Local Events

Obviously due to the recent coronavirus restrictions, events have been limited, however lockdown restrictions are easing and events are now being organised. We of course would always encourage maintaining social distancing protocols.

Archaeology Training Course

A 2-day course for local residents is being held at the Woolwich Front Room, Powis Street on 9th & 10th November. Entry is free, Please come and discover your inner Indiana Jones!

Platinum Jubilee weekend

With the 4-day bank holiday nearly upon us to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, there are a variety of events being hosted locally to enjoy. Here’s a round-up.

Hosted by Royal Borough of Greenwich, join in a musical jamboree in Charlton Park on Thursday 2nd June (12-6.00pm). Food, drink and a funfair included.

Also the Platinum Picnic Friday 3rd July (12-4.00pm) in Charlton Park.

Additionally in neighbouring Woolwich, St Georges’s Garrison Church is hosting an evening of live music, refreshments and fireworks to celebrate the beacon lighting on Thursday 2nd June at 9.45pm in General Gordon Square. Gates open at 7.00pm.

Living in Greenwich: Meet the Collection

Charlton House May 1st – 31s

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust has a busy month with the launch of Living in Greenwich: Meet the Collection, featuring the curation work Naomi Oppenheim presented at The Charlton Society in February.


Sun 1st May, 11am – 4pm

To open the exhibition, there’s a Jacobean fayre. Explore the Living in Greenwich: Meet the Collection exhibition, including new art installations created by local artists Fiona Veacock and CraftA with local community groups, take the kids on a scavenger hunt of the exhibition and grounds, and enjoy musical performances from Rock Choir and a family-friendly tour of Charlton House’s Jacobean years.

Stay tuned for opening times for The Producers’ Market featuring artisan crafts, and on-site cafe Frilly’s Tea Room.

Tuesdays, 11am – 12:30pm

Free themed reminiscence mornings, each exploring a different aspect of life at home and in the borough. Reminiscence workshops featuring real collection items, particularly to help revive forgotten memories and guide uncertain minds. Open to carers and cared-for people, and welcoming to those with dementia.

Wednesdays, 10:30am and 12:30pm

Free guided tours of the Living in Greenwich: Meet the Collection exhibition. First come first served, meeting in Frilly’s Tea Room.

Thurs 5th May and Fri 6th May, 10am, 12:30pm, and 4:30pm

Use your creativity to take part in a colourful freeform collage by knitting, crocheting, and sewing. After a short introduction to the concept of freeform from our CraftA artists in residence, you can use your knowledge to create a small piece that will be worked into a collage. Workshop open to all. Suitable for beginners, improvers, and hobbyists. 

Sun 15th May, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm

Join a clay workshop with our ceramic artist-in-residence Fiona Veacock. Hand in your work at the end of the course, and she’ll fire and glaze it for you to pick up at a later date.

Sun 22nd May, 11am – 4pm

Learn about the ongoing history of sustainability at Charlton House, and how it fits into the experience of Living in Greenwich. You can also drop in for earth-friendly kids’ crafts to use at home, and book in for a costumed tour of the House in World War I: a time of rationing, community support, and making the best use of existing resources.

Looking to do your part by keeping it local today? Be sure to drop in for Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society’s plant sale in the Gardens, and WI’s bake sale on Back Lawn, and stay tuned for information about sustainable market stalls at the House.

Bunnies in the bed at Charlton House!

Get in to the Easter spirit by joining Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society (CABAHS) at Charlton House this weekend on Sunday 10th April for an Easter egg hunt! CABAHS presented at The Charlton Society’s last meeting, and it would also be a good opportunity to see the work the horticultural society have been engaged in at Charlton House presented at the meeting. Open from 11.00am – 3.00pm, free entry.

Charlton Village Theatre presents Mamma Mia!

The Charlton Village Theatre is hosting a weekend of musical theatre at the Assembly Rooms (SE7 8UD), from Friday March 4th. Featuring many of the well-loved tunes from ABBA as featured in the film Mamma Mia!

Timings as follows: Friday 4th, 7.45pm; Saturday 5th, 4.00pm & 7.45pm; Sunday 6th, 6.00pm.

All proceeds go towards raising funds for the repair of the roof of Charlton House. Tickets are £15 for adults, £5 for children. If you wish to book tickets, please call 0208 856 7373.

Cabaret Hullabaloo

Bizarre, beautiful, bewitching & beguiling and a very funny, laugh out loud, evening. Featuring West End theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal Just for Laughs, Sunday Night at the London Palladium, TV-appearing Jon Hicks. This is a variety show: traditional with a modern sensibility and twists. A family-friendly night of speciality acts, sublime skill, comedy, foolishness & goodness knows what else.

Bar from 6.30pm (in canteen), doors 7.15pm, show starts 7.30pm. Tickets prices: adults £10, children (under 18) £5.

Valentine’s Day Concert

There’s an evening of romantic music being held on Sunday 13th February, 6.00pm at St Thomas’ Church in Charlton (Woodland Terrace, SE7 8EW). Featuring cello, voice and piano, the Charlton Ensemble, will present a selection of beautiful songs that portray love in all its guises; from the romantic waltzes of Lehar and Novello to passionate Puccini arias and popular songs from the shows. The Charlton Ensemble consist of professional instrumentalists and singers who live, work and/or worship in the Charlton area. Tickets are £10.00 and can be reserved by calling 07989 740252.

Wassail in Pleasaunce Park!

Please join us January a-wassailing in Greenwich Pleasuance Park.

Christmas lights at Charlton House

Go to Charlton House to welcome in the Christmas season as the Christmas lights are turned on.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be available in the Minstrel Hall.

Admission: Free entry ticket or £5pp to include mulled wine and mince pies (please book in advance).
Children: free of charge.

Happy Christmas!


Anyone fancy utilising their little grey cells and joining The Charlton Society Committee team for a pub quiz? The event is being held at the Royal Oak on Charlton Lane on Wednesday November 24th, 7.30pm start. It is in aid of the Maryon Park Community Garden. If that appeals, please register your interest here

As the pandemic lockdown release is now allowing us all to attend events again, please join us at the Horn Fair at Charlton House on Sunday 17th October. The Charlton Society has a stall at the event (in the rarely opened White Room). Please join us for the event and come and say hello. From 11.00am. We look forward to seeing you.

Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society (CABAHS)

As the Covid-19 exit roadmap continues to be travelled, we are delighted to let you know The Charlton Society is participating in the CABAHS plant sale and community day which is being held in the long borders garden at Charlton House on Sunday 30th May 2021.

Please come and choose plants that we may actually get to plant out once we are free of a rainy May… We look forward to seeing you, please come and say hello at The Charlton Society stall, we have a new selection of notelets and cards for purchase and Committee members will be on hand to advise as to future Charlton Society activity.

PS: there will also be a WI cake stall to indulge in!

For more information, please click here or download below

Now that lockdown restrictions are being eased and spring is springing, here’s an invitation to an Easter-themed garden event at Charlton House, the first time the walled garden has been open for over a year, on Sunday 18th April.


Charlton House’s wonderful walled gardens will be open to the public for the first time in over a year. Please go and visit over the weekend as lockdown restrictions are easing.

On Sunday April 18th, from 11.00am – 3.00pm there is the opportunity to see the gardens again, plus various events including:

– An opportunity to see the new planting scheme at the Old Pond Garden, and admire the effort that the volunteers have made in the Long Borders. There will also be plans on show

– An Easter trail for the children, with a chocolate prize

– A plant sales table

–  Vase displays from the The Horticultural Society’s spring show (the event itself is cancelled)
– The Green Goddess pop-up pub will be at Charlton House on the day serving food and drink (book in advance)

– An “Around the Corner Market” walking trail to craft makers houses around Charlton

Please click here for further information on the event on the CABAHS website.

The Greenwich Industrial History Society

GIHS has put together a fantastic programme of online events to be enjoyed in the next few months. They are hosting virtual discussions on the second Tuesday of the month throughout October, November and December. Subjects include the development of optical fibre technology, ie the internet, which originated in Woolwich to an assessment of the Greenwich Peninsula over the last 300 years by Charlton Society member Dr Mary Mills. For further information, please click here to go to the GIHS blog regarding the events.


Whilst we have been spending a lot more time at home over the last few months, we have possibly been giving our gardens more attention than usual, here are several events to enjoy below for those who are green-fingered, or at least wish to be: 

Charlton and Blackheath Amateur Horticultural Society

2007-fisher-tominThe CABAHS plant sale held last month was very well attended. A very big thank you from CABAHS to all who participated either by donating plants, helping on the day, bought plants – or all three! A wonderful total of £1,070 was raised from the sale, of which 50% is going towards the Old Pond Garden (above) restoration project at Charlton House and the other 50% is being donated to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice appeal. A really amazing and enjoyable effort. Even if was a bit hot!For future events, CABAHS is still hoping to host the September Autumn Show, perhaps held in the Charlton Assembly Rooms, rather than Charlton House.  For further information, please click here.

In the meantime, carry on gardening! 

Virtual Open GardensOpen-Garden-Festival-image-575x373This was a wonderful success, if you would like to see the participating gardeners’ green-fingered efforts and category winners, please click hereMany of you may know of, and even participated in, the Open Gardens project which due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions was not possible this year, however it was held virtually instead! Each participating gardener – there were over 40 participants – supplied a video, lasting about 2 minutes, which have been compiled and posted online.The gardens range from National Garden Scheme participants to allotments, from the manicured grounds of Morden College to small suburban gardens. Some have commentaries, some a musical accompaniment and some the sound of water or birdsong. Although the preponderance of the gardens are in (West) Greenwich and Blackheath there are gardens throughout the two Boroughs involved. The garden at the Hospice itself on Bostall Common took part.

All proceeds go to the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice Emergency Appeal

For further information of their work, please click here

Access to the virtual gardens was from June 15th via the Hospice website, for further information, please click here.

The event was organised by Hospital trustee Tim Barnes

Greenwich In Bloom

The borough’s annual gardening competition is back! The Royal Borough Of Greenwich is inviting all residents to participate in the Greenwich in Bloom gardening competition, there are 5 categories, introducing the new Children’s category for all young aspiring horticulturalists, plus the previous categories of Front Garden, Back Garden, Hanging Baskets, Window Boxes or Pots, Communal Garden (please ensure you are adhering to social distancing guidelines). The competition opens on Friday 29th May.

Winners for the four main categories will win £100 for first place, £50 for second and £25 for third in Coolings Garden Centre vouchers. The children’s category will win £15 voucher.

The judges are Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, Adel Khaireh, the Mayor Linda Bird and Deputy Mayor Denise Hyland.

To enter, please click here if you are unable to fill in the online please contact RBG via email here

Happy gardening!


Whilst Severndroog Castle itself is currently closed, the Severndroog Castle Society is hosting a season of musical events which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Plus it is also also hosting a number of events throughout the summer, in the surrounding grounds of the Castle, including the Charlton & Woolwich Free Film Festival, Vintage Jazz nights, plus much more.

For further information and how to get involved please click here


Last year, Severndroog Castle embarked on an exciting new initiative, on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year, arranging group visits to explore the Castle. Although in these current times, this is not available, we will keep you posted when the Castle is able to re-open according to Government guidelines.Details are: available for pre-booked groups of between 10 and 25 people for £5 per person. Visitors will have exclusive use of the Castle for the duration of the visit and will be hosted by experienced guides.

It’s a chance to learn the history of one of London’s “Hidden Gems”. Hear stories about the lives of Sir William and Lady Anne James in the 18th Century; find out what Severndroog is, why it is here and what it has been used for over the centuries.

The building is so much more than just a folly and has now been saved for all the community to enjoy.

There is also an opportunity to see one of the best views of London from the elevated viewing platform. See no fewer than seven counties and, on a clear day, it is possible to spot Windsor Castle almost thirty miles away! Also, nearer home, view Eltham and the surrounding area from a unique perspective.

Visitors can also experience the unique area in which the Castle stands and enjoy a self-guided nature trail around the Ancient Woodland which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. During term time educational visits for schools are available, and for youth/children’s groups during the school holidays.

The nearby Terrace Tearoom also offers a range of refreshments to be enjoyed in the Lady James Room to complete the experience.

If you are interested in making a booking in the future, please email here 


Thames-Side Studios is a provider of affordable studio space in Charlton.The studios are a permanent community for local professional artists and designers from fashion, jewellery, photography to graphic design, textiles and furniture. Set in a seven-acre riverside site overlooking the Thames Barrier, it houses over 500 studios. Although unable to be visited at the moment, we will keep you posted as to as and when the workshops and exhibitions will be back up and running.Thames-Side Studios: Harrington Way, Warspite Road, SE18 5NR

For further information please call 0208 301 8844
(Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm) or email