Coming Events in Southwark Parks

Burgess Park open air free film festival
When: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August, from 8pm
Where: on the slope next to the children’s playground, overlooking the lake in Burgess Park 
Following on from last year’s successful free outdoor film screening in Burgess Park, we will be showing two more films over this weekend: Pan’s Labyrinth on Friday and Frozen on Saturday – and remember this needs to be powered by your peddling! 

For more information visit the website or send an email to:

Free band stand concert in Southwark Park
When: Sunday 24 August, 2pm to 4pm
Where: the Band Stand in the centre of Southwark Park
To commemorate the 1864 Southwark Park Act and the Centenary of the First World War, a show case of various styles of popular music between 1864 and 2014 will be played by the band, including a selection of wartime songs.

Dog show and community picnic in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park
When: Monday 25 August, 12am to 4pm
Where: Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Kennington Road, SE1
The Friends of Geraldine Mary Harmsworth are putting on a fun-packed show, where you can spruce up your dog and enter him or her for one of ten categories! You can bring your own picnic or there is food available to buy. There will also be children’s games, as well as a raffle draw with some great prizes. For more information please visit the Friends of GMH Park website at

Bat Walk in Southwark Park
When: Wednesday 27 August, 8pm to 9.30pm
Where: meet at the main gates on Southwark Park Road
Jon Best is the Ecology Officer for Southwark Council and as part of Southwark Park’s 150 years’ celebrations he will be lending his knowledge and experience to guide you through the likeliest places to spot bats in the evening light. Contact Jon Best at for more details

Bat Walk in Camberwell Old Cemetery
When: Friday 29 August, 8pm to 9.30pm
Where: meet inside the Forest Hill Road gate, Camberwell Old Cemetery
Discover your local bats as they hunt at dusk. Contact Dan Greenwood at of the London Wildlife Trust for more details.

Free outdoor screening of rare Edwardian films
When: Saturday 30 August, start 8.30pm
Where: Dog Kennel Hill Open Space (next to Sainsburys, Dog Kennel Hill)
This will take place on the site of the original Gaumont Film Studios, which existed on this site between 1904 and 1912. Over 500 films were produced and until recently were hidden away in the British Film Institute archive. For the first time a selection of them have been digitised and willl be shown for free here! Visit the Friends of Dog Kennel Hill website at for more details.

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Events organised in association with the London Wildlife Trust’s Lost Effra project:

image004Film screening – Lost Rivers

Thursday 11th September, 7-9pm

Prince Regent Pub, Dulwich Road

Admission: free (but first come first served) 

Lost Rivers takes us on an adventure down below and across the globe, retracing the history of lost urban rivers by plunging into archival maps and going underground with clandestine urban explorers. Could we see these rivers again? To find the answer, we meet visionary urban thinkers, activists and artists from around the world.”



image007Expert talk – Tom Bolton on London’s Lost Rivers

Thursday 23rd October, 7-8.30pm

Belair Park recreation rooms

Admission: free (but first come first served)

 London’s river is usually assumed to be the Thames, but the city was built around many other rivers too – and traces of these still remain for those who know where to look.  A secret network of underground rivers snakes beneath the capital and by rediscovering them and tracing their courses, we can transform the way we see London. Tom Bolton is a researcher and writer, the author of London’s Lost Rivers: A Walker’s Guide. Among other things, he will reveal Brixton’s forgotten rural past, find out why the Oval is oval and visit the oldest inhabited spot in London.”


There is no need to book ahead for these two events but spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis so get in early to avoid disappointment!


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