OnBlackheath festival is now less than a month away and there’s plenty to look forward to.

The music, food, arts and entertainment event on Blackheath on September 12 and 13 is packed with fun for all the family. We picked just a few reasons why you should consider checking it out.

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Madness and more

Suggs and the gang are playing just one London show this year, and it’s headlining the Sunday at OnBlackheath. Pull on your baggy trousers and get ready for a good old nutty dance. It’d be madness to miss it.

Headlining on the Saturday is Elbow, while the weekend’s bill on the mainstage includes top music such as Manic Street Preachers, Kelis, Laura Mvula and the cast of the Kinks’ musical Sunny Afternoon.

There are four music stages.

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Food Food Food

Grub is a massive part of the festival, which is sponsored by John Lewish. The Chef’s Club is running throughout the weekend with the likes of Jamie Oliver’s mentor Gennaro Contaldo and the bestselling authors of The Art of Eating Wellm, Hemsley and Hemsley.

Executive chef of Blackheath’s Chapters and Bromley’s Chapter One, Andy McLeish will be doing a demo on Sunday and hosting a chef’s banquet where you can tuck in to the likes of Roe Venison Wellington (pictured above) with smoked celeriac puree, salt baked celeriac, tender stem broccoli and venison jus. Yum. Book that here. 

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Keeping the kids happy

OnBlackheath is one of the more family-friendly festivals and kids under 12 can go free all weekend. For the little ones, there’s stars from TV’s Milkshake – so Little Princess, Bananas in Pyjamas and their friends – plus a playground, arts and crafts, village fete-style games like sack races, a maze, stories and urban art.

Roaming art

In between the music and the food, there’ll be all kinds of roaming performers with street theatre, skills and installations.

OnBlackheath is from September 12 to 13. Got to onblackheath.com