What's On In Greenwich During The Next 14 Days
Monthly Guide to What's On
Buildings across London once again throw their doors open this weekend and allow visitors to see many places they might not normally be able to see. Places in the Royal Borough of Greenwich taking part are:
- Blackheath House
- Charlton House
- Devonport Mausoleum
- Dreadnought Library
- Eltham Lodge
- Greenwich Heritage Centre
- Greenwich Yacht Club
- Old Royal Naval College
- Queen’s House: Royal Museums Greenwich
- Ruins of Garrison Church – Royal Artillery Barracks
- Severndroog Castle
- St Alfege Church, Greenwich (including the crypt)
- St Mary Magdalene CE School
- St Saviour’s Church, Eltham
- Station Officers’ Mess – Royal Artillery Barracks
- Thames Barrier & Information Centre
- The Coronet Cinema
- Tudor Barn and Gardens
- Woolwich Town Hall
Walks and tours:
- Early Georgian Blackheath
- Engineering East London: ICE Boat tour to the Hoo Peninsula
- ICE tour of Emirates Air Line cable car
- London’s Engineering Heritage: ICE boat tour II
Councillor Peter Kotz, Cabinet member for Culture and Creative Industries, said: “Open House London provides a fantastic opportunity for Royal Greenwich to once again showcase its rich heritage and contemporary achievements for residents and visitors. We are proud to open the doors to our favourite buildings and I would encourage everyone to get involved with this free event”.
More more information, and to find out which venues need to be booked in advance, visit the Open House London website.
If you want to venture outside of the Royal Borough, you will also find a Greenwich connection in Tottenham. Local architects bptw have worked on a six year restoration of Tottenham's Grade II Listed Edwardian Baroque Town Hall.
bptw’s lead architect Mark Jefferson commented, ‘’Restoring Tottenham Town Hall and helping bring it back into useful life was one of the most satisfying and rewarding projects I have been involved with.”
See London wide listings at londonopenhouse.org
Metro's charity Drag Race returns to the streets of Greenwich on August 18th and will be started by the mayor and ward councillor, David Grant.
Participants must wear drag and Drag Queens are required to wear a heel of at least 2 inches. Drag Kings must sport facial hair. Prizes will be awarded for the winning Drag King and Drag Queen of the race as well as the best drag ensembles and most money raised.
The Race will start from the Prince of Greenwich pub on Royal Hill and will take in Royal Hill, Hyde Vale, King George Street and Point Hill with live entertainment, barbecue, raffle and stalls taking participants and supporters through the evening.
Hugh Wright, Head of Fundraising said:
In this important year for London, we want to make METRO Drag Race 2012 the best ever and we are encouraging everyone across the capital to get involved by registering to take part, sponsoring participants and promoting the event to others via Twitter, Facebook and any other way you can. Please feel free to use our hashtag #MetroDragRace2012 and get on board to support our work providing health, community and youth services.
To register to take part contact Hugh by emailing email@example.com or by calling 020 8305 5000 x.148
June 20, 2012 by Greenwich.co.uk
NINE DAYS of mostly-free spectacular sights and sounds kick off tomorrow with the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF).
St Alfege Park, the National Maritime Museum, the Borough Halls, the Old Royal Naval College and West Parkside on the peninsula are among the backdrops for the vibrant collection of performance pieces.
One of the most spectacular shows to look out for is Prometheus Awakes on Friday night at the National Maritime Museum. A fiery interpretation of the Greek myth is promised by La Fura dels Baus and disabled-led theatre company, Graeae.
Originally banned in the 19th century and revived at last year's GDIF, the Greenwich Fair will again take place this weekend, promising a packed programme of street art around the town centre. Look out for a 'The Man Who Lost His Buttons' - a Catalan performance atop a swinging pole - in Cutty Sark Gardens and a demonstration of acrobatics and dance from female street dance company Mimbre with 'Falling Up'
To learn more about all the events at the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, visit their website.
June 1, 2012 by Rob Powell
Picnics, parties and pageants are in store as Greenwich readies itself for a four day weekend.
Things get started with the Lovely Jubbly Picnic in East Greenwich Pleasaunce on Saturday (2nd June) where there will be live music, circus performers, rum punch and lots more. The ParksFest event, held in association with The Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce, runs from 12pm - 5pm, so head down tomorrow afternoon with your picnic blanket and sandwiches.
Across the borough in Plumstead, the annual Make Merry makes a welcome return after its absence last year. New mayor of Royal Greenwich, Cllr David Grant, will officially open the Make Merry and then there's a packed afternoon of events and entertainment lasting until 6pm.
The spotlight moves to Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College on Sunday where the Big Jubilee Lunch will take place between 12pm and 5pm. A lunch table two thirds of a mile long - the longest ever, say organisers - will be set up and there will be live entertainment and activities.
You will also be in a perfect spot to see much of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant. The flotilla's official route ends at Tower Bridge but the majority of boats taking will carry on past Greenwich and the specially commissioned Royal row barge, Gloriana, will dock at Greenwich Pier.
Over in Eltham at Well Hall Pleasaunce, the Jubilee Sunday Fayre, will take place between 10am - 5pm with donkey rides, Punch and Judy and a soul choir among the attractions on offer.
Street parties, such as the one in Eastney Street, Greenwich, will be happening across the borough over the weekend - the council has approved sixty of them.
Four beacons will be lit on Monday evening across the borough as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons. With the help of local scouts and cadets, beacons will be lit at Cutty Sark Gardens and the O2 in SE10, and also at General Gordon Square and Eaglesfield Park.
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A JUBILEE picnic, a 1948 style fete and a dog show are just some of the events taking place in East Greenwich this summer.
To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the staging of the Olympic games in London, a series of events have been designed to bring the community together.
The first event of the East Greenwich Community Festivals events is a Jubilee Picnic in East Greenwich Pleasaunce on June 2nd. Then a special welcome is being organised for the Olympic Torch Relay as it travels down Woolwich Road on Saturday July 21st.
The main event comes in August when there will be a two-day 1948 fete in the pleasaunce where there will be music, food and drink, baking competitions, the dog show and lots more.
To help bring it all together, the organisers are looking for performers, craftmakers, cooks and artists as well as businesses who might want to hire a stall or make a donation.
To get involved, you can sign up here or get more information from Pistachios in East Greenwich Pleasaunce or the Greenwich Communication Centre on Trafalgar Road.