Smithfield Street Party

Smithfield Street Party: A Beastly Adventure

Welcome to the urban jungle: Smithfield Market was transformed into a beastly paradise on August Bank Holiday Sunday 2019, with a free summer party where  animals topped the bill.

In 2019's take on Culture Mile’s annual festival, curated by the Museum of London, all London’s animals – past, present or future, large and small, rare and familiar – made an appearance at an unmissable party full of music, circus performances, beastly workshops, games and play, joined by 10,000 human party animals in Smithfield’s wildest event of the year.

Inspired by the original Bartholomew’s Fair and the Museum of London and Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Beasts of London experience, Smithfield Street Party invited all of London’s families, including their four legged canine members, to come and take part in a day full of free beastly fun.

A host of activities for all ages animated the ancient streets throughout the day including marching bands, parades, history tours with the City Guides, fun fair rides, craft and zine-making workshops, meet the mini-beasts, storytelling, an animal tea party, and the Doghouse, a chill-out zone for our furriest friends.

2019 festival map can be downloaded here. To find out more about the Smithfield Street Party programme and line-up click here or read more below.

60% of Smithfield Street Party were visiting the area for the first time.

"My perception of Farringdon has changed, I'd come again." Smithfield Street Party visitor

Smithfield Market transforms into a beastly paradise, with a fantastical, free summer party where the animals top the bill.

All London’s animals – past, present or future, large and small, rare and familiar – make an appearance at an unmissable party full of music, circus performances, beastly workshops, games and play, joined by 10,000 human party animals in Smithfield’s wildest event of the year.

24%

of visitors travelled from outside of London

and a further 6% were visiting from overseas

25

activities in total were on offer on the day

with families spending an average on nearly three hours on site

36%

of visitors came from a BAME background

compared to 23% in 2018

60%

of attenders were visiting the area for the first time

and many said that it had changed their perception of the Smithfield area

9000

people attended in total

with 42% of visitors citing awareness of Culture Mile

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