50th Edition of the Lambeth Country Show comes to a close

9 June 2024

Written by: Lambeth Council

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An estimated 120,000 attended the Lambeth Country Show 50th edition event at Brockwell Park on Saturday and Sunday. The free community event which celebrates the best of the city and the country side – with a unique Lambeth flavour – first started in 1974.

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50th Edition of the Lambeth Country Show comes to a close

This year’s event featured a roots and reggae led main stage line up, animal shows, vegetable and flower competition displays, more than 200 traders and exhibitors, a LatinoLife big top music experience, sports sessions and so much more.

Sadly at around 6.20pm on Saturday a fairground ride malfunction left four people with serious injuries. Two people have since been released from hospital, and two others remain in hospital receiving treatment. An investigation into the incident, led by the Met Police and Health and Safety Executive, is underway.

Despite this very concerning incident the Lambeth Country Show re-opened for a successful second day, although much of the funfair was closed on Sunday.

Bayo Dosunmu, Lambeth Council’s Chief Executive, said: “The Lambeth Country Show was celebrated by big crowds over the weekend with a fun, united and inclusive vibe throughout.

“We are deeply saddened by the fairground incident on Saturday, it is really shocking, and our thoughts are with those who were injured, and their families.

“Because of the importance of the country show to our communities, the number of traders and the amount of community groups involved the decision was taken to re-open on Sunday once it was agreed that much of the funfair would be closed.”

The Lambeth Country Show is organised by Lambeth Council in partnership with Brockwell Live. Work on restoring Brockwell Park following the Lambeth Country Show has started, and this work will be paid for by Brockwell Live.

Running the show in partnership with Brockwell Live saves the council £700,000 from the cost of putting on the event, as well as securing more than £100,000 for community investment.