6-7 July; 10am-6pm; free



Those who didn’t quite get a coveted Glastonbury ticket can go all out festival fever in Gunnersbury Park this July, with a fabulous line-up including Solange, Chance the Rapper, Loyle Carner and Lizzo. Enjoy food from the many street food stands, and soak up the party atmosphere by making your way around the tents.

12-13 July

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Pizza Shop Heroes at Tara Arts  

From one of the leading refugee theatre groups in the UK, four former child refugees from Eritrea, Afghanistan and Albania will be taking us on a journey across time and continents, sharing their own stories in front of an audience.
4-5 July; 7.30pm; £15/£5 for regufees
Tara Theatre


Shakespeare in the Squares

Returning for a fourth year, Shakespeare in the Squares will be back with a stunning al fresco performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With themes of love and magic, this performance also brings music and circus into the mix.
7 July, 3pm & 9 July 7pm; £25
Le Gothique, Wandsworth


Kew Science Festival

Visit Kew Gardens for a magical weekend of workshops, hands-on experiments and behind-the-scenes tours that will captivate children. Kids will have the chance to converse with world-renowned scientists who will be on hand to showcase what they’re doing to protect Kew’s rare plant collection.
20-21 July; normal admission applies


Surbiton Summer Salons 2019

A festival of classical music, jazz, theatre and literature in the heart of Surbiton at the much-loved cornerHOUSE. This year’s festival features five concerts, three talks, and three workshops over the course of five days.

24-28 July; see website for times and prices


International Youth Arts Festival 

The UK’s biggest multi-arts festival for performers under 27 once again takes to Kingston with the best talent from rising stars. Time & Leisure is proud media partner for the event.
5-14 July; see website for links and prices, various locations across Kingston


RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival will be returning this summer with glorious botanical gardens, immense floral displays, gourmet picnicking and celebrity talks. The festival will be welcoming the Duchess of Cambridge who will be co-designing a garden with award-winning Davies White landscape architects.

2-7 July; 10am-5.30pm & 10am-7.30pm; see website for tickets
Hampton Court Palace


Barnes Fair

A yearly fair and huge community fundraising event with 300 stalls, live music, a funfair, celebrity attendees, shopping and plenty of stages. Stop by our annual photo competition, with judging taking place on the day.
13 July; 9.30am-5.30pm 


Wisley Live!

The summer season of Wisley Live! is back with an exciting programme of live entertainment, including music, comedy, cinema and circus – there’s sure to be something for everyone. Enjoy Saturday jazz sessions al fresco, open air theatre productions and even a film festival.
Dates throughout July