Thursday, August 24, 2017
Basil’s ‘Brush’ with Blackheath

Basil’s ‘Brush’ with Blackheath


Basil Brush, the hugely popular children’s entertainer who has been lighting up TV screens for nearly 50 years, is coming to OnBlackheath this September.

The funny furry fox, whose mischief making and catchphrase “Boom Boom!” has earned a place in millions of children’s hearts since the late 1960s, has been added to the line up for the children’s area at the festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 9 to Sunday, September 10, in partnership with John Lewis.

While TV trends have come and gone, Basil has remained a popular figure and has made the transition from the era of black and white TV to become a truly 21st century fox complete with YouTube channel, Twitter and Instagram accounts. With an appearance at Glastonbury already under his belt, he’s now set to bring the kiddies’ house down at OnBlackheath.

Now established as a landmark event in London’s festival calendar, the end-of-summer festival will bring two days of music, food and family entertainment to Blackheath in South-East London. Basil is part of a Family Playground programme bursting with kids’ entertainment featuring special appearances from family favourites and some intriguing and immersive entertainment, which will encourage young visitors to get out and explore a range of activities across the weekend.

Comedian and writer Julian Clary will be reading from his best-selling children’s book series The Bolds. He will be joined by award-winning children’s illustrator David Roberts, famous for his distinctive style and collaborations with some of the UK’s finest children’s authors. Also entertaining younger visitors will be Children’s Laureate (2007-2009) novelist, poet and author of the enduring classic We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen. Other key highlights include an appearance by CBeebies star Mister Maker, entertaining pre-schoolers in fun and imaginative ways.

Also on the bill for the children’s area will be festival favourites face painting, a craft zone with Daemon or Doppelganger, Hugh Jart painting wall, flower creation workshops, circus workshops, a pirate ship for climbing adventurers, wandering performers and soft play areas for under fives.

Travis and The Libertines head up a superb line-up across the two days of the festival, which will bring London’s summer of concerts to a spectacular finale. With a UK festival exclusive performance of their 1999 breakthrough album The Man Who, Travis headline the Saturday and will be joined by electronic floor-fillers Metronomy, American hip-hop duo De La Soul, spoken word artist Kate Tempest, indie singer-songwriter Steve Mason and festival favourite Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club. London’s own indie legends The Libertines will bring the festival to a close on Sunday after performances from American blues ace Seasick Steve, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, the talented KT Tunstall and The Fun Lovin’ Criminals. OnBlackheath festival also features an impressive and mouth-watering demonstration stage in the John Lewis Food Village with some of the best chefs in the UK. Curated by MasterChef finalist Tony Rodd, the food line-up features a number of guest chefs from all walks of life, making sure there is something to suit every palate. Masterchef winners Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, Jane Devonshire, Gary Maclean and Great British Menu competitor Michael Bremner are just some of the big names from the UK restaurant scene who will be cooking live.

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Assistant Editor | Shuz Azam has been a journalist for more than 20 years and although he trained in Shropshire at the Shropshire Star where he later worked as a reporter his first job in London was working on the Mercury in Deptford. He later moved to the sister paper the South London Press working as reporter, sub editor, production editor and deputy editor. He has also worked in West London as editor of the Ealing Gazette and content manager of Uxbridge Gazette, Harrow Observer and Bucks Examiner and Advertiser. Today he is assistant editor of the South London Press and works for all our titles.


Basil’s ‘Brush’ with Blackheath