The following links connect to British Pathe and there are some interesting clips of Hampstead Heath in the past years.
When the box pops up, just click on "play" and use the small EXPAND square, at the bottom of the panel to play full screen.
"Roll up for the great event...the coming of the Fair to anything but high and haughty Hampstead." High angle shots of the crowds at a London funfair on Hampstead Heath. Shots of various rides including swing boats, merry-go-round, galloping horses, etc Three girls link arms and do a little dance. The fair is likened to a human beehive" 1931
"'Appy 'Ampstead. Hampstead Heath. London. Guys having fun in winter snow on Hampstead Heath. Title frame 'Appy 'Ampstead. Scenes in snowbound suburb. (Suburb of London.) Shot of some soldiers on leave; throwing snowballs; snow is pretty much all over. Pan left as the guys come out of ditch throwing and moving forward." 1914
"Hampstead, London Shot from Parliament Hill showing excellent overview of London. Camera pans left showing cityscape, Hampstead ponds and people strolling or walking dogs on the heath. VS Scenics on the heath, trees, squirrels, types flying kites and bird watchers. VS Wildlife showing ducks on pond and a pigeon walking about, etc." 1971
"Snow on Hampstead. Hampstead Heath, London. Playing in the snow. Guys playing leapfrog in snow. CU same -- a young man jumps over another right by cam. Then; a man pulling a sled; away from camera; another guy throws snowball at him; which starts a snowball fight among several guys. -- soldiers and also some women and children hanging out " 1914
"Filmed at Ken Wood" (presumably Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, London). A story about "all-the-year-round bathers." M/S of girls in running gear jogging around the side of one of the bathing ponds on Hampstead Heath. The girls wave at the camera. "Air temperature 34 degrees - water 39 degrees - with a permanent sinking feel" 1931
"Kenwood. Hampstead, London. Various scenic shots of the park with forest, lake and garden. Various L/S's of Kenwood House, three ladies sit on the grass and sketch. M/S of a family sat in the gardens. C/U of children with their small home-made tent. Various shots of the lake with people swimming and diving in." 1943
Sound File of Hampstead Heath Fair, 1939
THE FAIR AT Hampstead Heath was a major holiday fixture for Londoners during the first half of the 20th century, with 200,000 visitors in 1910 and a visit from Queen Alexandria in 1920.
There’s a wide range of sounds including the regular ding of a ‘test your strength’ bell, voices and whistling from passersby, and showmen touting shies and lotteries.
One curiosity is the whine of a miniature siren belonging to one of the fariground rides.
Of particular interest is the voice of showman running a weight-guessing pitch.
Weight-guessing was recorded as a street occupation by Henry Mayhew in London Labour and the London Poor in the mid-nineteenth century, typically occurring outside major railway stations.
Weight-guessing was also an early example of the human voice becoming automated. ‘I Speak Your Weight’ machines began to be produced in the early 1930s by the British Automatic Co. Ltd. and other manufacturers.
A shellac disc inside the machine bore voice recordings, and the customer’s weight made a needle move to the start of the appropriate track and begin playing.